The Interior of the Café Frascati, Philibert-Louis Debucourt, 1807

The Interior of the Café Frascati, Philibert-Louis Debucourt, 1807

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In 1789 the Italian Garchi Café Frascati opened near the Paris Opéra. This became a spot where sophisticated Parisians went not only to enjoy perfumed ices, lemonade, punch and tea, but also, and more importantly, to be seen. On 4 August 1806 the Journal des Dames observed, ‘Last Thursday, Frascati glittered as never before. Its rooms were filled with ladies dressed up as if going to the theatre.’

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