Some years ago traditional brunch stopped being strictly an American thing, and brunch in Paris became a part of the routine. Your choices include classic brunch, vegetarian, detox, family-style, and Indian, meaning there’s truly something for everyone. The popularity of brunch in Paris is a given, so all you have to do is choose your venue. Here are three top picks to help you decide.
If you’re in the mood for an NYC-style brunch, head down to Marcel. With three locations (rue Montmartre in the 1st arrondissement, rue de Babylone in the 7th, and Villa Léandre in the 18th), you can be sure to find one close to wherever you are. You can expect a total change of scenery, as if you’ve been transported straight to the Big Apple itself (but without the yellow taxis and Central Park). There are no surprises as far as the decor is concerned. The look is of industrial chic with slate gray walls, but without ever going overboard. Brunch is à la carte and the menu is filled with very tempting sweet and savory dishes. Treat yourself to a bagel with pastrami, the signature offering at Katz’s Deli in New York. With options like, Benedict, Florentine, scrambled, anyone fond of eggs will find true happiness here. Obviously, the sweets menu is also worth a look. Peruse the list of pancakes, but then save them for another time. Today instead, you try the waffles with strawberries and Chantilly cream. This is a winner right from the very first bite.
Une Souris et des Hommes
The best-laid plans of mice and men should include a visit to this tearoom, pâtisserie, and bookshop. Une Souris et des Hommes is also a great brunch restaurant (located at 17 rue Maubeuge in the 9th). There is nothing industrial here. From start to finish, the vibe is all artisanal and made with love. Here, the keyword is modesty. This is a cozy place that serves mouthwatering delights that will drive your taste buds wild. The first basket arrives with Viennese pastries to start. They are a fragrant and deliciously crumbly brioche and kugelhopf, served with jam and spreads, and you wash them down with freshly squeezed orange juice and coffee or tea. The savory dishes on the menu change according to the seasons and might include coddled eggs, salads, quiches, and more. Petit fours, the house specialty, are served to round off the meal as a grand finale. There’s certainly no risk of anyone leaving here hungry.
Vegetarians are favored guests at this restaurant for brunch, tucked away behind the canal Saint-Martin (20 rue de la Pierre Levée in the 11th). But that being said, the restaurant has plenty for non-vegetarians too. Naturally, at Soya you can forget sausage and bacon, and also Viennese pastries. You will, however, take a journey of discovery of unexpected new flavors (you’ll find few salad leaves on your plate). The ambiance is somewhere between bistro and loft, and good use is made of vegetables and fresh produce throughout the menu. The dishes are almost always organic, and are often gluten-free. Help yourself to whatever meets your fancy. Dishes include vegetable lasagna, marinated vegetables, hummus, and meze. The flavors of these colorful dishes come together perfectly, but it’s the originality that really hits the spot. Along with your meal, try a fresh fruit juice or hot drink.
Thank goodness it’s Friday and that weekends come around every week. Don’t forget to make a brunch reservation so you don’t miss out on any of these wonderful restaurants.