Top 15 best brunches in Paris
Originally published by Jordan on February 2020 and updated by Vanessa on May 2023.
Since Paris is a city of culinary delights, it’s no surprise that there are some pretty amazing brunch options. Brunch is the perfect meal to fully experience French culture. An antidote after an evening out or a treat on a laid back afternoon, you just can’t beat a good brunch. Flaky pastries, the world’s best bread and of course, fluffy omelets make Parisian brunches stand out. Today I’ll be sharing with you my favorite spots for the top 15 best brunches in Paris! So whether you prefer casual or chic, sweet or savory, you’ll find your perfect Paris brunch in this list.
1. The classic brunch – The Saint-Régis
My first pick for the top 15 best brunches in Paris is a classic café with a cozy atmosphere. On the cobbled streets of the Ile Saint-Louis, you’ll find the Saint-Régis. Get settled at a booth inside, or people-watch from a table on their charming terrasse and enjoy a true Parisian brunch.
The Saint-Régis offers delicious classical breakfast and brunch fare, as well as more gourmet options on Sunday. Their menu is fairly typical, yet every dish is put together exceptionally well and is full of flavor! Fresh toast, eggs Benedict, omelets and pastries are the local favorites, but specialties like prawns make a great addition to your brunch repertoire.
Metro Stop: Pont Marie, Line 7
2. The chill brunch: Le Loulou friendly diner
At Loulou the name really says it all. This laid back restaurant serves up tasty brunch options and classic diner fare with a smile. Located just off the chic Boulevard Saint-Germain, Loulou is the perfect place to stop and refuel amidst a busy day of sightseeing. Sweet options like açai bowls, French toast, and fresh fruit are complimented by savory choices like their famous avocado toast and club sandwich. Loulou is one of the top 15 best brunches in Paris, so it gets quite busy on the weekends. Plan to arrive early to put your name on the list, but not to worry, the line moves pretty quickly!
Metro Stop: Cluny La Sorbonne, Line 10- Right across the street from the restaurant!
3. The brunch with a view: Monsieur Bleu
If you’ve always dreamed of a brunch with a stunning view of the Eiffel Tower, Monsieur Bleu will make your dreams a reality! With an unmatched view of the Eiffel Tower, it’s hard to believe the food is still the shining star of Monsieur Bleu.
Tuck in to their gastronomic Sunday brunch, or order à la carte. You can’t go wrong with choices like their house-made lobster roll, or a basket of fresh French pastries. It’s best to make reservations, especially if you’re visiting during the Summer months.
Bonus: This upscale restaurant is actually housed in the Palais de Tokyo museum, so you can even take in the latest exhibit after your meal.
Metro stop: Iéna- Line 9, then it’s just a short walk to Palais de Tokyo.
4. The trendy brunch: Season
For the trendiest brunch in Paris, head to Season in the Marais neighborhood! This new local favorite features chic interiors, instagrammable drinks and one of the top 15 best brunches in Paris. Their fresh take on brunch classics has made Season one of the city’s go-to brunch spots. Their maple-pecan, bacon pancakes are the perfect sweet and savory combo, and they serve up a killer egg sandwich among other goodies!
Season’s coffee menu is full of trendy beverages like matcha tea and turmeric lattes, because what’s brunch without a tasty drink? This place also offers almost everything on their menu without gluten, so Season is a great pick if you’re gluten free!
Metro stop: Temple- Line 3, then walk 3 minutes and you’re there!
5. The most Parisian brunch: Café de Flore
This famous café was once the favorite haunt of writers like Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ezra Pound. Steeped in years of tradition, Café de Flore will make you feel as if you’ve traveled back in time. The calm interiors provide a respite from the busy Boulevard in front, or have a seat at one of the outside tables and watch Paris pass by.
Today, this iconic café is a favorite of locals and visitors alike and still has one of the top 15 best brunches in Paris! Their omelettes and croque monsieurs are simple yet exquisite, and you can’t go wrong with any of their homemade sweets. If you don’t have time for a full brunch, Café de Flore is also the perfect spot for a classy drink in Paris.
