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Top 10 Brunch Spots in Paris

Here is a Top 10 Brunch Spots in Paris presenting all the best types of brunches you can find. First you will discover typical French brunch spots; then if you feel homesick (and if you are American) we selected the worthiest American brunches. Finally, if you are as curious as greedy, you will find a suggestion of uncommon and international brunch spots. They will appeal to your food lover palates for sure!

Typical French Brunch Spots

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1. Les Mauvais Garçons – 4th arrondissement –25 €

Here is a very Frenchy Brunch: consisting of baguette toasts, jams and viennoiseries but also salty pies you really have to taste! For salt amateurs as for those with a sweet tooth, it will undoubtedly suit everyone’s palate!

2. Liberté Ménilmontant – 20th arrondissement – 27 €

The famous pastry chef Benoît Castel will house you every week-end in his bakery/cake shop for a self-serve brunch buffet. The choice is huge there, from classic viennoiseries and cakes to vegetables, quiches and pizzas!

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3. Le Quai – 7th arrondissement – 35 €

Located on a floating terrace, this is the best place to chill and have a delicious brunch. Viennoiseries, toasts, fruits, pancakes as well as salmon, eggs, ham and cold meats… Could you even ask for more?

 

4. Café Français – 4th arrondissement – 30 €

This restaurant turns into a brunch place for the weekends, and it won’t disappoint you! It offers a very Frenchy Brunch with viennoiseries, ham, eggs, bacon or salmon, a salad and a choice of desserts… All this on its pleasant terrace if you want!

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5. L’Atlas – 6th arrondissement – 27 €

Along with a delicious brunch made of French toasts and a very tasty ceasar salad among other delightful dishes, this place will also charm you because of its location in the very lively and pleasant street of Buci in Saint-Germain-des-Prés district!

 

 

 

Best American Brunch Spots

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6. Eggs and Co – 6th arrondissement – 22 €

Our Top 10 Brunch Spots in Paris continues with this American restaurant in which, as you probably understood, the egg is the shining star! You can eat it in various ways, so let your imagination go! The place is small but very cute and the massive pancakes are said to be delicious!

7. Marcel – 7th arrondissement – Variable price

This restaurant offers the typical American Brunch on weekends: with many different types of egg, pancakes and waffles, salads, avocado bagels and tasty deserts such as cheese cakes! How can you resist this?

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8. Holybelly – 10th arrondissement – Variable price

Create your own brunch among the huge choice offered in the menu: of course you will find granola, pancakes, eggs with various sides, homemade cakes and many different drinks! And there is a special dish every weekend…

9. Bob’s Bake Shop – 18th arrondissement – Variable price

Very famous and popular, this brunch spot offers a lot of bagels (with cream cheese, avocado, salmon, or even tomato…) but there are also irresistible desserts such as cheesecakes, fruits pies or cookies!

10. Breakfast in America – 4th arrondissement – 18 €brunch spots in paris

Here the menu is quite simple but made of various dishes: you have to pick one type of egg, one type of dessert and one drink. Also nicknamed the B.I.A, it is a famous meeting point for the Americans living here or those just having a good time in Paris!

 

 

International Brunch spots you shouldn’t miss

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Vino e Cucina – 2th arrondissement – 35 €

Now let’s go to Italy! The brunch in this charming restaurant will delight you. For the sweet tastes: panettone, toasts, cakes, tiramisu, granola and others… And for the salty dishes: eggs, cold meat, mozzarella, vegetables and salads!

 

Kinugawa – 1st arrondissement – from 37 € to 45 €

If you are more into Japanese food, here is something to please you! This restaurant offers a Bento Brunch every Sunday, with miso soup, rice, salad, meat and sushis. Don’t hesitate to taste their deserts… This original Brunch must meet your Asian food expectations.

We hope our Top 10 Brunch Spots in Paris helped you to make a choice… Or maybe you should try them all!

 

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Notre-Dame Cathedral facts you must know !

Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991, Notre-Dame is the most visited monument of Europe. However, this outstanding gothic edifice didn’t appear out of the blue, and its story has been quite bumpy over the years. Here are some Notre Dame Cathedral facts you should know.

notre dame cathedral factsThe Story of the Cathedral

Instead of the Notre-Dame’s forecourt we all know today stood another Cathedral until the 12th century: the Cathedral Saint-Etienne. It was a very big Christian Basilica composed of five naves. We still don’t know a lot about this Cathedral, but it was removed in the middle of the 12th century, under the reign of Louis VII. The bishop Maurice de Sully indeed decided to replace it by a new Cathedral, much longer and higher since the architectural progress finally enabled it. And so was born the gothic-styled Notre-Dame Cathedral with its huge two towers, as a tribute to the Virgin Mary. More precisely, the first stone of the Cathedral was set down in 1163, in the presence of the Pope of the time: Pope Alexandre III, and the edifice was complete around 1350. Its famous forecourt was created at that time as a separation between the non-believers and the believers’ world.

