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The best brunches in Paris by area

Perfect Paris brunches and breakfasts, wherever you are in the city

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Got the munchies in Montmartre? Cravings by the Canal Saint-Martin? Starving in Saint-Germain? Wherever you're looking for a great breakfast or brunch in Paris, we've taste-tested the best restaurants and cafés to ensure you've always got a great recommendation to hand. Think we've missed a great Paris brunch? Let us know in the comments box below.

The best brunches in and around Montmartre

Artisan

Good luck asking for 'the usual' in this new bar in trendy SoPi (South Pigalle) – the menu changes every two weeks, in accordance with the seasonal produce and the whims of the owners. Artisan arrives on the cocktail scene with serious bourgeois credentials: it's run by the team who brought Parisians Long Island meat platters, and the resident mixologist Frédéric Le Bordays is the man behind the cocktail recipe book 'Les nouveaux cocktails classiques'...

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Pigalle

Bal Café

While you're here, enjoy an exhibit at the BAL, the Parisian temple of the documentary image. The team is young, cheerful and cosmopolitan; the décor is warm and the food delicious. The cooks here cut their teeth at the lauded Rose Bakery and all the ingredients are carefully chosen. For brunch, porridge, scones, bacon and other UK-inspired dishes jostle for space on the menu...

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Bululù Arepera

It's a bit of a scramble around Montmartre's stairways to get to this little Venezuelan restaurant, but it more than rewards the effort when the sun streams in through the big window, and chairs covered in flowered fabric cluster around wooden tables. A little kitchen takes up the rear bar area, while above it hangs a big blackboard scribbled with the arepas menu – traditional Venezuelan cornflour flatbreads, here filled like sandwiches...

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Mairie du 18e

Le Café qui Parle

Critics' choice

It may be overlooked by the hordes of Nikon-wielding tourists on their way up the Montmartre butte, but Le Café qui Parle still knows how to reel in the punters. Reservations fall on deaf ears here; to be in with a chance of a table, you're best off coming early. But once you've secured a handful of chairs and a bit of breathing space, you're in for one of the most memorable brunches the capital has to offer...

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Montmartre

Casa Lola

At Casa Lola, you’ve hardly even sat down before everything is on the table. It starts sweet, with jars of jam, butter, lemon curd, chocolate spread and caramel with salted butter – everything arriving quickly in a barrage of spreadable goodness. Then hot drinks, orange or freshly squeezed grapefruit juice follow, then fresh bread and slice of cake (lemon or carrot). If that all sounds a little high in sugar, you can also order from a savoury selection, each dish accompanied by the house coleslaw and onion rings...

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Mairie du 18e

Koff

Run by a friendly young couple, Jade and David Koff, in a street that winds between the Trois Frères and the Abbesses, Koff is a lovely New York style deli. It's been entirely renovated from its previous incarnation as Living B’art, with an elegant DIY décor – even the pictures on the walls are the work of the owner, artist Resnik. It creates a cosy atmosphere that’s the ideal setting for the menu's bagels, burgers, Ashkenazi specialties and Russian dishes...

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Montmartre

Soul Kitchen

A little canteen snuggled up against the Montmartre steps, Soul Kitchen is a delightful café-restaurant overseen by three charming, inspired lady chefs – just the sort of place you’d want as your local. You’d come and drink a creamy coffee and read the news of a morning in the company of the local retirees, and come at midday to eat lunch in great company, choosing from excellent ever-changing menu of homemade recipes made with organic local produce...

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Mairie du 18e

The best brunches in and around the Marais

Bioboa

The fact that this place describes itself as a 'food spa' shows how it's embracing the organic ('bio' in French) revolution. There's a high-concept air about the place: white designer chairs and tables; a beautiful bird fresco that winds through it; and a mammoth fridge overflowing with expensive mineral waters, exotic smoothies and colourful takeaway salads for the fabulously busy...

