EAT

 

 

BRUNCH

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. 

4 BRUNCH SPOTS to try in paris

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Café Méricourt 

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) 


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BUVETTE

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) 

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HOLYBELLY

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) )


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ELLSWORTH

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) 


DINNER

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.

3 restaurants to visit in paris

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Mary Celeste

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) 


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CLOWN BAR

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.

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CLAMATO

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. 

Address:  80 rue de Charonne, 75011
HOURS: Sun 12–11pm, Wed–Fri 7–11pm, Sat 12–11pm
Metro: Charonne (line 9) 


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