notre dame cathedral factsAs time went by, and because of the French Revolution, it unfortunately became damaged, losing for instance its arrow in the 18th century. The Cathedral is then in a sorry plight, and its gothic features are more and more considered obsolete. That is why, from the following century, some people tried to restore it, such as Viollet le Duc who was in charge of its renovation. Among other things, he rebuilt a new 96-meters-high arrow, and recreated the King’s gallery to make this Cathedral live again. However, his decisions were quite controversial, since he managed to add some personal details to the monument which didn’t exist originally, like the chimeras. Haussmann, as for him, made the forecourt (the Jean-Paul II square) much bigger, and this is now how we know this place.

Top 5 : the Notre Dame Cathedral facts which make this edifice very special and will undoubtedly surprise you !notre dame cathedral facts

5 : It holds a historical and religious unique treasure. Although its 70 thorns has been spread around the world through time, the Holy Crown, which was worn by the Christ during the Passion, is now located in Notre-Dame Cathedral, along with a piece of the Cross and a Passion Nail. This very precious relic is honoured during the Thorn Holy Crown Worship Ceremony which happens every first Friday of the month, every Lent Friday and on the Good Friday.

4 : Its revival is mainly due to Napoleon and then Victor Hugo. As we mentioned before, Notre-Dame Cathedral has been through hard times in the 18th century, and it was even suggested to make it collapse. However, these two men helped saving it: Napoléon Bonaparte decided to make it the place of its 2-december-1804 Coronation, and planned big renovation works. Later on, in 1831, the publication of Victor Hugo historical novel Notre-Dame de Paris and its success provoked a serious awareness of the value of this Cathedral in people’s mind, so that they gathered to save it.

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3 : It is the departure of all the France roads. In front of the Cathedral, on Notre-Dame forecourt, you can find a round stone anchored in the paves, in which it is written “Zero Point of France roads”. It means that this point is used to calculate distances with the other French cities, so that maybe we could think that all roads don’t lead to Rome, but to the Notre-Dame Cathedral!

notre dame cathedral facts2 : It was a warehouse at a time. At the end of the 18th Century, it indeed housed many wine barrels of the troops of the Revolutionary Army, which shows how the situation was difficult and threatening for this Cathedral.

1 : Its roof is now full of bees. The aim is not to scare you, but to help preserving there species and to honour the benefits they provide to Earth. Don’t miss the opportunity to taste it, you’re palate will be thankful for its sweetness !

We hope you enjoyed these Notre Dame Cathedral facts, and if you want to discover other sights in Paris, we designed packages for you right here !

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The Latin Quarter : what to see, what to do

Have you heard about a very charming district of Paris full of students and always pleasant ? If so, it was definitely the depiction of the Latin Quarter. Called this way because the language used there was the Latin for a long time, its particular atmosphere with all its monuments, museums, green spaces and narrow lovely streets makes it a must-see of Paris we will tell you everything you should know about.

Monuments and Religion

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Let’s start with the most famous monument of the Quarter: the Pantheon. First built as a church in the 18th century under the reign of Louis XV as a tribute to Sainte-Geneviève, the Pantheon became lay during the French Revolution, although it knew some periods of religiousness afterwards. But since 1885, it is the place which houses the graves of “The Great Men of the Homeland”, be they writers such as Victor Hugo or Rousseau, scientists like Marie Curie, or supporters of the Resistance and “Justes de France” like Jean Moulin.

Latin QuarterAs for religious monuments, you can find different kinds: there is the beautiful church Saint-Etienne du Mont located just behind the Pantheon, but you shouldn’t miss either the Great Mosque of Paris, whose green-white colours and peacefulness will amaze you !

 

 

The Students’ District

Sorbonne university, Quartier Latin, self-guided walking tour, Latin Quarter

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The Latin Quarter is also famous because you can find there a lot of renown schools, and the streets and gardens are crowded with students. Don’t miss the amazing Sorbonne and its square from which you’ll be able to admire its chapel, having a drink in the outside. The Sorbonne is surrounded by the most brilliant high schools of France, Henri IV and Louis Le Grand, but also by the “Collège de France”, which is a prestigious monument dedicated to education and research. Thus, you won’t escape the lively but peaceful atmosphere the students give to this quarter, especially in the Luxembourg’s garden.

 

Green Spaces

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As we just said, the Luxembourg’s garden is one of the most famous in Paris. It was created with its Palace at the request of Marie de Médicis in 1612, and they both belong to the Senate today. It is divided into a French and an English-styled part, and there are many activities you can do there to relax, such as contemplating the fountains and statues or renting a remotely controlled boat for the kids.

