Café de la Paix opened in the Grand Hôtel de la Paix in 1862, and remains a grand café and restaurant to this day, within view of the opulent Opéra Garnier. During the Belle Epoque period in the late 1890s, royalty were regular customers, including the Shah of Iran, the Prince of Whales, and King Alfonso XIII of Spain. Restored in 2002, the café and restaurant is airy but lush, with beautiful shaded lamps and ivory linens. A graceful statue, surrounded by flowers, stands in the entryway, resembling a ballerina.
During warm days, there is terrace seating outside that seems to stretch for 100 meters. Perfect for an afternoon coffee and dessert, you can also have lunch and dinner, with a rich selection of seafood (including platters of oysters, crab and shrimp), and other classics such as steak with bearnaise, sole munière, and ris de veau (sweetbreads). Tourists and Parisians alike come here to enjoy this historic setting and if you are in l’Opéra area it would be a shame not to stop by and experience the one of the grand caées in Paris. For coffee and dessert, expect to pay about 20 Euros per person (more for lunch or dinner, of course).
Open seven days a week, reservations for dinner are recommended.