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5 essential brunches in Paris

Missing a hearty breakfast in the land of croissants and eclairs? Here's has a solution for you: Parisian brunch

Ah le brunch...such a civilised concept. What good news that Paris, the very city that prides itself on food and the finer things, and claims the best breakfasts around (with the full English of course) has accepted that sometimes it’s a great idea to merge breakfast and lunch

Les Orchidees, Hyatt Vendome (for the great gourmets)

Les-OrchiPark Hyatt, Paris

It doesn’t come cheap but it’s definitely worth it. For those who love their food, the chic restaurant Les Orchidees at the Hyatt Vendome is a swish paradise where foodie dreams come true. Help yourself to an overflowing buffet for starters, with everything from healthy superfood Kale and Quinoa salad to naughty foie gras en croute, salmon rillettes and samosas before settling down for your main course with a glass of Krug. Indulge in the perfect beef glazed in soy or a very French raw tartare or for even decadent scrambled eggs with truffle. Then come sweet treats: beautiful petits fours ranging from coco and passion fruit to tasty caramel cakes, fig tart and a plethora of viennoiseries from the classic croissant to the favourite Breton Kouing Amman pastry – a delightful mass of layered pastry, butter and sugar. €94, paris.vendome.hyatt.com

Le First, Westin Vendome (for the well heeled)

le-firstLe First

In the cosy, dim-lit ambiance of the boudoir-like ‘Le First’ overlooking the Tuileries gardens, Paris’ well-heeled crowd head to brunch. In addition to classic dishes like scrambled eggs and bacon or even quiche and 'Pissaladiere’, you’ll find creative surprises like Chef Gilles Grasteau’s seaweed bar offering a plethora of interesting mixes and exotic flavours from spirulina to salicornia and wakame. There’s a seafood bar with lobster salads, oysters or gambas, and salads of all creeds. Don’t miss the organic juice bar, where you’ll get your heart’s desire freshly squeezed and the beef, served autumnal style with pumpkin and roast chesnuts. It would be a sin though, not to leave enough space for the amazing patisseries on offer ranging from classic ‘Opera’ layered coffee and chocolate cake, to mini Paris Brest style ‘choux’, crunchy yet gooey macaroons, cookies and the finest “Financier” known to man. €69-€79, www.lefirstrestaurant.com

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The Tea Caddy (for tea lovers)


A favourite address in town for 86 years already, this legendary café is the place for tea amateurs. Opened in 1928 by Miss Klinklin, she settled a little piece of England in this cosy Saint Michel neighbourhood, with silverware, a very British décor and of course, the perfect cup of tea. Offering an impressive range of teas from all over the world as well as home made patisseries, it’s still the place to get a great ‘cuppa’ in Paris. Cosily ensconced in this ‘salon de the’ one can sample organic eggs on toast or bacon or smoked salmon, whatever your taste. Indulge in scones from Devon (with clotted cream no less) and homemade strawberry jam, or an English style muffin – a true English brunch classic. €28.80, www.the-tea-caddy.com

Acide (for the adventurous)


Right in the ‘Bobo’ Batignolles, this hip patisseries cafe is open for brunch on Sundays in two sittings (12 and 14h). The creation of two passionate foodies, Renata and Jonathan Blot, the chef, they’ve mixed the culinary with the beautiful, experimenting with lesser known flavours and great classics alike championing French regional produce. Gourmets will appreciate the ever-evolving menu, which includes freshly squeezed juice, the tasty warm drinks and the viennoiseries choice as well as the changing dishes which range from the perfect egg on pea ‘emulsion’ with fresh mint or chicken with lime and red onions. The sweet-toothed will enjoy the chef’s daily patisserie such as passion fruit cheesecake. The cherry on the cake? The store’s macaroons, which cover a dazzling array of flavours from strawberry pepper to dark chocolate, bubble gum and green tea and mint amongst many others. Always a hit. €23, acidemacaron.com

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Café Louise (for the kids)

cafe-louise-parisCafé Louise

In the heart of bustling Saint-Germain, Café Louise will have you feeling right at home in no time thanks to its cosy, homely décor mixing vintage pieces and 50’s photos as well as a comfy Chesterfield sofa. At brunch, make the most of the coffee on tap, freshly squeezed juice, and delicious home made hot chocolate the kids will love. For teeny tiny hands, the mini-viennoiseries are also a must, not to mention the pancakes. To keep the kiddos entertained, there’s also someone on hand with balloons, makeup kit for face painting, reading stories and each junior guest receives a little gift, giving parents a little breathing space. The buffet also has an ‘English’ breakfast option with bacon and eggs, or the smoked salmon and, to finish off, the macarons, fresh berries or mini-eclairs for desert. €33-€38, €15 for children, www.cafe-louise.fr

1 Les Orchidees, Hyatt Vendome
2 Le First, Westin Vendome
3 The Tea Caddy
4 Acide
5 Café Louise