Metro stop: Mabillon- Line 10, then a 4 minute walk down Boulevard Saint Germain
6. The luxe brunch: Hôtel Plaza Athénée
A gourmet brunch at the Plaza Athénée is the ultimate indulgence. Situated in a gilded room complete with glittering chandeliers, the dining room setup is seriously luxurious. Their set menu is composed of fresh juices, coffee, champagne, pastries and a 3 course meal with plenty of desserts and even a cheese plate!
The brunch is orchestrated by Michelin-starred chef, Alain, Ducasse, so prepare for the culinary experience of a lifetime. If you opt for their musical brunch (recommended), you’ll be serenaded by talented live musicians during your meal! The brunch menu is available on Sunday and will set you back €130 per person. But believe me, this brunch is one experience you will cherish forever!
Metro stop: Alma-Marceau- Line 9
7. The healthy brunch: Café Mareva
Café Mareva specializes in gluten-free and dairy-free brunch fare. In the middle of the super hip 11th arrondissement, it’s hard to find a place that can balance both trend and taste. Café Mareva has the winning combination.
An assortment of savory brunch waffles, sweet pancakes, pastries and smoothie bowls await you at Café Mareva. This café is one of the most affordable options my top 15 best brunches in Paris. You can have a full brunch for around €15 per person, which is a rare find in Paris. Great service, amazing food and generous portions have made Café Mareva a neighborhood favorite. I hope it will be one of your favorites, too!
Metro stop: Goncourt- Line 11
8. The unlimited brunch: Chez Casimir
If you’re on the hunt for the ultimate brunch buffet, look no further than Chez Casimir. This cozy restaurant definitely offers one of the top 15 best brunches in Paris! At Chez Casimir, there is both astounding quantity and exceptional quality. The brunch menu costs €28 per person and includes unlimited sweet and savory buffets, and a made-to-order main dish.
All of the brunch fare is homemade and features classic French specialties. Smoked salmon, fresh salads, charcuterie, and cheeses are all part of the savory buffet. The sweet buffet has plenty of options for your sweet tooth!
Choose from pastries, chocolate cake, cookies, fresh fruits, compotes and crumbles, or try some of everything! The restaurant is quite small, so be sure to make your brunch reservations by phone beforehand.
Metro stop: Gare du Nord- Lines 4 and 5
9. The fusion brunch: Marlon
With decor and cuisine inspired by California, it’s no wonder a brunch at Marlon always makes my day a little sunnier. Complete with cacti, retro signs and plenty of palm tree foliage, at Marlon you’ll feel like you’re on the California coast. The brunch choices are seemingly endless, so there’s a little something for everyone. Their menu includes breakfast burritos, churros, açai bowls, ricotta toast and even salmon tacos among more classic brunch offerings. Make sure to make a reservation, because this place is popular and a limited in space!
159 Rue de Grenelle, 75007
Metro stop: La Tour- Maubourg, Line 8
10. The rooftop brunch: Terrass’ Hotel
Terrass’ Hotel has an incredible setting and delicious food, landing their brunch a spot on my top 15 best brunches in Paris! Hoping to enjoy a gourmet brunch with a rooftop view of Paris? You’ll find what you’re looking for at Terrass’ Hotel. Set in charming Montmartre, this quiet hotel and the rooftop brunch are a neighborhood secret.
Sweet and savory buffets are the brunch mainstay at Terrass’, but their offerings fluctuate to incorporate fresh, seasonal ingredients. Reservations are required for Sunday brunch, and the view makes their set €42 menu worth the splurge.
Metro stop: line 2- Blanche
11. The hearty brunch: Holybelly
Holybelly is one of the best brunch establishments in Paris. You’ve probably heard of their pancakes with seasonal fruit or bacon and eggs. Holybelly serves brunch in the traditional American way, with enormous quantities, cooked English full meals, and wonderful coffee.
