Hiya! It’s been a while since I shared my food spot recommendations, and I wanted to share my all-time favourite brunch spots in Paris with you. It’s hard to go wrong with Paris – Almost every restaurant or café I’ve stepped into has provided excellent food and an unforgettable experience. That is one of the perks of living in Paris – the unending culinary options. They do usually come at a high price though, which doesn’t make matters easy when living the student life, and trying to navigate through the many expenses that come with being an art or fashion student in the city.
Although living in Paris generally means living a fast-paced life and picking up a quick croissant or pain au sucre on your way to the next destination, I am the kind of person who doesn’t mind budgeting and ordering the cheapest item on the menu if it means getting to experience a unique culinary concept or tastefully-designed restaurant interior. Food matters but, as does the soothing music playing in the background, the way the sun hits directly at a cute parisian café, the street musicians who sit nearby, the crowd surrounding… Heck, even tasteful tableware is of great importance! It really is all about the experience.
And so here is my short compilation of my personal Parisian favourites, a couple of which you may already know – But undoubtedly, they have never let me down.
Les Deux Magots
One of the most reputable cafés in Paris, located in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area – A touristy spot by all means, yet still a favourite of mine. Being aware of its history and the artists which frequented (Fernand Léger, Picasso, Hemingway…) is enough to have you appreciate the café. It’s always bustling with visitors at around noon – the tourists easily spotted among the French for their extravagant orders, whereas Parisians will typically enjoy a lighter meal – coffee and croissant. I suppose I’ve always loved this place for it’s charm and location. The 6th arrondissement is an artist’s dream, and there is so much to see and admire from your table at Les Deux Magots.
6 Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés, 75006
Braun Notes Coffee
This little spot is located in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, not far from Galeries Lafayette. What drew me to this place was it’s brunch menu on weekends, which is served till 4pm. It tends to get a little busy though, so you might want to get there early. There are always several instagrammers trying to get the perfect shot here (myself included, guilty) – and it really doesn’t come off as a surprise.
31-33 Rue de Mogador, 75009
Ah, my all-time favourite out of this list. Primarily because I lived right nearby and would come here every so often for the best hot chocolate ever – Though it made it to my brunch list for it’s yummy poached eggs and fantastic atmosphere. This is the ideal café to partake in the popular Parisian pastime and people-watch, and it’s super cosy in the wintertime. It’s located in the 17th arrondissement – A residential area, meaning far less tourists than anywhere in the rest of Paris.
4 Avenue De Villiers, 75017