Review on Café de la Paix
Café de la Paix is a legendary restaurant serving classic French cuisine in the 8th arrondissement of Paris and was opened by Empress Eugénie in 1862. It is located on the right bank near Opéra Garnier, Place Vendôme and the Louvre Museum and is one of the restaurants in the InterContinental Paris Le Grand hotel, an historic building which is the essence of Paris. The Café was the inspiration of Charles Garnier, the architect who also designed the nearby famous Paris Opera house. The belle époque interior is very grand and beautiful with its frescoed ceilings, gilded panelling and Napoleon III inspired furniture.
Executive chef is Christophe Raoux who has an impressive pedigree having worked with famous chef Alain Ducasse. He offers an innovative creative menu based on well-chosen seasonal produce that is continually updated to reflect the very best the market has to offer. Seafood shows up well and has its own menu but there is plenty of choice elsewhere, as in Café de la Paix foie gras and a traditional cheese-topped French onion soup. Main courses usher in
chicken, violet mustard, pepper artichokes, wild mushrooms and macaroni or a half-saddle of lamb with vegetable lasagna and fresh lemongrass. Proceedings conclude in style with desserts such as raspberry, delicate chocolate crisp, praline crunch with fruit sorbet or their Millefeuille du Café de la Paix is reputed to be possibly the best in Paris. There is a weighty wine list with a few options by the glass and half bottle.
During the summer months you can dine al fresco on the terrace with a great view of the Place de l'Opera and there is also Le Bar serving cocktails which is a popular spot to stop for a drink after the opera.
Café de la Paix is also featured in: Michelin GuideRate this Restaurant
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm
Dinner: 6.00 - 11.30pm
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express