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Pauline Lemaire: My Top 5 go-to places for Sunday brunch in Paris for 20 euros or less

The sun is peeking out again, and what better way to celebrate this than by brunching in a Parisian terrasse? For a family get-together or a break with friends, Sunday brunch in Paris is a good compromise. Not too early for night owls, not too late for early risers, it’s the perfect alibi to avoid cooking on Sundays (and let’s be real, no cleaning up afterwards either).

Brunch is cool; it’s less formal than lunch and more elaborate than breakfast, and it’s variety of sweet and savoury dishes can only please everyone.

Here are my Top 5 brunch places in Paris (and no, I will not mention Season*, don’t you worry!):

L’Inavoué

L’Inavoué is located at the end of Impasse Gomboust, overlooking the Place du Marché Saint-Honoré. This winter garden is a soothing place, hidden in the heart of Paris from the hustle and bustle of the Rue Saint-Honoré. They only have one brunch offer, at 17 euros. It consists of a huge and beautiful plate of avocado toast, organic scrambled eggs and truffle oil, pancake with maple syrup, chocolate cake and Greek yoghurt with fruit and granola. You really get your money’s worth; the plate is hard to finish.

L’Inavoué
4 impasse Gomboust 75001 Paris. They do brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

You can see the full menu here including brunch.

Déclic Café

Located in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, the Déclic Café has three rooms with a bistro vibe, including two terraces – one outside and one heated inside. A warm and friendly atmosphere awaits you; the waiters are particularly lovely. The brunch costs 19 euros and consists of a sweet part and a savoury part. An all-you-can-drink buffet is available for hot drinks. It’s very filling, and all the food is homemade!

Déclic
2 Boulevard Saint Marcel 75005 Paris. They’re open for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Papilles Coffeehouse and Restaurant

This brunch place is located in one of my favorite arrondissements of Paris; the 9th. The brunch served here is “à la carte,” but you’ll be able to eat to your heart’s content for under 20 euros. Papilles has a carefully crafted menu of healthy and comfort food, ranging from bacon pancakes to their “Healthy and Yummy Veggies” bowl. They also have the surprising option of a Vietnamese twist, with their “Banhnini” (a wordplay on panini), made with marinated chicken and pickled carrots. I can only recommend this place!

PS: For those of you who are gluten-free (and live in Paris, I don’t know how you do it honestly), there are gluten-free options here.

Papilles

77 rue de Rochechouart 75009. they are open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on weekends.

You can see the full menu here.

La maison des pains

The cheapest brunch on this list! And surprisingly, located in the 16th arrondissement, Paris’s wealthiest neighborhood, is decidedly full of surprises. They offer a brunch option for 12.90 euros (yes, this isn’t a typo), in which you get; a pastry, toasts with either jam, Nutella or butter, a hot drink, an orange juice and a savory dish. The food is delicious, made at the salon de thé every morning, and it for once, you won’t need to break your piggy bank to enjoy a good meal in Paris.

La maison des pains 16
34 Avenue de Versailles 75016 Paris, France. They are open all week from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

You can see the brunch menu here.

The Hardware Société

The Hardware Société is at the top of the Montmartre hill and just opposite the Sacré-Cœur. Fresh from Melbourne, the world capital of gourmet breakfast and all-day/all-week brunch, Hardware Société masters the art of brunch, with a menu ranging from 5 euros to 20 euros, and they serve proper flat whites! What are you waiting for, mate?

There are also The Hardware Société restaurants in Barcelona and Melbourne.

The Hardware Société
10 Rue Lamarck 75018 Paris. They are open from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. from Thursdays to
Mondays.

You can see the full menu here.

* For you non-Parisians, Season is the most written-about brunch place in Paris, and it is cheap and good. But there are so many other choices!

About the author:

Pauline Lemaire is a Digital Anthropology Masters student at University College London (UCL) and is thus currently based in London. She grew up in Singapore and Morocco, but her family has now relocated to Paris.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in French Literature and Philosophy from the University of Oxford.

See all of Pauline’s Dispatches posts here.

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