Some people might think that breakfast in Paris consists of a croissant, a cigarette, and a momentary existential crisis -- but trust us when we say, it does not, and here are 10 places that prove it...
The 10 best breakfast spots in Paris
Opened in the fall of 2013, Holybelly has become the breakfast spot in town. Here, they do eggs and they do them well and you’re sure to find a few French treats on the menu (like boudin noir sausage). Bread comes from the vaunted bakery down the street, Du Pain et Des Idées, and you can be sure that the coffee you’re drinking is roasted locally as well.
What you're getting: Yes, they’ve been known to top pancakes with bacon on occasion, so ask for that.
You want bacon and you want it now. Look no further than the bacon breakfast sandwich at Frenchie To Go. It’s served on an English muffin and you can certainly add an egg or cheddar. Still not enough for you? Get a house-made sticky bun. Then top it all off with a maple syrup and bacon scone.
What you're getting: Um, bacon breakfast sandwich
Coffee bar and cocktail joint Lockwood is the kind of place you could technically stay at all day. They open at 8am for breakfast, do lunch later in the day, and in the evenings, it’s all about the aperitivo. They serve freshly made juices for the health-conscious crowd, but hell, that’s not you, so don’t worry. There’s bacon, too.
What you're getting: The house specialty is buttermilk biscuits and gravy, and it's delicious.
If a fast-paced bakery is more your style, then take a seat at Coquelicot in Montmartre. There're several different breakfast menus at this two-level bakery/restaurant, and you’ll be sure to get your coffee served in a big-ass bowl. Whatever you order, just be sure you also get an almond croissant. You’re in Paris, after all.
What you're getting: Oeufs à la coque; semi-boiled eggs served with bread slices to dip in the yolk
A store dedicated to breakfast? Oh yes. Called "l'épicerie du petit-déjeuner", Claus is an upclassed delicatessen that specializes in all things breakfast, which means if you need to stock up before treating yourself to a casual breakfast picnic on the Seine, this is the place to come. You can of course hang out and eat here as well.
What you're getting: One of the set breakfasts -- they all come with eggs, and a basket of pastries
While the French may not be known for their savory breakfast spreads, they have made one significant morning meal contribution: oeufs en cocotte. This creamy egg dish is baked in ramekins, but of course Eggs & Co. also does eggs pretty much any way you can imagine.
What you're getting: How do you like your eggs?
Smörgås means "sandwich" in Swedish, and yes, we’re talking the open-faced kind. There’s a breakfast menu for 7€ which gets you two sandos, a dark filter coffee, and a freshly pressed juice, making it one of the better breakfast deals in town.
What you're getting: Something Scandinavian on dark rye bread
Started as an organic bake mix company, the sisters behind Marlette are all about tasty sweet treats, especially for breakfast. You’ll find an assortment of muffins and even pancakes, as well as French classics like oeufs à la coque or good, old-fashioned petit déjeuner fermier.
What you're getting: A stack of their pancakes
Close to Saint-Germain, go to Coutume if you’re in need of strong, good coffee and lots of it. This local roaster has become a favorite of coffee lovers in town, and the carefully made filter coffee pairs well with the combination of sweet and savory breakfast choices that're always available. Brunch on weekends is a big deal, so expect a crowd.
What you're getting: Brunch Les Ogres -- scrambled eggs, baked potato w/ chopped hazelnut & chives, bacon, sausage, and a trio of pastries
While Parisians do love a good weekend brunch, here, it’s all about a big brunch all week long, and at Twinkie Breakfasts, they’re giving the love to all the places in the world that love a big breakfast.
What you're getting: Smoked salmon for the Scandinavian brunch, bacon for the British one, and pancakes for the Americans. Make your choice.
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1. Holybelly19 rue Lucien Sampaix, Paris
2. Frenchie To Go9 rue du Nil, Paris
3. Lockwood73 rue d'Aboukir, Paris
4. Coquelicot24 rue des Abbesses, Paris
5. Claus14 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Paris
6. Eggs & Co.11 rue Bernard Palissy, Paris
7. Café Smörgås11 rue du Château d'Eau, Paris
8. Marlette51 rue des Martyrs, Paris
9. Coutume Café47 rue de Babylone, Paris
10. Twinkie Breakfasts167 rue Saint-Denis, Paris
Located in the 10th, this innovative eatery by the Canal is perfect for a classic breakfast. Dive into their pancakes and eggs, or stop in when it's less busy and slowly sip some of the finest coffee drinks in the city.
You'll find fancier restos in Paris, but fare doesn't get more solid than at Frenchie, which does a variety of sandwiches and a quality fish & chips.
Located in the 2nd arrondissement, these guys do coffee by day and craft cocktails by night (both of which are excellent), in a space with high ceilings and a comfy atmosphere.
Located in Montmartre, this fast-paced bakery doles out a number of fresh edibles from breads to pastries, and they also feature a pair of breakfast menus loaded with options such as their oeuf à la coque, which are semi-boiled eggs served with bread slices to dip in the yolk.
This 1st arrondissement spot is a chic delicatessen that specializes in all things breakfast, which means if you need to stock up before treating yourself to a casual breakfast picnic on the Seine, this is the place to come.
Nothing says “brunch” more than a plate of eggs, and as the name would have you believe, that’s the specialty at this Saint-Germain breakfast/brunch spot.
Northern Europeans are known for their breakfast savvy, so why not hit up a cafe that pays homage to its Swedish roots? Smörgås means sandwich in Swedish, and yes, we’re talking the open-faced kind. There’s a breakfast menu from which you can get gets you two sandwiches, a dark filter coffee, and a freshly pressed juice for 7€, making it one of the better breakfast deals in town.
Started as an organic bake mix company, the sisters behind Marlette are all about tasty sweet treats, especially for breakfast. You’ll find an assortment of muffins and even pancakes, as well as French classics like oeuf à la coque.
In the heart of the 7th arrondissement, Coutume Café is far from the traditional Parisian cafe. For one, it sources its speciality coffee from all over the world. Its drip coffee, espresso, and cold brews are popular with the expat set, and it also serves sweet and savory breakfast and lunch dishes. It has a modern, industrial decor that looks more Portland than Paris.
Located in the 2nd arrondissement, Twinkie Breakfasts is giving the love to all the places in the world that love a big breakfast. Smoked salmon for the Scandinavian brunch, bacon for the British one, and pancakes for the Americans.