The 10 Best Brunch Spots In Ecusson, Montpellier

Photo of Laura Broomhead
27 November 2016

Montpellier is a hip and trendy Mediterranean city in the South of France. Écusson, Montpellier’s old town, is the oldest and most central part of the city and always boasts the latest trends, which means that here you’ll find an abundance of sublime brunch and late breakfast spots. Here’s our list of the top 10.

Fruit smoothies | © KenHawkins/Flickr


Cafe, Juice Bar, Coffee Shop, Healthy, Vegetarian, Vegan
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Delecto, hidden in plain sight in the very heart of Écusson, is one of Montpellier’s health-food savvy brunch and breakfast spots. The cafe is mainly focused around its delicious and varied juices made from fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables, which you can enjoy in the light and open cafe or on the AstroTurf-covered terrace outside. The special brunch offer available on Saturdays and Sundays, which comes with tea or coffee, one of Delecto’s famous smoothies, artisanal breads and the ‘dessert of the day’, is particularly popular, so booking ahead is advised.

Le Pré Vert

Restaurant, Brasserie, Cafe, Mediterranean, French, Vegetarian, $$$
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Le Pré Vert in Montpellier’s old town is open from early in the morning until late at night and serves a variety of wholesome and delicious meals. It is the cafe-cum-restaurant’s brunch, however, that is really something to look forward to. There are two brunch options to choose from, and both include a selection of sweet and savory foods prepared fresh on site. The more expensive option also comes with toast with butter and jam, a large hot drink and a glass of freshly squeezed orange or grapefruit juice.

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Afternoon Tea


Modern, Casual, Family Friendly

Envie de Vert-Tige

Cafe, Restaurant, Fast Food, $$$
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Vegan banana muffins
Vegan banana muffins | © SarahR/Flickr
Envie de Vert-Tige is a health conscious half-cafe, half-restaurant situated on the northern border of Écusson. The bright and colorful interior is a breath of fresh air and reflects the cafe’s ethos of only using fresh, seasonal ingredients in their food and drinks. For a healthy start to your day, pop into Envie de Vert-Tige for a tasty and nutritious breakfast of freshly squeezed fruit juices, made-to-order smoothies and vegetarian and vegan friendly sweet and savory snacks. You can enjoy the food in the cafe or order to take away.

Manhattan Coffee

Manhattan Coffee offers the perfect little pick me up on the most easterly side of Écusson. Here great quality coffee, fresh and locally sourced ingredients and home-made snacks are all on the menu. The friendly and knowledgeable staff is an added bonus. Their brunch in particular has garnered quite a following, so go on a Sunday to sample this end-of-the-week treat. On sunny days, be sure to enjoy your food and drink sitting on the terrace overlooking the stunning Place du nombre d’or.
Address & telephone number: 14, Place du Nombre d’Or, 34000 Montpellier, France, +33 4 34 11 33 55

Nook Café

Nook Café is predominately a place to go for great tea and coffee in a relaxing and cozy atmosphere. There’s plenty of indoor and outdoor seating and free Wi-Fi, making this a great place for a relaxing but productive start to the day. The cafe serves sweet and savory snacks from early morning to late afternoon which are great accompaniments for your iced latte, mocha, filter coffee or fruit tea.
Address & telephone number: 2, rue de l’Ancien Courrier, 34000 Montpellier, France, +33 4 99 65 61 94

Café Noisette

Café Noisette only opened in Écusson two years ago but is already a firm favorite on the brunch and breakfast scene in Montpellier. The charming décor of exposed brickwork, floral bunting and mismatched tables and chairs makes the perfect surroundings for your mid-morning meal. Café Noisette has a special brunch menu which is available on Saturdays. You can also satisfy your sweet tooth every day of the week with Café Noisette’s selection of cakes, cake pops and artisan pastries. This might not be the healthiest of breakfasts, but is definitely one of the tastiest.
Address & telephone number: 21, boulevard Pasteur, 34090 Montpellier, France, +33 4 67 16 77 49

Fairview Coffee

At Fairview Coffee, located just a couple of streets away from the beautiful Place de la Comédie, you’ll be met with the aroma of freshly ground coffee and a selection of hot and cold drinks inspired by the seasons. The special brunch option, available on Sundays, is particularly delicious, but if you’re there during the week you won’t have to look far for a tasty late breakfast treat. There’s a wide variety of homemade pastries, sweet and savory pancakes and the house granola made on site to choose from.
Address & telephone number: 6, rue Loys, 34000 Montpellier, France, +33 9 80 56 39 39

Coffee Club

Cafe, Coffee Shop, French, Coffee, $$$
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Coffee Beans
Coffee Beans | © NicTaylor/Flickr
Great coffee is high on the agenda at this independent coffee shop in the historic center of Montpellier, which makes it the perfect place to stop by for your first caffeine fix of the day. Coffee Club sources its coffee beans from all over the world and many are ground locally in the Languedoc Roussillon region. The friendly owners are always trying to improve their already delicious brews which go perfectly alongside the cafe’s selection of cakes, cookies and pastries, all made locally and free from artificial ingredients.

French Connection

Inspired by America’s recent love affair with all things brunch-related, French Connection has opened its doors on this side of the Atlantic to offer great breakfasts to the people of Montpellier. You can mix and match items from the plentiful menu, which includes sweet and savory options (the eggs Benedict in particular is a popular choice) to go alongside your coffee, to stay in or take away. French Connection’s delicious brunch is available every day of the week no matter the time, which is something of a rarity in French cafes.

Address & telephone number: 45-47, rue de l’Aiguillerie, 34000 Montpellier, France, +33 6 76 60 76 38

Les Fils À Maman

Montpellier’s Les Fils À Maman is one of around a dozen in France and around the world which serves brunch, lunch and dinner in unique surroundings. The Montpellier branch is located in one of the oldest buildings in Écusson. The original vaulted ceilings and exposed stone work contrast with the bright, pop-art inspired decor. Retro toys and games adorn the walls giving the whole place a young, fun atmosphere in which to enjoy your brunch, made up of one sweet and one savory plate from a choice of 14, along with a hot drink and a fresh fruit juice.
Address & telephone number: 12, rue du Petit Saint-Jean, 34000 Montpellier, France, +33 4 67 60 60 71