“Either the wallpaper goes… or I do!”
You may know Oscar Wilde by his clever quotes, but did you know he spent time in prison?
Afterwards, he moved into Room 16 at what was to become one of the most discreet but lavish Paris cafes: L’Hotel. Squeezed between the Latin Quarter and St Germain, L’Hotel started as the rather rundown Hotel D’Alsace where Wilde famously “lived above his means”.
“All of us are in the gutter, but some of us are looking up at the stars”
L’Alsace was eventually renovated into this prestigious Paris cafe which virtually hides down a plain street (albeit with a fancy name), Beaux-Arts, behind this simple facade
marked only by a small plaque:
“True friends stab you in the front”
Wilde lived, and eventually died, in Room 16, on the 2nd floor up a stunning spiral staircase.
But downstairs, friends — from Salvatore Dali to Frank Sinatra — gathered in velvet chairs in the parlor of this Paris cafe,