Despite Paris’ reputation as a culinary city, the concept of brunch was slow to catch on. But thanks to a drove of expats and French entrepreneurs, brunch is taking hold in the city. Now, Parisians are trading in their traditional coffee-and-croissant breakfasts for the city’s growing range of brunch offering. No matter what you fancy, Paris is brimming with brunch spots to discover.
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From its inviting pastel-green exterior to its spacious interior, this light and breezy place has quickly become a neighbourhood staple. The classic all-day menu features: one of Paris' best-loved brunch items - shakshuka (Middle Eastern–style baked eggs); green eggs topped with feta; fluffy pancakes served with seasonal fruit; homemade granola; and stone-fruit Bircher muesli.
Address: 22 rue de la Folie MéricourT, 75011
HOURS: MON–Sun 9am–6pM
METRO: Parmentier (line 3), Oberkampf (line 5, 9)
After the success of Buvette in New York, American chef Jody Williams brought her gastrotheque to Paris, which welcomed her with open arms. Crowd favourites include the croque-monsieur (the classic French sandwich filled with ham and topped with fried cheese), croque-madame (a croque monsieur topped with a fried egg) and pain perdu (french toast).
ADDRESS: 28 rue Henry Monnier, 75009
HOURS: SAT–Sun 10–12am, Tues–Fri 8.30–12am
METRO: Pigalle (line 2, 12), Saint-Georges (line 12)
One of the first eateries to serve a serious brunch in Paris, Holybelly has had a line at its door since it opened in 2013. It's simple, winning formula is one few in the city have mastered: great food and specialty coffee coupled with a relaxed atmosphere and friendly service. Think menu staples like pancakes with bacon and fried eggs or seasonal fruits and ‘eggs and sides’.
Address: 5 rue Lucien Sampaux, 75010
HOURS: MON–Sun 9am–5pM
METRO: République (line 3, 5, 8, 9, 11) )
Situated behind the elegant Palais-Royal, Ellsworth serves up refined American comfort food infused with French flavours. The menu is casual yet sophisticated: indulge in dishes like buttermilk fried chicken, foie gras waffles, bacon pancakes and ricotta doughnuts, all presented on small plates designed to be shared.
ADDRESS: 34 rue de Richelieu , 75001
HOURS: Tues–Sat 12.15pm–2.15pm (lunch), 7pm–1o.30pm (dinner)
METRO: Pyramides (line 7, 14), Palais Royal Musée du Louvre (line 1, 7)
The dining experience has always been sacred in Paris, with Parisians enjoying many-course meals long into the evening. There is a lot to choose from when it comes to Paris’ never-ending list of restaurant.
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Named after a legendary 19th-century ghost ship, Mary Celeste’s large bay windows and whitewashed walls have seen a steady stream of local foodies since it opened its doors in 2013. The kitchen serves up a range of sharing plates bursting with fresh flavours. While the hexagonal bar pays serious attention to detail when it comes to their cocktails.
Address: 1 rue Commines, 75003
HOURS: MON–SUN 6pm–2am
Metro: Saint-Sébastien–Froissart (line 8)
Located next to the winter circus that was opened in 1852, Clown Bar is a bistro where the past has been well preserved. Preserved details, such as the tiles adorned with hand-painted clowns, offer a tasteful nod to the restaurant’s history. It’s a space where classic Parisian bistro meets contemporary dining with innovative dishes from an elegant seasonal menu.
ADDRESS: 114 rue Amelot
OPENING TIMES: Sun 12pm–2.30pm, 7pm–10.30pm, Wed–Sat 12pm–2.30pm, 7pm–10.30pm
METRO: Oberkampf (line 5, 9), Filles du Calvaire (line 8)
Photo credit: CAFE MERICOURT - ALISTAIR WHEELER, HOLYBELLY- NICOLAS ALARY, BUVETTE, MARY CLENESTE AND CLOWN BAR - WINNIE VAN, ELLSWORTH - Marjorie Preval, CLAMATO - Benjamin Schmuck.
Right next door to its popular sister restaurant Septime, Clamato boasts the same high-quality food without the need to book ahead. Off the beaten path in a quiet pocket of the 11th, Clamato pairs fresh seafood with subtle flavours to perfectly complement the key feature of each dish. With a no reservation policy, head across the road to Septime Cave for a drink if you have to wait for a table.