The traditionally American concept of Brunch took Paris by storm a couple of years ago and it seems to be a trend that is sticking around. Parisians are very serious about Le Brunch. Normally served on Sundays (though some places have started to offer Saturday brunch too), a Parisian brunch involves many courses and usually takes a couple leisurely hours. Most places do not take reservations for this weekly affair and as a result you may find yourself waiting in line for a table or being turned away at the door if you do not show up early enough. Happily, if you are like me and don’t like waiting in line anytime but especially when you are hungry, many places have started taking reservations. Here are our 3 picks, from an old favorite to a couple of new places sure to become brunch stand-byes.
The Belmont is a trendy restaurant that opened earlier this year in the Sentier area. The feel is retro and laid back, with the waiters joking around and occasionally dancing along with the old “Soul Train” episodes projected on the wall. A DJ plays music from the balcony of the first floor, mixing a range of songs from the 70s and 80s with some newer ones. Though their menu the rest of the time is very international, their brunch is very French. Priced at a very affordable 20 euros, you get a hot drink, juice, bread and pastries to start off, then continue with a choice of several egg dishes, or a bacon burger or Cesar salad for a more American twist. After brunch, check out their reasonably priced and creative house cocktails. The food is very tasty and the atmosphere is perfect for a brunch outing with a group of friends.
This newly opened café specializes in “detox” food, that is vegan, organic and gluten-free. Since they have been open, people have flocked to taste their freshly-pressed juices and delicious yet good for you main dishes. The 25 euro Sunday brunch includes their fresh-pressed juice, savory madeleines, eggs, granola or oatmeal, a vegetable side and their own special version of Nutella. They offer a wide range of coffee, tea and hot chocolate to accompany the brunch. Check out Pinson for a refreshing end to a weekend full of indulging.
Eggs & Co
Eggs & Co has long been an old brunch standby for anglophone brunch-goers. Located in the Saint-Germain neighborhood, this rustic and charming place is perfect for a small brunch between friends or as a couple. As the name suggests, the focus of their brunch is on the egg. After starting off with a cup of coffee or tea and some orange juice, you can have your eggs cooked in a variety of ways and in delicious combinations with other ingredients. Finish up with a dessert of fruit salad and pancakes. The restaurant is small which means that tables go quickly, so be sure to book at least a week in advance for a weekend brunch. The good news is that they serve brunch all week!Belmont 86 rue Réaumur, 75002 Paris
01 40 41 90 90 www.belmont-restaurant.fr/ Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays 11am-4pm Café Pinson 6 rue du Forez, 75003 Paris 09 83 82 53 53
Brunch on Sundays 10am-6pm Eggs & Co 11 Rue Bernard Palissy, 75006 Paris 01 45 44 02 52 Brunch on Wednesday-Friday 11:30-3:30pm, Saturdays and Sundays 11:30-4:45 pm