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Beats & Eggs Benedict: Jazz brunches in Paris

Trust us, you won't brunch any other way.

By Alice White Walker

Boy, aren't we glad that Jazz brunch is a thing. Eating your omelette/granola/something calorie-loaded with the tinkle of piano keys and the thumbing of a bass. 
Trust us - once you've tried it, you won't want to take your eggs any other way.

From all-you-can-eat buffets to sun-filled bistros, here are 3 Jazz brunches in Paris you should know about to add some rhythm to the best meal of the week. 

Fontaine de Belleville

La Fontaine de Belleville

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Cafés 10e arrondissement

This little sunspot and brunch haven is a firm favourite for Parisians that know their stuff. Quickly approaching their 1st birthday, la Fontaine de Belleville has done as much as they can to keep regulars and newbies coming back. 

The live jazz brunches are completely free, but you can tip the musicians if you like what they do. The music adds a conviviality to this gentle atmosphere and is the perfect accompaniment to a French toast, boiled egg and a cup of the signature Belleville Brulerie coffee. 

Jazz music accompanies the delicious plates at from 4.30pm-7.30pm, most Saturdays. Like their Facebook page to be alerted to their events. 


La Fontaine de Belleville
31-33 Rue Juliette Dodu, 75010 Paris
Metro: Colonel Fabien / Gare de l'Est
Opening hours: daily 8am-10pm

Café de Mars

Le Café de Mars

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Bistros 7e arrondissement

Down the quiet rue Augureau in the 7th, a buzz of music pulls your feet in the direction of Café de Mars. This revamped bistro is a rare breed, with its clean déco and fresh menu. Owner Pierre, was inspired to open on Saturdays with music by a group of friends who held impromptu concerts together. The result? A pair of acoustic guitars and a singer blend in with the ambiance, rather than taking centre stage. Tables line the café outside, Pierre greets regulars that come in for a bite, people wave to neighbours passing by - you could almost be in a Norman village.

We feasted on an open sandwich, with braised lamb shoulder, on a toasted hunk of bread from top baker Luc Poujauran (the only thing that’s not actually made inhouse) surrounded by rocket and slathers of roasted red peppers; and a filet of tea-smoked salmon with caramelised rice and grilled sweetcorn. A goats’ cheesecake with syrup-soaked blueberries finished off the platter. Sunshine on our faces and music in our ears, Café de Mars hits the spot with this laidback jazz lunch.


Café de Mars
11 Rue Augereau, 75007 Paris
Opening hours: Tues-Sat 12noon-2.30pm, 7.30pm-11pm
Sun & Mon, closed.
Metro: La Tour Maubourg

Café de Mars will be closed from August 5 - 28 

La Bellevilloise

La Bellevilloise

4 out of 5 stars
Music Music venues Ménilmontant

La Bellevilloise is already a firm favourite with the Paris party crowd - events and concerts in the Mediterranean wilderness have become legendary in the short time they’ve been open. Adding another string to their bow, La Bellevilloise maxmimises the brunch experience with a musical spin.

Their two-service jazz brunch, at 11.30am & 2pm, (on Sundays and bank holiday Mondays) is set up in the fantastic Halle aux Oliviers with a sprawling selection of sweet and savoury breakfast items. Waffles, crêpes, smoked salmon, assorted salads, fresh fruit, viennoiseries, English fry up, quiche, brownies…there’s just about everything. It’s not a meek one-plate affair either - the food keeps coming for as many servings you can fit in.

A variety of jazz musicians come to play, from trios to two-pieces. Just make sure you give them a clap between mouthfuls.


La Bellevilloise
19-21 Rue Boyer, 75020
Opening hours: Wed-Thurs 7pm-1am, Fri 7pm-2am, Sat 11am-2am, Sun 11.30 & 2pm for brunch
Metro: Ménilmontant / Gambetta

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Café Mirabelle

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Diners Roquette

Destination: Alsace

When? Sat-Sun 9am-6pm

How much? €29

Where? 16 rue de la Vacquerie, 11th

What’s on the menu? Gianduja hot chocolate, teas from De Thé en Thé,  croissants, gianduja chocolate brioche, granola with yoghurt and fresh fruit, Alsatian bibelskäs (sautéed potatoes, lardons, onions, fromage blanc and chives), bouchée à la reine (a type of vol-au-vent) and divine desserts.

Biglove Caffè

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Italian Le Marais

Destination: Italy
When? Daily 8am-11pm
How much? €15-20
Where? 30 rue Debelleyme, 3rd 
What’s on the menu? Blueberry pancakes with buffalo ricotta, eggs & balls, meatball–stuffed peppers with melted mozzarella or spicy avocado toast

liza brunch
DR / © Liza


4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Lebanese 2e arrondissement
Destination: Lebanon
When? Sunday midday-3pm
How much? €31 (€17 for children)
Where? 14 rue de la Banque, 2nd
What’s on the menu? Served buffet-style, expect coffee, tea and fruit juice, houmous, tabouleh, babaganoush, grilled chicken, manakish, and mezze dishes.


3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Chinese La Madeleine
Destination: Asia
When? Sunday midday-4pm
How much? €42-49
Where? 8-12 rue Boissy d'Anglas, 16th 
What’s on the menu? Stir-fried noodles, grilled chicken and prawns in coconut milk

L'Epicerie Musicale

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Italian Canal Saint-Martin
Destination: Italy
When? Sat-Sun 11am-3pm
How much? €15-27
Where? 55 bis quai de Valmy, 10th
What’s on the menu? Coffee, tea, focaccia, pasta, lasagne, charcuterie platters, cheeses etc.
brunch kinugawa
© DR / Francis Amiand


5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Japanese 1er arrondissement
Destination: Japan
When? Sunday midday-2.30pm
How much? €55
Where? 9 rue du Mont Thabor, 1st 
What’s on the menu? In a Bento box: soupe, maki, sushi, fish carpaccio, beef teryaki, pâtisserie from la Pâtisserie des Rêves, fruit juice and tea

Umami Matcha Café

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Diners Le Marais
Destination: Japan
When? Sunday midday-4pm
How much? €27-30 Where? 22 rue Béranger, 3rd 
What’s on the menu? Two options: veggie (yuzu bark granola, matcha cakes etc.) or Umami (pancakes with matcha yuzu syrup, soy-marinated chicken kebab skewers etc)


4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Vegetarian République
Destination: Tel Aviv
When? Daily (except Tuesday) 8.30am-5.30pm
Where? 39 quai de Valmy, 10th
What’s on the menu? Shakshuka, poached eggs, salads, freshly baked cakes and excellent coffee
Miss Ko
Photographer: Edouard Sicot

Miss Kô

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Global Champs-Elysées
Destination: Asia
When? Sunday 11am-6pm
How much? €29
Where? 49-51 avenue George V, 8th
What’s on the menu? Hot drinks, fruit juice, croissants, tartines, wasabi or yuzu Eggs Benedict, fruit salad and madeleines

Bululù Arepera

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Venezuelan 18e arrondissement
Destination: Venezuela
When? Sat-Sun 11am-6pm
How much? €15-20
Where? 20 rue de la Fontaine du But, 18th
What’s on the menu? Arepas, black beans, Venezuelan scrambled eggs, fried plantain, salads and fresh fruit juice
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