Luxuriously decorated and wonderfully preserved, there are few places in the world like Maxim's in Paris. Beautifully carved wood and period fittings make a meal here like a journey through time to a more civilised, more chic era.
After a shaky start at the end of the 19th Century, the restaurant soon became popular with actors, models and royalty. Legend has it that when the seating was changed at the end of the 1950s, the workmen doubled their pay with all the jewellery and rings they found trapped between the cushions and the wooden structure.
Pierre Cardin bought the restaurant in the 1980s, using the name to develop a worldwide franchise. The name Maxim's is now synonymous with chic and immortalised in numerous films and novels.
Lover of Art Nouveau may also like to know that the building also houses an interesting museum of objects and furniture from the era.
Until July 16th, 2017, the Petit Palais will be holding “Baroque during the Enlightenment”.
Covering some of the greatest masterpieces of the churches of the city of Paris, which date back to the 18th century, this special temporary exhibition presents beautiful sketches and religious paintings by artists who marked that period in Europe including Largillière, Lemoine, Restout, Vien, David, and Van Loo.
If you’re staying at any of our Hotels Paris Champs Elysees, this is your chance to travel back in time to the Régence and the pre-revolution period and explore the worlds of these extraordinary French painters. So, don’t think twice!
Christophe Leribault, Director of the Petit Palais
Marie Monfort, Head of Conservation of Civil and Religious Artworks for the City of Paris.
Maryline Assante, the Petit Palais
Lionel Britten, the Musée d’Orsay
Guillaume Kazerouni, the Museum of Fine Arts of Rennes
Jessica Degain, Emmanuelle Federspiel, and Nicolas Engel, the Centre de documentation de la Conservation des Oeuvres d'Art Religieuses et Civiles (COARC)
Christine Gouzi, the Paris-Sorbonne University
From March 21 through July 16, 2017
Tuesday 10 am – 6 pm
Wednesday 10 am – 6 pm
Thursday 10 am – 6 pm
Friday 10 am – 9 pm
Saturday 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday 10 am – 6 pm
The Petit Palais,
Avenue Winston Churchill