Renovated while preserving its authentic allure, Le Cafe de La Paix, located in the heart of Paris on Place de L’Opera looks fresher than ever. The Intercontinental Paris’ coffee and dining establishment are even more famous than the hotel itself. Stop here for a coffee or a meal, relax and refresh, see and be seen while feeling transported in time. I tried to take as many photos as I could to share this experience with you.
Located a stone’s throw from the Place Vendôme and the Boulevard Haussmann department stores, the InterContinental Paris Le Grand Hôtel is renowned as one of the world’s grandest hotels. It occupies a full city block, facing the legendary Place de l'Opéra, Rue Scribe, Rue Auber and the Boulevard des Capucines.Known as the “travellers' hotel”, it was built over 150 years ago and inaugurated by Empress Eugenie on May 5, 1862.
The World Luxury Restaurant Awards inspires excellence and ignites healthy competition in the Luxury Restaurant Industry. It aims to highlight special features of restaurants, thereby increasing competition globally and ultimately raising the level of food quality and the standards of service in the luxury restaurant industry.
This year, the Café de la Paix participated once again in the competition and was honoured to win the World Luxury Restaurant Awards for the second year in a row, announced during the gala event organised on Saturday 22nd July in Hanoi, Vietnam.
A registered landmark, the InterContinental Paris Le Grand’s restaurant, Café de la Paix, is a legendary site of international renown. Over the years, it has welcomed its share of writers, actors and film stars, politicians and other notables. Flaubert, Maupassant, Victor Hugo, Oscar Wilde and Caruso hosted friends at the café. The evening of June 18, 1944, Charles de Gaulle dined in the newly liberated Paris. In 1948, Yves Montand and Maurice Chevalier filmed an American show called “This is Paris!” which made the café famous on the other side of the Atlantic.
Witness and actor in the history of Paris, from generation to generation, the Café de la Paix also holds personal memories for many Parisians. One reason is the café’s ideal setting, making it a frequent choice for a first date.
Sumptuously renovated in the Second Empire style in 2003 and ushered into the circle of excellence by Chef Christophe Raoux, the restaurant welcomes Chef Laurent André in October 2016 to run its kitchens. His mission is no less than to crown the Café de la Paix with culinary glory and pay tribute to the iconic French art de Vivre.
At the corner of the Place de l’Opéra and Boulevard des Capucines, the lobby of the Café de la Paix provides access to both the café and the restaurant. At the café, there is seating for every whim and season, inside or on the terrace, for a drink or to enjoy the Chef’s fine cuisine without missing a minute of the lively Parisian street scene.