While the traditional Continental breakfast is a common and simple affair (slices of meat and cheese; cereals and pastries; seasonal fruits) the French take an even more Spartan approach to their morning meal. For Parisians, breakfast is really just something to help you wash down a bitter espresso and rev up your metabolism for the decadent meals to come. Dine like a local by picking out a fresh viennoiserie—a croissant or pain au chocolat—from the local bakery, or spread whipped butter, soft cheeses, or housemade jam on a crusty baguette from a quiet neighborhood café. Of course, even the most austere French residents need to fortify: for heartier mornings, this selection of breakfast addresses is a favourite amongst homesick expats and hungry locals. For the very best of international breakfast culture, spectacular views—and of course, the wide gamut of traditional French baked goods—rise and shine at one of these top five haunts.
This pristine, white épicerie just down the street from the Louboutin flagship is proudly dedicated to früshstück, the German iteration of breakfast. The menu features a large variety of a la carte dishes, ranging from raisin scones, boiled eggs, and the signature banana muesli to a large plate of smoked salmon, to share.
This vegetarian address, run by two Aussie sisters and their friend, has a decidedly South Pacific, bohemian vibe. It’s where to come if endless croissants fatigue you. Tuck into one of the easy, school chairs for avocado on rye toast, homemade banana bread, and drip coffee that’s as good as you’ll find in Melbourne, too.
It doesn’t get more “Paris” than this: sitting under the stone colonnades, looking out over the Louvre’s glittering glass pyramid, all while sipping chocolat chaud and tearing into a flaky pain aux raisins. In the summer, seating at Café Marly spills onto the Louvre’s courtyard, where patrons can be seen nursing bloody marys and thick, folded omelettes with ham, cheese, and herbs.
The British-Parisian husband-wife team of Rose Carrarini and Jean-Charles has shocked Paris with their crisp, creamy quiches and tarts. Head to their original outpost in the 9th arrondissement for lemon custard tarts or a roasted vegetable quiche featuring asparagus and fennel. Visit on weekday morning after stopping at the Sacre Coeur: on weekends, it can be impossible to snag one of the 30 seats.
Les Enfants Perdus
Seek out one of the pillow-topped benches in the back of this restaurant, where a Michelin-starred chef is at the helm of the kitchen. Dine light the evening before to fully-indulge in your Sunday brunch: petit pastries, house-squeezed juices, and ramekins filled with mixed salads, egg soufflés, and creamy au gratins.