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The best brunches in Paris: the full list

It’s le week-end! Are you ready to bruncher? Mais bien sûr...

These handpicked Paris brunch venues offer everything from US diner-style pancakes and bacon to flavour-packed Asian spreads, and we’ve tried and tested every one (yeah we know, it’s a tough gig). So forget scouring Paris for the perfect lazy weekend brunch – we’ve done the hard work for you, bar the ordering of course.

The full list of our favourtie Paris brunches

Brasserie Thoumieux

 With its red velvet banquettes, green lamps, wooden floors, and mirrors on the walls, the Brasserie Thoumieux adds a touch of luxury to the brunch experience. But this is no ordinary brunch. It’s the kind that’s fit for a king – a very, very hungry king. Formerly run by chef Jean-François Piège, the brasserie now has chef Sylvestre Wahid at the helm – and it’s clear that he takes brunch very seriously. For €49 we pile our plates high...

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South-west Paris

Hardware Société

Though there’s no shortage of places to brunch in Montmartre, Hardware Société manages to stand out thanks to its appealing Australian spin on French breakfast classics. Bizarrely done out like a traditional British sweet shop (all butterfly wallpaper, light wooden furniture and colourful crockery), this outpost is owners Di and Will Keser’s second foray into café management, following the success of their first opening in Melbourne, Australia...

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18th arrondissement

Salon de Thé Sébastien Gaudard

Star pâtissier Sébastien Girard's second venture is tucked away under the arches of the Rue de Rivoli, and includes a salon de thé serving an exquisite brunch menu. Start with a perfect café au lait or an unctuous hot chocolate, perfect for dipping your tartine of artisanal bread slathered in butter and home made apricot jam. Then there’s the array of gorgeously crunchy, flaky, sweet and fluffy pastries. Not to mention the freshly squeezed juices, boiled or poached eggs, smoked salmon, brioche and fruit salad...

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1st arrondissement
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Bar/restaurant de La Manufacture 111

 Bored of basic brunches? The Sunday brunch at La Manufacture 111 has got you covered with its exotic flavours, offering a culinary world tour in a bright and spacious spot with just the right amount sunshine to wake you up. For €25, feast on delicious specialities from New Orleans made by caterer La Charlotte d’Annie, perfectly-spiced soul food from the Middle East, and tasty Mexican treats like chicken and vegetable fajitas and red bean soup....

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20th arrondissement

Le 37 m2

In 2010 Aurélien Jegou (an actor and director) and Costya Chen (a painter) embarked on a culinary adventure with Taiwanese pastry chef Yi Lin Leballeur, who had previously worked with Guy Savoy. Today, Le 37 m2 boasts a loyal customer base and excellent press reviews. But despite the restaurant’s growing reputation and a rather modest space, you won’t have to endure a half-hour queue to enjoy the exceptional Franco-Taiwanese brunch.

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Rochechouart

Le Cosy

The blue-and-white brasserie-style façade of this hotel-cum-restaurant in the 12th arrondissement doesn’t stand out (and cosy inside it ain’t), but no matter – it’s got great atmosphere, smiley and hospitable staff, and the Sunday brunch is happily substantial. Brunch is €28 and includes a large savoury plate, followed by an eat-all-you-like sweet buffet...

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12th arrondissement
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Artisan

Good luck asking for 'the usual' in this new bar in trendy SoPi (South Pigalle) – the menu changes every two weeks, in accordance with the seasonal produce and the whims of the owners. Artisan arrives on the cocktail scene with serious bourgeois credentials: it's run by the team who brought Parisians Long Island meat platters, and the resident mixologist Frédéric Le Bordays is the man behind the cocktail recipe book 'Les nouveaux cocktails classiques'. It more or less lives up to the hype.

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Pigalle

Bal Café

While you're here, enjoy an exhibit at the BAL, the Parisian temple of the documentary image. The team 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...

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18th arrondissement

Barbershop

The Barbershop is a thirsty art-lovers’ landmark. Recalling Brooklyn’s trendy gallery-bars, it’s always worth the visit. Temporary exhibitions of street art decorate the walls, and canvases by young painters are for sale at affordable prices, offering great opportunities for the hard up but style-conscious looking to re-do their apartments. Visitors can even consult piles of art and design coffee table books, while comfortably installed in padded Chesterfield armchairs or in shabby chic second hand sofas.