Further, next to the Great Mosque, you can find the Jardin des Plantes, made of greenhouses, specialized gardens, and even a small zoo. The variety of activities it offers will undoubtedly enable you to get your fill of nature !

 

Museums

Appended to the Jardin des Plantes stands the National Museum of Natural History, in which you should go especially if you want to discover the evolution of species and wander among life-size representations of them. If you are fond of nature, animals and biology, you shouldn’t miss this museum !

Hotel de Cluny, Latin QuarterIn a very different category, you can visit the Musée de Cluny, dedicated to the Middle Age, as suggested by its physical appearance. You’ll be stunned by the place itself, composed of the Gallo-Roman thermal baths of Lutèce and the hotel of Cluny, which will immediately dive you into another time. The vestiges you will find there are also very varied : there are paintings, daily items, goldsmithery, sculptures… and many other treasures!

Finally, there is the remarkable Institut du Monde Arabe, along the River Seine. Retracing the story and the evolution of the Arabic world through many items such as jewels, ceramics, clothes and others… If you go there, don’t miss the rooftop’s view over the Notre-Dame Cathedral and l’Ile de la Cité which will leave you delighted.

 

Streets and Places

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Saint Michel Fountain. Phot credit: ParisByM

There are two boulevards you shouldn’t miss : the Boulevard Saint-Michel and the Boulevard Saint-Germain. The first one begins at the Square Saint-Michel, where you can find a very beautiful fountain, and reaches the Port Royal intersection throughout the main sights, like the Pantheon, the Museum of Cluny, or the Odeon Theatre. The second one is headed to the National Assembly, and will provide you a pleasant walk with its restaurants, luxurious boutiques and numerous furniture trading names, without forgetting the beautiful Church Saint-Germain des Prés.

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The Latin Quarter is also made of pretty and lively streets. The Rue Mouffetard, one of the oldest streets of Paris, is famous for its restaurants and cafés, while the Rue Vaugirard, the largest of Paris, is known for its shops. It goes from the Sorbonne Square to Versailles, through Odeon, the Senate, and the Luxembourg. What a pretty walk, isn’t it ?

 

Along with these main sights, the Latin Quarter is composed of many bridges and fountains, combined with a joyful atmosphere which will make you fall under its spell…

 

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The army museum : a History gem in the Invalides

Presentation of the Museum

Louis XIV decided to build The Hôtel des Invalides, in order to host and take care of the injured soldiers. The aim was quite philanthropist : enabling them to enjoy the rest of their life the best possible in a place they would be taken care of. Then, two museums were created in the Hotel : the Artillery Museum (1796), exposing royal collections and other gifts, and the Historical Army Museum (1896). Only in 1905 did these two museums merge to become the army museum. Today, this almost 10 000m² museum holds about 500 000 pieces so that it is the 3rd global collection, which makes it very impressive and undoubtedly worthseeing !

What you can’t miss

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Since the army museum is divided into about 10 sections, we’ve decided to present you those you cannot miss. Let’s start with the most famous one : The Rounded Roof Church.

The Rounded Roof Church

This dome is the symbol of the Hotel, because of its architectural magnificence. Built in the end of the 17th century, this royal chapel pays tribute to its creator, Louis XIV through its decoration, but it also quickly became a sanctuary. In the 1800s, it began to house the tombstone of two renown Marshalls, Turenne, and Vauban (his heart at least). Recognizable from very far, it is mostly famous because it contains Napoléon 1er’s tombstone. The decoration style is quite stunning, with very few but fancy colours in noble stones (quartzite, granit and marble)… Thus, it has all the elements to amaze you !

The District of old armors and weapons (from the Middle Age to 1643)

There, you will discover the evolution of the weapons used in Europe in this period, in a chronological order. From medieval swords to more modern arms such as guns, you will be invited to approach the unfolding of many European wars, and even to learn about the Asian inheritage of the weapons.

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The Modern District, from Louis XIV (1643) to Napoleon III (1870).

More focused on the French History, you will be revealed the evolution of technologies and war strategies, but also the different political regimes France knew all over this period. You will be able to approach the soldiers’ daily life through their costumes, weapons, and you will also access Napoleon’s personal goods. Besides, the section is renown for the diversity of its collection, so that you will also find more unusual items such as musical instruments or decorations.

The Contemporary District and the Two World Wars

Turning points in the French, but also the World’s History, this district presents a very diversified collection of items showing what these wars were made of in terms of arms, and how they unfolded. You will note the contrast with the first District through the improvement of the weapons, and all the different rooms will make you feel like one of these soldiers. Moreover, there are personal documents such as letters or pictures which undoubtedly won’t leave you unmoved.

