Breakfast and brunch never taste sweeter than when they’re enjoyed on holiday. To start your day of exploring in Nîmes off right, head to one of our top breakfast and brunch spots in the city, which include traditional dishes, hearty vegan options and everything in between. Bon appétit!
Farmers is a sweet organic cafe and restaurant in the heart of Nîmes. The decor feels homely with dried flowers hanging and shelved nick-nacks. Here is where you can enjoy the most delicious (and full to the brim) dishes. If you’re vegetarian or vegan, then definitely head straight over – it isn’t always a given to come across vegan-friendly eateries in France.
A gorgeous little cafe come library, Les Fées Café is a calming way to start your day. They serve a range of French classics – pastries, coffee, juice – as well as a selection of sweet treats which, if you’re there during brunch, you might as well indulge in, too!
Situated in the old town with a few chairs street-side and a sweet terrace out back, Kitchenette Food Store is open from 9 am every day, except Sundays. The owners serve up authentic and healthy breakfast dishes at a reasonable price. If you’re looking for something more than a croissant and a cosy setting to start the day, Kitchenette Food Store is a great option.
This sweet Scandinavian-style bakery sells coffee and cakes and for breakfast, delicious pancakes, juice, granola, eggs and more. It’s just a stone’s throw from one of the city’s main squares, Place du Marché, so it’s in the perfect location to start your day.
Le Tablier Rouge is a traditional cafe and restaurant located on the pretty square of Place Bellecroix in the heart of the city. It’s especially favourable if you’re after a local start to the day, with a coffee and a pastry in hand. Their crepes are pretty tasty, too and for €4.50, you can enjoy one with a drink.
Open since 2016, Les P’tits Poissons Verts occupies a great location in the centre of Nîmes. Serving up organic, vegetarian and vegan dishes all made in-house, they also have a lovely selection of gluten-free options. There is even a reading corner for the little ones if you’re stopping by for breakfast with the kids.
When in France, a boulangerie definitely has to be on your list of places to stop off at for breakfast or brunch. Croquants Villaret is a quaint bakery come cafe, where you can either buy your tasty treats and eat them while exploring the old town or sit at one of their few tables inside with a coffee. They also sell a few packaged treats, which make the perfect gifts to take home.
Brasserie Le Napoléon doesn’t serve breakfast, but if you’re looking to enjoy a late brunch or want a treat, this is the place. This brasserie has been open since 1813 and is a real landmark in the city, undergoing renovations in 2014 and now, looking better than ever. The decor is composed of Second Empire architecture, including mouldings, gilding and large mirrors throughout and the food is made up of traditional French dishes.
La Pause d’Auguste is a trendy little cafe serving up gluten-free pastries, smoothies, daily specials and of course, very good coffee. If you’re looking for somewhere to take a quick break without losing the whole morning, then this fairly in and out cafe will definitely do the job.
A visit to Nîmes’ covered market – Les Halles – is one of the best ways to sample some local breakfast dishes. This marketplace is where locals come to stock up on their daily and weekly groceries and where they gather to start the day or toast during their lunchtime pause. Open from early in the morning, wander here and see if any of the stalls’ produce takes your fancy to munch on alongside your morning espresso at one of the cafes.