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Oberkampf
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Bioboa

The fact that this place describes itself as a 'food spa' shows how it's embracing the organic ('bio' in French) revolution. There's a high-concept air about the place: white designer chairs and tables; a beautiful bird fresco that winds through it; and a mammoth fridge overflowing with expensive mineral waters, exotic smoothies and colourful takeaway salads for the fabulously busy. A healthy feast here might consist of soft-boiled eggs with sweet roasted autumn vegetables, or a juicy tofu burger with organic ketchup – one of Bioboa's staples.

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Opéra

Les Bonnes Sœurs

This is a tiny, noisy room, which regularly has people queuing down the Place des Vosges on a Sunday morning. It’s worth getting there early on weekends so you’ll be in pole position to sample the succulent scrambled eggs served as part of the legendary brunch. There are no reservations, but they do operate a waiting list – so be prepared to take a long walk around the block before you’re able to enjoy your breakfast. But it’s probably worth it to work up your appetite.

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3rd arrondissement

Breakfast in America

Even in Paris, the city of haute cuisine and knock-your-socks-off Brasserie fare, there comes a time when nothing but bacon, fried eggs, juicy burgers and fluffy pancakes drizzled in maple syrup will do. For those moments, Breakfast in America (known lovingly amongst regulars as B.I.A) offers bona fide American diner surroundings, all-day breakfasts and artery clogging delights like sticky pecan pie, washed down with bottomless mugs o’ Joe.

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5th arrondissement
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Bululù Arepera

It's a bit of a scramble around Montmartre's stairways to get to this little Venezuelan restaurant, but it more than rewards the effort when the sun streams in through the big window, and chairs covered in flowered fabric cluster around wooden tables. A little kitchen takes up the rear bar area, while above it hangs a big blackboard scribbled with the arepas menu – traditional Venezuelan cornflour flatbreads, here filled like sandwiches.

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Mairie du 18e

Bread & Roses

Come for a morning croissant and you might find yourself staying on for lunch, so tempting are the wares at this Anglo-influenced boulangerie/épicerie/café. Giant wedges of cheesecake sit alongside French pastries, and huge savoury puff-pastry tarts are perched on the counter. Attention to detail shows even in the authentically pale taramasalata, which is matched with buckwheat-and-seaweed bread...

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St Germain des Prés

Casa Lola

At Casa Lola, you’ve hardly even sat down before everything is on the table. It starts sweet, with jars of jam, butter, lemon curd, chocolate spread and caramel with salted butter – everything arriving quickly in a barrage of spreadable goodness. Then hot drinks, orange or freshly squeezed grapefruit juice follow, then fresh bread and slice of cake (lemon or carrot). If that all sounds a little high in sugar, you can also order from a savoury selection, each dish accompanied by the house coleslaw and onion rings...

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Mairie du 18e
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Cantine Merci

The new fairtrade concept store Merci is all about feeling virtuous even as you indulge, and its basement canteen is a perfect example. Fresh and colourful salads, soup and risotto of the day, an organic salmon plate, and the assiette merci (perhaps chicken kefta with two salads) make up the brief, Rose Bakery-esque menu, complete with invigorating teas and juices. Rustic desserts add just the right handmade touch.

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The Marais

Chez Casimir

Thierry Breton, owner of Chez Michel and of this bistrot next door, takes the idea of generous servings to extremes. Here, this doesn’t mean an American brunch experience – instead Chez Casimir lays on ‘le Traou Mad’ (meaning ‘good things’ in Breton), served continually from 10am to 7pm. You can fill your plate with delicious fare from Brittany and elsewhere, starting simply with salted butter on exceptional country bread, and moving on to just about everything else...

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Gare du Nord/Gare de l'Est

La Chambre aux Oiseaux

Another badly-kept secret, in just a few months La Chambre aux Oiseaux has become one of the most popular restaurants on the Canal Saint-Martin, to the point where you need to reserve a week ahead for their Sunday brunch. So is Hervé Labarre and Léna Balacco’s little canteen worth the hype?We think so. We like 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...

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10th arrondissement
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Claus

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...

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Coffee Parisien

When the grand old dames and moody wannabe writers tire of Café de Flore, they head to Coffee Parisien. Just steps from the Mabillon metro, this noisy, busy diner is never empty. Behind the bar, crowded with hurried diners, you can see the chefs at work – coleslaw virtuosos, hash brown geniuses. On the walls, there are portraits of Kennedy and Obama (a burger bears his name as well)...

