Step into another world as you enter the ethereal and tranquil Comptoir des Fées. Bursting with original themes that change each week, from ‘Brasilian’ to ‘Smoothie criminal’, this is the kind of place that will always deliver new and exciting surprises. The words ‘cute’ and ‘charming’ spring to mind as you enjoy the hearty portions of both sweet and savory delights in this fairytale setting.
31, Rue de la Charité, Lyon, France +33 (0)4 37 23 02 10#
Built in 1864 and situated right in the centre of Lyon, Le Grand Café des Négociants still retains all of its lavish nineteenth-century style, with its luxurious decor and extremely professional staff. Enjoy a generous yet affordable breakfast menu, including delicious pastries, warm French bread, and hot drinks. While the hours with a coffee, reading the newspapers provided, and soaking up the warm and welcoming atmosphere of this unique, historical venue.
1, Place Francisque Régaud, Lyon, France, +33 (0)4 78 42 50 05
A lovely modern bistro, Le Comptoir JOA is perfectly situated just a few meters from the famous Parc de la Tête d’Or. It’s the ideal location to start your Sunday before a long stroll through the park that houses the biggest free zoo in Europe. This bistro boasts an enormous terrace where you can sample a large variety of pastries, fresh bread, crêpes, waffles, fresh salads and a delicious apple and cinnamon crumble. Complete this classic French breakfast with a sumptuous omelette all while soaking up the Lyonnais sunshine.
44, Quai Charles de Gaulle, Lyon, France +33 (0)4 78 94 97 28
Located right in the center of the presqu’île (literally the ‘almost island’, between the two rivers of Lyon), Café Mademoiselle welcomes you for a chic and modern twist on the traditional brunch. With a choice of set menus from the ‘Basic’ to the ‘Serious’, all appetites are catered for. Finish off your meal with some fresh seasonal fruit and a glass of champagne as you bask in the homely setting.
3, Rue des Remparts d’Ainay, Lyon, France +33 (0)4 78 03 54 10
Situated in the heart of Lyon, L’Origo offers one of the most generous brunches in Lyon, bursting with fresh ingredients and home-cooked flavor. Fill up on as many pastries, meats, cheeses and cakes as you desire, thanks to the all-you-can-eat buffet, and then choose from an astonishing range of hot dishes including mini burgers, club sandwiches, bruschetta, quiche Lorraine, and tarts. If you’ve still got room, move onto a fabulous array of desserts, including strawberry fruit salad and mini tiramisu.
3, Rue du Jardin des Plantes, Lyon, France +33 (0)9 84 28 28 28
If you choose to explore the wonderful, alternative, Bohemian quarter of Lyon that is Croix Rousse (and we highly recommend that you do), make sure your journey ends in the friendly, welcoming atmosphere of the cafe L’Instant. It offers fresh pastries daily, and its weekend brunch menus are both reasonably-priced and generous. They also have a generous book collection available for all customers to take advantage of.
3, Place Bertone, Lyon, France +33 (0)4 78 29 85 08