If you’re looking for the best brunch in Paris, you’re in luck! Paris offers a whole plethora of awesome brunch places that will make your mouth water. Granted the Parisian brunch concept is a bit different from the US. You’ll find more buffets and hardly any mimosas. Nevertheless, the weekend brunch hype is real. Get ready to stand in line!
Below are the best brunch places I tried during my time in Paris. Qualifications that define a fantastic brunch is the price, the restaurant ambiance, the creativeness of the food, availability of vegan/vegetarian options, and the presence of alcohol. Despite what the French believe about the sacrilegious-ness of mixing champagne and juice, brunch without alcohol is just sad breakfast. Mimosas are hard to find all around, but these Paris brunches are still worth waiting in line for!
I’ve arranged the brunch spots in order of arrondissements (what Parisians calls their neighborhoods) to not pick favorites!
My Favorite Brunch Spots in Paris:
Echo (2nd Arr.): By far my favorite menu for both the meat eaters and the vegetarians in the group. I had a quinoa kale salad that BLEW MY MIND. I loved it so much I went home and tried to recreate it. The layers of flavor in every bite were out of control. If you’re a foodie, and love food, like loooove food. Don’t miss out. Also you can have a good laugh the La Croix on the menu for €4.50.
Season (3rd Arr.): We loved this Le Marais restaurant so much we actually repeated brunch here. The seasonal menu changed between weeks and had a whole slew of interesting brunch entrees. All dishes left me feeling cleansed and not heavy wanting a nap. My favorite dishes was a sesame noodle salad and fresh squeezed juice. My boyfriend loved the shakshuka so much he got it twice in a row. Also, this open air restaurant is one of the few that offers mimosas on the menu. Season offers accessible wifi when you’re waiting in line (there’s always a line). AND if you’re looking to Sunday Funday afterwards, our favorite wine bar Le Barav is across the street.
Biglove Caffe (3rd Arr): Part of the Big Mamma restaurant group, this location is dedicated to brunch. IT’S HEAVEN ON EARTH. The gluten-free pizza, homemade pasta, fresh loaves of bread and all-over Italian goodness make this place one of my favorites to dine in. Plus, the menu has Bloody Mary’s, bellinis and mimosas ! Head there before they open to see the Italian team saying “buongiorno” as they open the restaurant at noon.
Manfred (3rd Arr.): Experience a traditional Parisian brunch buffet with the set menu at this airy jungle spot. The first course is a prepared egg course like scrambled eggs and salmon, salmon avocado toast, or eggs benedict. Afterwards, help yourself to the meat, cheese, and bread platters (sooo European) and all-you-can-drink coffee and juice, and bite-sized desserts. Feel free to stay all afternoon as they do brunch until 4pm.
Galleries Lafayette (9th Arr.): The rooftop terrace on the 7th floor of Galleries Lafayette has some of the best views of Paris. Expect a line at all hours of the day to grab a drink and gaze over the Paris rooftops and Eiffel Tower. While technically not your traditional brunch (but is anything in Paris?), the vegetarian pop-up Creatures offers some fantastic bites while you’re enjoying your city views. The beers may be over priced but the “Snow” appetizer comes with a hefty basket full of bread and a delicious yogurt and rhubarb spread. I’d also recommend the fruit and marscapone crumble.
Pink Mamma (9th Arr.): BEST BRUNCH IN PARIS. Hands down. I said I wouldn’t be biased but here I am. Hot neapolitan pizzas, iconic truffle pasta, bellinis full of fresh fruit, and a massive 4 story restaurant that is a maze of glorious decor and greenery? I can’t say enough marvelous things about it. Another winner from the Big Mamma group, the local is quite large. Even if you don’t show up right at noon they’ll seat you pretty quickly. Make sure you walk all the way to the 4th floor to get the views of the indoor greenhouse and bar. After brunch, walk over to the Pigalle Basketball court for some fantastic street art.
HolyBelly (10th Arr.): Owned by Australians, this diner-esque restaurant has somewhat of a cult following of locals and travelers as indicated by the line we stood in. The food was a mix of American classics like hefty egg plate servings, pancakes, and even TexMex specials like chilaquiles.
Peonies Paris (10th Arr): This delightful cafe offers up some of my favorite things: flowers, vegan food, and Instagramable everything. Go early because the cafe only has a few (pink!!) tables and they fill up quick. The veggie sandwich was delightful, although I did peak at my neighbor snacking on some matcha waffles and a matcha latte with flowers sprinkled everywhere and I was a tad jealous. If the place wasn’t cute enough already, you can DIY your own bouquet of flowers as well.
Ober Mamma (11th Arr.): If you haven’t realized by now the Big Mamma group is an Italian dynasty (ironically owned and created by the French). This restaurant is of medium size and where I fell in love with the bellinis full of fresh fruit and the pesto pasta. Every seat in the restaurant is a good one, just make sure you show up a few minutes before 12pm so you’re guaranteed a spot on the first seating. After brunch, walk off your meal along the Canal St. Martin.
MÔM (17th Arr.): This spot is another traditional Paris brunch buffet with a egg plate to start followed by a buffet of meats, cheese, and French desserts. While the set menu had a fixed price that tends to be more expensive than others, I was most excited about the glass of champagne served with the meal! MÔM is kid-friendly and you can call ahead to make a reservation. Afterwards, stroll like the locals and take a walk through Parc Monceau.
Brunch Honorable Mentions:
L’As Du Fallafel (3rd Arr.): While not a traditional brunch spot by any means, this falafel stand is technically open during brunch hours on Sunday (not the Sabbath!). Since it always has a line no matter the time of day, I felt obliged to include it on this list. It’s an iconic stand and on every Paris food list ever. Disclaimer: After trying several of the falafel stands on the street, I candidly can’t tell the difference between them. Since all the falafel pitas are priced the same and literally 20 feet from each other, you can stand in line at L’As Du Fallafel for the story or walk across the road for an equally delicious bite.
For more brunch ideas check out the #OmBruncher tag and the accompanying website. Paris has so many great brunch options. The biggest issue you’ll have is finding the best brunch for you in Paris!
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