If there’s one meal which screams ‘weekend with friends’ it’s brunch. Though more commonly found across London or New York, there has been a surprising rise in the number of midday meal venues in the French capital over the past few years, a few of which are totally worth visiting during your trip. Here’s where to find the best brunch in Paris (and what to order at each)!
- Sunday in Soho, 7 Rue Saint-Marc, 75002 Paris
- The Hoxton, 30-32 Rue du Sentier, 75002 Paris
- Café Oberkampf, 3 Rue Neuve Popincourt, 75011 Paris [PERMANENTLY CLOSED]
- Café Méricourt, 22 Rue de la Folie Méricourt, 75011 Paris
- Café de Flore, 172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris
- Treize Bakery Paris, 5 Rue de Médicis, 75006 Paris
- La Main Noire, 12 Rue Cavallotti, 75018 Paris
- Saint Pearl, 38 Rue des Saints-Pères, 75007 Paris
- Wild & The Moon, 25 Rue des Gravilliers, 75003 Paris
- Holybelly, 5 Rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010 Paris
- The Hardware Société Paris, 10 Rue Lamarck, 75018 Paris
- Patrol Paris, 2 Pl. Edmond Rostand, 75006 Paris
Sunday in Soho, 7 Rue Saint-Marc, 75002 Paris
While I used to say that Sunday in Soho was my favourite brunch place in the city (I’ve been close to a dozen times), my experience in early January 2022 was not what I experienced on earlier occasions and I’m not sure that I would rush back any time soon.
The service was incredibly slow, some of the slowest I’ve experienced anywhere in Paris. Unfortunately, my partner and I arrived at half past one (as per our reservation) and it took close to quarter of an hour for the staff to come and greet us. It was then over half an hour before we were able to order anything!
If you’re looking for a spot for your next Sunday brunch in Paris, and wish to reserve in advance, then you’re in the right place. After all, there aren’t many places in the French capital where you can reserve your table in advance.
Situated in the second arrondissement of the city, this brunch, lunch, and dining venue offers a variety of American-style brunch options including avocado toast, sweet berry pancakes, and granola bowls.
If you’re looking to particularly splurge out, then you can even opt to order a cocktail such as a mimosa together with your meal. You should note that you can also reserve brunch spots for several weeks in advance.
Due to the sheer popularity of Sunday in Soho, particularly during the weekends, I highly recommend booking a table ahead of your visit so as to avoid disappointment. To make reservations in advance, visit their website.
The Hoxton, 30-32 Rue du Sentier, 75002 Paris
Set against the backdrop of an 18th-century Hôtel Particulier, the chic four-star hotel of The Hoxton is easily one of the best places to stay in the Rive Droite area of the city and boasts amenities such as contemporary bathrooms, a cocktail bar, and several other eateries.
Even if you’re not planning to splurge on accommodation during your Paris trip, the good news is that The Hoxton’s various dining areas are open to non-hotel guests, including for brunch at the weekends.
Though the portions are significantly smaller than those found at other venues (and so thus this wouldn’t be my first choice for brunch in Paris), such as Sunday in Soho, I’ve often found that it’s easier to find a table at The Hoxton due to its sheer size. Highlights of the menu include speciality coffees and fresh berry pancakes.
In good weather, there is also an indoor courtyard terrace area where you can enjoy your food under the sun. You can reserve a table at the Hoxton Rivié restaurant in advance. Check out The Hoxton Rivié restaurant website here.
Café Oberkampf, 3 Rue Neuve Popincourt, 75011 Paris [PERMANENTLY CLOSED]
Please note that as of the 15th Augsut 2021, the decision has been taken by the owners to permanently close Café Oberkampf. Luckily, the same menu can still be found at the nearby Café Méricourt. As its name would suggest, Café Oberkampf can be found on rue Oberkampf, in the chic and trendy 11th arrondissement of the city.
Situated close to Parmentier Metro station (metro line 3) and the mass of clubs, bars and brasseries that line Rue Oberkampf, the café serves a selection of bruschetta type avocado toasts, cereal bowls and other scrumptious dishes.
It’s also worth noting that the majority of dishes are vegetarian. It’s also worth noting that the real start of the show when it comes to Café Oberkampf is that of the Shakshuka, a slightly spiced tomato sauce with a blend of herbs and a poached egg.
The dish is served with cream to help cut the spice and plenty of fluffy bread to add that little bit extra texture. Please note that Café Oberkampf doesn’t accept reservations and so you’ll want to turn up at the beginning of brunch/ lunch service in order to secure a table and avoid disappointment. Even then, you might end up waiting a little while so bring a book or guide to keep you occupied!
Café Méricourt, 22 Rue de la Folie Méricourt, 75011 Paris
The sister café of Café Oberkampf can be found just a short walk away and offers up the same menu in a slightly different ambiance. While Café Méricourt is slightly bigger and so offers a bigger chance of getting seated and served quicker, I would personally recommend heading to whichever of the two cafés is closest to your accommodation due to their similarities!
Please note that much like Café Oberkampf, Café Méricourt doesn’t accept reservations and so you’ll want to turn up at the beginning of brunch/ lunch service in order to secure a table and avoid disappointment. Even then, you might end up waiting a little while so bring a book or guide to keep you occupied!
