A romantic place in Paris is not hard to find and Maxim’s is an outstanding restaurant with a magnificent and prestigious past and enlightening present. Wine and dine, enjoy cabaret and discover great masterpieces at the museum, located above the restaurant. The museum contains extraordinary pieces of the Belle Epoque collected by Pierre Cardin since 1981. Maxim’s is located at Rue Royale in the 8th arrondissement, near the Place de la Concorde.
A romantic place in Paris for art nouveau enthusiasts
The restaurant Maxim’s has been described as being the symbol of the art nouveau. Its museum has over 550 pieces of art from around the world. Pierre Cardin has been collecting artifacts for over 60 years, which include pieces designed by the most prestigious designers such as Tiffany, Majorelle, Gallé and Massier.
The apartment of a well-known courtesan has been recreated by Pierre Cardin for public viewing, as the courtesans played a very important role in the elevation of Maxim’s restaurant. Patrons included royalty, ministers, the rich, famous and international celebrities throughout the decades, like the Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson, Aristotle Onassis, Bridget Bardot and John Travolta.
Maxim’s started out as a bistro, founded in 1893, by former waiter Maxime Gaillard. The restaurant grew in popularity when Eugene Cornuche took over ownership. He was responsible for introducing the concept of art nouveau in the dinning area, while ensuring the restaurant was always full of beautifully striking women. In 1932 Octave Vaudable became the owner. He maintained Maxim’s prestige, making sure its patrons were among the rich and famous.
The restaurant and museum Maxim’s is a charming romantic place in Paris, easily accessible from the Hotel Britannique. The museum offers guided tours, by art historian Pierre Andre Helene and his team, which are available from Wednesday to Sunday at 2pm, 3.15pm and 4.30pm.