Maxim’s de Paris Restaurant
Maxim’s has always been known as an icon internationally with a restaurant in Paris frequented by the rich and famous, yet since Pierre Cardin took over, it has gone further to include an art nouveau museum as well.
About Maxim’s de Paris Restaurant
The facade of Maxim’s de Paris has become the symbol of art nourveau, which was originally completed ready for the 1900 Universal Exhibition, or World Fair in Paris, and the internal decoration is also in the same style with its glass ceiling, many mirrors and woodworks.
The great artists from the school of Nancy were chosen to restore and transform the bistro into an elegant restaurant that would be appropriate for its chic clientele, and so the legend of Maxim’s began.
Yet when you look at the history of Maxim’s de Paris, you will find that the famous fashion designer Pierre Cardin took over this restaurant in Paris back in the 1980s and even though the art nouveau decor remained, the place took on a whole new lease of life, that still attracts the elite, rich and famous.
And with the passion that Pierre Cardin has for the Belle Epoch era of styling and the amount of furniture and different objects he had collected over the years, he decided to open the Maxim’s Musee Art Nouveau Museum, which is located above the restaurant and has been designed like a typical apartment of the time.
You will also find that Pierre Cardin has created a contemporary artistic world with a very chic atmosphere that lends itself to numerous types of entertainment from karaoke through to singers and events are created around an artist, a dinner or a theme plus there are music nights with rock or pop bands, DJs etc.
The Cuisine at Maxim’s de Paris Restaurant
Maxim’s serves traditional classics of French food and is known as a top table restaurant for gourmet French cuisine that is served by friendly and attentive waiters in traditional dress.
Now, as you would expect from such a restaurant in Paris, the price tag is there to match, so do expect to be paying around €150 to €200 for a meal in this romantic setting with its soft lights and classic French songs playing softly.
However, delights on the menu could be Foie Gras with apple or seasonal soup for starters, followed by sole with a lobster and Vermouth sauce or a fillet of beef with truffle sauce for a main course, then a dessert of crepes suzette or souffle.
And of course, the competent chef and his team utilise the freshest seasonal ingredients available, so you will find that the menu does change with the seasons, but you can always expect a wide variety of tempting dishes.
Visiting the Maxim’s de Paris Restaurant
Maxim’s de Paris is located in the 8th Arrondissement between the Place de la concorde and Madeleine with its incredible Madeleine church and is only a few steps away from the River Seine on the Rue Royale.
However, please do not get this restaurant in Paris mixed up with others of the same name, as one is a brasserie and another is located by the airport and these ones do not have the same feel, ambience and definitely not the same cuisine to match the true legendary Belle Epoch venue of Maxim’s de Paris.
Yet there is a also a Maxim’s boat that is a floating restaurant on the River Seine that also belongs to Pierre Cardin, and this can be booked for functions and private parties, and can be found at the Port de Suffren very close to the Eiffel Tower.
Anyway, getting back to this haute cuisine restaurant that is located within a building that has now been classified as an historical monument in Paris, it is open on a Tuesday through to a Saturday, but reservations are required in advance.
Now you can reach the Maxim’s de Paris restaurant via the Metro stop Concorde on lines 1, 8 and 12 or the Madeleine stop on lines 8, 12 and 14, plus the Paris buses numbered 24, 42, 52, 73, 84 and 94 will get you close by, with some of them stopping at 2 Rue Royale.
In addition to these, there is the Balabus that runs on Sundays and national French holidays, or the bus tours in Paris with the firm l’Open Tour that can also get you close by.
More information on Maxim's Musee Art Nouveau
- Maxim’s Musee Art Nouveau Museum
- History of Maxim’s de Paris
Address & Contact Details
Maxim’s de Paris
3 Rue Royale
Ile de France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 42 65 27 94
Fax: +33 (0) 1 42 65 30 26
Tourist attractions close by
- Place de la Concorde
- Place de la Madeleine
- Musee Jeu de Paume
- Musee des Lunettes et Lorgnettes Pierre Marly
- Avenue des Champ Elysees
- Place Vendome
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