Brunch has been booming in France for fifteen years. Selection of the best Parisian addresses from a plethora of offers.
THE MOST HEALTHY: BOY
After the Tomboy canteen, it’s his little brother Boy’s turn to settle in the 9th arrondissement. This new establishment offers elaborate, homemade cuisine based on fresh products for a gourmet and healthy brunch. To be savored in a cozy setting on the benches full of cushions, the House offers a tailor-made brunch (between € 17 and € 25), where the customer can choose up to eight components.
Your choice of scrambled eggs, grilled bacon, maxi brioche toast with artisanal spread, maple syrup pancakes, avocado with almonds, muesli, organic homemade granola and a personalized juice among the seasonal fruits and vegetables on offer . And in addition, the service is provided all weekend and throughout the day.
Boy, 43, rue Notre-Dame-De-Lorette (9th)
THE MOST MATCHA: UMAMI
A place dedicated to matcha, Umami offers brunch around this Japanese ground green tea powder. Renowned for its invigorating effect, its anti-oxidant properties and its detoxifying effect, matcha is an ally to start the day well. Every Sunday, the establishment offers an Umami formula (30 euros), based on matcha from organic farming and produced in Uji in Kyot prefecture.
On the menu, a hot drink of your choice, a squeezed orange juice, and a matcha azuki dorayaki, a Japanese pancake, matcha whipped cream and azuki red bean. Guests can also enjoy a fresh fruit salad with sesame wasabi, a black burger yakiniku, a homemade charcoal bread, a beef with shiitake, with a salad of vinegared quinoa. All to be savored in a decor combining Japanese sobriety and a cozy atmosphere.
Umami Matcha café, 22, rue Béranger (3rd)
THE MOST ROYAL: THE THOUMIEUX HOTEL
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White tablecloths and impeccable crockery, tables are set around the central buffet. At the Thoumieux hotel, which has cultivated unostentatious French chic for over a century, Sunday brunch (from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.) is self-service and unlimited. Eggs (hard-boiled, poached, scrambled, meurette, Benedictine, etc.) are mixed with cured cheeses from the Cantin house, Andalusian Bellota-Bellota ham, smoked salmon with dill, creamy butter from Jean-Yves Bordier. To sweeten the taste buds, in addition to exotic fruits and pastries, you can feast on the house pastries, made by Ludovic Chaussard, who studied at Alain Ducasse and Christophe Adam: strawberry éclairs, lemon pies, creamy cabbage . Washed down with tea, coffee, old-fashioned chocolate and squeezed fruit juices, this “royal brunch”, hearty and tasty, launched six months ago, costs 55 euros. It is eaten in a dazzling bistro decor, all in mirrors, with emerald lamps and crimson benches. A nod to the origins of the place that once housed the popular Bouillon Chartier.
Brasserie at the Thoumieux hotel, 79, rue Saint-Dominique (7th).
THE MOST ORGANIC: PANCAKE SISTERS
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With its chick yellow facade, it is difficult to miss. As its name suggests, here it is the pancake that is king. But unlike traditional recipes, the one cooked at home does not weigh on the stomach. The brunch formula (23.50 euros) includes these famous thick pancakes in a savory version served with an incredible homemade chive cream cheese, organic scrambled eggs, smoked salmon or Serrano ham, a salad and a smoothie of varying flavors. For dessert, and if you’re feeling hungry, three small pancakes are served with pure maple syrup, an excellent organic spread (Nocciolata) and jam. And to accompany these delicious plates: tea, coffee and orange juice with a mint leaf.
Pancake Sisters, 3, rue Lucien-Sampaix (10th).
THE MOST STYLISH: MA COCOTTE
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This place has been filling up on weekends for a few years. Ma cocotte has recently offered a brunch every Sunday (from 12 p.m.). It is on the 1st floor that the buffet of the copious formula is located (41 euros). It includes a hot drink, cold starters (homemade country terrines, salmon and tuna tartare, quinoa salad) or hot starters (scrambled eggs, veal sausages). For the dishes: lamb curry and cod with virgin sauce. And for dessert: granola, pear almond tart, lemon cake, pistachio cake. All of this can be enjoyed in a setting designed and decorated by Starck. This chic canteen exudes a lot of conviviality and the toilets, all tiled and curved, are also worth a visit.
Ma Cocotte, 106, rue des Rosiers, Saint-Ouen (93).
THE MOST RELAXED: HOLYBELLY
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Launched in 2013 by Sarah Mouchot and Nico Alary, a young couple from Melbourne, Holybelly has made a name for itself near the Canal Saint-Martin. In a relaxed atmosphere, the plates are filled with scrambled, poached or fried eggs, with mushrooms, grilled bacon or baked beans simmered in tomato sauce. The homemade granola, fresh seasonal fruits and bread spread with jams or Vegemite, complete the brunch. Not to mention the house pancakes, topped with whipped cream, pieces of hazelnuts and maple syrup. No formula, the bill displays between 15 and 30 euros, depending on the order, served on weekends between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Holybelly, 19, rue Lucien-Sampaix (10th).
THE MOST FEMININE: MARCELLE
© Lisa Michel Klein. Marcelle, the address for brunch for trendy girls.
The succession of Rose Bakery is assured. A stone’s throw from Les Halles, there is a haunt for a light brunch, with a decoration as trendy as its three founders: Alexandra Delarive of the Marcel and Marlon restaurants, Irène Cohen, founder of the Bonton brand, and Ophélie Barès, winner of the 2014 game show “Qui will be the next great pastry chef ”. Address for girls requires, the recipes are healthy and natural (fresh fruit juice, granola, muesli, salads, avocado toast). Nothing is lacking to satisfy the refined tastes of Parisians, neither the Anglo-Saxon inspiration (eggs Benedict, cookies, banana bread, pancakes), nor the plethora of attractive and appetizing cakes.