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Jan 31, 2008 11:22 PM

Best Breakfast in Paris

Budget is no issue. Should be romantic and delicious...

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  1. Hm... I'd say Ladurée or then, one of the hotel palaces like Le Crillon and Le Meurice.

    As for myself, I really like the terrace of Le Dôme for breakfast. They do have a formula for about €9 which includes a hot beverage, a fresh OJ, a baguette tartine, jam and three small and super delicious mini pastries (croissant, pain au chocolat, pain au raison). Lots of regulars in the mornings, not overly touristy and romantic to some extent.
    I like it best among the Montparnasse cafés for breakfast. Le Sélect is more expensive, La Rotonde doesn't serve anymore the fresh OJ with the formula and La Coupole is not my cup of tea.
    As a matter of fact, you may find the little café around the corner as romantic and nice as the famous cafés like Le Flore, Les Deux Magots, etc.

    L'Heure Gourmande in the Passage Dauphine, 6th arr., is a gem away from any ttraffic noise, but they only open at around 11:30 AM or so. Lovely brunch there and superb salted and sweet tarts.

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    1. re: Dodo

      La Durée was actually my first thought but I was wondering if their was something better. It is for a friend who is giving her fiancé his engagement gift, so it should be a special place.

    2. Le Bristol. Without hesitation.

      1. <Budget is no issue. Should be romantic and delicious...> after many trips to Paris, I would not categorize breakfast as a "romantic" meal. Certainly the French do not indulge in "romantic" breakfasts... A yogurt, a croissant or brioche, a cafe creme...

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        1. re: ChefJune

          Amen, ChefJune. I am happy with my café au lait and my buttered baguette, when going to a café. At home, definitely a yogurt and some fruit.

          Maybe, the 'event' should be moved to the evening hours with a glass of champagne.

          1. re: Dodo

            Sorry to say it but you two are bit off about the whole breakfast thing. The two friends are both French and with the exception of now living between London and Paris have both lived in Paris all there lives. As for the breakfast thing thanks to places like pain quotien, coffee parisien, and a couple of other places breakfast among friends on the week is becoming a huge deal among the under 40 set. It is probably an American export. I am in Paris once a month and every time I am invited for business lunch or on the weekend what we call "petit dej grand kif"

        2. Do you know where your friends are staying? And what month will they be in Paris? I have a number of thoughts but they would be different depending on the season.

          I have to disagree with the blanket statement that the French don't do romantic breakfasts (sorry ChefJune!). I do think there is a difference between the kind of breakfasts one has before starting the workday, and when one is on vacation or a weekend. For me, I can think of a number of breakfasts I've had in France that I would categorize as romantic, atmospheric, makes me smile just to think back on them.

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          1. re: souvenir

            Dear Souvenir,
            Thanks for backing me up (see post above). Actually the friends are having breakfast as we speak. They are Parisians with cars so the location doesn't matter. In the end I think she took him to cafe marly because it has significance.

            1. re: souvenir

              I only have a few hours on a long layover in Paris this November and would like to know your suggestion for a breakfast that you would "categorize as romantic, atmospheric, [or that] makes [you] smile." I spent a couple of months in Paris a decade ago..but probably never ate before 4pm ;) and thus need advice. I want to show my travel partner, who has never been to Paris, a nice 5 hour mini tour maybe something in Sacré Coeur, Saint-Michel, or Montparnasse. The only meal that our time will allow is breakfast so... please advise:) thanks!

              1. re: mammals

                Get croissants at one of the good bakeries where you are, e.g. Le Grenier à Pain in Montmartre, Gérard Mulot in Saint-Germain, or Des Gateaus et du Pain in Montparnasse, and sit at a café with a nice view. You'll find good bakeries on my map of bakeries on the left hand side of my blog

                Beware of closing days.

                The best breakfasts in Paris otherwise are palace breakfast (Le Bristol, le Cinq, Plaza-Athénée, etc. ). Breakfast is not a serious thing for the French, even if croissants and coffee are.

                1. re: souphie

                  Des Gateaux et du Pain (on rue Pasteur in the 15th arron.) has fabulous croissants and wonderful breakfast-type pastries (to be found in the front counter, as opposed to the back counter where the more dessert type pastries are located). There was one made with croissant dough baked flat with strawberry preserves that made for a wonderfully buttery breakfast.

                  1. re: Nancy S.

                    DGDP has an outstanding Bostock too (also known as Brioche aux amandes).

                  2. re: souphie

                    So, you can bring your own pastries and breads to a cafe and sit and eat it if you buy coffee?

                    1. re: souphie

                      I will second Souphie here. I found the breakfast at the Plaza Athenee to be completely and wonderfully over the top; much more so than Le Bristol. Equally as beautiful is the breakfast at Le Meurice.

                    2. re: mammals

                      I wonder why nobody has mentioned Fauchon in this thread. This famous delicatessen on the Place de la Madeleine has an upstairs dining room where breakfast is served, or at least it did a few years ago when I was there. I'll never forget the scrambled eggs--the best I've ever tasted! Of course the pastries, coffee etc. were all very good as well. And I enjoyed the view out the window--great people-watching!

                      1. re: fanoffrance

                        The upstairs dining room is still open. You've given me an idea for my trip next week!

                  3. Sticking strictly to spacesasha's parameters of no budget, romantic and delicious, I would suggest breakfast in one's room, room service of coffee and juice to accompany whatever treasures one has brought in the night before. Works for us.

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                    1. re: mangeur

                      I would never accept pastry from the day before. But other than that, I'm with you.