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The interior of Café du Parc, the French bistro at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Willard InterContinental in Washington, D.C. is bright and cheery with natural light pouring in through the wall of windows at the front of the café. White walls are adorned with framed French landscapes and bold blue booths are draped with sunlight. Even with rich, dark wood on the floors and tables, the space is exceedingly bright all day, perfect for enjoying a rich breakfast, Illy coffee and the morning paper. On a pleasant day, the French doors and windows are left open so that the fresh air and street sounds can make their way inside. The charming interior design at the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended restaurant is sure to make you feel like you’re in France rather than D.C.
Café du Parc is a two-level café/restaurant. The main level is a café where illy Caffe coffee and housemade pastries are served in a French bistro atmosphere with mosaic tiles, wrought iron bistro tables and marble countertops. The café has French doors and large windows, which open onto an expanse of sidewalk facing Pennsylvania Avenue on a nice day. The upstairs level is notable for its open kitchen, which runs across three-quarters the length of the dining room that features blue banquette seats and hardwood floors. The walls are cream and dark yellow (a bistro color) with classic sconces. A doorway leads to a patio with fountain for al fresco dining.