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Opéra

Les Bonnes Sœurs

This is a tiny, noisy room, which regularly has people queuing down the Place des Vosges on a Sunday morning. It’s worth getting there early on weekends so you’ll be in pole position to sample the succulent scrambled eggs served as part of the legendary brunch. There are no reservations, but they do operate a waiting list – so be prepared to take a long walk around the block before you’re able to enjoy your breakfast. But it’s probably worth it to work up your appetite...

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3rd arrondissement

L'Estaminet des Enfants Rouges

Bobo, yes, but still lovely. Insulated from the honking horns of the city, this place is a true oasis in central Paris. This small, organic canteen is warm and welcoming, a tavern for weary urban travellers in the heart of the Enfants Rouges market. Though somewhat difficult to find, it is far from secret – especially in summer when the colourful chairs come out to allow customers to enjoy the aromas of the market. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays, and the ‘traditional’ menu (€20) is hearty and original...

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The Marais

Liza

Liza Soughayar's restaurant showcases the style and superb food of contemporary Beirut. Lentil, fried onion and orange salad is delicious, as are the kebbe (minced seasoned raw lamb) and grilled halloumi cheese with home-made apricot preserve. Main courses such as minced lamb with coriander-spiced spinach and rice are light, flavoursome and well presented. Try one of the excellent Lebanese wines to accompany your meal, and finish with the halva ice-cream with carob molasses...

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2nd arrondissement

Schwartz's Deli

A little corner of kosher Brooklyn lost in the Marais, Schwartz’s is all hot dogs, pastrami, pecan pie and onion rings. The area’s locals swap family news with the waiters, and mix easily with hipsters among the old film posters, red leather banquettes and checked tablecloths.A must-try is the pastrami sandwich, a mountain of dried beef wedged between two hunks of bread, served with fries and a little pot of coleslaw for €16.50 (or €19 for the version with veal)...

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Areas

Twinkie Breakfasts

What would happen if a restaurant dedicated itself to brunch, serving it all day, every day of the week? That’s the genius idea behind Twinkie Breakfasts – a New York loft-style restaurant with stone walls and tiling reminiscent of the metro or of Scandinavian furniture. You can choose between several menus including French (the least expensive), American (though there’s not a pancake in sight), English, Greek, Scandinavian (poached eggs, hollandaise sauce and smoked salmon)...

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2nd arrondissement

The best brunches in and around Belleville

Barbershop

The Barbershop is a thirsty art-lovers’ landmark. Recalling Brooklyn’s trendy gallery-bars, it’s always worth the visit. Temporary exhibitions of street art decorate the walls, and canvases by young painters are for sale at affordable prices, offering great opportunities for the hard up but style-conscious looking to re-do their apartments. Visitors can even consult piles of art and design coffee table books, while comfortably installed in padded Chesterfield armchairs or in shabby chic second hand sofas...

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Oberkampf

Cream

Found halfway up the hill in Belleville, this pretty, on-trend café was founded by two coffee-roasting experts who cut their teeth at Ten Belles and who source their beans from the Brûlerie de Belleville. Apart from the top-notch coffee, it's worth stopping by for the quality menu, which runs from breakfast time until closing at 6pm. Patisserie, sandwiches and granola start the day (around €3-€4), while lunch might include soup or an Italian piadina wrap...

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Belleville

Danny Hills

This delightful mix between a Parisian bar and an American canteen is a relaxed space with a big bar, filled with little wooden tables, big comfortable sofas, cute objets and shelves of books. And to top it all off, there's a south-facing terrace overlooking the Parc Buttes Chaumont. The menu includes excellent crab cake with coriander, Caesar salad, free range chicken in a wrap with cashew nuts, stonking burgers, hot dogs, steaks and pulled pork...

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Buttes-Chaumont

L'Echappée

L’Echappée is primarily a lovely spa, whose stark modern façade stands out amid the dishevelled grandeur of the Rue de la Folie Méricourt. But regulars know you can also come here for brunch on weekends from noon to 3pm in the bright upstairs rooms. Make sure you arrive early to grab the armchairs at one of the big coffee tables – they’re criminally comfy...

