For a city so obsessed with good food, breakfast in Paris can be a sorry state of affairs – bad coffee and croissants eaten on the hoof at any old local café. So as the city’s first venue devoted solely to the most important meal of the day, Claus is a very welcome opening. A tearoom squeezed between luxury boutiques and offices, you can take your breakfast away or snuggle into the cosy salon. There’s even a terracotta-tiled boutique deli with organic granola bars, fruit juices, teas and jams from local producers in the Haute-Savoie, biscuits, scones, patisserie, cookies and everything else needed for a royal breakfast.
Upstairs, the kitsch salon is done out in pine green carpeting and white wooden tables. The are five themed set menus (€15-€27) offering different medleys of sweet and savoury bites. The German ‘fruhstück’ brings Saint-Nectaire cheese, ham, parsley sauce, boiled eggs, apple and nectarine compote and orange cake. If you prefer your mornings less adventurous, go for the ‘Français’, with its more traditional mix of viennoiseries, breads and jams. Don’t ignore then other additions available à la carte – things like homemade rice pudding with caramel (€6.50), scones with butter and organic jam (€6.50) or organic cereal with semolina milk (€4.50).
A busy, high-end little joint, it’s not cheap but it is well executed. From January 2014, they’ll introduce an online ordering service.
14 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau
|Opening hours:||Du lundi au vendredi de 8h à 17h et le samedi de 9h30 à 17h|
|Transport:||Métro : Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre|