The Anonymous Widower

Café de la Paix, Paris

The Cafe de la Paix is one of the most famous cafes in Paris.  So much so, that the French declared it to be an historic site in 1975.

Cafe de la Paix, Paris

My late wife and I went there by accident.  It was the only time we did too, but then it was also on the only day, that one of the horses we had bred, Diamond White, had won The Prix de l’Opera at the Arc meeting at Longchamp.  We had hurried away from the racecourse and the crowds made it difficult to get anywhere, but by reason of some luck, we were able to get a bus to the Place de l’Opera.

So we just stumbled into this famous cafe and as we had little time to catch the Eurostar back to Ashford, we asked the waiter what could be served quickly.

Everybody in the cafe surpassed themselves and within an hour, we were on the Metro towards the Gare du Nord.

If there is a postscript to this trip it happened on the train home.  The day had been disastrous for English punters and come the last race, The Prix de l’Opera, most had lost heavily.  So they put what they had left on Diamond White at 12-1.  And the rest as they say is history.

On the trip back, my late wife had needed a coffee and went to the buffet.  When she interrupted the party and told them that she had bred the horse that had got them out of trouble, everybody wanted to buy her champagne.

But she didn’t drink bubbles!

So on this trip to Paris, when the guy I was to meet on business suggested that we meet in the Cafe de la Paix, I accepted.

I had a very good gluten meal too!

Smoked Salmon and Poached Egg

The picture shows the first course!

Incidentally, the wife of one of the waiters was a coeliac, so this made them even more careful.

Would I go again? 


Even if it is very expensive, but then the decor, the ambience, the food and the wine are worth it.

Ceiling of the Cafe de La Paix, Paris

March 8, 2010 - Posted by | Food, Sport, Transport | , ,

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