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Canal Saint Martin

Liberté Ménilmontant

There's plenty of pedigree here: pastry chef Benoît Castel set up shop in a boulangerie that was once owned by a winner of ‘Meilleur Ouvrier de France’, the prestigious award for culinary arts. Castel himself cut his professional teeth at the Grande Épicerie de Paris and the Michelin-starred Hélène Darroze restaurant, before launching his own chain of boulangerie-pastisseries. As well as a large boutique space full of inspired baking creations, the Boulangerie Liberté also offers big tables for easygoing breakfasts and brunches (you can reserve for groups of six and up)...

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Gambetta

Mama Shelter

Located in the 20th district in central Paris, this stylish hotel was designed by Philippe Starck. It offers ultramodern guest rooms with an iMac, microwave and a minibar. Each air-conditioned guest room has tea and coffee making facilities and free Wi-Fi access. All of the private bathrooms include a hairdryer and amenities. Traditional French cuisine is served in the brasserie-style restaurant at hotel Mama Shelter, and there is also a pizzeria...

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East of the centre

Le Pavillon du Lac

In the middle of the Parc Buttes Chaumont, the Pavilion du Lac and the park’s five other pavilions opened in 1868. Restored in 2010 after lying abandoned for ten years, it has been transformed into a high class restaurant with chef Fabien Borgel in the kitchen. For a sunny Sunday, reserve one of the tables on the beautiful terrace, in front of the pavilion or in the garden to the left. In winter, there’s a choice between the cosy, elegant downstairs dining room or the equally comfortable one upstairs, behind a big glass window...

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Buttes-Chaumont

La Prune Folle

Proprietors Sol and Victor welcome their customers with broad smiles at La Prune Folle [the crazy plum]. Opened in April 2012, this café-bar elegantly encapsulates the trend for vintage twee with a few Formica tables, random second hand Chinese lamps, family photos and period wallpaper. And while the design definitely counts in its favour (take a look downstairs), the relaxed ambiance and the tasting menu are the icing on this cupcake...

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11th arrondissement

Les P'tites Indécises

Les P'tites Indécises caters to a large appetite but a pinched wallet. Set in the middle of a sunlit square near Parmentier, this light-filled restaurant has a generous brunch with more than just your usual tartine and Nutella. The menu has two options: either the ‘p’tit dej’ or the ‘complet’, both including freshly squeezed juice, your choice of hot drink and an unlimited bread basket with a selection of spreads...

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11th arrondissement

Soya Cantine Bio

A vegetarian restaurant with an excellent and well-deserved reputation, Soya Cantine Bio offers a fantastic salad bar (tabbouleh, humus, broccoli, lettuce, cabbage, beetroot) and hot dishes including things like vegetarian lasagna, Lebanese-style chickpeas, warm spring rolls, seaweed dumplings, potatoes with vanilla and cakes in small ramekins. Some of the flavour combinations may seem a bit strange, but it all works on the plate...

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Oberkampf

The best brunches in and around the Gare du Nord

Le 37 m2

In 2010 Aurélien Jegou (an actor and director) and Costya Chen (a painter) embarked on a culinary adventure with Taiwanese pastry chef Yi Lin Leballeur, who had previously worked with Guy Savoy. Today, Le 37 m2 boasts a loyal customer base and excellent press reviews. But despite the restaurant’s growing reputation and a rather modest space, you won’t have to endure a half-hour queue to enjoy the exceptional Franco-Taiwanese brunch...

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Rochechouart

Chez Casimir

Thierry Breton, owner of Chez Michel and of this bistrot next door, takes the idea of generous servings to extremes. Here, this doesn’t mean an American brunch experience – instead Chez Casimir lays on ‘le Traou Mad’ (meaning ‘good things’ in Breton), served continually from 10am to 7pm. You can fill your plate with delicious fare from Brittany and elsewhere, starting simply with salted butter on exceptional country bread, and moving on to just about everything else...

