What you get: “Brunch Time!” Includes bread basket and confiture (including raisin and hazelnut bread) + freshly pressed OJ + endless coffee that you can refill yourself + HUGE plate with soup, salad, ham, cheese, a soft-boiled egg, and hopefully a spinach soufflé + wait there’s also dessert!
Possibly my new favorite brunch in Paris. On a quiet street just off of Canal St. Martin sits La Chambre aux Oiseaux, a beautiful, bright little café filled to bursting with tables and armchairs. Packed on weekends, your best bet is to make a reservation if you’re brunching with friends.
Or you can (like me) stumble upon this by accident and try your luck with the tables outside. These are filled on a first come first serve basis. Come early, look hungry, stare at people on the terrace until they get uncomfortable enough to pay and leave. The cozy bench to the right of the door provides the perfect place to tuck into an enormous brunch plate and read the morning away.
A little suggestion: just before a solo brunch, stop just across the Canal at design bookstore Artazart for some independent artsy magazines to flip through while enjoying your orange juice.
La Chambre aux Oiseaux
48 Rue Bichat, 75010 Paris
01 40 18 98 49
Open Wednesday-Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Brunch for 23€ on weekends.
What you get: many bloody marys with fresh dill and red peppercorns + peanut and salted caramel pancakes + eggs Benedict and eggs Florentine
A stylized coffee shop meets café canteen meets restaurant with apero and cocktails. Lockwood is a little of everything, a little dark inside, and a little undecided as to its raison d’être. Still, it’s a fun place to hang out.
Sunday brunch features the expected pancakes, eggs and toast, optional bacon, granola and yogurt, fresh fruit. We were a little disappointed with stale toast, Bisquik pancakes, and floppy bacon. But the pancakes were doused in caramel and the bloody marys pretty and original.
A quiet atmosphere practically next door to Frenchie To Go and just north of Paris’ hopping rue Montorgueil. We’ve got high hopes for some unique additions to the brunch menu in the coming months.
73 Rue d’Aboukir, 75002 Paris
01 77 32 97 21
Open Monday-Saturday 8am-2am; Sunday brunch 10am-4pm.
What you get: Crazy fresh avocado toast with poached egg, radishes, and feta + pretty pancakes with fruit and honey + glowing red freshly squeezed orange juice + cake and ice cream + surprises from Taku + flower arrangements
Inaugurating the new year with a brand new restaurant, chef Taku Sekine (Clown Bar, Saturne, and Fish) and barmen Amaury Guyot (Sherry Butt and Prescription Cocktail Club) partnered to launch Dersou with wild success. Awarded Best New Opening of the Year by Omnivore just two months after their opening, the team shows no signs of slowing down.
Taku Sekine has his fingers in a lot of pies. After Dersou’s nightly small plates and cocktail-pairing menu came lunch and finally a formidable Sunday brunch. I have a friend who stopped twice in one day for lunch and dinner, because the food is just that good.
The new brunch menu doesn’t disappoint. The flavors are strong and seasonal, incorporating fresh fruit and vegetables. Lots of herbs, lots of bright colors. The menu has been evolving over the past few weeks but it seems like the light fruit pancakes (the polar opposite to Holybelly’s rich bourbon butter and bacon stack) and variations of thick toast with poached eggs are here to stay. We’re hoping for Taku to go wild with some Asian-inspired brunch additions in the coming weeks.
As always, the atmosphere at Dersou is calm and friendly. A great place to chill on a Sunday morning before wandering north of Bastille to catch the last few hours of one of Paris’ largest outdoor markets.
21 rue Saint Nicolas, 75012 Paris
09 81 01 12 73
Tuesday through Saturday dinner 7:30pm-12:30pm; Saturday lunch 12pm-3:30pm; Sunday brunch 12pm-4pm