These Paris brunches have everything – location, atmosphere, gourmet smarts and menus that require two days of advance starvation. You might need a bit of military planning to score a table, but trust us – it'll be worth it. Be it crumbly, moreish pastries to go with the best coffee in town or a syrup-soaked eggs-and-bacon extravaganza, we've got you covered. Think there's a better Paris brunch out there that we've missed? Let us know in the comments box below.
Pastry chef Benoît Castel set up Liberté in a boulangerie that was once owned by a winner of ‘Meilleur Ouvrier de France’, the prestigious award for culinary arts. Surrounded by the huge bay window, big traditional ovens and stacked wooden shelves, it’s a warm and welcoming space, and the weekend buffet brunch (€27) is a wonderful thing – high-end charcuterie (chorizo, saucisson, Paris ham), roast chicken with new potatoes, pizzas, pasta salads, boiled eggs, quiches, crêpes, fresh fruit, puddings, pastries and raw milk cheeses.
Despite having to book a week in advance for Hervé Labarre and Léna Balacco’s Sunday brunch, it’s worth the wait. We love the grandmother’s sitting room décor, with old-school porcelain and flowered wallpaper and big armchairs. Then there’s the cooking, generous and full of flavour. For €19, the brunch brings you a selection of crusty breads, fresh fruit juice and a hot drink, plus tabbouleh, turkey and cucumber salad, boiled eggs and a sweet, creamy tiramisu with red berries.
L’Echappée is primarily a spa, but regulars know to come here for brunch on weekends in the bright upstairs rooms. For €25 per person you can have a buffet of your choice consisting of orange juice, coffee or tea and a variety of small dishes which change regularly, including strained muesli, fruit salad, chocolate cake, cheesecake, carrot cake… All followed by a plate of ‘friendly vegetables’, scrambled eggs and potatoes, vegetarian lasagne or leek pie.
Les Enfants Perdus is a discreet, chic fine-dining restaurant frequented by the bobos of the Canal Saint-Martin. Fast for a day beforehand in order to take full advantage of the gigantic, delicious weekend brunch prepared by a Michelin-starred chef. €25 includes three platters; mini-viennoiseries, house orange juice and hot drinks of your choosing; eggs, cake, a beautiful slice of organic salmon with salad and. Then finally an enormous platter of vegetable soup, grapes, ham and cheese.
Chez Casimir lays on ‘le Traou Mad’ (meaning ‘good things’ in Breton), from 10am to 7pm. Fill your plate with delicious fare, 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. Still hungry? Head towards the ‘grandmother-style’ dessert buffet. The atmosphere is noisy but convivial and the price (€26) is incredible in light of the quality.
The team at the Bal 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. But be careful: space is limited and reservations are not accepted.
Insulated from the honking horns of the city, this place is a true oasis in central Paris. Brunch is served on weekends, and the ‘traditional’ menu (€20) is hearty and original. In addition to hot drinks and organic apple juice, expect scrambled eggs, salad, assorted cheeses and cold cuts, fruit salad, cottage cheese, scones and jam. The ‘fish menu’, for an extra €2, replaces the sausage and cheese with smoked salmon, herring, mackerel and taramasalata.
A seriously-swanky address facing the Champs-Elysées with an Eiffel Tower view - Nolita goes full throttle for its upscale status. Its unrivalled ‘brunch à l’italienne’ (€39) is a lavish, Latin buffet: melting mozzarella, carpaccio of swordfish, Parmesan shavings on a bed of bresaola, soft sliced octopus, subtly marinated vegetables and sundried tomatoes. There’s a healthy spread of desserts too: tiramisu, panna cotta, fresh fruit and cornetti (croissants filled with cream or jam). Space is limited so don’t forget to book.
This cocoa-focused concept store does an upscale Sunday brunch with only premium products: Poîlane bread, Bordier butter and Iberian ham. As part of the €55 menu, you also get foie gras with pear and crème de cassis and a glass of Champagne instead of juice. Expect madeleines, mini-éclairs and cake –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.
Arriving for brunch at Holybelly, you get a warm welcome from the tattooed, beanie-wearing staff. On the menu, expect fig and caramelised hazelnut pancakes with whipped cream and maple syrup (€11.50), or pancakes with fried eggs and bacon. There are also tempting savoury dishes like poached eggs with bacon, black pudding or Brebis cheese (€11.50). Coffee come from a new local roaster in Belleville, and goes brilliantly with one of their freshly-baked, soft and chewy daily cookie specials.