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Gare du Nord/Gare de l'Est

Kube Hotel

The younger sister of the Murano Urban Resort, Kube is an edgier and more affordable hotel. Like the Murano, it sits behind an unremarkable façade in an unlikely neighbourhood – in this case, the ethnically diverse Goutte d'Or. The Ice Kube bar by Grey Goose serves up vodka glasses that, like the bar itself, are carved from ice; drinkers pay €38 to down four vodka cocktails in 30 minutes. To top off the futuristic style, access to the 41 rooms is by fingerprint technology...

La Maison Mère

If you somehow managed to miss La Maison Mère throughout the media frenzy around its opening in January 2011, it’s time to get up to speed. First, forget any ideas of a traditional French kitchen: it’s more Mom than Mère. Embrace, instead, the New York-esque décor, with its white tiles, vintage furniture, enamelled mirrors, lamps disguised as bowler hats and a sign declaring: ‘In food we trust’.The menu is much what you’d expect given the setting, but the management has added a few dashing bourgeois touches...

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Pigalle

Nanashi

People longer come to this neighborhood near the Gare de l'Est just to eat a curry. In a street where new trendy places are mushrooming you’ll find Nanashi, which offers healthy, fresh, Japanese cuisine. The large, bright room feels more like Brooklyn than Tokyo, with vintage chairs and chandeliers, painted metal beams and a large open kitchen. Here the specialty is the bento box: try the "vegetarian bento"...

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10th arrondissement

Rose Bakery

This English-themed café run by a Franco-British couple stands out for the quality of its ingredients – organic or from small producers – as well as the too-good-to-be-true puddings: carrot cake, sticky toffee pudding and, in winter, a chocolate-chestnut tart. The DIY salad plate is crunchily satisfying, but the thin-crusted pizzettes, daily soups and occasional risottos are equally good choices...

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Pigalle

Supernature

Who said eating healthily was boring? Certainly not the many regulars who flock each afternoon (and on Sunday for brunch) to this tiny canteen in the 9th arrondissement. There’s no overriding organic or vegetarian concept, just well-cooked, daily-changing healthy dishes. There’s at least one delicious vegetarian dish each day, and they often have an ‘Assiette vitalité’...

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9th arrondissement

The best brunches in and around Canal Saint-Martin

Café Craft

Paris is seeing a positive nouvelle vague of creative freelance Parisians keen to escape the confines of their apartments and find trendy cafés where they can work, get good coffee and look good all at the same time. More often than not they’re stuck with the local bar (because red wine and work go so well together…), so with Café Craft, Augustin Blanchard is filling a gap in the market...

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Canal Saint Martin

La Chambre aux Oiseaux

Another badly-kept secret, in just a few months La Chambre aux Oiseaux has become one of the most popular restaurants on the Canal Saint-Martin, to the point where you need to reserve a week ahead for their Sunday brunch. So is Hervé Labarre and Léna Balacco’s little canteen worth the hype?We think so. We like the grandmother’s sitting room décor, with old-school porcelain and flowered wallpaper and big armchairs...

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10th arrondissement

Les Enfants Perdus

Les Enfants Perdus is a discreet and really rather chic fine-dining restaurant frequented by the bobos of the Canal Saint-Martin, and overspill from the bars L’Atmosphère and Café Bonnie. The interior is sombre but at the back, a light and airy room has been kitted out with comfortable benches strewn with white cushions – ideal for plonking yourself down on a Saturday or Sunday morning at brunch hour. And the dishes are exceptional...

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Canal Saint Martin

L'Epicerie Musicale

Ideally situated on the Canal Saint-Martin, L’Epicerie Musicale is a delightful hybrid of café-bar-restaurant-delicatessen-music store. The retro furniture gives the interior all the charm of an old Sicilian café, offset by graffiti art on the walls, a deli section with fish, wine, oils, hams fresh cheeses and more imported from Italy, and a jazz, soul, funk, tropical and retro-latino soundtrack from hundreds of vinyl records. Highly recommended.

