Paris Has a Legit Brunch Scene Now (updated for 2024)

[Updates for the Year of Our Pancake 2024:  we have added ~worth the line?~ info as brunch is très special [ is one ever so impatient to eat? non non non …] and some places have lines which are not necessarily worth the wait. I got the idea while waiting in one…

While le ~brunch~ [Anglo-style]  has only hit Paris morning food scene quite recently, we have curated the places that have nailed the egg, waffle [or pancakes], and — ouais — bacon combination. And whether your goal is to get toasted off mimosas or enjoy a stacked piece of avocado toast, these Parisian brunch spots will show you the love you have been googling for. A gentle warning for those going ‘off-script’ — in Paris, ‘brunch’ often means an all-you-can-eat cake and pastries table.…and, let’s be honest, that’s NOT what you have in mind when you get the pancakes-and-eggs tinglings. But, that’s how the Frenches do it, so keep in mind to seek out les foreigners for scratching that bacon itch.

café foufou

Right there in the mid­dle of the packed with oh-so-many restau­rants, brunch places, cafés, bars, cock­tail bars and oth­er places in the chic Le Marais neigh­bor­hood, Foufou comes in with a firm belief they can…do it all. This place will be there for you if you need an ear­ly break­fast, an apéro time glass of wine or a late night din­ner accom­pa­nied with some live music, if you’re lucky like that. Our choice is their brunch time menu how­ev­er, which they filled safe­ly, yet sure­ly, with avo toasts, pan­cakes, and the best eggs bene­dict we’ve had in recent mem­o­ry. No mat­ter what time of the day you hap­pen to stum­ble upon here, you can rev­el in good vibes and hap­py fla­vors.  RE: le brunch, one of the more com­pelling aspects is that you can scratch your, ‘brunch, now please’, feels with no line, no wait­ing [for now, it might not last] as they don’t seem to spend their bud­get on PR but instead on qual­i­ty ingre­di­ents and some­one back in the kitchen who knows what’s what. So much so that we have even includ­ed them in an upcom­ing newslet­ter shin­ing a light on the most under­rat­ed spots we know of in Paris

WORTH THE LINE?: oui, in the­o­ry but they have none, [for now]

ADDRESS[S]: 55 Rue de Bre­tagne [3rd arr.] or 10 Rue Oberkampf, [11th arr.]

NEIGHBORHOODS:   Haut Marais  and Oberkampf

PRICE: €€

HOW TO BOOK: online

DEETS: brunch, new kid in town, all day long, clas­sic with a twist, le Marais, oberkampf, wild­ly underrated

INSTAGRAMSSS: @foufoumarais or @cafe_foufou

jardin de l’hôtel particulier

Don’t get lost in the seman­tics: a hôtel par­ti­c­uli­er is a word for an old French town­house. The Hôtel Par­ti­c­uli­er Mont­martre is the small­est, most pri­vate hotel in Paris (which does not stop them from being sub­tly luxe), with an even small­er and more pri­vate garden/bar/killer brunch spot. Like the venue itself, a brunch at the Hôtel Par­ti­c­uli­er is com­pact and classy; hot bev­er­ages, a bread bas­ket, three cours­es of fan­cy dish­es rang­ing from savory to sweet, and great, neo-bistrot-type cook­ing. It’s the real deal in a gor­geous set­ting that just hap­pens to be a stone’s throw from Sacré Cœur. It’s also only avail­able through reser­va­tion, so best get on that.

WORTH THE LINE?:  res only, see below

ADDRESS: 23 Avenue Junot Pavil­lon D (18th arr.)

MÉTRO: Lamar­ck-Caulain­court (line 12)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Mont­martre

PRICE: €€€

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: +33 1 53 41 81 40

DEETS: hotel restau­rant, terrace

INSTAGRAM: @hotelparticuliermontmartre

the hood

And we’ve found it, folks. The most hip­ster place for the most hip­ster meal (not that there’s any­thing wrong with that, embrace the deli­cious trendi­ness). Part Brook­lyn cof­fee house, part Asian can­teen, all style, and cheap [rel­a­tive­ly speak­ing for the high qual­i­ty of what’s com­ing out of that open kitchen], The Hood blends cul­tures about as well as it blends cof­fee (very much so). In addi­tion to the  junk­yard-chic décor  [old signs and old­er instru­ments ask­ing to be picked up and played –feel free], The Hood offers deli­cious Asian street food cour­tesy of their tal­ent­ed French-Viet­namese chef. Open sev­en days a week, they serve every­thing from Viet­namese fried chick­en and banh-mis to kim­chi and sweets. And of course, there’s plen­ty of cof­fee with gluten free and veg­an options as well. The green pan­dan cake, yo. It’s a must. 

