Café Chilango

What you get: Mexico meets Paris. Huevos rancheros + chilaquiles + tacos + fresh juice +  famous house-made granola sprinkled over fromage blanc

Chilango could be Paris’ chillest brunch and booze spot. This Mexican hangout is halfway between Republique and Parmentier in the young and food-centric Folie-Méricourt neighborhood. Exposed-brick walls, bright modern artwork, and hanging plants call to mind a Manhattan studio apartment. A cocktail bar in the evening, the space transforms into a light-filled Sunday brunch spot for those recovering from a night at the nearby clubs.

Brunch at Chilango is a great deal at 19 euros for a hot drink, freshly-pressed jus du jour, granola with fromage blanc, and a main dish. The huevos rancheros – corn tortillas topped with eggs, tomato and chili sauce, onions, and queso fresco – is a popular plate, as is the chilaquiles with refried beans and plenty of sour cream and cheese. Tacos include a traditional fish taco, chili-chicken, and black refried beans. And portions are generous.

The decor is abstract-Mexican-kitsch. Plastic superhero figures line a shelf above the coffee bar and the walls are covered with colorful skulls, mustached men, and crucified Jesus figures. For a peek see Julie’s photos on A Paris Food Affair.

Café Chilango
82 Rue de la Folie Méricourt, 75011 Paris
01 47 00 78 95
Brunch from 11:30am to 4pm on weekends 

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Coutume

 

What you get: Paris’ best cappuccino + thick pancakes with berries, ricotta, and pistachios + yogurt and granola + eggs Benedict with smoked trout + toasted banana bread with mascarpone and fruit + pretty cakes and cookies

Coutume served as my neighborhood coffee house and Wifi base for the past year in Paris, and it was only recently that I got around to ordering brunch here. I’m only sad I didn’t do it sooner.The portions are large and the flavors in my red berry and banana pancakes were typically Coutume — studied, sweet, and fruit-forward. Pistachios are tossed on everything, which is absolutely fine by me. Also good for a brunch-on-the-go are the tasty baked banana loaf and tasty cakes in the display case. Come to Coutume with an appetite because you will want to sample everything.

The café embraces a pretty, sparse, Scandinavian interior dotted with green plants and beakers serving as water pitchers. Some of Paris’ best coffee is brewed at this counter by the friendly bilingual baristas and delivered to community tables where busy freelancers (and me) tap away at their laptop keys. Word on the street is that they sometimes serve a terrific breakfast burrito on their monthly menu, so a trip back is definitely called for.

For more on Coutume, check out my featured review on Travel + Lust.

Coutume
47 rue de Babylone, 75007 Paris
01 45 51 50 47
Brunch from 11am to 4pm on weekends. Delicious breakfast with comparable plates served weekdays until 11am.

  

Uva do Monte, Portugal

Listen up! For those of you who are willing to travel for your brunch fix, I recently spent a long weekend exploring Lisbon and the Portuguese coast and tasted some of the best and freshest food along the way. Portugal is a beautiful country boasting fresh fruit, vegetables, and world-class seafood.

A favorite meal was our brunch at Uva do Monte along the Portuguese beaches near Comporta. The reconverted farm is lovely and offers quiet rooms to rent for travelers driving along the coast. The brunch laid out for guests is a simple but generous buffet table of smoked salmon, creamy local cheeses, avocado, fresh tomato with olive oil and herbs,soft-boiled eggs, regional ham and sausage, and a large variety of fruit, bread, and confiture.

Enjoyed at the wooden tables outside under a bright Portuguese sun, this simple late-morning meal is the perfect way to begin a day along the sea. I’m already thinking about my next trip to this hidden gem along the coast.

Uva do Monte – Blueberry Farm
Herdade da CostaTerra,
Lugar das Fontaínhas, RIC 67
7570-505 Melides
Portugal
reservations@uvadomonte.pt

   

Paperboy

  

What you get: a choice of fruits and vegetables in a tall freshly-pressed juice (carrot and orange is a sure winner) + a generous bread basket with house made peanut butter and nutella + your pick of brunch plates depending on hunger levels (Le Fatty for starving people or men in general, Le Healthy for people who like granola, etc.)

A café tucked into a quiet street just south of Republique, Paperboy brings the American brunch ambiance. The large open windows are lined with boxes of fresh produce, and the wood and white tile accents inside contribute to a bright and sunny Sunday ambiance. Featuring a large selection of brunch options, Paperboy nails all the favorites. A large bowl of granola and fromage blanc pairs with the traditional French soft-boiled eggs; avocado toast with fresh fruit and salad; a bacon and egg breakfast sandwich with baked beans and pancakes; Eggs Benedict with salmon or bacon. Paperboy is a crowd pleaser.

We came on a Saturday to celebrate a friend’s final days in Paris and were seated next to a table of hungover Parisian moms downing fruit juices and coffee. The service was typical of Paris, but the food was delicious and portions generous. All brunch options come with a hot drink (I’m told the hot chocolate is good as well!), juice, and so much bread. A great value for 24€.

Paperboy
137 Rue Amelot, 75011 Paris
01 43 38 12 13
Brunch Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.