21 rue Royale, Café Weber* – This brasserie no longer exists, however, at the time, in was a favourite meeting spot for artists, writers, cartoonists and journalists. In “Salons et Journaux” Léon Daudet wrote a description of Proust: “Around
7.15 am, a pale young man with doe eyes, sucking or fi ddling a bit ofhis dark and sloping moustache would arrive in Weber, wrapped in woollens like a Chinese trinket…”
16, rue Royale, Le Thé de la rue Royale – Ladurée tea room. One of the first Parisian tea rooms combining traditional coffee and pastries. Odette thinks it is essential to be seen here in order to maintain credibility as an elegant woman.
On the corner of rue Cambon and rue du Mont-Thabor, Colombin tea room* – It no longer exists but was very popular during Proust’s time.
28 rue Boissy d’Anglas. Le Boeuf sur le Toit* - This famous 1920s cabaret launched by Jean Cocteau and Darius Milhaud is now at 34 rue du Colisée. On the 15th of July 1922, Proust had one of his last dinners in Paris here.
13 boulevard des Italiens, Café Anglais – This café no longer exists but was a fashionable place during the “Romantic Era”. This is where Swann collects Odette on the “catleyas” night. Françoise the cook also admits that the food is very good here.
20 boulevard des Italiens, Maison d’Or orMaisonDorée* – This restaurant no longer exists. In the novel, this is where Swann collects Odette on the “catleyas” night.
22 boulevard des Italiens, Café Tortoni* – The smart set of the time, also named the Tortonists, used to gather in this “dandy” place. Swann came here to look for Odette the night he was searching for her in various restaurants.
5 place de l’Opéra, Café de la Paix – The Baron of Charlus’ nephew Robert de Saint-Loup often has dinner here in the novel with the Duke of Uzès and thePrince of Orleans.
9 rue Duphot, Prunier restaurant (now Goumard) – « “Oh ! des huîtres, j’en ai si envie !” Heureusement, Albertine, moitié inconstance, moitié docilité, oubliait vite ce qu’elle avait désiré, et avant que j’eusse eu le temps de lui dire qu’elle les aurait meilleures chezPrunier, elle voulait successivement tout ce qu’elle entendait crier par lamarchande de poissons. » Marcel Proust, The Captive. The young narrator stood on this street in the hope of seeing Swann, his friend Gilberte’s father, with whom he is in love.
15 place de la Madeleine, restaurant Larue* – Today the premises are occupied by Cerruti. Proust often went there at the beginning of the 1900s. It is here that Bertrand de Fénelon is thought to have been seen flying between tables to give Proust his coat in the same way that Saint-Loup brings a coat to the frozen narrator.
3 rue Royale, Maxim’s – Proust used to go there with Reynaldo Hahn. The “Art Nouveau” décor is still exactly the same. Above the restaurant there is the Maxim’s museum that organised an exhibition in homage to Proust in 2013, “Le grand monde de Marcel Proust”.
15 place Vendôme, Hôtel Ritz – Marcel Proust enjoyed inviting friends here for dinner as well as eating ice cream or drinking cold beer and questioning the maître d’hôtel, Olivier Dabescat, about the hotel’s prestigious clients. After 1917, he often came here with Paul Morand and the Princess Soutzo.
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