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The Charles de Gaulle Historial

Paying tribute to the 18th June Man, the one who liberated France from the Occupation, this district is quite different in shape and content from the others, because it is above all filled with multimedia archives. There are no items but many screens and an infra-red audioguide to dive you into the path and the achievements of Charles de Gaulle, a President of paramount importance in the French History, and who is still deeply rooted in its memory.

If you want more

We advise you to pass by the Cour d’Honneur, in which you will find other pieces of the French Artillery through 70 bronze cannons. You can also visit the Museum of Bas-Reliefs to discover plenty of cities and countrysides models. Finally, if you were pleased by the Charles de Gaulle Historial, you should visit the Museum of Order and Liberation, paying tribute to those who fought through the Resistance for the Liberation of France.

Practical Information

Click in the following link to learn about the cost of the tickets and the opening hours. Note that the audioguides are available in 8 languages. Moreover, if you want to eat, there is a restaurant called “le Carré des Invalides”. Enjoy your visit in the great army museum !

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Bordeaux, the “Sleeping Beauty”

First, we recommend you to start this France itinerary staying a few days in Bordeaux, also nicknamed “La Belle endormie” because it is the second French city (after Paris) in terms of number of listed historical monuments. And you indeed won’t be disappointed by the famous Place de la Bourse (and the stunning “Miroir d’eau”) which marks a shift between the medieval and the new classical city. Bordeaux is quite astonishing for its blend of temporality in its monuments: the contrast between the neoclassic Palais Rohan built in the 18th century, the roman arena Le Palais Gallien, and the gothic Cathédrale Saint-André speaks for itself. Plus, if you are a wine lover, jump at the chance of participating to an excursion which will bring you at the core of the fabrication of the renown and delightful Bordeaux wine ! (Check our special Bordeaux Package if interested)

 

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Toulouse, the “Pink City”

Then, we advise you to go to Toulouse, which is about 2 hours and a half away from Bordeaux. You will be seduced by its colourful streets and monuments, starting with the Capitole, stunning for its rose marble pillars and statues. During the day, you can admire this place and wander in the charming streets nearby; but when lit at night, this beautiful monument becomes highly outstanding, and we are convinced you don’t want to miss that either. As for religious edifices, you will be amazed by the particular shape of the Basilique Saint Sernin and the Eglise des Jacobins. If yearning for more nature, you will be pleased by a wander along the Canal du Midi, which was designated at UNESCO World Heritage Site. Finally, if you are eager to discover more quirky activities, you should visit the Airbus factory, which is one of Toulouse’s biggest success and pride.

 

Calanques France ItineraryAix & Marseille, the “Phocean City”

To continue this France itinerary, next you should go to Provence, especially in two cities: Aix and Marseille. In Aix, let yourself be charmed by the “Cours Mirabeau”: this alley is full of gorgeous fountains and gardens which will bring you to a little heaven of pureness, inserted among splendid hotels such as the famous Hotel de Villars. Then, if you want to change for another atmosphere, go to Marseille, the “phocean city” where there are plenty of treasures. Some are religious, as the Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde or the Cathédrale la Major; some are historical, as the Castle d’If or the Palais Longchamp. But maybe the “must see” is the Canebière, a huge and lively street leading to the old Harbour of Marseille. From there, you can plan an excursion to the Calanques which will amaze you by the contrast they offer between the rocky cliffs and the turquoise-blue water of the sea.

 

Lyon, the “Gaules Capital”

Once revived by such a natural show, head to Lyon. Its historic site is registered in UNESCO World Heritage Site, which already informs you the delight you will feel discovering this city. First, take time to wander in the Quartier Saint-Jean in which the paved little streets, the artisanal boutiques, but also the Cathedral Saint Jean will seduce you. Then, an inescapable Notre Dame de Fourviere Lyon France Itinerarymonument certainly is the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière, for its magnificence in dimensions but also in the idea of pureness spread by its fair colours fair. Don’t forget to enjoy the view it gives upon the entire city, crossed by the Rhône. By the way, a walk along the river may meet your expectations of nature, but the Parc de la tête d’Or will undoubtedly fulfil them. Finally, for an uncommon visit of this city, try to find the Traboules, starting from the top of the Croix Rousse for instance: they are hidden ways silk workers used not to damage the material, you can find them pushing doors and seeing if they open on a secret passage !

 

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To end this France itinerary, if you are leaving from Paris, we recommend you to go to Lille since it is about 2 hours and a half away from the French Capitol. This very charming city is above all known for its “Vieux Lille” district, which architecture is full of colours, and which sinuous streets are covered in paves. You shouldn’t miss either its impressive monuments; some are gathered in la Grande Place such as la Vieille Bourse de Lille, but you can also be as much admiring in front of the Palais des Beaux Arts or la Librairie Furet du Nord. Thus, if you have a spare day, don’t hesitate to enjoy a moment in this very lively and appealing city !

 

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