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Paris

Le Coutume Café

Coutume opened in 2011 in the heart of chic Left Bank Paris, just a few minutes walk from Le Bon Marché department store. Owned by two of the gurus of the Paris coffee revolution, Antoine Netien and his Australian partner Tom Clarke, Coutume is part café, part torrefaction, supplying roasted beans to over 60 bars, restaurants and hotels across the city. You walk into a big open space with industrial décor, packed with tables and a long coffee bar that has the feel of an American diner...

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École Militaire
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Coutume Instituutti

Some will come to the Finnish Cultural Centre’s Coutume Instituutti – sister branch of Le Coutume Café – with a burning desire to discover what actually constitutes Finnish cuisine. Others, because they need a cool, calm, open space in which to type their emails over a cup of coffee. Visitors of the first kind may come away disappointed: the menu is still very small (the venue had opened only one month prior to our visit), and of the fusion variety...

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The Sorbonne

Café Craft

Paris is seeing a positive nouvelle vague of creative freelance Parisians keen to escape the confines of their apartments and find trendy cafés where they can work, get good coffee and look good all at the same time. More often than not they’re stuck with the local bar (because red wine and work go so well together…), so with Café Craft, Augustin Blanchard is filling a gap in the market.In a quiet street just minutes from the Canal Saint-Martin, this café is a refuge for the new breed of wireless creative who are flocking to the trendy outskirts of eastern and northern Paris.

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Canal Saint Martin

Le Café qui Parle

It may be overlooked by the hordes of Nikon-wielding tourists on their way up the Montmartre butte, but Le Café qui Parle still knows how to reel in the punters. Reservations fall on deaf ears here; to be in with a chance of a table, you're best off coming early. But once you've secured a handful of chairs and a bit of breathing space, you're in for one of the most memorable brunches the capital has to offer.

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Montmartre
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Cream

Found halfway up the hill in Belleville, this pretty, on-trend café was founded by two coffee-roasting experts who cut their teeth at Ten Belles and who source their beans from the Brûlerie de Belleville. Apart from the top-notch coffee, it's worth stopping by for the quality menu, which runs from breakfast time until closing at 6pm. Patisserie, sandwiches and granola start the day (around €3-€4), while lunch might include soup or an Italian piadina wrap with gourmet ingredients like parma ham, parsley pesto, beetroot and apple (€6).

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Belleville

Danny Hills

This delightful mix between a Parisian bar and an American canteen is a relaxed space with a big bar, filled with little wooden tables, big comfortable sofas, cute objets and shelves of books. And to top it all off, there's a south-facing terrace overlooking the Parc Buttes Chaumont. The menu includes excellent crab cake with coriander, Caesar salad, free range chicken in a wrap with cashew nuts, stonking burgers, hot dogs, steaks and pulled pork.

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Buttes-Chaumont

Un Dimanche à Paris

Chocoholics will be in paradise in this concept store dedicated to cocoa, where an upscale brunch is served on Sundays. Only premium products are on offer: Poilane bread, Bordier butter and slices of Iberian ham. As part of the €55 menu, you also get foie gras with pear and crème de cassis (in autumn) and a glass of Champagne instead of juice. There are no muffins, but rather a madeleine, a mini-éclair and a slice of cake – all of which go perfectly with one of the best hot chocolates in Paris...

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Odéon
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Düo

Set in the low-key if increasingly trendy neighbourhood of Popincourt, Düo is a new gallery-bookshop-café hybrid whose self-proclaimed mission is ‘to shed light on the links between photography and contemporary art’. To this end, it puts on carefully curated exhibitions that change every five weeks or so, and offers a range of books and zines dedicated to the huitième art and the fine arts in general, with a substantial sideline in gender studies...

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L'Echappée

L’Echappée is primarily a lovely spa, whose stark modern façade stands out amid the dishevelled grandeur of the Rue de la Folie Méricourt. But regulars know you can also come here for brunch on weekends from noon to 3pm in the bright upstairs rooms. Make sure you arrive early to grab the armchairs at one of the big coffee tables – they’re criminally comfy...

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Canal Saint Martin

Restaurant Edgar

Paris’s ‘Little Egypt’, a tiny area outlined by the Rue d’Alexandrie, the Passage du Caire and the Rue du Nil, has a new centre of gravity: the restaurant at the Hôtel Edgar, with its big terrace looking out over a shady square. Here, you can catch some sun over briskly-served drinks, including cocktails. Inside, by some sleight of hand, designer Guillaume Rouget has turned the former textiles workshop into a swanky, hedonistic refuge...

