American in Paris Reading List Vol. 2: Hemingway’s “A Moveable Feast”

Hemingway’s posthumous publication chronicles his life as a struggling young writer in 1920s Paris, a time when the intellectual American expat community was most prolific. His circle included such notable figures as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound, and James Joyce. Today Hemingway’s legacy leaves no trace of his former starving artist self. Take his eponymous bar at the Ritz, where the walls are lined with paraphernalia and photos of the writer. It feels like you’re in the master’s very own study, which you kind of are since Hemingway spent so much time here ruminating and socializing. But if the Bar Hemingway is a bit too antiquated for your taste, go across the hall to the posh Ritz Bar, where the lights are dimmer, the music is hipper, the crowd is generally more lively.

The Ritz Bar. Credit:

Practical Info: The Bar Hemingway is open daily from 10:30 am to 2 am. The Ritz Bar is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 pm to 2 am and on Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30 pm to 2 am. Direct entrance to either bar is on 38 rue Cambon in the 1st arrondissement.

3 Responses to “American in Paris Reading List Vol. 2: Hemingway’s “A Moveable Feast””
  1. Hemingway certainly was an interesting historical figure, but it is intriguing how is presence continues to be a bit ubiquitous. Both locales look like something I would want to check out. Beautifully written and thank you for the info. I hope the week starts out beautifully for you all. =)

  2. Beatrice says:

    I always look forward to your posts, Soma!

    For further reading on the prewar expat scene in Paris, I highly recommend ‘Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sarah Murphy: A Lost Generation Love Story,’ by Amanda Vaill. Normally I would avoid titles with more than one colon at all costs, as they usually involve quarks, the string theory and some form of calculus, but I assure you this contains none of the above and is highly entertaining.

    • Soma says:

      Why thank you Beatrice! I was actually musing just the other day that I should really start reading more love stories while I’m here. Despite all the groping and bickering couples sprinkled about town, it’s easy to get jaded and forget just how romantic Paris really is.

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