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Monday, August 30, 2010

A Step Back In Time

The Parc Brasserie is a charming bistro and cafe located on Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia.

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Parc recalls a lovely time in turn of the century Paris. Indeed restaurateur, Stephen Starr, spent a few years trolling the French countryside to locate each of the antique design elements which give the cafe its truly authentic Parisian feel.

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For Americans this is probably the closest thing to Le Grand Colbert~ the bistro made famous by Diane Keaton in “Something’s Gotta Give”.

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It has many of the same elements: beautiful wood paneling, cozy booths and of course the traditional French cafe chairs and tables.

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All of the bread is baked fresh daily on the premises.

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I am sure that a few rendezvous have occurred underneath this old bar clock.

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The powder room features marble, subway tile and ultra glamorous Parisian dancers on the wallpaper.

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Even the smallest detail was not overlooked. I adored the Deco period lighting.

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The tile work in the main dining area was also lovely but had more of an art nouveau feel.

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Of course some things are just better in color.


We arrived for brunch. My cousin and I both opted for the Pain Perdu (French toast). Sweet boy selected pancakes with blueberry compote.


I wouldn’t hesitate to go back and perhaps try the pommes frites for lunch.

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Or perhaps a lovely dinner for two.

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I hope you have enjoyed this culinary tour.

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As August comes to a close, so too ends the Decor To Adore month long travel series. Come back on Wednesday for an Amish buggy ride through the Pennsylvania countryside and see what I found (squeal!) in a very old house. 


For anyone who is searching for a way to observe the 5th anniversary of Katrina and its devastating impact on New Orleans I wanted to remind you of the Decor To Adore “Make It Right” Foundation.



Karen said...

Totally charming! I hope to get there someday.
Have a great week.
Ladybug Creek

Willow Decor said...

What a delight to find such a wonderful spot. I love all the wood - So charming!!

Willow Decor said...

What a fun to find such a charming spot! I love all the detailing and the wood! Wonderful!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Gorgeous photos Laura! Looks like a beautiful (and YUMMY!) restaurant! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Linda said...

Bravo, Laura ~ the photo presentation is marvelous!!

Looks like a wonderful place to discover. :o)

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Love the b&w pictures! They really make it look like a step back in time! Beautiful architecture!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Laura Sweetie...
Oh boy do I want to go. Could we do lunch there one day perhaps?

Beautiful, love the lighting and the bathroom, how elegant is that?

That old clock I am in LOVE with. Don't you just wish you could take it home with you? Everything is so shiny and so beautiful. Kept in original tact. I love and I am so thankful for you taking me there today.

Just beautiful sweet friend. Beautiful.

Have a gorgeous Monday. Another hot one. Country hugs and much love, Sherry said...

Everyone should have a weekend brunch at the Parc Brasserie at least once.
Wonderful photographs.

Your friend,

Jennifer said...

Fabulous! What a gorgeous restaurant. I wish we had discovered this little place when hubby & I were in Philly last December. All the details are just beautiful! Art Deco elements are probably my favorite.

We also took a ride through Amish country, but I am sure it is so much prettier in the summer.

French Basketeer said...

I don't need to go past the door to know that I would love this place; thanks for the tour and should mention I have been meaning to contribute to your Make it Right team, so I will do so today...

Screaming Meme said...

can i live I LOVE IT!!! Wow! Thank you for sharing! stop in and see a peek of my client's home...lovely! Xoxo, Meme

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Beautiful post of this beautiful restaurant. I could almost smell the bread baking & taste those luscious blueberries!

Deanna said...

This is one neat place to visit!
Would enjoy seeing this for real.
May you have a sweet September.

Everton Terrace said...

You had me at the door handles! What a place. I would be so busy inspecting everything I might forget to eat. Can't imagine what it must smell like with the bread baking daily..........

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

What a beautiful restaurant. I have loved your travel features. The Amish country is my favorite place. It is so pretty there. Can't wait to see what you found. Love & blessings from NC!

The Pennington Point said...

It's been interesting reading about your travels. You have such a great perspective. I'm ready to hear what you've been up to since you got back. :) Lisa~

Maija said...

I grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia but never saw it (and the shore) the way you are! How wonderful!!

I was excited to see you mentioned in the pages of the Arizona magazine.

Visual Vamp said...

I love this place and all the photos!!!
xo xo