WORTH THE LINE?:  oui –we haven’t seen too much of a line but it would be worth a 30 minute wait, miam miam

ADDRESS: 80 Rue Jean-Pierre Tim­baud (11th arr.)

MÉTRO: Couronnes (line 2)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Oberkampf / Folie-Méricourt

PRICE: €€

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: +33 7 80 97 54 38

DEETS: cof­fee house, Asian can­teen, gluten free options, veg­an options

INSTAGRAM: @thehoodparis

sookie

Locat­ed in the new-in-town 4‑star hotel bear­ing the same name, Sook­ie is a styl­ish new kid on the block that pro­vides a touch of calm in the storm that is Le Marais quar­ter. Their fixed-price brunch will give you every­thing you want [and some more], with their vari­ety of eggs, pan­cakes and pas­tries. They also keep it healthy by mak­ing sure you eat.your.fruits. It’s also a great expe­ri­ence if you want to feel that ~lazy luxe[-ish] hotel vibe~, yet with­out spend­ing too much [or even not much at all]. Be advised that they pri­or­i­tize hotel guests for tables but you can always decamp to Cafe Char­lot or FouFou in that case.

WORTH THE LINE: couci-couça [so-so] they have none but we would­n’t wait

ADDRESS: 2 Bis Rue Com­mines (3rd arr.)

MÉTRO: Saint-Sébastien — Frois­sart (line 8)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Haut Marais

PRICE: €€

HOW TO BOOK: online

DEETS: le Marais, luxe hotel vibe, Parisian vibe, mix­ing classy and trendy

INSTAGRAM: @hotelsookie

brasserie molitor

Begin­ning as a pub­lic pool in the 20’s, aban­doned and left for graf­fi­ti artists to use as their can­vas in the late 80’s, the Moli­tor Hotel is a his­tor­i­cal build­ing that still show­cas­es its his­to­ry of art to this day. If that still doesn’t con­vince you, the Moli­tor hotel is home to the largest hotel spa in Europe and offers beau­ti­ful rooms with ter­race views attached. But if you don’t fan­cy stay­ing at the hotel itself, you can always enjoy their pic­turesque buf­fet-style Sun­day brunch, full of not only deli­cious French food, but amaz­ing views as well. 

WORTH THE LINE: peut-être [maybe] if you are com­mit­ted as there are not too many near­by spots to piv­ot to

ADDRESS: 13 Rue Nungess­er et Coli (16th arr.)

MÉTRO: Porte d’Auteuil (line 10) or Exel­mans (line 9)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Bois de Boulogne 

PRICE: €€€

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: +33 6 64 40 77 79

DEETS: vin­tage, 70’s, art, gar­den, pool, nature, art-deco, styl­ish, chic, historical

INSTAGRAM: @molitorparis

kafkaf

Is the win­ter cold and rain mak­ing you just a itty tiny bit hangry? Well, wor­ry not, as it’s always sun­ny in KafKaf, a place with Moroc­can-style brunch. Expect the unex­pect­ed — avo toast with smoked pep­per hum­mus, grilled cheese with cumin, as well as pistachio…everything. They also have bomb AF cof­fee and a vari­ety of oth­er drinks (laven­der matcha lat­te? Oui…). Suit­able for that insta­gram pho­to as well as the sense of dépayse­ment right in the mid­dle of the city.  Not ~com­plet­ly~ feel­ing the vibe? This place is a part of the Hun­gry Fam­i­ly brunch vir­tu­osi, so they have two more loca­tions with Cali- or Bali-styled brunch as well. We appre­ci­at­ed the inven­tive take on clas­sics like avo toast and eggs bene­dict but they are a bit cramped/loud and seem a touch over­whelmed to deliv­er an expe­ri­ence worth wait­ing in line for. The food was good, how­ev­er, and is a great alt for those that don’t eat pork as they do beef bacon.