Homemade gnocchi sautéed with artichokes en barigoule, spinach, and tomatoes, sprinkled with Piedmont hazelnut dukkah and parmesan shavings, cherry, and apricot cake served with a generous dollop of whipped cream, or Caesar salad with roasted free-range chicken, homemade garlic croutons, and parmesan shavings are just a few of the dishes to try here.
To handle the crowds on busy weekends, the restaurant uses the Skeepit app, which allows you to join the queue virtually and avoid waiting on the sidewalk. A weekend visit is especially encouraged because the weekend menu changes on a weekly basis, ensuring that no two visits are the same. It’s worth noting that Holybelly is a walk-in-only establishment that does not accept reservations, so arrive early rather than late to ensure a dining spot!
Metro stop: Rambuteau (line 11)
12. The charming brunch: Claus Paris
This place is unmissable considering it’s a fantastic brunch close to the Louvre! Brunchgoers at Claus are treated to high-end quality products ranging from a large selection of coffees and teas to freshly created fruit jams and handcrafted pastries. Try their signature Bavarian Pancake with Apples and Almonds which has complex flavored and full of rich flavors.
The entirely white interiors and exteriors of designer Louis Benzoni highlight the abundantly displayed groceries. The downstairs part, with its open kitchen, will make you feel as if you’ve never left your house.
14 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001 Paris, France
Metro stop: Line 1 -Louvre Rivoli
13. The cozy brunch: La Chambre aux Oiseaux
Start your brunch series today along the Canal Saint-Martin at a small restaurant called La Chambre Aux Oiseaux, which translates as “bird room.” The restaurant is far more popular than you anticipate so it’s advisable you get here early to avoid crowds.
An unending bread basket and confiture, a cold drink, a hot drink, a plate with a soft-boiled egg, salad, soup, ham, and cheese, and some form of main specialty are all on the brunch menu. Dessert is also included at the end! If you’re searching for a full brunch in an unusual setting, this is the place to go.
48 rue Bichat, Paris, France
Metro station: Place de Clichy Metro Station
14. The creative brunch: Hardware Société
The Hardware Société, a coffee bar and café in Montmartre, combines classic French sensibilities with a cheerful Australian soul. This is a must-visit for anyone searching for relaxed café vibes with a lot of fantastic cuisines, a pleasant setting, and a creative menu.
It offers both outdoor and indoor sitting. While enjoying coffee on the terrace is very Parisian, the interiors are also very pleasant, with a window at the back affording stunning views of the city.
Brunch favorites include scrambled eggs with herbed ricotta and pecorino Danish, baked eggs with chorizo and gruyere, and herb and parmesan soufflé. They also feature hearty vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.
Metro station: Château Rouge
15. The laid-back brunch: Café Oberkampf
Café Oberkampf, as the name suggests, is located on rue Oberkampf in the city’s fashionable and trendy 11th arrondissement. The café provides a variety of bruschetta-style avocado toasts, cereal bowls, and other delectable delicacies.
It should also be noted that the majority of the recipes are vegetarian. It’s also worth noting that the Shakshuka, a gently spiced tomato sauce with a blend of herbs and a poached egg, kicks off the performance at Café Oberkampf. The dish is served with cream to help cut through the heat and plenty of fluffy bread for texture.
Please keep in mind that Café Oberkampf does not accept bookings, so arrive at the start of brunch/lunch service to guarantee a place and avoid disappointment. Even so, you may find yourself waiting for a while, so bring a book or guide to keep you amused!
3 Rue Neuve Popincourt, 75011 Paris, France
Metro stop: Parmentier(metro line 3)
So now you have my recommendations for the top 10 best brunches in Paris! I hope that you have enjoyed discovering some of Parisian’s favorite brunch spots. Comment and let us know where your favorite brunch is, we love learning about your experiences in Paris, too! As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us should you need any more information about anything.
See you soon in Paris, and bon appétit!
*Written by Jordan in 2018 and updated by Arielle in 2020