Café de Flore, 172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris
If you know anything about traditional French breakfast, then you’ll know that brunch isn’t a huge part of French culture, though with the rise of social media and other factors over the past few years it’s becoming a bigger phenomenon across l’Hexagone, particularly in larger cities.
Café de Flore is something of an institution in Paris and has welcomed visitors and residents (including many a famous writer and artist) over the years. Located in the Saint Germain-des-Prés area of the city, this area is known for its chic boutiques, historic churches, and wide boulevards filled with cafés.
Wander in at any given moment and you’ll be greeted with pretty decor, great service and a mouth-watering wine list… When it comes to brunch options, you’re looking at getting a lighter offering such as coffee with vienoisseries (croissants and the like).
Much like many of the other brunch spots in Paris listed here, Café de Flore doesn’t take reservations and is walk in only. Now somewhat of a Parisian institution, you should be prepared to wait for a little while to grab a spot, particularly on weekends and during school holidays.
Treize Bakery Paris, 5 Rue de Médicis, 75006 Paris
One Paris brunch spot that I only had the pleasure of discovering recently is that of Treize Bakery, which, in spite of its name, is not a bakery but actually a café and restaurant.
Located in the shadow of the Luxembourg Gardens, this bistro serves up delicious American-style brunches in generous portions and has a mouthwatering array of cocktails and speciality coffees to match.
A particular favourite during our girls’ day out brunch in Paris was the warm artichoke dip which is served with fresh warm bruschetta chips. If you’re a non-meat eater, then the vegetarian breakfast is simply delicious and is served all day. It’s also worth noting that Treize is a smoke free terrace, which is rather of a rarity in Paris.
Like many of the other places to eat brunch in Paris, Treize Bakery doesn’t take reservations and so be sure to arrive earlier in the day as opposed to later so as to avoid disappointment. Just down the road, you can discover the Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore, which is one of the best English language bookshops in Paris.
La Main Noire, 12 Rue Cavallotti, 75018 Paris
A little further away from central Paris, and instead situated in the 18th arrondissement of Paris (close to the painted shutters of rue Cavallotti, which is one of the best secret spots in Montmartre), La Main Noire offers a seasonal and ever changing menu which comprises of hot and cold drinks, as well as full meals and light snacks.
Newly opened in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, there is a heavy vegetarian and vegan influence on the menu, with the majority of the options being entirely meat free.
On the last week of every month, everything on the menu is vegetarian or vegan. The menu changes every few days and tends to focus on classic dishes with a modern twist, meaning that no two visits will ever be the same.
Saint Pearl, 38 Rue des Saints-Pères, 75007 Paris
One of my latest favourite finds when it comes to a delicious brunch in central Paris is at Saint Pearl in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area of the city. Open on a daily basis (though watch out for the later opening times on the weekend), this Parisian café serves both food and speciality coffees.
As well as a mouthwatering array of baked goods and sweets that can be purchased together with a selection of coffees and teas, there is also a handful of brunch items on the menu. Some of the best dishes at Saint Pearl include an eggs benedict burger, vegetable pancakes, and fruit pancakes.
Wild & The Moon, 25 Rue des Gravilliers, 75003 Paris
Though there are actually a few different locations of Wild & The Moon dotted across central Paris, one of the spots you’re most likely to head to during a trip to the city is in Le Marais district of the city. If you’re looking for a healthy brunch in Paris, then this is the place to go to.
After all, Wild & The Moon is easily one of the best vegan restaurants in Paris and is full of healthy eating options as well as hot speciality coffees and matcha drinks. On the menu you can also expect to find items such as cold press juices and raw salad bowls.
Holybelly, 5 Rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010 Paris
No guide to the best places to get brunch in Paris would be complete without a nod to Holybelly, which always has a queue out the door on account of its sheer popularity (and, of course, how good the brunch is there!)
Brunch served at Holybelly is traditional American style; large portions, cooked English full breakfasts, and delicious coffee. Another item on the menu which is particularly recommended by everyone who visits are the fluffy pancakes.
A visit during the weekend is especially recommended on account of the fact that the weekend menu changes on a weekly basis, meaning that no two visits are the same. It’s worth noting that Holybelly is walk in only and doesn’t take reservations so be sure to arrive earlier rather than later so as to secure a dining spot!
The Hardware Société Paris, 10 Rue Lamarck, 75018 Paris
If you’re looking for a filling brunch in the Montmartre district of Paris, then you should be sure to head to the The Hardware Société Paris, which is one of the best-reviewed brunch places in the French capital.
Originally founded in Australia (a country that many may call the ‘home’ of the modern brunch), the Paris location also never fails to impress. On the menu, there are specialities such as delightful coffees, breakfast buns, cakes, and several vegan options. Please note that the Paris location doesn’t take reservations.
Patrol Paris, 2 Pl. Edmond Rostand, 75006 Paris
A location which I only discovered more recently, but more than merits its place on the guide to the best brunch places in Paris is that of Patrol Paris, which can be found in the 6th arrondissement.
Located close to the Jardin du Luxembourg, Patrol offers a €23 set brunch menu. In this formula, you’ll be able to get a hot drink, croissant, yogurt, and granola, fresh juice, smoothie (or mini spritz- alcoholic or non alcoholic), and an avocado brioche with a poached egg.
Please note that you can make reservations in advance for this top Parisian brunch spot and this is particularly recommended on weekends when the popular eatery gets more than a little busy!
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