WORTH THE LINE: non, bébé, and there is a line

ADDRESS: 7 Rue Keller (11th arr.)

MÉTRO: Ledru Rollin (line 8), Voltaire (line 9), Bréguet-Sabin (line 5)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Bastille / Arse­nal / Roquette

PRICE: €€

HOW TO BOOK: no reser­va­tions, and there is a line, yo

DEETS: 11th arrondisse­ment, brunch with a twist, mus­lims + jews can eat the bacon here, great cof­fee, veggie-centric

INSTAGRAM: @kafkaf.fr

brasserie auteuil

The Brasserie Auteuil might just be the vaca­tion from your vaca­tion. Trendy, spa­cious, pleas­ant­ly designed, and sun­ny, Brasserie Auteuil is an Ital­ian restau­rant with an idyl­lic, ivy-entan­gled rooftop ter­race (and a bright, open down­stairs din­ing room that also looks nice) that tru­ly trans­ports you miles away from the busy city. The food is clas­sic, tasty Ital­ian fare; bur­ra­ta, pas­ta, piz­za, beef, a selec­tion of Ital­ian desserts and sor­bets, and a size­able drink list from the size­able bar. in the no-doubt, siz­able join.t Get­ting a seat in the restau­rant is easy enough, but to enjoy an after­noon on the ter­race, you must, like all well-exe­cut­ed vaca­tions, book well in advance, if pos­si­ble. If it’s not pos­si­ble, the place is mas­sive so that line WILL move…

WORTH THE LINE: peut-être [maybe], it’s good but not worth a long wait except there aren’t many alter­na­tives nearby

ADDRESS: 78 Rue d’Au­teuil (16th arr.)

MÉTRO: Porte d’Au­teuil (line 10)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Bois de Boulogne

PRICE: €€

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: +33 1 40 71 11 90

DEETS: Ital­ian, large space

INSTAGRAM: @auteuilbrasserie

la bellevilloise

Two words: Jazz Brunch. The venue: a mul­ti­pur­pose cul­tur­al cen­ter found­ed in the mid 19th-cen­tu­ry that moon­lights as just about every­thing includ­ing a restau­rant and con­cert venue. The look: kooky and kin­da punk… There are mis­match­ing chairs, gym-style hard­wood floors, a mas­sive sky­light that tricks you into think­ing you’re eat­ing out­side, and some­how it’s all cohe­sive and homey. The offer­ings: a buf­fet of crêpes, pan­cakes, pas­tries, fruit, fruit tarts, choco­late mousse, cheese, eggs, bacon, chick­en, quiche, French fries, you get the nev­er-end­ing point. The price: 30€ a pop for break­fast and a show. The jazz: jazzy. Worth: it.

WORTH THE LINE: we did­n’t see a line

ADDRESS: 19–21 Rue Boy­er (20th arr.)

MÉTRO: Gam­bet­ta (line 3)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Ménil­montant / Jourdain

PRICE: €€

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: +33 1 46 36 07 07

DEETS: jazz brunch

INSTAGRAM: @labellevilloise

holybelly 5

OUI, this is Holy­bel­ly 5. THE Holy bel­ly. Don’t be that tourist and ask for a crois­sant here, because the serv­er will look at you with dis­dain in their eyes and tell you point-blank non (true sto­ry). This is a hearty break­fast place — think Amer­i­can din­er but much less grub­by, with meals that won’t leave that greasy-pit-in-your-stom­ach feel­ing. The pan­cakes are on point, and the added bacon and maple syrup kick off that ‘brunch‑y’ feel. Remem­ber, this is a ~trendy~ place, so it comes com­plete with some chia pud­ding infused with car­damom, house­made gra­nola, and Flat ‘Wal­ter’ Whites (if you don’t get it, then I don’t know how to explain it to you). Try the hot sauce, because, gosh darn it, it’s good despite being made in France (the French have many qual­i­ties, but their intake of spice isn’t one of them). There are gluten-free and veg­an options, and make sure to come ear­ly because the line for week­end brunch is not insignif­i­cant. [Come at 3pm to almost breeze in if nec­es­sary…]  It’s the queen of the brunch prom for a rea­son — it’s the BEST. The pan­cakes are sui gener­is, the ser­vice is TIGHT, the place is gottdammm per­fec­tion. So get in line! [ get cof­fee from O/H / P / E around the cor­ner if you have the shakes.

