Parisian in Philadelphia
Six places to visit in The City of Brotherly Love when you want to channel your inner-Parisian.
Otherwise known as "Paris on the Parkway", The Rodin Museum contains the largest collection of sculptor, Auguste Rodin's works outside Paris.
THE BARNES FOUNDATION
You don't have to visit The Museé D'Orsay or L'Orangerie to see the works of Monet, Matisee, Renoir or Picasso, because fortunately, Albert C. Barnes brought them all to Philly. Barnes essentially lived Owen Wilson's dream in the movie "A Midnight in Paris", buying his first two paintings by Henri Matisse from the home of Gertrude and Leo Stein during the Golden Age in Paris. Through his Paris art dealer, Paul Guillaume, Barnes was introduced to the work of other modern artists such as Pablo Picasso. Lucky for us, his private collection of impressionist, post-impressionist and early modern art is now available to all of us.
THE GOOD KING TAVERN
The Good King Tavern is your Philadelphia equivalent of a cool French tavern that you might find somewhere like the Marais neighborhood of Paris. It's a spot for locals who appreciate good wine and good food, without the pretense. There's no need for an exhaustive wine or cocktail list at TGK, because the options they offer are always on point. Also make sure to check out their new French-focused wine bar, le Caveau.
BISTROT LA MINETTE
"Our singular goal is that our service, cuisine and ambiance, will transport a guest to a great bistro table in France", reads the homepage of Bistro La Minette's website. And with their classic bistro design, seasonal ingredients, and occasional screenings of French films on the terrace, they do just that. Order the escargot and Bouchée à la Reine
Steven Starr's traditional bistro, nostalgic of the La Belle Epoque era in Paris never disappoints. Whether it's sipping on a latte in the morning, enjoying people watching over the French onion soup in the afternoon, or kicking back with some bubbly and the incredible dover sole for dinner, Parc will always be one of my favorite go-to places in Philadelphia, any time of day. It's no surprise it's one of the top grossing restaurants in America.
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