Tips for Sunday brunch in Paris

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

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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

Book

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 (Twinkie Breakfast, Le Pain quotidien, 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 (Pershing-Hall, Mama Shelter). This is not just a brunch, but a real experience. Then, there are many other places offering deals for €20 (such as La Chambre aux Oiseaux, set menu at €19).

Maison Pradier Adhérent

Restaurant original for its venue or entertainment | In a museum or monument
1 Place du Trocadéro, Paris, 75116

Maison Pradier, restaurants in Paris since 1859 is present to the National Palace of Chaillot with a panoramic view on the Eiffel......

Le Pain Quotidien Saint Honoré Adhérent

Restaurant original for its venue or entertainment
18 place du Marché Saint-Honoré, Paris, 75001

For a tasty treat at any time of the day from breakfast to dinner, in a laid-back, friendly atmosphere, visit Le Pain Quotidien......

Mama Shelter

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

Bar
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......

Restaurant Pershing

Restaurant original for its venue or entertainment | In a hotel
Hôtel Pershing Hall - 49 rue Pierre Charron, Paris, 75008

The restaurant and lounge Pershing Hall is designed after the hotel: luxurious, aesthetically pleasing, and modern. To access it,......

Wanderlust

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......

Auberge Flora

Traditional French cuisine | In a hotel
44 boulevard Richard Lenoir, Paris, 75011

The Auberge Flora, a restaurant inside the eponymous hotel near to Bastille, has a relaxed and homely atmosphere. Breakfast is......

La Cuisine

Gastronomic restaurant | In a hotel
Hôtel Royal Monceau - 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......

Just'in

Traditional French cuisine | In a hotel
19 rue du Commandant Mouchotte, Paris, 75014

The restaurant and tea room Just'in, inside the Pullman Paris Montparnasse hotel, is in a delicate and elegant setting. The......

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......

La Chambre aux oiseaux

Tea room
48 rue Bichat, Paris, 75010

The Chambre aux Oiseaux, created by two people truly passionate about food, is located close to the Canal Saint-Martin and the......