The Top Brunch Spots In Versailles, France

Courtyard at the front of the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles), near Paris, France
Courtyard at the front of the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles), near Paris, France | © Ian G Dagnall / Alamy
Nicola Simonetti

Versailles is a city oozing grandeur and brilliance, a place epitomizing elegance and the style of old Europe. The principal residence of the French monarchy for decades, Versailles is famous for its stunning Château, as well as beautiful churches, gardens, and historical districts. As befits a city of such splendor, there are a number of beautiful spots in which to have a breakfast break or take a light lunch. Here is the The Culture Trip’s list of the top 10 brunch spots you can find throughout the city.

1. Monument Cafe

Cafe, French, Tea , European, Vegetarian, Vegan

Monument Cafes Desserts
Courtesy of Monument Cafe
An idyllic spot for families, couples and solo travelers, Monument Cafe is perfectly situated at the bottom of the Versailles Cathedral. The elegant interior is chic and spacious, and the staff are arguably some of the friendliest in the area. Monument offers a buffet of mixed specialities every lunchtime, the most popular of which is the delicious Sunday brunch option. The breakfast buffet is vast and includes eggs, ham, mushrooms, potatoes, quiche, croissants and crepes, all of great quality.

2. Le Blé Noir

Cafe, Patisserie, Dessert

A cozy and compact crêperie, Le Blé Noir offers fantastic brunch food, and is ideally situated only minutes from the Palace of Versailles. The buckwheat pancakes here are delicious and are prepared according to the traditional Breton recipe, and a particularly scrumptious option is the pear, blue cheese and proscuitto crêpe. The prices are reasonable, and there is a 40% discount available with an online reservation. The rooms here are bright and tastefully decorated, with impressive stone walls and modern decor. You’ll be hard pushed to find pancakes made from fresher products in Versailles.

3. Chez StefS

Restaurant, French

Chez StefS is a top choice for fantastic food made with originality and authenticity. A broad food and wine menu means there is something to cater for every taste here, and sweet lovers are implored to try the heavenly fish and brookie (brownie and cookie) dessert. A scrumptious and diverse range of French meat and cheese is available, and the vanilla bourbon panna cotta is a local favorite. The modern and minimal interior of the restaurant reflects well the creativity of the dishes, and the friendliness of the owners is just one more reason the brunch spot cannot be missed.

4. Esprit d'Atelier

Bistro, Charcuterie, Restaurant, French

Esprit d’Atelier is a trendy and artistic bistro, the ideal setting in which to relax and dine whilst appreciating French art. Several modern art pieces are displayed in the restaurant, giving customers the chance to enjoy the work of some of France’s best artists whilst sampling some delicious food. Esprit d’Atelier creates fresh dishes daily, a particular local favorite being their delicious cheesecake. A cheese selection, Corsican charcuterie, and mesclun salad are a few highlights from the menu.

5. Brasserie du Théatre

Brasserie, Restaurant, French

Just a few minutes walk from the Palace of Versailles, the Brasserie du Théatre is like stepping into the France of yesteryear, with its elegant old-style decor and beautiful terrace. A top brunch choice for theater fans, the restaurant is a favorite hangout for local stage actors due to its close proximity to the Théâtre Montansier. The theatrical theme is continued pleasantly inside with framed pictures of famous actors adorning the walls.This place is very popular, with the best dishes of the house including sauerkraut, grilled salmon and grilled sole.

6. Café des Arts

Bistro, Cafe, French

This authentic bistro is a top choice for traditional French cuisine in Versailles. There are both indoor and outdoor seating areas, and the wooden decor creates a rustic and homely feel. Facilities for disabled people, such as disabled parking nearby, make Café des Arts really attentive to everyone’s needs. Highlights from the menu include grilled Andouillette sausage and veal brains.

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