The Best Brunch And Late Breakfast Spots In Nantes' Centre Ville

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Nantes won the European Green Capital Award in 2013 and boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage. Being an international city, they have quickly caught up with the current brunch trends and you can find an array of cafés and restaurants offering morning menus. Here are our favorite spots for breakfast and brunch in the city.
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Shefferville Café

Cafe, Sandwich Shop, French, Fast Food, Vegetarian
This little central café specializes in bagels, which becomes obvious when you read their breakfast and brunch menus. Shefferville café offers a variety of seven morning menus ranging in price and size which are served between 9am and 11am every day apart from Sunday, when they are served from 9am until 4pm. In addition to these menus, the café also offers two Sunday brunch options, the Extra Américain, with pork, and the Extra Canadien, with fish. Both (of course) come with bagels, but they also include french bread, cereal, fruit, pancakes and eggs, fruit juice and a hot drink.
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Restaurant, French
This elegant restaurant organizes a buffet brunch one or two Sundays a month at 12 o’clock. The brunch buffet includes starters, cheese, pastries and desserts, in addition to a choice of main courses. As you can imagine, it is definitely a good idea to go on an empty stomach. The large, high-roofed dining room used to be the courtroom of Nante’s courthouse, as you’ll be able to see from the building’s splendid exterior. Finally, the cherry on the cake, an artist is invited to show and explain her or his artworks while you are enjoying this wonderful meal. It’s best to book in advance.
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Sugar Blue

Sugar Blue café was designed to be cozy, using natural materials like wood and stone, warm colors and salvaged furniture. Serving good quality coffee is important to them, and their coffee is purchased from one of France’s best coffee merchants. All the food is homemade with local products and they bake gluten-free and lactose-free cakes. They offer two breakfast menus, a simple one consisting of a coffee and a pastry, and a more complete one with orange juice, a hot drink and a choice between pastries, cookies or toast.
Address and telephone number : 4 Rue de l’Arche Sèche, Nantes, Toulouse, +33 983 24 19 24

Le Louis Blanc

With its unique brightly colored décor, the fresh, homemade food and the large portions, Le Louis Blanc is an attractive option for a Sunday brunch. The brunch is served from 11.30am to 3pm, and there are three menus: the fish, the pork or the chicken menu. They all include a hot drink, pastries, a choice of jams and spreads, fruit juice, a boiled egg, homemade guacamole, mashed potato and fromage blanc. They also do a children’s menu.
Address and telephone number : 2 rue Louis Blanc, Nantes, France, +33 687 10 29 72

L’Esprit du Temps

This café is run as a cooperative and is only open on weekends. It is a little out of Nantes’ center but it doesn’t take long to get there by car or public transport. They offer delicious homemade cakes for a very reasonable price. If you wish to taste a traditional local delicacy, try the gâteau Nantais (Nantes cake), made with crushed almonds, rum and lots of icing sugar. They also do a brunch (reservation is necessary) which includes a hot drink, a freshly squeezed orange juice, homemade pancakes, a savory dish and the dessert of your choice. They organize events such as workshops, debates and conferences, so if you’re interested, check out their events calendar.
Address and telephone number : 20, Grand Rue, Rezé, France, +33 660 73 33 91