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Grand Véfour
17, rue de Beaujolais
75001 Paris
FRANCE
Tel: (011 33) 1 42 96 56 27
Fax: (011 33) 1 42 86 80 71
Email: grand.vefour@wanadoo.fr

Hours of Operation

Lunch, Monday-Friday 12:30-1:45pm
Dinner, Monday-Friday 8:00-10:00pm

Closed in August

Grand Véfour History

In 1784, the chic and trendy Café de Chartres opened in the Palais Royal gardens. In 1820, Jean Véfour took over as the new owner; the café was renamed Grand Véfour and it became a sumptuous restaurant and the best place to eat in Paris. For almost a century, Grand Véfour has been a meeting point for famous French politicians and artists. Thiers, Mac Mahon, Victor Hugo, Lamartine and Georges Sand frequently ate there. The restaurant closed from 1905 to 1947, but by the end of 1948, with the new owner and Chef Raymond Oliver, Grand Véfour again became the restaurant for the who’s who of Paris. Cocteau (who made drawings for the menu), Colette, Jean Giraudoux, Sacha Guitry, Louis Aragon, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and André Malraux were all regulars. As early as 1953, Raymond Oliver received 3 Michelin stars, which he maintained for 30 years. In 1983, Grand Véfour, classified as a historical monument, became the property of Taittinger Champagnes. In March 2000, the third star shined again, thanks to Guy Martin.





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