Going out for breakfast or brunch on the weekend in Paris is a unique culinary experience that should not be missed. From homemade muesli and organic goji berries, to cereal drizzled in apricot-almond-honey, or the more classic scrambled eggs, bacon or smoked salmon, here’s our pick of the 10 best cultural brunch spots in Paris.
Patisserie, French, $$$
La Bossue opened almost three years ago and has been winning over Paris with its breakfast and brunch offerings ever since. There are madeleine cakes and different kinds of cookies to try, as well as their own range of viennoiseries (croissants, pains au chocolat, brioches). Everything is homemade, grandma’s style, which is a rare treat in Paris today. They have a great team of bakers skilled in concocting even the bread from scratch. Brunch is a big homemade buffet served with orange juice and unlimited hot drinks (organic teas and coffee or homemade hot chocolate) for a reasonable €24,50. Reservation is highly recommended due to the limited seating.
La Bauhinia at the Shangri-La Hotel
Restaurant, Asian, French
Brunch at La Bauhinia offers an exciting mix of French and Asian cuisine, with the traditions of each well-respected and beautifully presented. There are delicious viennoiseries and baked pastries on offer, but if you’re feeling particularly ravenous there is a selection of cold meats (Mangalica ham, chorizo, Longhirano…), as well as the usual breads, cereal and granola that can be drizzled in apricot-almond-honey. You can ask for the authentic “La Bigottière” farm eggs to be fried, hard boiled, poached, scrambled, omelette or just egg whites, served with bacon, chipolata, Thai or poultry sausage, cooked or cured ham, dried tomatoes, mushrooms, or smoked salmon. But the ultimate highlight of their brunch is the mature cheese platters, including Monsieur Lefèvre Camembert, Saint-Nectaire, Beaufort, Brie de Melun and Cantal.
Café de Flore
Cafe, French, $$$
Café de Flore is steeped in French literary history, and is a must-visit brunch spot for anyone with a love for culture. The café used to serve the cultural elite including writers, philosophers, and artists such as Pablo Picasso
. Most famously, Simone de Beauvoir
penned her novel, The Blood of Others,
at one of its tables over her regular breakfast! If you fancy stopping by, then don’t miss their fabulous breakfast. They serve classic options very reasonably priced such as butter croissant for €2.70 and butter cake, raisin bread and chocolate bread all for €3.20 each. The menu also includes toasts and butter, blinis and egg dishes.
Restaurant, French, $$$
Nuance cafe is a cute little coffee shop located in the fifth district of Paris, just a stone’s throw away from Jardin des Plantes et Les Arènes de Lutece. If you’re looking for an authentic French gastronomic experience in cosy, chilled surroundings, then this is the ultimate place to be. All their food is homemade from only the freshest seasonal products, and their weekly brunch is hugely popular. It’s also just a cool place to chill out as the interior is decorated with a quirky touch and the WiFi works like magic.
Restaurant, Vegan, $$$
Supernature restaurant was founded by Clémentine and Christophe who are passionate about healthy eating, while delighting in creative invention. Their ‘menu brunch nature’ costs €25 and includes organic orange juice, white cheese, homemade muesli and organic goji berries, vegan ‘egg and cream cheese’, salad, guacamole, ham and sweet potatoes. If you’re still hungry afterwards, their cakes are to die for. The ultimate gem on their menu is the coconut milk dessert, deliciously made from natural coconut milk, then seed-topped to promise an explosion of deliciousness with every spoonful. They’ve also pioneered a fabulously filling chocolate brownie made of granola and a miel de châtaigner dessert (chestnut honey), topped with goji berries, as well as offering a wide range of gorgeous fruit salads.
Le Potager de Charlotte
Le Potager de Charlotte is a vegan restaurant that serves seasonal and local produce in innovative ways. Their brunch is wholesome and filling, including a choice of coffee, herbal tea, hot chocolate, juices or smoothies. The traditional cooked egg is replaced with sliced avocado, the smooth fruit layered with a delicious helping of hummus and the tang of turmeric. This is followed by a course of chickpea and rice pancake with cashew cream – an ingenious vegan use of cashew nuts to create a dairy-free alternative to cream. It’s dappled in herbs, and topped with espelette pepper. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s still the granola, hazelnuts, almond, buckwheat choice to follow, before finishing off with agave nectar, cashew vanilla cinnamon cream or coconut whipped cream. Brunch is only served on Sundays from 11am to 3pm, priced at €29.
La Nouvelle Seine Restaurant
What better place to spend your weekend brunch in Paris than on a barge on the River Seine? Not only does La Nouvelle Seine boast a brilliant location beneath the dramatic architecture of Notre Dame, and also a varied programme of activities that ranges from comedy to cabaret, but it also serves mouthwatering food. There are mini-pastries galore, orange juice, tea and coffee, fresh fruit salad, and pancakes. If you’d rather a savoury option, how about scrambled eggs, bacon or smoked salmon? The brunch menu costs €28 and they also offer a kids’ brunch with fried egg and small fried potatoes, chicken nuggets, sugar or chocolate donuts, and fresh fruit brochette for €15. The best aspect is the unique view of the city from the river.
Le Caminito Cabaret
Bar, French, $$$
This quirky space is a cross between a tiny bar and canteen, and it’s one of the cheapest places to enjoy brunch in Paris. Their high-quality espresso is proudly maintained for sale at just €1, which is almost unheard of in Paris! With cheap great coffee and a friendly ambiance, rest assured that the brunch is also a high standard. Their most popular brunch option is the salmon and eggs Benedict, topped with dill and cream. In short, it’s a down-to-earth place with a relatively cheap price tag, a vibrant and charming interior; no pretensions and an impressive selection of fresh food and drink on offer.
Restaurant, French, $$$
Having brunch on a barge is definitely a great idea, and the sand barge that now houses Le Galion was built in Amfreville in Normandy
in 1910, so is steeped in exciting history. This stylish wood-beam set-up boasts a classy ambiance, where you can try their appetising brunch on a Sunday.
The chef and his ‘Galoubiers’ offer you brunch for €34 per adult, €16 per child from 3 to 10 years old, with free children’s animation event on show from 13:00 to 15:00. Expect generous quantities of coffee, tea, hot chocolate, fruit juice, and an exotic assortment of cereals, as well as an avalanche of mini pastries.
Restaurant, French, American, $$$
restaurant in Le Marais is most famous for its burgers, taking great pride in the fact that they handcraft and bake their buns on-site every day, but they also serve an incredible brunch. Choose from eggs Benedict for €18, or Norwegian cooked eggs for €19, and either way, you’re in for a treat. What’s great is that all their meat is carefully sourced – exclusively taken from local farms that ensure sustainable practice is central to their production of top-quality meat. Have a creamy coffee or hot chocolate to accompany your eggs, or choose from a range of tea including ceylon, darjeeling, jasmine, and mint. A fresh orange, grapefruit, apple, apricot, or berry juice is also included. The brunch is served from midday only on Sundays, so don’t miss out.