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Canal Saint Martin

Helmut Newcake

Opened at the end of 2011, Helmut Newcake was the first place for 100% certified gluten-free pastries in Paris, and is the reference for the new generation of bakeries opening up around town. The location by the trendy Canal St-Martin is nestled among a slew of new eateries and coffee shops that are worth a visit. But those looking to enjoy authentic French pastry, like classic éclairs and lemon meringue tarts, can stop in and take a seat in the modern, yet cozy loft-style shop for a cup of coffee and a snack...

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10th arrondissement

Holybelly

Arriving for breakfast at Holybelly, you get a warm welcome from the tattooed, beanie-wearing staff. Early risers are already in place at the pretty wooden and white-painted booths over a star-patterned tiled floor, local workers smiling and chatting over their coffees. The narrow area at the front gives way to a sober and elegant back room, dominated by a big leather sofa and a pinball machine...

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Marcel

Don’t come here expecting to get a fix of tikka masala or gulab jamun; Marcel is first and foremost a fusion restaurant, mixing Indian flavours with Western culinary traditions – and sometimes coming up with some overambitious projects on the plate. The postcolonial décor is a subtle and attractive mixture of gently distressed walls and contemporary lamps, and we swooned for the clubhouse armchairs that you can spot from the canal-side street outside...

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10th arrondissement

Marlette

Marlette is one of those snug little spots where people settle for hours at a stretch, whether with friends or with a computer (yes, there's wifi). The tea is served piping hot by smiling waitresses, the tiled tables have an elegant wood finish and there's an abundant supply of cushions – you'd be forgiven for thinking you've stumbled into a home furnishing advert. Yet this isn't the whole story. Marlette started off producing organic cake ingredients and accompanying cookbooks, before branching out into coffee shops...

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9th arrondissement

Chez Prune

Chez Prune is an excellent lunch spot, and still one of the best places to spend an evening on the Canal St-Martin. The local bobo HQ, this traditional café, with high ceilings and low lighting, sticks to a simple formula: groups of friends crowd around the cosily ordered banquettes, picking at moderately priced cheese or meat platters. Mostly, though, they come for a few leisurely drinks or an apéro before heading to one of the late night venues in the area.

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Canal Saint Martin

Le Valmy

In fine weather, Le Valmy's south-facing tables on the pavement outside are bathed in sunlight. So on Sundays when the canal Saint-Martin is closed to traffic and the clatter of bikes replaces revving engines, it gets pretty busy. The menu, however, is a little disappointing. On the same plate, you might find peas, vegetables bathed in tzatziki, smoked ham, tabbouleh, beetroot cut into cubes and a slice of quiche all mixed together, like a type of minestrone...

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Canal Saint Martin

The best brunches in and around Saint-Germain

Bread & Roses

Come for a morning croissant and you might find yourself staying on for lunch, so tempting are the wares at this Anglo-influenced boulangerie/épicerie/café. Giant wedges of cheesecake sit alongside French pastries, and huge savoury puff-pastry tarts are perched on the counter. Attention to detail shows even in the authentically pale taramasalata, which is matched with buckwheat-and-seaweed bread...

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St Germain des Prés

Breakfast in America

Even in Paris, the city of haute cuisine and knock-your-socks-off Brasserie fare, there comes a time when nothing but bacon, fried eggs, juicy burgers and fluffy pancakes drizzled in maple syrup will do. For those moments, Breakfast in America (known lovingly amongst regulars as B.I.A) offers bona fide American diner surroundings, all-day breakfasts and artery clogging delights like sticky pecan pie, washed down with bottomless mugs o’ Joe...

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5th arrondissement

Coffee Parisien

When the grand old dames and moody wannabe writers tire of Café de Flore, they head to Coffee Parisien. Just steps from the Mabillon metro, this noisy, busy diner is never empty. Behind the bar, crowded with hurried diners, you can see the chefs at work – coleslaw virtuosos, hash brown geniuses. On the walls, there are portraits of Kennedy and Obama (a burger bears his name as well), Stars and Stripes, frescoes of dollars and clippings from the New York Times...

