A host of new restaurants are finally turning brunch into a Paris ritual. Paris’s perennial Sunday dining challenge—read: barely anything open, and what is open is slammed—is being alleviated by a long simmering brunch boom that’s just beginning to boil over, thanks to an influx of newcomers and reliable pioneers serving casual food in a relaxed, all-day setting. Here, a few of our favourites:
1. Cafe Ineko
Take the vision of a Louis Vuitton executive and the food of an Arpège alum and you have the new vegetarian Minorcan-style Cafe Ineko in the 3rd arrondissement. Dishes like spelt tabbouleh with vegetables, and strawberry and zucchini salad dressed with thai basil oil are served in a sunny dining room decorated with perfectly aged woods, brass fixtures, mismatched pottery, and hanging plants.
13 Rue de Gravilliers
2. Le Camondo
One of the most handsome spots to open in Paris in a long time, this new restaurant in the lofty garage of Musée de Nissim Camondo offers bar dining (a rarity in Paris) at its dramatic u-shaped center bar and, in warmer months, alfresco dining on a shady patio (also a rarity in Paris). The menu leans Italian, so there’s pasta, albeit garnished with comte instead of parmesan, and a solid Caesar salad that could pass for a meal (yes, another rarity in Paris).
61 Ruev de Monceau
This brand new restaurant at the Palais de Tokyo comes from the team behind Marais cocktail and tapas hotspot Le Mary Celeste. The grand, blonde wood-furnished space houses a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant that sources ingredients from an on-site edible garden, as well as resident beehives. Take advantage of the patio overlooking the Seine, which affords diners views of the Eiffel Tower over plates of healthy-ish shakshuka with roasted tomatoes and chopped vegetable fattoush.
13 Avenue du President Wilson
Because sometimes at the end of a week in Paris you just want some fried chicken and waffles, a bloody mary, and some American service. Since it opened three years ago, this pioneering spot from Seattle-natives Laura Adrian and Braden Perkins has been serving a refined brunch that combines French sourcing (think peak of season produce; the waffles come with foie gras), with American hours and a welcoming approach to hospitality.
31 Rue de Richelieu
Buvette is another American-owned Paris brunch trailblazer—it's been steaming scrambled eggs on the espresso wand ever since New Yorker Jody Williams opened this offshoot of her Manhattan restaurant in Pigalle. Yes, it can feel like a New Yorker’s version of a Parisian restaurant, but that’s not entirely a bad thing. When it’s 2:45 p.m. on a Sunday and you’re in the mood for a carrot salad, fluffy eggs, and gravlax and capers on toast (and a glass of champagne) this place is open and ready for business.
28 Rue Henry Monnier
Original article published by Condé Nast Traveler.