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The 19 best brunches in Paris

Feeling hungry? The best brunch and breakfast spots in Paris can sort you out for pâtisserie, shakshuka, pancakes and more

Brasserie Thoumieux
Photograph: Yann Deret
By Huw Oliver, Houssine Bouchama and Tina Meyer |
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Je brunche, tu brunches, il/elle brunche… Only a few years ago, no such verb existed in French, but now you’d be hard-pressed to walk down a street in Paris without spotting a sign advertising an indulgent mid-morning formule – that, or hordes of Parisians queueing for their shakshuka and flat whites. And with its sun-splashed al fresco cafés and ample opportunity for post-blowout walks, Paris couldn’t really have been better designed for brunch. So whether you’re hankering after hair-of-the-dog cocktails, the perfect pâtisserie basket or something virtuous and veggie, our guide to the best brunch in Paris should have you covered. Bon app’! 

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Best brunches in Paris

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Echo
Photograph: Echo

Echo

What’s the deal? Brilliant à la carte brunch with impressive gluten and dairy-free options. 

What should I order? Everything. We liked the oozing, indulgent Caramelised Grilled Cheese and the gluten-free pancakes (both €13). 

Where? 95 Rue d’Aboukir, 2nd

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Photograph: La Fontaine de Belleville
Restaurants, Cafés

La Fontaine de Belleville

icon-location-pin 10e arrondissement

What’s the deal? If you’re fed up with so-so coffee and jambon-beurres, head to this trendy café and camp out on the terrace. 

What should I order? Both the sweet (€18.70) and savoury (€21.90) brunch hit the spot. Make sure to pair your meal with a Belleville Brûlerie coffee. 

Where? 31-33 Rue Juliette Dodu, 10th

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Photograph: AB
Restaurants, Cafés

Café Méricourt

icon-location-pin Saint-Ambroise

What’s the deal? Huge portions of British and Mediterranean-inspired food.

What should I order? The classic shakshuka with tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, spices, harissa and a baked egg.

Where? 22 Rue de la Folie-Méricourt, 11th

4
Soya brunch
Photograph: Soya
Restaurants, Vegetarian

Soya

icon-location-pin Folie-Méricourt

What’s the deal? Excellent veggie and vegan grub – piled high for weekend brunch.

What should I order? The bottomless vegetarian brunch (€30). 

Where? 20 Rue de la Pierre Levée, 11th

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Brasserie Thoumieux
Photograph: Yann Deret
Restaurants, Brasseries

Brasserie Thoumieux

icon-location-pin 7e arrondissement

What’s the deal? A luxurious blowout in an upscale art deco brasserie. 

What should I order? As much as your stomach can handle. Go for the buffet and sample all kinds of ham, smoked salmon, eggs and Maison Thoumieux pâtisserie.

Where? 79 Rue Saint-Dominique, 7th

6
Maison Issa
Photograph: T Sevin
Restaurants, Lebanese

Maison Issa

icon-location-pin 15 arrondissement

What’s the deal? The place for a hearty Lebanese brunch. 

What should I order? A mezze platter of hummus, tabbouleh, sambousek cheese pastries and meat. 

Where? 81 Rue Olivier de Serres, 15th

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Photograph: Ten Belles Bread
Restaurants, Cafés

Ten Belles Bread

icon-location-pin Roquette

What’s the deal? One for bread snobs (and Brits).

What should I order? The killer Welsh rarebit, the eggs benedict or French toast with maple syrup. 

Where? 17-19 Rue Breguet, 11th

8
Photograph: Le Bal Café Otto
Restaurants, Austrian

Café Otto

icon-location-pin Place de Clichy

What’s the deal? Generous, quality cooking and brunch with an English theme. 

What should I order? The scones, porridge, bacon and other Anglo-centric dishes are all excellent.

Where? 6 Impasse de la Défense, 18th

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9
Brunch Sébastien Gaudard
Photograph: Time Out
Restaurants, French

Salon de Thé Sébastien Gaudard

icon-location-pin 1er arrondissement

What’s the deal? Next-level French petit déj turned into extravagant brunch. 

What should I order? The classic brunch: tartines, viennoiseries, scrambled eggs, smoked salmon and brioche French toast with fruit salad.

Where? 1 Rue des Pyramides, 1st

10
Photograph: Cravan

Café Cravan

What’s the deal? Come for the coffee and stick around for cocktails.

What should I order? A coffee from the Hexagone roastery and the granola with yoghurt and fruit (€10), served for breakfast/brunch daily.

Where? 17 Rue Jean de la Fontaine, 16th

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11
jah Jah by Le Tricycle
Photograph: Jah Jah by Le Tricycle

Jah Jah by Le Tricycle

What’s the deal? Fun, inventive vegan dishes that blend Caribbean, Indian and south American flavours. 

What should I order? The vegan pancakes and hot dogs are a sure-fire treat. 

Where? 11 Rue des Petites Écuries, 10th

12
Photograph: Frenchie To Go
Restaurants, American

Frenchie To Go

icon-location-pin Sentier

What’s the deal? If you went a little heavy at the bar last night, the Frenchie’s XXL American and British sandwiches will sort you out. 

What should I order? The eggs benedict with pastrami, followed by an ultra-dense chocolate brownie or a cinnamon roll. 

Where? 9 Rue du Nil, 2nd 

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13
Photograph: Café Chilango
Bars and pubs

Café Chilango

icon-location-pin Folie-Méricourt

What’s the deal? Classic Mexican food in a (for once) understated and non-clichéd setting.

What should I order? The topopos (sweetcorn chips) with guacamole. Brunch is €19 on Sundays. 

Where? 82 Rue de la Folie Méricourt, 11th

14
Ima brunch
Photograph: Time Out

Ima

What’s the deal? Get whisked away to Tel Aviv with generous vegetarian mezze and a brunch menu served daily.

What should I order? The shakshuka, the granola or the ricotta pancake (€7-€10.50). To drink, the date, banana and pistachio halva juice.

Where? 39 Quai de Valmy, 10th

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Photograph: Marcelle
Restaurants, Cafés

Marcelle

icon-location-pin Les Halles

What’s the deal? A healthy-ish brunch menu... with outsize portions.

What should I order? Focaccia with halloumi, onions, avocado and carrots.

Where? 22 Rue Montmartre, 1st

16
Ibrik
Photograph: Ibrik

Ibrik

What’s the deal? A Balkan-themed café and brunch spot with sticky, indulgent, insanely moreish cakes. 

What should I order? The speciality pistachio cake with an Ibrik coffee. 

Where? 43 Rue Laffitte, 9th

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17
Café Mirabelle
Photograph: Café Mirabelle

Café Mirabelle

What’s the deal? If you don’t know your Alsatian cuisine, now’s your chance. 

What should I order? The Puits d’amour pastry with pear and thyme. 

Where? 16 Rue de la Vacquerie, 11th

18
Holybelly
Photograph: Nicolas Alary
Restaurants, Cafés

HB5

icon-location-pin 10e arrondissement

What’s the deal? A 100-seater venue from Aussie brunch supremos Holybelly.

What should I order? The ‘Egg & Sides’: two fried eggs with maple syrup-drenched bacon and two slices of golden halloumi.

Where? 5 Rue Lucien Sampaix, 10th

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Dersou
Photograph: Dersou
Restaurants, Global

Dersou

icon-location-pin Bastille

What’s the deal? There are few better places to eat in Paris than Bastille, and few better places to eat in Bastille than here.

What should I order? The bagel with gravlax, pickles and horseradish.

Where? 21 Rue Saint-Nicolas, 12th

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