WORTH THE LINE: mais, oui, it’s the best tra­di­tion­al brunch/breakfast in town

ADDRESS: 5 Rue Lucien Sam­paix (10th arr.)

MÉTRO: Jacques Bon­ser­gent (line 5), Château d’Eau (line 4)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Canal St. Martin

PRICE: €€

HOW TO BOOK: hahah ok madame president

NUMBER: +33 1 82 28 00 80

DEETS: brunch, 10th arrondissement

INSTAGRAM: @holybellycafe

monsieur bleu at palais de tokyo

Ok, this place has every­thing: Style. Cul­ture. A view of the Eif­fel Tow­er. Brunch. Locat­ed in the Palais de Tokyo, the largest con­tem­po­rary art muse­um in Europe, Mon­sieur Bleu embraces its art déco past with a strik­ing olive din­ing room and high vault­ed ceil­ings. It’s chic, it’s cos­mopoli­tan, and if it’s not up to your brunch stan­dard (some­how), they also have a ter­race right along the riv­er with, you guessed it, a view of the Eif­fel Tow­er (and oth­er pret­ty things in that vicin­i­ty). Muse­um cafés, no mat­ter the classi­ness, are noto­ri­ous­ly expen­sive and Mon­sieur Bleu is no excep­tion. How­ev­er, they do offer a great selec­tion of sal­ads, eggs, tarts, desserts, and gaz­pa­cho that, con­sid­er­ing the fan­cy ingre­di­ents like bour­bon vanil­la and truf­fle, are actu­al­ly kind of rea­son­able (you’re pay­ing for the view, okay? I don’t make the rules. Worth it tho).

WORTH THE LINE: it’s not that kind of spot, you make a res, as nature intended

ADDRESS: 20 Avenue de New York (16th arr.)

MÉTRO: Iéna (line 9)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Chail­lot / Trocadéro

PRICE: €€€€

HOW TO BOOK: online

NUMBER: +33 1 47 20 90 47

DEETS: arts cen­ter, 16th arrondissement

cafe méricourt

You’ll often see a cast iron pan pass­ing by filled to the brim with a sauce made of toma­toes, pep­pers, haris­sa, and two poached eggs nes­tled snug­ly on top. You know you’re going to order it once the aro­ma caress­es you, but no need to awk­ward­ly ask your neigh­bor­ing din­er what it is because we’ll tell you—it’s chak­chou­ka, one of Cafe Méri­court’s spe­cial­ties. Anoth­er sig­na­ture is their green eggs and feta [they total­ly failed to cap­i­tal­ize on puns here], which can all be washed down with their great cof­fee. Like many places in Paris, it’s tiny, so go ear­ly or dur­ing the week. If you’re a brunch puri­tan adamant, con­vinced that it’s only meant for the week­ends, then use the Skeep­it app for vir­tu­al queu­ing. Friend­ly advice: don’t come here nurs­ing a Fri­day night hang­over, the unre­lent­ing white decor  and crowd­ed table set up will not help your headache.

WORTH THE LINE: oui, it’s good

ADDRESS: 22 Rue de la Folie Méri­court (11th arr.)

MÉTRO: Oberkampf (lines 5, 9), Saint-Ambroise (line 9), Richard Lenoir (line 5)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Oberkampf / Folie-Méricourt

PRICE: €€

HOW TO BOOK: online

DEETS: 11th arrondisse­ment

INSTAGRAM: @cafemericourt

café berry

Their key strat­e­gy here is to keep it sea­son­al. If you’re some­one who is obsessed. about ingre­di­ents [you know when you only go and buy fruit and veg from the farm­ers mar­ket and boy­cott the big chains], then this brunch place is for you. Not only do they change their menu in tune with the sea­sons but they also change it on the basis of how they feel [this adds a lev­el of hip­ster to the vibe]. Every­thing is super fresh and done at a lev­el which helps to keep things aes­thet­i­cal­ly pleas­ing for your insta­gram feed. We know, we know, brunch places should auto­mat­i­cal­ly be able to do that but this place defo ticks all the boxes. 

