Le Café de la Paix, which offers its guests a luxurious experience, is the most famous and best-known café in Paris. Located close to the Royal Place Vendôme, on the ground floor of the Art Nouveau InterContinental Le Grand Hotel (formerly Hotel de la Paix) it offers spectacular views of the Opera Garnier.
The architect of the building, Charles Garnier, was also the chief architect of the nearby Opera House.
The café has been in operation since 1862 and it has always been a meeting place for the celebrities, the prominent artists and the writers of its time. Its frequent guests used to be, for example, Emile Zola, Guy de Maupassant and Oscar Wilde.
In 1896 screenings were held in the mezzanine. Admission then cost one franc and the screenings took place from 8 p.m. to midnight. The luxurious café has also become an inspiration to a variety of artists. The Café de la Paix and its surroundings can often be seen on paintings by the renowned Antoine Blanchard.
In 1975 the building was declared to be a historical monument, which further increased its importance and currently it annually attracts a large number of visitors from around the world. 13 years ago the café underwent a complete reconstruction. The original garden decorations were removed, which enabled the space to breathe, the historic luxury atmosphere of the café was definitively preserved however.
You can sit comfortably on the indoor or the outdoor terrace. High-level gastronomy offers fast, smaller-scale refreshment throughout the day while on Sundays you can also enjoy a delicious brunch.
You should definitely not miss the luxurious interior and the unique atmosphere of this already legendary enterprise during your romantic stroll through Paris.