Ah brunch, the most satisfying meal of the day, provided it's done properly. While we love Paris's typical French brunches, we all need good ol' fry-up every once in a while. So if you're craving that classic fried-egg-bacon-sausage combo, check out our top full English breakfast picks, plus some interesting variations.
By Leonie Cater.
The best full English breakfasts in Paris
'B.I.A Brunch Menu' - €16.95
Come to Breakfast in America for bona fide American diner surroundings, all-day breakfasts and artery clogging delights like sticky pecan pie, washed down with bottomless mugs o’ Joe. Needless to say it’s a hit with the brunch crowd who queue up outside, rain or shine. Fortunately turn over is quite fast, so you rarely have to wait more than half an hour. The €15.95 brunch menu gets you comfort staples like sausages, bacon and eggs (over-easy, sunny-side up or scrambled) with toast and fries.
'Bacon Sandwich' - €7.50 (plus egg and/ or cheddar - extra €1)
For a true slice of Great Britain, go for Frenchie To Go's Bacon sandwich/English muffin with the extra egg - their high-quality produce makes it a real breakfast treat. We love this New York deli-style takeaway sandwich bar - 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. 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’.
'Eggs and sides' - €13.50
Holybelly's beautiful full English is a sight for sore eyes. For €13.50, choose how you want your two eggs cooked and pick two sides from a mouthwatering list of bacon, mushrooms with garlic and thyme, fennel-infused sausage patties, hashbrowns, slow-cooked tomatoes, halloumi cheese, leafy greens and - of course - bacon (from France's Mayenne region no less). Served all throughout the week, this is the brunch to perk up your day.
'Full English breakfast' - €14
Marcel is a prime example of the Paris brunch phenomenon, its eager devotees being prepared to queue right into the afternoon for a piece of the eggy action. Their stylish English breakfast features perfectly fried eggs (rare in Paris), beautifully crispy bacon, a surprising addition of roast potatoes – their take on the classically British hash brown – and plump roasted tomatoes, still on the vine. And if you still have room after all that, their sweeter brunch offerings make for great desserts. Their waffles? Heavenly.
'Eggs, bacon, tomates, champignons' - €17.50
This English-themed café run by a Franco-British couple stands out for the quality of its ingredients – all organic or from small independent producers. Brunch is served at weekends and on bank holidays to a packed-out house; and their full English consists of eggs, bacon (directly imported from England), tomatoes and mushrooms - all of which is delicious. Round off your morning with their too-good-to-be-true puddings: carrot cake, sticky toffee pudding and, in winter, a chocolate-chestnut tart.
'Full English breakfast' - €16.95/ 'Vegetarian breakfast' - €14
The Bombardier is the place to drink stout in peace and indulge in nostalgia for the other side of the channel, if you feel so inclined. It's a great find for locals and students in search of quality beer, as long as you're okay with the decor – blackboards announcing the latest sports matches. Their generous, unfussy English breakfast is unabashedly British and comes with all the trimmings: eggs, sausages, bacon, mushrooms, baked beans, fried tomatoes. It's the authentic English breakfast experience.
'English breakfast' - €23
What would happen if a restaurant dedicated itself to brunch, serving it all day, every day of the week? That’s the genius idea behind Twinkie Breakfasts – a New York loft-style restaurant with stone walls and tiling reminiscent of the metro, complete with Scandinavian furniture. Go for the English breakfast menu (there are several options from Greek to Scandinavian) for a simple, homely plate of two poached eggs, English sausages, crispy bacon, baked beans and a crumpet with a hot drink of your choice and a freshly squeezed juice. Plus, a basket of various organic breads, nutella, and their legendary home made jams.