It’s a lazy, late Sunday morning – no work, no school – and you’re feeling up to an indulgent brunch with your family and friends. The concept of weekend brunch has been embraced in many cafés and restaurants around Paris, and there’s a dizzying array of options. INSPIRELLE has picked 15 of our tried-and-tested favorite brunch spots – from the simple to the simply extravagant – to share with you. Now, you don’t have to waste time researching where to bruncher (yes, it’s become a French verb) this weekend. So, go ahead and treat yourself!
Coffee Parisien €€€€
Once known as the original American diner in Paris, Coffee Parisien now boasts 3 restaurants with talk of a fourth opening! INSPIRELLE brunches at the original diner with terrace in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Pres, but Sunday brunchers can also visit the one in the 16th arrondissement or in the Paris suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine. Count on American staples like eggs benedict, bagels with cream cheese and lox or French toast with grapefruit. For a French touch, enjoy a big cup of café au lait. Saturday and Sunday brunch served from 9:00am to 4:00pm.
4, rue Princesse, 75006 Paris/Metro: Mabillion, Saint Germain des Prés. For other locations, consult their website HERE.
Tel: +33 (0)1 43 54 18 18
Breakfast in America €€€€
Can’t beat an all-American breakfast that includes choices like a huge serving of fresh blueberry pancakes, eggs the way you like, sausage or bacon with toast, a bottomless mug o’ Joe and juice all for 16.95€! Breakfast in America is an authentic diner with two locations (one in the Marais and one in the Quartier Latin) that also serves the juiciest hamburgers and homemade chile con carne. No reservations, but INSPIRELLE thinks the line-up on Sunday is worth it!
Open 7 days a week from 8:30am to 11:00 pm. Monday – Saturday: Breakfast served all day. Sunday: Brunch menu and breakfast “à la carte” served all day.
17, Rue des Ecoles 75005 Paris/Metro: Cardinal LeMoine, Jussieu.
Tel: +33 (0)1 43 54 50 28
4, rue Malher 75004 Paris/Métro: St Paul.
Tel: +33 (0)1 42 72 40 21
Here’s a super friendly diner with home-cooked food served with good drip coffee (we hear they serve up a good Bloody Mary too, if that’s your thing). Holybelly is owned and operated by Sarah Mouchot and Nico Alary, who together create a new menu every month – a mix of classic French and Western comfort food, based on what products are in season. Their staple: Sunday breakfast. Order up eggs any way you want, add on the bacon and pile on the pancakes or French toast served with homemade jams.
Saturdays and Sundays: 10:00am to 5:00pm; Brunch served from 12 noon to 3:30pm; Breakfast dishes from 5€ to 13€
19, Rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010 Paris/Metro: République, Jacques Bonsergent, Gare de l’Est.
Tel: +33 (0)9 73 60 13 64
La Coupole €€€€
Imagine sipping your café au lait and reading your Sunday newspaper quietly in one of Paris’ most iconic Art Deco brasseries. La Coupole, built in the roaring twenties, was once a regular hotspot for an eclectic mix of luminaries, including artists, writers and and entertainers from Picasso and Matisse to Léger, Henry Miller and Josephine Baker. La Coupole today is still very popular for tourists but in the mornings, its large dining room is a tranquil setting for a traditional French breakfast of coffee, juice and a basket of fresh croissants and pains au chocolat. English menus and wi-fi are available too.
Sunday brunch: 8:30am – 12 noon. Plateau Terrace 11,50€; Plateau Continental 14,50€
102, bd du Montparnasse 75014 Paris/Metro: Vavin/Parking: Raspail-Montparnasse (2 hours free from 11:00am – 5:00pm)
Tel: +33 (0)1 43 20 14 20
Rose Bakery €€€€
There is such a wide variety of homemade cakes, scones, quiches and fresh bread that not only will you enjoy brunch at the Rose Bakery, you won’t be able to resist taking some goodies home afterwards. A favorite treat is the carrot cake with icing made from organic quality ingredients. This English style bakery-cafe now has four establishments in Paris. The original Rose Bakery is located on the rue des Martyrs in the 9th arrondissement, a well-known street in Paris made popular by the number of artisans and specialty shops.
Saturday and Sunday brunch: 9:00am to 4:00pm.
46, rue des Martyrs, 75009 Paris/Metro: Notre-Dame-de-Lorette. For other locations, check our I-LIST HERE.