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Paris

Le Coutume Café

Coutume opened in 2011 in the heart of chic Left Bank Paris, just a few minutes walk from Le Bon Marché department store. Owned by two of the gurus of the Paris coffee revolution, Antoine Netien and his Australian partner Tom Clarke, Coutume is part café, part torrefaction, supplying roasted beans to over 60 bars, restaurants and hotels across the city. You walk into a big open space with industrial décor, packed with tables and a long coffee bar that has the feel of an American diner...

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École Militaire

Coutume Instituutti

Some will come to the Finnish Cultural Centre’s Coutume Instituutti – sister branch of Le Coutume Café – with a burning desire to discover what actually constitutes Finnish cuisine. Others, because they need a cool, calm, open space in which to type their emails over a cup of coffee. Visitors of the first kind may come away disappointed: the menu is still very small (the venue had opened only one month prior to our visit), and of the fusion variety...

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The Sorbonne

Un Dimanche à Paris

Chocoholics will be in paradise in this concept store dedicated to cocoa, where an upscale brunch is served on Sundays. Only premium products are on offer: Poilane bread, Bordier butter and slices of Iberian ham. As part of the €55 menu, you also get foie gras with pear and crème de cassis (in autumn) and a glass of Champagne instead of juice...

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Odéon

Mamie Gâteaux

Created by a Japanese patissier trained at Dalloyau in Tokyo, this small tea room is reminiscent of a (French) grandmother’s kitchen with its chequered tablecloths, enamelled cast iron stove and resolutely simple, traditional cakes placed on the counter top. The old-fashioned hot chocolate is served in a large earthenware bowl, and you can help yourself to whipped cream. The boss also has a bric-a-brac shop and a grocery in the same street, both inspired by his nostalgia for his childhood.

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6th arrondissement

Strada Café

The well-known Strada Café has extended its delicious coffees, pastries and decadent brunches over the Seine to the left bank, opening a second venue of the same name on the Rue Monge in late 2014. Simple yet charming, it’s a great place to sit with a coffee and a laptop, or to come with friends for an extended brunch at the weekend...

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5th arrondissement

The best brunches in and around Bastille

Cantine Merci

The new fairtrade concept store Merci is all about feeling virtuous even as you indulge, and its basement canteen is a perfect example. Fresh and colourful salads, soup and risotto of the day, an organic salmon plate, and the assiette merci (perhaps chicken kefta with two salads) make up the brief, Rose Bakery-esque menu, complete with invigorating teas and juices...

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The Marais

Düo

Set in the low-key if increasingly trendy neighbourhood of Popincourt, Düo is a new gallery-bookshop-café hybrid whose self-proclaimed mission is ‘to shed light on the links between photography and contemporary art’. To this end, it puts on carefully curated exhibitions that change every five weeks or so, and offers a range of books and zines dedicated to the huitième art and the fine arts in general, with a substantial sideline in gender studies...

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L'Echappée

L’Echappée is primarily a lovely spa, whose stark modern façade stands out amid the dishevelled grandeur of the Rue de la Folie Méricourt. But regulars know you can also come here for brunch on weekends from noon to 3pm in the bright upstairs rooms. Make sure you arrive early to grab the armchairs at one of the big coffee tables – they’re criminally comfy...

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Canal Saint Martin

Folks and Sparrows

If a Parisian hipster could design their perfect hangout, it would probably look a lot like Folks and Sparrows. From the comfortable reading corner with its wooden seats protruding from the stone wall to the big communal table near the entrance, and from the bouquets of wildflowers on the tables to the grocery corner stocked with high-end international goodies, it all very much hits the contemporary spot. Food-wise, it's all about the sandwiches...

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11th arrondissement

The best brunches in and around the Champs Elysées

Miss Kô

Philippe Starck’s latest venture in Paris is a rock-Japanese outfit occupying a 500m2 space just off the Champs-Elysées. It’s been set up to like like a narrow Chinatown street, bustling and colourful at night, with open kitchens at the end where chefs work away beneath an array of suspended woks and neon lights. Giant paper lanterns are everywhere, forests of umbrellas hung over the tables, and there's a 26-metre table made up of a mosaic of screens, across which a dragon turns somersaults...

