1st Class Cafe Parisien
First Class, Café Parisien, Titanic, Belfast, March 1912.
Café Parisien was an entirely new luxury innovation aboard Titanic. The café’s large picture windows gave diners a view of the sea while dining - something that had never before been done on a British ship. This innovation was later adopted on Olympic.
Situated outside the first class À la Carte Restaurant, Café Parisien captured the style and atmosphere of a sidewalk café in Paris. White Star literature of the time described it as a ‘…charming sun-lit veranda, tastefully decorated in French trellis-work with ivy and other creeping plants…’.
The First Class passengers in Café Parisien certainly enjoyed the best of food. On April 14, the night Titanic struck an iceberg, the menu included oysters, salmon, roast duckling, sirloin of beef, pate de foie gras, peaches in Chartreuse jelly and chocolate and vanilla éclairs.