A look at why the late Karl Lagerfeld loved the Café Sénéquier, St Tropez, being a regular summer visitor and even holding a fashion show there.
Karl Lagerfeld And The Café Sénéquier, St Tropez
The late Karl Lagerfeld (1933-2019), legendary creative director of the fashion house Chanel, was a huge fan of St Tropez, spending most of his summers there. His favourite restaurants included La Gioia, The Banh-Hoi, Club 55 and La Réserve, but it was Café Sénéquier, St Tropez’s classic harbour-front institution, for which he had a particular affection, once describing it as ‘the heart of Saint-Tropez’.
Senequier: A St Tropez icon
In May 2010 Lagerfeld even held the Chanel Cruise Collection 2010-11 fashion show on Café Sénéquier’s distinctive red terrace, with the audience, including Vanessa Paradis and Diane Kruger, seated at its iconic red triangular tables. Some 160 journalists and photographers from around the world recorded the event, and onlookers filled the overhanging balconies to get a view of models including Georgia Jagger descending from boats on the harbour and strutting past the café as if searching for a table. The show was witty, playful and edgy, and aimed at capturing the spirit of St Tropez.
‘It’s an idea of everything people think St Tropez is or was, but there’s not one piece exactly the way it was, but I tried to catch the spirit and put it into clothing and dresses for modern girls today,’ Lagerfeld said of the show. It was an occasion that solidified his fondness for the Café Sénéquier, St Tropez. ‘I like it even more since the Chanel fashion show we held there,’ he later joked.
It might seem an extraordinary event for what opened in 1887 as a family-run tea room and patisserie, but the café has long enjoyed a glamorous clientele, ranging from Pablo Picasso to former French president Jacques Chirac and supermodel Kate Moss. Since changing hands in 2012, a chic brasserie menu has been created, and on its famous red terrace diners can enjoy lobster, salmon and hearty fish soups, lamb cutlets, steaks and salads, and a fine range of wines and cocktails.
It also stays open for late-night revellers, with Karl Lagerfeld’s muse and creative consultant Amanda Harlech once recalling how they ‘sped in the open-topped Rolls Royce down into Saint-Tropez at midnight for a drink at Le Sénéquier every summer’.
Beautiful villas close to the Le Sénéquier
If you would like to walk in Karl Lagerfield’s footsteps with frequent visits to the Café Sénéquier, St Tropez, why not rent a villa in walking distance to the village, such as:
Just five minutes from the centre and 900m from the beach, this beautiful modern villa has four ensuite bedrooms and is located in a secure gated community.
Within easy walking distance to the village centre, this six-bedroom villa enjoys stunning panoramic sea views and a heated swimming pool.
This modern, seven-bedroom villa is a ten-minute walk away from St Tropez’s centre and has its own private gym.
Renting one of these stunning villas is the perfect way to ensure regular visits to Café Sénéquier, St Tropez’s beloved institution, and the beating heart of the village.