Le Café de la Paix: the magnificent historic restaurant with a renovated setting in Paris

Published by My B., Julie M. · Photos by My B. · Published on 25 April 2022 at 16h00
Le Café de la Paix, this world-famous restaurant listed as Historic Monument, undoubtedly is one of the most beautiful restaurants in Paris. The iconic Parisian restaurant – ideally set on the wonderful Place de l’Opéra – now welcomes you in their two bright and wide rooms, entirely re-designed in 2021 by architect Pierre-Yves Rochon.

Le Café de la Paix is one of the most famous café-restaurants in the French capital. With their terrace looking on the Opéra Garnier, the room listed as historic monument and its iconic green paintings, it is part of the flagship places making the very soul of Paris. Since 2021, the famous French institution is reopen after closing for months – to renovate treasures and get a makeover.

It is indoor designer Pierre-Yves Rochon who orchestrated the renovation of Le Café de la Paix. His mission? Keeping the soul and heritage of Le Café de La Paix while bringing a modern touch. A goal perfectly reached since the new design brings more light to the place.

The architect decided to keep the two atmospheres of the restaurant. Therefore, by the Boulevard des Capucines, discover a big restaurant dining room paced with the famous fluted columns and the ceiling with coffers adorned with painted skies. Furniture – made of dark wood – includes Louis XVI-style armchairs upholstered with cream leather, green velvet bench seats, the whole adorned with golden hues and many lights making the place very majestic and big.

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By the Place de l’Opéra, Pierre-Yves Rochon invites Parisians and tourists to have a drink, lunch, or enjoy some pastry in a winter garden-inspired décor. Discover whitewashed oak furniture matching the leaf-printed cushions and fabric mimicking straw, hanging on the wall. On the floor, the carpet is inspired by Madeleine Castaing’s leaf drawing – Saint-Germain-des-Prés’s famous decorator from the 1930’s to the 1980’s.

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And in the plate, Chef Laurent André – trained by Alain Chapel and Alain Ducasse – serves beautiful recipes based on French culinary arts but with a brilliant and modern twist. Le Café de la Paix famous onion soup based on the recipe created when it first opened in 1862 is obviously still on the menu.

Café de la Paix menu:

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Terroir produces are also highlighted in both menus proposed by Laurent André: Retour du Marché or Découverte en Cinq Plats. Both menus feature quality dishes such as candied duck foie gras, lobster dumpling, veal’s chop, finger lime-marinated scallops…

Sweet-toothed are not left out since pastry chef Sophie de Bernardi serves a few treats delighting eyes and taste buds. Among them, the house’s two stars: minute-made caramelized mille-feuille and the opéra cake, both plated in a mouthwatering fashion full of flavors.

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Note Hôtel Intercontinental Le Grand – housing the famous café – also welcomes you under their beautiful glass ceiling, recently renovated so you can enjoy Le Café de la Paix signature dishes and (re)discover Chef Laurent André’s and Pastry Chef Sophie de Bernardi’s creations. The hotel also provides a certain number of historic or signature suites that made good use of the pandemic to get freshened up.

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
Starts 9 June 2021

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    Location

    5 Place de l'Opéra
    75009 Paris 9

    Official website
    www.cafedelapaix.fr

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