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Bonne nouvelle
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Les Enfants Perdus

Les Enfants Perdus is a discreet and really rather chic fine-dining restaurant frequented by the bobos of the Canal Saint-Martin, and overspill from the bars L’Atmosphère and Café Bonnie. The interior is sombre but at the back, a light and airy room has been kitted out with comfortable benches strewn with white cushions – ideal for plonking yourself down on a Saturday or Sunday morning at brunch hour. And the dishes are exceptional. The best approach here is to fast for a day beforehand...

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Canal Saint Martin

L'Epicerie Musicale

Ideally situated on the Canal Saint-Martin, L’Epicerie Musicale is a delightful hybrid of café-bar-restaurant-delicatessen-music store. The retro furniture gives the interior all the charm of an old Sicilian café, offset by graffiti art on the walls, a deli section with fish, wine, oils, hams fresh cheeses and more imported from Italy, and a jazz, soul, funk, tropical and retro-latino soundtrack from hundreds of vinyl records. Highly recommended.

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Canal Saint Martin

L'Estaminet des Enfants Rouges

Bobo, yes, but still lovely. Insulated from the honking horns of the city, this place is a true oasis in central Paris. This small, organic canteen is warm and welcoming, a tavern for weary urban travellers in the heart of the Enfants Rouges market. Though somewhat difficult to find, it is far from secret – especially in summer when the colourful chairs come out to allow customers to enjoy the aromas of the market. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays, and the ‘traditional’ menu (€20) is hearty and original...

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The Marais
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Folks and Sparrows

If a Parisian hipster could design their perfect hangout, it would probably look a lot like Folks and Sparrows. From the comfortable reading corner with its wooden seats protruding from the stone wall to the big communal table near the entrance, and from the bouquets of wildflowers on the tables to the grocery corner stocked with high-end international goodies, it all very much hits the contemporary spot. Food-wise, it's all about the sandwiches (around €7, €10-€12 for a lunchtime formule).

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11th arrondissement

Frenchie To Go

We love this New York deli-style takeaway sandwich bar, all in a simple and soigné décor of stone, wood and metal. It's the latest addition to the Frenchie family by Grégory Marchand and his team, so naturally wildly popular – come early to avoid the queues, and place your order at a large bar loaded with scones, cakes, cookies and muffins. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a seat inside, but more likely you’ll end up on one of the peaceful benches set around the streets and squares of Paris's ‘Little Egypt’...

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2nd arrondissement

Helmut Newcake

Opened at the end of 2011, Helmut Newcake was the first place for 100% certified gluten-free pastries in Paris, and is the reference for the new generation of bakeries opening up around town. The location by the trendy Canal St-Martin is nestled among a slew of new eateries and coffee shops that are worth a visit. But those looking to enjoy authentic French pastry, like classic éclairs and lemon meringue tarts, can stop in and take a seat in the modern, yet cozy loft-style shop for a cup of coffee and a snack.

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10th arrondissement
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Holybelly

Arriving for breakfast at Holybelly, you get a warm welcome from the tattooed, beanie-wearing staff. Early risers are already in place at the pretty wooden and white-painted booths over a star-patterned tiled floor, local workers smiling and chatting over their coffees. The narrow area at the front gives way to a sober and elegant back room, dominated by a big leather sofa and a pinball machine. The management are a young couple fresh from Vancouver, intent on spreading some Canadian bonhomie through their hip little venue.

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10th arrondissement

Kinugawa

Step into Kinugawa and you’ll be swept up in muted lighting, gentle music, Zen décor, air con, warm hand towels, candles… all the stops have been pulled out here. The staff are wonderfully attentive, and your glass is always full.First come chilled entrées such as tai sashimi à la Kinugawa, in which the subtle flavours of the sea bream are brought out to the full. Hot starters are also available: try the nasu dengaku (half an aubergine coated with a sweet miso crust – delicious, but very filling)...

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Tuileries

Koff

Run by a friendly young couple, Jade and David Koff, in a street that winds between the Trois Frères and the Abbesses, Koff is a lovely New York style deli. It's been entirely renovated from its previous incarnation as Living B’art, with an elegant DIY décor – even the pictures on the walls are the work of the owner, artist Resnik. It creates a cosy atmosphere that’s the ideal setting for the menu's bagels, burgers, Ashkenazi specialties and Russian dishes.

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Montmartre
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Kube Hotel

The younger sister of the Murano Urban Resort, Kube is an edgier and more affordable hotel. Like the Murano, it sits behind an unremarkable façade in an unlikely neighbourhood – in this case, the ethnically diverse Goutte d'Or. The Ice Kube bar by Grey Goose serves up vodka glasses that, like the bar itself, are carved from ice; drinkers pay €38 to down four vodka cocktails in 30 minutes...

