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Benoît Castel

Restaurants, Bakeries 20e arrondissement
3 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
© Arnaud Durand
© Arnaud Durand
© Arnaud Durand
© Arnaud Durand
© Arnaud Durand

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

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 bakery also offers big tables for easygoing breakfasts and brunches (you can reserve for groups of six and up).

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, raw milk cheeses and so on and so on. We particularly like the pancakes, the chocolate mousse, the top quality coffee and the great range of homemade breads. All in all, a triumph.




Address: 150 rue de Ménilmontant
Transport: Metro: Pelleport, Jourdain or Gambetta
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 7.30am-8.30pm; Sat 8am-8.30pm; Sun 8.30am-3pm

Users say (3)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.7 / 5

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Great breakfast and takeaway pastries - just the smell of all the beautiful pastry is enough to make the knees go weak. Service is charming and I love the decor. A favourite with Anglophone expats too

A fantastic brunch in the most charming venue-the food was over our expectations. We were a big bicycle team from sweden so we had to make a reservation for the whole seating area and the staff was very helpful and we had a great contact through emails before and no trouble at all. I can say that all of us enjoyed Liberte very much and our recommendation is to go there when you visit Paris. 

Just went in today for breakfast. First they only offer the full brunch at 27€ or the usual 9.90€ formula of coffee

, juice, croissant and bread and jam. I was hoping to get the option to sample some of the delicious looking brunch dishes without being stuck there for 4 hours chomping my way through 27€ worth of food. But no, so I took the formule petit dejeuner. Next issue was the orange juice: blended orange, not squeezed which means I was forever chewing on and spitting out broken pieces of pips - yuck. Lucky it was such a stingy portion I suppose. The piece of hot baguette was nice but only if you like crumpets, since it was definitely closer in texture and taste to good old British crumpets than what you would expect in a typical French baguette. A bit off putting to not have a teaspoon to stir your coffee with, a stack of wooden Starbucks style tongue depressors sits on the table for your convenience though. What buried the place for me though was the quality of the coffee. Utterly tasteless, no flavour whatsoever. Just light brown milk (I take mine white but still...). Service was lovely, helpful, friendly and considerate but I need proper coffee, not some homeopathic version.