Date: 1. julio 2019


1. Frenchie to Go

Young chef Gregory Marchand cooked in London with Jamie Oliver and then in New York with Danny Meyer before opening his hit bistro, Frenchie, after returning to Paris several years ago. He has been putting his Anglo-American experience on display with this excellent new cafe and takeaway. Made with smoked bacon produced from the Tamworth pork raised by cult meat-master Tim Wilson in North Yorkshire, the bacon sandwich here has become a cult classic. It’s served on an English muffin, and you can add an egg or cheddar cheese. He also does seriously good sticky buns and maple-syrup-and-bacon scones, plus excellent coffee.

Breakfast about €15. 9 rue du Nil
Open Mon-Fri 8.30am-4.30pm
Sat-Sun 9.30am-5.30pm

2. Le Bal Café, Paris

Created on the site of a 1920s dance hall, this exhibition space has a great cafe, run by chefs Anna Trattles and Alice Quillet, who are English and Anglo-French respectively and serve one of the best weekend brunches in the city, including a great fry-up, kippers, kedgeree, pancakes and porridge. The baked goods, especially the scones, are superb, and the serious barista does some of the best coffee in town.

Brunch about €25
Open Wed-Fri 10am-2.30pm
Saturday 11am-3pm
Sunday 11am-4pm

3. Bob’s Bake Shop.

Health-conscious New Yorker Marc Grossman threw over a Wall Street job 15 years ago and moved to Paris, where he has created a quartet of excellent healthy-eating addresses. His latest is this edible homage to New York City in a former railroad warehouse. What pulls crowds are the are made-on-the-premises New York-style bagels in flavours including onion, poppyseed and pumpernickel, and also Polish bialy rolls. Eat them plain, toasted or as part of a sandwich filled with cream cheese, organic Scottish salmon, avocado, sprouts and more. Great coffee, too.

Breakfast about €15
Open daily from 8am

4. Holybelly, Paris

Occupying a narrow, tiled space that was once a Moroccan restaurant near Canal Saint Martin, this is now the most popular new breakfast destination in Paris. Getting a table will often require a wait, even a long one, since they don’t take reservations. But it’s worth it because this “Melbourne-style cafe” does the best breakfasts in Paris, with dishes like black-rice porridge made with coconut milk and garnished with fromage blanc and seasonal fruit, or fried eggs and pancakes with bacon, Bourbon butter and maple syrup. The excellent coffee comes from the Brûlerie de Belleville, a top-notch local roaster.

Breakfast about €20
Open Thurs-Mon 9am-6pm
(Sat and Sun from 10am)

5. Claus, Paris

Bavarian-born former fashion PR Claus Estermann decided to share his countrymen’s love of a hearty frühstück when he opened this coolly chic boutique-cum-breakfast cafe in a side street near Les Halles. On the ground floor there’s a carefully curated selection of biscuits, mueslis, jams and other condiments, and in the green-carpeted dining room upstairs, you settle at a white table for a good feed. The German breakfast offers Saint-Nectaire cheese, hard-boiled egg, ham, fruit compote, bread and beverages. Unlike many other breakfast places, this one keeps real breakfast hours, too.

Breakfast about €25
Open daily Mon-Fri from 8am
Weekends from 9.30am