WORTH THE LINE: oui, it’s good, espe­cial­ly if you want that ins­ta pic

ADDRESS: 10 Rue Chapon (3rd arr.)

MÉTRO: Arts et Métiers (line 3, 11), Ram­buteau (line 11)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Haut Marais

PRICE: €€

DEETS: brunch, 3rd arrondissement 

INSTAGRAM: @cafe_berry_paris_

 

Zia

This fam­i­ly-owned busi­ness is inspired by bright fla­vors and fresh pro­duce. The chef, Justin, moved to Paris in 2011 to start cook­ing at the infa­mous L’Arpège. Of course, this is where he start­ed to form his own ideas sur­round­ing the art of cook­ing. If you want to eat food with a Miche­lin-vibe [because he lit­er­al­ly worked at a Miche­lin restau­rant] but can’t spend that dough, then this is your best shot. Let’s just say they know what they’re doing when it comes to food. They not only have expe­ri­ence open­ing up restau­rants [the chef has anoth­er one just around the cor­ner, Mila­gro], he also has expe­ri­ence in cre­at­ing vibey con­cepts [some­thing about offer­ing Parisians the full pic­nic experience.]

WORTH THE LINE: oui, it’s good

ADDRESS: 22 Av. de Tourville (7th arr.)

MÉTRO: École Mil­i­taire (line 8)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Invalides

PRICE: €€

DEETS: 7th arrondisse­ment, brunch

INSTAGRAM: @ziaparis

Immersion

This place was opened by an Insta­gram influ­encer (some of the most cringe words strung togeth­er in the Eng­lish lan­guage but keep read­ing) who scout­ed the best brunch­es in Paris after get­ting a taste of them while liv­ing in Australia—so you know it’s got­ta be legit after all her years of *ahem* ‘sci­en­tif­ic’ research.  And eat­ing her way through thou­sands of brunch­es, have result­ed in your brunch ‘must-have’s’ like avo­ca­do toast, waf­fles, and french toast. It’s a bit too pret­ty (I like my brunch­es a lit­tle more…messy) so if look­ing for a brunch that’s super Insta­gram­ma­ble, then this is your place. Plus, it’s main loca­tion is oppo­site Holly­bel­ly 5, so if there’s a queue there, cross the street to here. But most prob­a­bly there’ll be a line here too. They also opened a spot near Place Vendôme.

WORTH THE LINE: oui, it’s good, but not more than 15 peo­ple in line good

ADDRESS: 8 Rue Lucien Sam­paix (10th arr.) / 23 Rue Danielle Casano­va (1st arr.)

MÉTRO: Jacques Bon­ser­gent (line 5), Château d’Eau (line 4) (for the Republique loca­tion), or Opera, Madeleine, or Pyra­mides for the Place Ven­dome spot…

NEIGHBORHOOD: République or Place Vendôme

PRICE: €€

DEETS: 10th arrondisse­ment,  1st arrondisse­ment

INSTAGRAM: @immersionparis 

 

Kozy

This is one of the more well known brunch places in Paris. Call it ‘ins­ta famous’ or what­ev­er, but they know how to keep their fol­low­ers engaged. From their deli­cious look­ing food to the vibey decor and atmos­phere, it’s a per­fect place to spend half your Sun­day in. Also, don’t for­get the loca­tion. It is lit­er­al­ly right next to the Notre Dame and the Parisian Islands [if you did­n’t know Paris had two islands in the mid­dle, you do now]. If you want a day with min­i­mal walk­ing and lit­tle to no has­sle, this is one place you want to go to not only for the food and ser­vice, but for the posi­tion­ing on the map as well. 

WORTH THE LINE: oui, it’s good, and its famous so expect one

ADDRESS: 6 Rue du Petit Pont (5th arr.

MÉTRO: Cluny la Sor­bonne (line 10), Saint-Michele Notre-Dame (line 4)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Latin Quar­ter

PRICE: €€

DEETS: Latin Quar­ter, 5th arrondisse­ment, brunch

INSTAGRAM: @kozyparis

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