Tel: +33 (0)1 42 82 12 80
Hotel L’Amour €€€€
When INSPIRELLE recommends breakfast at Hotel l’Amour or “Hotel Love”, it should be a late romantic breakfast for two. In fact, why not get away for a weekend with your partner and reserve one of the intimate hotel bedchambers? Continue the pampering with the Sunday brunch menu of scrambled eggs with sausage and bacon in the garden during good weather. Remember this for a date weekend in Paris!
Weekend brunch: 12 noon to 4:30pm. Brunch menu 26 €
8, rue de Navarin, 75009 Paris/Metro: Saint Georges, Pigalle.
Tel: +33 (0)1 48 78 31 80
Café de la Jatte €€€€
It’s hard to say which is more impressive: the authentic Italian brunch prepared by chef Mathieu Scherrer, or the super cool, eclectic décor of Café de la Jatte restaurant. Located on a tiny island 5 minutes by car from Etoile in Paris, this 19th century building houses a spacious loft style brasserie with a dinosaur suspended above the entire dining room. The weekend brunch menu offers freshly squeezed juices, mini viennosseries such as “feuilletée au Nutella” for chocolate lovers, an appetizing selection of antipasti and Italian desserts.
Saturday and Sunday brunch: from 12 noon to 4:00 pm. Brunch menu 32€
60, Boulevard Vital Bouhot, 92200 Neuilly Sur Seine/Metro: Pont de Levallois Becon/Parking: Valet
Tel: +33 (0)1 47 45 04 20
This all-you-can-eat buffet features a wide selection of traditional breakfast pastries, salmon and scrambled eggs, salads, seasonal meat and fish, cheese, fresh fruits and desserts. All washed down with a cocktail, fresh juices, coffee and tea or hot chocolate for the little ones. The Restaurant Lafayette brunch also provides professional entertainment to keep the kids busy so parents can enjoy chatting over a leisurely brunch.
Saturdays and Sundays: 12:00pm to 3:00pm. Adults: 39€, Children up to 6 years: 19€
3 Place du Général Kœnig 75017 Paris/Metro: Porte Maillot/Parking: Palais de Congrès.
Tel: +33 (0)1 40 68 51 19 (reservations recommended)
La Gare €€€€
Situated in what once was the “Passy La Muette” train station, and conveniently located in the heart of the 16th arrondissement, La Gare is an impressive spot for brunch. In nicer weather, you can enjoy sitting in one of its two lush outdoor terraces. The all-you-can-eat spread has a large salad buffet as well as traditional breakfast eggs and sausages, plus hot main dishes and delicious desserts, fruits and cheeses. Fresh juice and hot drinks are included. And for the little ones there’s a clown playing games and face painting upstairs.
Sundays: 12:00pm to 3:00pm. Adults: 39.50€, Children: 17€
19 chaussée de la Muette 75016 Paris/Métro: La Muette or RER C to Boulainvilliers/Parking: Valet.
Tel: +33 (0)1 42 15 15 31
Chine Massena €€€€
Looking for something different? How about dim sum in Paris’ original Chinatown in the 13th arrrondissement? The Chine Massena is an authentic “dim sum” or “touch the heart” Chinese restaurant with pushcarts that circulate the dining tables offering dozens of dainty, traditional Chinese delicacies for you to choose from. Try steamed, fried or stuffed. Rely on favorites: Shrimp Har Gao, steamed pork brioches, stuffed raviolis and sticky rice in lotus leaves. It’s noisy and crowded but definitely kid-friendly! Sunday dim sum begins at 8:45 am
96 Boulevard Masséna 75013 Paris/Metro: Porte de Choisy/Parking: entrance at 18 Avenue de Choisy 75013.
Tel: +33 (0)1 45 83 98 88
How about a Moroccan Sunday brunch in a chic setting? For a mix of modern creativity and tradition, try Liza near the old Bourse in the 2nd arrondissment. The buffet-style feast of mezzés like hommos and eggplant babaghannouj, taboulé salad, moulokhié (grilled chicken and Basmati rice served with chard and coriander), lamb pastries, and signature desserts are meant to be shared with family and friends. Unlimited coffee, tea and fresh juice are included. You’ll forget you’re in the heart of Paris!
