Bon vivant is a French term that means “good life” synonymous with one who enjoys the pleasures of life. A bon vivant, that is, a person who likes to enjoy the good life is one who lives and knows how to live.
The term bon vivant is generally positive when it is the person who qualifies as such and negative when they are others to adject a person. For example, “I am a bon vivant ” means that the person is considered a connoisseur of good food and good wine, is considered a person full of style and refined tastes.
On the other hand, when someone refers to another person as a bon vivant, he generally refers to an idle, capricious and profitable person who only cares about his own pleasure, often running over the freedom of others. In this sense, bon vivant is synonymous with vividor.
Whether positive or negative, a bon vivant is generally a philosophy of life that people lead. They are characterized by knowing how to eat, drink, dress and live well, according to their own quality parameters.
Bon vivant is also synonymous with “being a gentleman” because it distinguishes itself from others by its elegance and good treatment of others despite always seeking to maintain a certain distance and avoid intimacy.
Because the term bon vivant is mainly associated with good food and good drink, many restaurants have adopted this name also to be associated with French haute cuisine.