Belle Epoque Dining A Hidden Gem in Paris …

One of the private room of Le Pharamond restaurant

Listed as one of Paris historical monument Le Pharamond has a wonderful history that goes back to the beginning of the 19th century when the Pharamond family arrives from Normandy to open a special restaurant in Paris. With the renovation of the Les Halles by Victor Baltard under the reign of Napoleon III, Les Halles soon became known as Paris popular “Food Court” where restaurants proliferated around the area, but it was not till the World Exhibition of 1900 when Le Pharamond restaurant was given its Belle Epoque decoration to host the House of Normandy. This is probably one of the unique places in Les Halles which still retain all of its original decorations. One can just imagine how it would have been like during the heyday of Les Halles crowned with Baltard style architecture, unfortunately, nothing is left of this style. Located right at the heart of Les Halles, the restaurant with its half timbered style facade is beautifully decorated with painted mirrors and ceramics as well as exquisite woodwork. Even if it is just for a quick lunch it is a worthwhile stopover when browsing through the area, and a walk up the superb spiral staircase to get a glimpse of the private rooms is certainly not to be missed.

Belle Epoque decoration in one of the upper private rooms of Le Pharamond

The wooden staircase leading to the private rooms …

Here are more images of this hidden gem of the Belle Epoque restaurant …

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