Saturday & Sunday Brunch from 12 noon to 3:30pm. Adults: 34€, Children under 12 years: 18€
14 rue de la Banque 75002 Paris/Metro: Bourse
Tel: +33 (0)1 55 35 00 66
Pavillon des Oiseaux €€€€
An ideal setting for a festive brunch with kids, the Pavillon des Oiseaux sits in the middle of the Jardin D’Acclimatation so you can turn brunch into a family outing. The all you-can-eat buffet includes a wide variety of hot and cold dishes, as well as a salad bar and dessert bar and fresh fruit. For the little ones, a clown goes from table to table performing magic tricks to entertain families throughout the brunch. (Not recommended for couples looking for a quiet and romantic setting!)
Saturdays and Sundays: 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm. Adults: 32€ Children: 15€ (plus 3€ entry to the Jardin d’Acclimatation)
Jardin d’Acclimatation (Bois de Boulogne), Rue de la Muette 75016 Paris/Métro: Les Sablons/Jardin d’acclimatation.
Tel: +33 (0)1 45 02 11 61 (reservations recommended)
Chalet des Iles €€€€
Make brunch at this restaurant an all day outing in the Bois de Boulogne in the West end of Paris. There’s a hot and cold buffet, plus cheese and desserts, and drinks include a glass of champagne, juice, water and and hot drinks. You can visit the park grounds and then row, yes row, your way across the lake to the Chalet des Iles restaurant for Sunday brunch. Or, you can get a free ferry from the parking area to the restaurant.
Sundays from 12:00 noon to 4:00pm. Adults: 55€, Children: 20€
Lac Inférieur du Bois de Boulogne, Porte de la Muette 75016 Paris/Parking: Free public parking, or valet for 10€
Tel: +33 (0)1 42 88 04 69 (reservations recommended)
Hotel Molitor Paris €€€€
Splash out and enjoy brunch in a French historical monument! For 60 years Piscine Molitor was the most popular swimming bath in Paris. Inaugurated by Olympic swimmers Aileen Riggin and Johnny Weissmuller in 1929, the pool was also where the bikini was officially unveiled in 1946. Closed in 1989, it fell into disrepair for many years until it was finally reopened as a 5-star hotel in 2014 by the Accor Group. Now you can also enjoy a swim before or after indulging in their gargantuan Sunday brunch buffet, which includes a glass of champagne, a wide selection of fresh seafood (oysters, crab, gambas) a mezze buffet, and hot food stations, as well as crepes, waffles, pancakes, fresh fruits, Marie Quatrehomme cheeses and, of course, French desserts.
Sunday Brunch: 12:00pm to 3:00pm. Adults: 75€, Children under 12 years: 35€ (or 135€ per adult and 60€ per child, including access to the indoor and outdoor pools, hammam, sauna and relaxation room, normally reserved for hotel guests or club members)
10 Avenue de la Porte Molitor, 75016 Paris/Métro: Porte d’Auteuil, Michel-Ange-Molitor.
Tel: +33 (0)1 56 07 08 50
When you want to really splurge to get the royal treatment… this 5-star palace hotel has two extraordinary weekend brunch options.
Saturday Brunch is Back! As part of the hotel’s 5-star Le Petit Royal kids’ program, kids from 5 years and up can participate in creative workshops led by professional artists in English and French during brunch at the French gastronomic restaurant, La Cuisine. Your little ones can enjoy pizza making or artistic workshops inspired by themes as diverse as Jurassic Park to Jean-Paul Gaultier, Le Corbusier, or The Little Prince.
Saturdays (only from September to mid-July): 12:30-3:30pm. Adults: 83€, kids 6-12 years: less 50%, and kids under 6 dine FREE
Royal Brunch on Sunday: Get ready for a truly royal gastronomic brunch buffet, with a salad bar, hot and cold dishes, including pasta, cold cuts, organic eggs cooked any way, sushi and sashimi, fresh fruits, a magnificent cheese board, gluten free breads, and — for a decadent touch — the pastries, pancakes, waffles and irresistible dessert bar are by master pastry chef Pierre Hermé. Freshly squeezed fruit and veggie juices, chia seed smoothies and hot drinks are included.
Sundays 12:00 noon to 3:30pm (year-round). Adults: 120€, kids 6-12: less 50%; and kids under 6 dine FREE
37 Avenue Hoche 75008 Paris/Metro: Charles de Gaulle – Étoile, Ternes/Parking: Vinci, 18 Avenue Hoche 75008.
Tel: +33 (0)1 42 99 98 80 (reservations recommended)
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Note: Reservations are always recommended. Prices, opening hours and menus are accurate at time of publication. Please verify with each restaurant at time of booking.