Le Club des 5
Run by a group of five adventurous friends, Le Club des 5 is named after the French version of Enid Blyton’s well-loved Famous Five books, which accompanied many childhoods in the 1960s and 70s. Childhood nostalgia is not just in the name, however. Le Club des 5 is brimming with French childhood memorabilia including Barbar the Elephant, old French editions of children’s’ books, vintage toy cars and collages featuring cartoon characters from across the generations. The furnishings also have a hint of vintage about them, including old school desks and red skai chairs. For the young at heart and lovers of vintage, Le Club des 5 is a great place to linger over a weekend brunch, sampling savory muffins and diving into an Oreo cheesecake.
Le Club des 5, 57 Rue des Batignolles, Paris, France, +33 1 53 04 94 73
As its name suggests, La REcyclerie is a venue with an ecological attitude where Parisians can come and repair their broken treasures using tools provided or renovate an old piece of bric-a-brac. Situated in an old railway station near the Porte de Clignancourt, La REcyclerie is a perfect continuation of a weekend wander around the neighboring famous flea market. La REcyclerie offers a very original, laid-back setting to enjoy a weekend brunch based on classic breakfast ingredients and a changing menu of sweet and savory dishes accompanied by a healthy Caribbean Bissap (hibiscus) juice.
La REcyclerie, 83 Boulevard Ornano, Paris, France, +33 1 42 57 58 49
Le Bal Café
Close to Montmartre, Le Bal Café is slightly off the beaten track and a great getaway from the crowds of tourists. Nestled in a narrow cobbled street off the Avenue Clichy, Le Bal itself is home to the visual arts, hosting documentary exhibitions by artists working with photography, film and new media, as well as a bookshop selling limited editions and hosting book launches and debates with some of the most important representatives of documentary art. Le Bal serves a British-style breakfast and brunch at the weekend, along with cheesecakes, pancakes and other sundries that will take the mind off the sometimes harsh reality the exhibits portray.
Le Bal Café, 6, Impasse de la Défense, Paris, France, +33 1 44 70 75 50
After a stroll around the Père Lachaise Cemetery, the lively La Bellevilloise provides an interesting stop for brunch on any Sunday or bank holiday. A former Maison du Peuple providing political and cultural information to the general public, La Bellevilloise continues today in the same vein, opening its doors to political debates, cultural exhibitions and staging many a show or concert. In the midst of all this activity, its industrial-style cafe La Halle aux Oliviers, featuring mature olive trees and a corrugated roof letting natural light pour over a variety of vintage tables and chairs, offers an array of hams, quiches, soups and fish and plenty to satisfy the sweet tooth. A good ambiance is guaranteed with the accompaniment of an acoustic jazz concert. There are two sittings – an early one at 11:30 a.m. and a later one at 2 p.m.
La Bellevillevoise, 19-21 Eue Boyer, Paris, France, +33 1 46 36 07 07
Situated in the up-and-coming, so-called new Latin Quarter on the Left Bank at the foot of the monumental towers of the BNF (the National Library), the Café Bibliothèque is one of the famous Costes cafes, known for their stylish, en vogue designs. Café Bibliothèque’s breathtaking features include sumptuous red carpets, red lacquered walls, high ceilings and ceiling-to-floor windows looking out at the four glass towers commissioned by the late François Mitterand and designed to resemble open books. The set-price Sunday buffet brunch offers a wide choice of hot and cold sweet and savory dishes, and in addition comes with a ticket to see a film in the neighboring cinema complex.
Café Bibliothèque, 60 Avenue de France, Paris, France, +33 1 55 75 08 00
La Cuisine Royal Monceau
‘Royal booster’ chia seed smoothies packed with superfoods, melt-in-the-mouth smoked salmon, gluten-free baked goods and a sumptuous cheese board accompanied by honey and dried fruits are all on the superb brunch menu at the Royal Monceau. Located a short walk from the Arc de Triomphe and overlooking the famous Parc Monceau, the Michelin-starred restaurant in the palatial Royal Monceau hotel is perfect for a weekend detox. On Sundays Chef Hans Zahner adds Lebanese mezze, sushi, oysters and seafood to the brunch menu, while sweet connoisseurs can enjoy Pierre Hermé’s signature macarons, pancakes, waffles and other delicacies. Not the cheapest brunch in the city, but certainly a luxurious experience.
La Cuisine Royal Monceau, 37 Avenue Hoche, Paris, France, +33 1 42 99 88 00
Parisians do not only go to the Boulevard Haussmann for its famous department stores. Alongside the commercial bustle of Printemps and Galéries Lafayette is the splendid 19th century Jacquemart-André Museum, a magnificent mansion built by a couple of the same name. Edouard André and Nélie Jacquemart were dedicated art collectors and travelers, and today their former residence houses their vast collection of paintings, sculptures, furniture and objets d’art. Parisians love coming here at the weekend to savor a classic brunch in the elegant setting of the mansion’s former dining room, which has the status of being one of the oldest tearooms in Paris. Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Café Jacquemart-André, 158 Boulevard Haussmann, Paris, France, +33 1 45 62 11 59
Sandwiched between the rue de Rivoli and the Pont Neuf, Kong offers a unique brunch experience, taking its customers into a glass bubble roof at the top of a Haussmann building surrounded by the typical slated roofs of Paris. Among its neighboring rooftops is the former iconic department store, La Samaritaine, and Louis Vuitton’s HQ. The glass bubble is the brainchild of Laurent Taïb and the impressive interior design, featuring transparent chairs bearing contemporary female portraits, was designed by Philippe Starck. The uniqueness of the bubble has made the Kong an ideal film set; its claim to fame includes appearing in the final episode of Sex and the City. Brunch comes in the shape of organic eggs done in every possible way, baguettes with butter and jam or one of the lunch menu dishes signed by chef Richard Pommiès and his team.
Kong, 1 Eue du Pont Neuf, Paris, France, +33 1 40 39 09 00
A step away from the Champs Elysées, walking into Miss Kô is like entering a crazy contemporary art gallery; art is omnipresent here with occasional exhibitions by street artists such as Le Diamantaire. Permanent features include a hallucinatory mural by David Rochline, a sculpted lamp by Régis R and video projections by GBH, while the restaurant’s psychedelic Asian-style interior design comes from the imagination of Philippe Starck. Brunch at Miss Ko is no ordinary eating experience, with tea and coffee served in thermoses and Japanese omelettes made without eggs.
Miss Kô, 49/51 Avenue George V, Paris, France, +33 1 53 67 84 60
Paris en Scène
There is a wide choice of bateaux mouches on offer to relish the sights of Paris, but Paris en Scène is one with a difference, proposing a Sunday brunch while cruising along the river Seine. The crew welcomes passengers to sample a selection of French-style savory dishes such as foie gras or salmon, or an array of French cheeses followed by a selection of freshly baked pastries and tarts. The food, coffee and tea keep flowing as the boat passes under the many bridges of Paris and provides its passengers with wonderful views of some of the city’s most famous landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Notre Dame cathedral. Boarding is at 12:30 p.m., so make sure you don’t miss the boat.
Paris en Scène, L’Escale De Grenelle, Quai de Grenelle, Paris, France, +33 1 41 41 90 70