Time Out says
Join the queue for this stylish cornerstone of Paris's brunch scene.
This review refers to Marcel's brunch menu only
Parisians love ‘le brunch’. Wander around the city streets on a Sunday morning and witness the queues pouring out of the capital’s many brunch spots, stomachs grumbling impatiently at the prospect of a perfectly runny eggs benedict or a glorious pile of golden-brown, syrup-covered pancakes. Marcel, now with three branches across the city, is a prime example of the Paris brunch phenomenon - with its eager devotees prepared to queue right into the afternoon for a piece of the eggy action.
A chic, industrial setting with low-hanging exposed light bulbs and steel-grey walls – the decor is cool, if a little unfriendly, a massive contrast with the warm, friendly service and even more so with their wonderfully inviting, Instagram-ready menu. Their stylish English breakfast (€14) is a slice of brunch heaven, featuring perfectly fried eggs (rare in Paris), beautifully crispy bacon, high-quality sausages, a surprising addition of roast potatoes and plump roasted tomatoes.
And come dessert-time – yes, we still had room – we fell in love with their waffles, perfectly accompanied by ripe strawberries, a little jug of syrup and cute dipping pots of cream and chocolate spread.
So grit your teeth and bear the queues – it’s worth the wait.
15 rue de Babylone
|Transport:||Metro: Sèvres-Babylone, Vaneau & Rennes|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 10am-11pm, Sat-Sun 10am-7pm.|