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Champs-Élysées

Nolita

A seriously swanky address facing the Champs-Elysées complete with an Eiffel Tower view – NoLita restaurant goes full throttle for its upscale status. Fiat has lavished cash on its new Motor Village, installing this ultra-contemporary fine dining Italian restaurant on the second floor to keep visitors close. It works. Chic black and white interiors with big, beautiful curves give NoLita a trendy minimalist atmosphere favoured by a fashion crowd...

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The best brunches in and around the Louvre

Bioboa

The fact that this place describes itself as a 'food spa' shows how it's embracing the organic ('bio' in French) revolution. There's a high-concept air about the place: white designer chairs and tables; a beautiful bird fresco that winds through it; and a mammoth fridge overflowing with expensive mineral waters, exotic smoothies and colourful takeaway salads for the fabulously busy...

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Opéra

Claus

For a city so obsessed with good food, breakfast in Paris can be a sorry state of affairs – bad coffee and croissants eaten on the hoof at any old local café. So as the city’s first venue devoted solely to the most important meal of the day, Claus is a very welcome opening. A tearoom squeezed between luxury boutiques and offices, you can take your breakfast away or snuggle into the cosy salon. There’s even a terracotta-tiled boutique deli with organic granola bars...

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Restaurant Edgar

Paris’s ‘Little Egypt’, a tiny area outlined by the Rue d’Alexandrie, the Passage du Caire and the Rue du Nil, has a new centre of gravity: the restaurant at the Hôtel Edgar, with its big terrace looking out over a shady square. Here, you can catch some sun over briskly-served drinks, including cocktails. Inside, by some sleight of hand, designer Guillaume Rouget has turned the former textiles workshop into a swanky, hedonistic refuge...

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Bonne nouvelle

Frenchie To Go

We love this New York deli-style takeaway sandwich bar, all in a simple and soigné décor of stone, wood and metal. It's the latest addition to the Frenchie family by Grégory Marchand and his team, so naturally wildly popular – come early to avoid the queues, and place your order at a large bar loaded with scones, cakes, cookies and muffins. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a seat inside...

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Bonne nouvelle

Kinugawa

Step into Kinugawa and you’ll be swept up in muted lighting, gentle music, Zen décor, air con, warm hand towels, candles… all the stops have been pulled out here. The staff are wonderfully attentive, and your glass is always full.First come chilled entrées such as tai sashimi à la Kinugawa, in which the subtle flavours of the sea bream are brought out to the full. Hot starters are also available: try the nasu dengaku...

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Tuileries

Liza

Liza Soughayar's restaurant showcases the style and superb food of contemporary Beirut. Lentil, fried onion and orange salad is delicious, as are the kebbe (minced seasoned raw lamb) and grilled halloumi cheese with home-made apricot preserve. Main courses such as minced lamb with coriander-spiced spinach and rice are light, flavoursome and well presented. Try one of the excellent Lebanese wines to accompany your meal, and finish with the halva ice-cream with carob molasses...

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2nd arrondissement

Mori Venice Bar

This high-end shrine to Italian cooking in the heart of Paris has a hushed atmosphere and serious overtones: Milanese chic (white tablecloths and comfortable leather armchairs and banquettes), touched with Venetian romanticism (Murano glass lamps, carnival masks and wooden fittings), all put together by Philippe Starck against a harmonious background of chestnut and cream...

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2nd arrondissement

Le Pain Quotidien

The formula of this international brand is well known, and it works, in branches across Paris. There’s always a friendly space with homely cooking, served at huge communal tables beneath shelves of delicious produce, smelling of toasted bread and freshly brewed coffee. You can’t book ahead, but the staff ably manage the waiting times – still, try and avoid the lunchtime rush.The menu offers two set brunches, among other things...

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1st arrondissement

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