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Maxim's Restaurant Paris French High Society

A historically ranked landmark, the Maxim’s restaurant has become a symbolic place of Art Nouveau, French Gastronomy and also the most imperative meeting place for numerous international.

The legend of Maxim’s begins in 1893 when Maxime Gaillard, formerly a waiter, opens a small bistro at 3 rue Royale.

On May 21, 1893, the day of the Prix de Diane, Irma de Montigny, a young Parisian comedian enters Maxim’s. Excited by what she discovers, she says to Maxime Gaillard, ‘I’m going to help launch your restaurant.’ She keeps her word and a legend begins…The royal, wealthy and famous people from Tout-Paris of the early century socialized at Maxim’s. Famous guests included Edward VII, Marcel Proust, the playwright Georges Feydeau who wrote the popular comedy called La Dame de Chez Maxim’s (‘The Lady from Maxim’s’), the exquisite Yvonne Printemps, Sacha Guity with his sense of humor, Greta Garbo, and Marlène Dietrich…

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