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It's French, and you can eat en plein aire — it's about as romantic as a restaurant can be without candlelight at Café du Parc, the French bistro at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Willard InterContinental in Washington, D.C.
You’ll find Café du Parc has a romantic and urbane Parisian charm. Dining alfresco facing Pennsylvania Avenue, with Hill workers passing by and tourists coming from the nearby National Mall, is sure to make you and your companion feel closer. Order a pair of sparkling French-inspired cocktails from Le Bar, such as classic Kir Royales with French Champagne or perhaps the Cherry Blossom cocktail with sparkling wine and St-Germain elderflower liqueur.
Sharing one of the exquisite desserts at the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended restaurant is sure to induce a warm glow. Satisfy your chocolate craving with the indulgent tarte au chocolat, a warm chocolate tart crowned with chocolate sorbet and an orange reduction. If you're a fruit dessert lover, select the pear and almond tart filled with creamy mascarpone cheese. Our favorite was the île flottante — French for “floating island.” It’s an airy meringue on a delicious pool of salted caramel and vanilla custard, and sure to make you and your companion feel like you’re the only ones in the room.
Café du Parc has a classic French bistro feeling. This feeling is especially true in the outdoor seating area on Pennsylvania Avenue or in the courtyard on warm days.