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La Chapelle

Liberté Ménilmontant

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

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Gambetta

Liza

Liza Soughayar's restaurant showcases the style and superb food of contemporary Beirut. Lentil, fried onion and orange salad is delicious, as are the kebbe (minced seasoned raw lamb) and grilled halloumi cheese with home-made apricot preserve. Main courses such as minced lamb with coriander-spiced spinach and rice are light, flavoursome and well presented. Try one of the excellent Lebanese wines to accompany your meal, and finish with the halva ice-cream with carob molasses.

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2nd arrondissement
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La Maison Mère

If you somehow managed to miss La Maison Mère throughout the media frenzy around its opening in January 2011, it’s time to get up to speed. First, forget any ideas of a traditional French kitchen: it’s more Mom than Mère. Embrace, instead, the New York-esque décor, with its white tiles, vintage furniture, enamelled mirrors, lamps disguised as bowler hats and a sign declaring: ‘In food we trust’. The menu is much what you’d expect given the setting, but the management has added a few dashing bourgeois touches.

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Pigalle

Mama Shelter

Located in the 20th district in central Paris, this stylish hotel was designed by Philippe Starck. It offers ultramodern guest rooms with an iMac, microwave and a minibar. Each air-conditioned guest room has tea and coffee making facilities and free Wi-Fi access. All of the private bathrooms include a hairdryer and amenities. Traditional French cuisine is served in the brasserie-style restaurant at hotel Mama Shelter, and there is also a pizzeria.

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East of the centre

Mamie Gâteaux

Created by a Japanese patissier trained at Dalloyau in Tokyo, this small tea room is reminiscent of a (French) grandmother’s kitchen with its chequered tablecloths, enamelled cast iron stove and resolutely simple, traditional cakes placed on the counter top. The old-fashioned hot chocolate is served in a large earthenware bowl, and you can help yourself to whipped cream. The boss also has a bric-a-brac shop and a grocery in the same street, both inspired by his nostalgia for his childhood.

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6th arrondissement
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Marcel

Don’t come here expecting to get a fix of tikka masala or gulab jamun; Marcel is first and foremost a fusion restaurant, mixing Indian flavours with Western culinary traditions – and sometimes coming up with some overambitious projects on the plate. The postcolonial décor is a subtle and attractive mixture of gently distressed walls and contemporary lamps, and we swooned for the clubhouse armchairs that you can spot from the canal-side street outside...

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10th arrondissement

Marlette

Marlette is one of those snug little spots where people settle for hours at a stretch, whether with friends or with a computer (yes, there's Wi-Fi). The tea is served piping hot by smiling waitresses, the tiled tables have an elegant wood finish and there's an abundant supply of cushions – you'd be forgiven for thinking you've stumbled into a home furnishing advert. Yet this isn't the whole story. Marlette started off producing organic cake ingredients and accompanying cookbooks, before branching out into coffee shops.

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9th arrondissement

Miss Kô

Philippe Starck’s latest venture in Paris is a rock-Japanese outfit occupying a 500m2 space just off the Champs-Elysées. It’s been set up to like like a narrow Chinatown street, bustling and colourful at night, with open kitchens at the end where chefs work away beneath an array of suspended woks and neon lights. Giant paper lanterns are everywhere, forests of umbrellas hung over the tables, and there's a 26-metre table made up of a mosaic of screens, across which a dragon turns somersaults...

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Champs-Élysées
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Mori Venice Bar

This high-end shrine to Italian cooking in the heart of Paris has a hushed atmosphere and serious overtones: Milanese chic (white tablecloths and comfortable leather armchairs and banquettes), touched with Venetian romanticism (Murano glass lamps, carnival masks and wooden fittings), all put together by Philippe Starck against a harmonious background of chestnut and cream. The menus on offer range from the full à la carte version to a series of lunchtime daily menus between €39 and €41.

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2nd arrondissement

Nanashi

People no longer come to this neighborhood near the Gare de l'Est just to eat a curry. In a street where new trendy places are mushrooming you’ll find Nanashi, which offers healthy, fresh, Japanese cuisine. The large, bright room feels more like Brooklyn than Tokyo, with vintage chairs and chandeliers, painted metal beams and a large open kitchen. Here the specialty is the bento box: try the "vegetarian bento" which comprises two slices of grilled tofu on a bed of quinoa, garnished with mashed avocado and accompanied by three colourful salads...

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10th arrondissement
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