breakfast at parc




I always seek out bits and pieces of Paris, no matter where I am. Locally in Philadelphia, I get my Francophile fix at Parc. Overlooking the iconic Rittenhouse Square, you’re quickly transported the moment you step foot inside the door. Whether you’re seated inside on a cozy red leather banquette or among their numerous quaint bistro tables, you’re in for a treat. Offering an authentic French bistro experience, the atmosphere is just as French as the food. As you can imagine, when they reached out and invited me for breakfast, my answer was a swift and resounding “yes please”. In fact, Mr. Fleurishing and I decided to make it a belated Valentine’s day date in the city…click through to see our delicious déjeuner!







With an impressive breakfast menu, it was difficult to make decisions, but I chose the polenta and eggs basquaise. The presentation won me over first, arriving in a cast iron skillet and looking so photogenic – it was both delicate and delicious. My husband ordered the classic vol au vent, which was equally yummy. Our sides of fresh fruit and nueske smoked bacon were the perfect additions. Of course, we saved room for dessert, I mean…look at these beauties!





That first gorgeous creation, la tarte, is a masterpiece of chocolate ganache, blood oranges and vanilla crème fraiche. I chose their classic profiteroles, which are a favorite of mine. Something about the pâte à choux, vanilla ice cream, and bittersweet chocolate wins me over every time. At the suggestion of our lovely server, we ended up imbibing some cocktails with our breakfast…because, why not?! I enjoyed a mimosa lorraine, a twist on the classic with the addition of cherry and peach liquors. We also sampled this beauty, called the marigold. We left with big smiles thanks to a fabulous experience (and maybe a little bit due to the alcohol, ha). Mille mercis to Parc Restaurant for such a treat…à la prochaine!




this post is sponsored by parc…as always, all words + opinions are my own.


  1. Your meal looks absolutely beautiful. My father and stepmother actually are just on their way home from two weeks in Paris. Even though we were just there a little over a month ago I’m already dying to go back. We only have one good French restaurant locally, hoping that changes soon!

    Molly {Dreams in HD}

    • thank you Molly, I hope that changes for you as well (more restaurant options)…I’m always dying to go back, no matter how soon I returned. ;)

  2. With absolutely no offense to France, isn’t it wonderful how our American restaurants can do French food so well? We have a few great French bistros here in Seattle and the combo of fresh, local ingredients, and timeless French techniques cannot be beat. A breakfast date with cocktails and dessert is so fun…thanks for sharing!

    • absolutely Cynthia…there is quite a plethora of amazing French restaurants here in the states – many thanks to chefs training in France, and of course, in the techniques developed there. thank you for your comment!

  3. Yes! Every time I go to Parc I am transported back to Paris. It’s amazing how well Stephen Starr has recreated the Belle Epoque Parisian bistro – down to the smudgey gilded mirrors! And it is so nice to see Philly’s “French District” actually have something French in it.
    Do you ever go to Bistrot la Minette at 6th and Bainbridge? That’s the other Philly restaurant that completely transports me whenever I am there.

    • me too Lizzie – they spared no detail…the Starr Restaurants are impressive! and yes I’ve been to la Minette quite a few times (although not recently)…it’s another favorite of mine. merci!

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