'Bruncher' is an established verb in Paris, which should give you an idea of the enthusiasm with which the French capital has adopted this American institution. The city seems to be made for long, indulgent weekend meals washed down with coffee, cocktails and a generous dose of people-watching. Here, we've selected our favourite Paris brunch restaurants serving moreish bacon and eggs, gluten-free goodness and simple all-you-can-eat blowouts. Think we've missed a great Paris brunch? Let us know in the comments below.
Discover the best brunches in Paris
Cheap Paris brunches
While we all love a good weekend brunch blowout with all the carbs, fat and protein we can get on a plate (or several, if we're talking all-you-can-eat), the Paris brunch fetish means they don't all come cheap. These venues all feature in our city round-up of the best brunches in Paris, and they all serve fantastic slap-up meals for the princely sum of €20 or less. La classe!
The top ten Paris brunches
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.
Our top picks for Paris brunches
La Chambre aux Oiseaux
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.
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.
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.
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.