Through fashionable Paris in the footsteps of Audrey Hepburn

    Philippa
    04 Feb 2015
    Clock 80min      Length2mi
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    Maxim's

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    Walk up the rue Royale with the view of the Madeleine in front of you. It's a church that looks like a Greek temple. Look for the red awnings of Maxim's restaurant on your left.

    With its over-the-top Art Nouveau decoration, Maxim's restaurant is not famous for its food, but as a place to see and be seen. It is glittery rather than elegant.

    In 1959, Richard Avedon photographed Audrey at Maxim's for Vogue magazine. Unusually for her, she was wearing a dress by Yves Saint-Laurent, who at the time was working for Christian Dior. Later she was photographed dancing with her husband Mel Ferrer at Maxim's -- the caption notes that they had dined elsewhere.

    The restaurant appears in the movie "How to Steal a Million," made in 1966. Audrey is taken there by an American tycoon played by Eli Wallach. The choice of Maxim's suggests that he understands money, but he doesn't understand elegance. He tells her he wants to acquire a statue she knows is a fake. These days, Maxim's is also something of a fake. The restaurant is now such a tourist institution that it has its own gift shop with branded merchandise.

    Continue up the rue Royale, which is lined with elegant shops such as the silversmith Christofle and the porcelain company Bernardaud.

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