After Breakfast, before Lunch? Let’s Brunch in Paris
by Chloe Martin
Brunching in Paris has become as fashionable as wearing black, everybody and their wife is doing it!
But since when?
Brunch became a thing thanks to the late risers on a Saturday and Sunday morning. Waking up at 11 and noon after a long week at work or a long night out, these people gave restaurants an idea. Why not mix breakfast and lunch to make brunch? After all, people were on the look out for a hearty breakfast but not at breakfast time!
Paris has cottoned on to this trend and now boasts some of the best brunch places on the map. Here are my favourite top spots for brunch:
Holybelly – (€€) because holy brunches do exist and you need this one in your belly!
This place is spectacular. Why? The food is to-die-for and the service is top-notch. My favourite dish is the savoury pancakes with egg, bacon and maple syrup (adding a homemade hash brown to my order to top it all off…). The kitchen is open-plan so you can see your food being cooked and there is plenty of seating. Last time I was there we got an adorable little booth that we could have happily sat in all day, especially as the coffee is also delicious! However, it’s really popular so on a weekend go early to get a spot. Trust me, you won’t regret it!
Meal prices are around 15 euros and to keep things interesting then menu changes monthly!
The Green Goose (€€€) – for their Eggs Benedict (it’s by far the best in town)
The Green Goose has a great brunch menu with dishes ranging between 12 and 14 euros (14.50 being the most expensive). They serve a variety of things such as; a Brunch buttie with Irish sausage, Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon or bacon and Blueberry and white chocolate pancakes, to name a few!
Their full brunch menu costs 24 euros and includes; homemade scones with jam and cream, granola and yoghurt, tea or coffee, orange or apple juice and one of the main brunch dishes.
The service is wonderful (the staff are so friendly) and their gastronomic take on traditional Irish dishes makes this place my favourite pub in Paris.
Green Goose – 19 Rue des Boulets, 75011
Breakfast in America (€€)- for that big hearty American brunch that will transport you to the US as soon as you take your first bite!
BIA, as it’s known in Paris, is a great place for brunch. Their pancakes and bottomless coffee are my favourite things about going there. I would also recommend “The Big Mess,” a delicious plate of avocado, potato, sausage, onion, egg and cheese. Just a warning – this is a huge meal so if you get it in the meal deal make sure you’re hungry! The prices are really reasonable at EUR 16.95 with a choice of #1 Eggs and omelettes, #2 Griddle or pastry and #3 Drinks. A big meal for real food lovers!
Breakfast in America – 41 Rue des Jeuneurs, 75002
TATA Burger (€€)
A unique and fun place in Le Marais offering a great brunch at a reasonable price! Tata Burger is one of the only places I know that offers an all you can eat brunch buffet! Their brunch includes a basket of bread with jams and Nutella, a hot drink, a fruit juice, viennoiseries, a hot plate with mini burgers, mini club sandwiches, coleslaw, fried eggs and fries and even a dessert (greek yoghurt or fruit salad)!
This copious amount of delectable food, plus great service in a restaurant a stones throw away from the Pompidou centre makes Tata Burger top of my list!
Tata Burger – 54 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004
So so what are you waiting for, get brunching!
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