Tips for Sunday brunch in Paris

The best places for brunch in Paris on Sunday and find out how to choose the right one

Brunch © Fotolia

The tradition of brunch, a contraction of breakfast and lunch, has come to France from the US.

In the last few years it has become an essential element of a Parisian weekend, as can be seen in the ever-increasing number of restaurants, luxury hotels and coffee shops competing to offer their special brunch menu.

Every Sunday late morning/early afternoon, Parisians and tourists gather with friends, family or in couples for a meal that takes the place of both breakfast and lunch. Aside from the great-tasting food and special menus, brunch in Paris is a chance to relax.

Whether you prefer a new take on brunch or a traditional one, you will find something to satisfy your appetite after a lie-in, in and around the districts of the Canal Saint Martin, Montmartre, the Marais, the Champs-Elysées …

Some tips for choosing a good brunch


Since brunch has its own peak time, informed ‘brunchers’ should telephone to make an advance booking so they don’t miss out when it comes to lunchtime. If they haven’t booked, late risers will have more chance of finding a table after 1pm. Some places even serve until 7pm (Casimir)

Weekends, yes but …

Although more and more Parisian restaurants are offering brunch menus on Saturday, Sunday and even during the week (Hôtel Rosalie, Le Pain Quotidien, Twinkie Breakfast, Maison Pradier), brunch is still a Sunday tradition and in most cases this is the only day it is served.

Good bread and coffee

Hot drinks, fruit juice, pastries, bread and eggs are the basis of this sweet and savoury meal that features food from both breakfast and lunch. So a good quality brunch should take these essentials into account. If the bread isn’t fresh, the eggs don’t look good and the coffee isn’t strong enough, go somewhere else.

Emphasis on the menu …

When it comes to brunch in Paris, one thing stays the same:  it is a combination of sweet and savoury.  But this rule aside, there is any number of variations available. From a traditional American brunch of bacon, scrambled eggs and cheesecake (Joe Allen) – to an exotic version with bubble tea and wasabi eggs Benedict (Miss Kô), food lovers will have too much to choose from.

… and the atmosphere

The setting is just as important as the quality of the food. For a family brunch, more and more places offer entertainment for children (Le Comptoir Général). In general, for a good meal and a relaxing time, it’s best to choose cosier places rather than big, often noisy, restaurants.

Value for money

Brunch prices vary considerably from one place to another. At the top end of the spectrum, for the start of the month or special occasions, are big hotels (Renaissance Paris Vendôme Hôtel, Mama Shelter Paris La Défense). This is not just a brunch, but a real experience. Then, there are many other places offering deals for €20.

Renaissance Paris Vendôme Hôtel 5/5


4 rue du Mont-Thabor, Paris, 75001


The Renaissance Paris Vendôme hotel completed a major transformation in May 2018, led by the famous designer Didier Gomez. The......

Hôtel Rosalie 4/5


8 bis avenue de la Sœur Rosalie, Paris, 75013


Hotel Rosalie opened its doors in May 2022 with 60 rooms decorated by the architect Marion Mailaender and a garden where brunch......

Mama Shelter Paris La Défense No classification


10 rue Jean Jaurès, Puteaux, 92800


211 rooms with 5* bedding, some with a view of the Eiffel Tower! A real American Diner will plunge you into a retro lunar......

Camélia par Thierry Marx

Traditional French cuisine | In a hotel
Mandarin Oriental Paris - 251 rue Saint-Honoré, Paris, 75001

Exquisite tastes and a striking design; Camélia by Thierry Marx is an eco-conscious contemporary restaurant. Using the freshest......


Gastronomic restaurant
16 rue Gaillon, Paris, 75002

At Drouant, temple of French literature (home of the Goncourt and Renaudot prizes), you will of course find the view of the......

Le Pain Quotidien - Victoires

Communal tables
5 rue des Petits Champs, Paris, 75001

"Authenticity, quality, simplicity, conviviality" have been the four key values since the creation of the first Le Pain Quotidien......

Mama Shelter Paris East

Restaurant original for its venue or entertainment | In a hotel
109 rue de Bagnolet, Paris, 75020

In the hotel of the same name, Mama Shelter (designed by Philippe Starck), you can sample excellent cuisine by leading chef Alain......

Le Comptoir Général

80 quai de Jemmapes, Paris, 75010

The Comptoir Général, a bar, restaurant, art gallery and shop rolled into one, defines itself as a museum dedicated to ghetto......


Bar | In a museum or monument
32 quai d’Austerlitz, Paris, 75013

A bar, restaurant, club and art space, Wanderlust is situated at the Cité de la Mode et du Design, along the Seine in the 13th......

La Cuisine

Gastronomic restaurant | In a hotel
Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris - 37 avenue Hoche, Paris, 75008

La Cuisine is one of 2 restaurants at the hotel Royal Monceau Raffles Paris. The chef Laurent André offers diners refined French......

Joe Allen

Traditional French cuisine
30 rue Pierre Lescot, Paris, 75001

Joe Allen is a New York institution ... in the heart of Paris, in the trendy Étienne Marcel district. Open since 1972, this......

Twinkie breakfasts

Traditional French cuisine
167 rue Saint-Denis, Paris, 75002

Twinkie Breakfasts, in the trendy Étienne Marcel district in the centre of Paris, takes its name from a little cake loved by......