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The best brunches in Paris • For big appetites

Brunch banquets aimed at greedy gourmands


Artisan - DR / © Artisan


Artisan - DR / © Artisan


Frenchie to go - DR / © Frenchie to go


Frenchie to go - DR / © Frenchie to go

Le brunch des Bonnes Soeurs / © Elsa Pereira
Le brunch des Bonnes Soeurs / © Elsa Pereira
Le brunch des Bonnes Soeurs / © Elsa Pereira

Holybelly - DR / © Holybelly


Holybelly - DR / © Holybelly


Le Pain Quotidien - © Time Out Paris / Kevin Berthon


Le Pain Quotidien - © Time Out Paris / Kevin Berthon

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. Most of the staff are English speakers: Australians, Americans and Canadians happily doing a stint in Paris.  Opt for the €22 brunch menu and you’ll get your money’s worth. It starts with a hot drink (tea, coffee or a detox ginger, honey and lemon brew) and a freshly squeezed juice, then brioche with jam and honey yoghurt...

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5th arrondissement

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: charcuterie, seafood, boudin, smoked salmon, salads, omelettes… then casseroles of flaked cod, beef bourguignon and other similarly hearty dishes...

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Gare du Nord/Gare de l'Est

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.The décor is restrained – wooden tables, leather benches and black and white photos of nuns (the titular ‘good sisters’)...

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3rd 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. The best approach here is to fast for a day beforehand, in order to take full advantage of the gigantic, delicious brunch prepared by a Michelin-starred chef who is passionate about both style and substance...

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Canal Saint Martin


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. Alain Ducasse-trained chef Vittorio Beltramelli works with beautiful regional produce, impressing with classics like Sicilian suckling pig and more unusual dishes like Martini and shrimp risotto...

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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. There are no muffins, but rather a madeleine, a mini-éclair and a slice of cake – all of which go perfectly with one of the best hot chocolates in Paris, made with real melted chocolate, milk, a little cream and a touch of cinnamon and vanilla...

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