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Feb 28, 2009 05:10 AM

Sunday Afternoon Brunch With Music

A group of four will be visiting Paris late March and early April. We were wondering if anyone could recommend an establishment which would provide live music, and a brunch for a Sunday afternoon. The food does not have to be of gormand quality. Having mentioned that, we have been to the Viaduct Cafe in the past, and found it to be a bit of a ripoff. Also, is there any place in the Canal St. Martin area that might have meals and music? Thank you very much.

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  1. Do the Parisians even know what "brunch" is?

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    1. re: estragon

      When we went to the Viaduct Cafe, a few years ago, "brunch" was the word advertised. But, you may be right that "brunch" is the wrong word for my request. Perhaps, Sunday food with some music? The food does not have to be elaborate. Just not terrible.

      1. re: vicstark

        Brunch has definitely entered the Parisian vocabulary!

        No music, but I've enjoyed a nice brunch at La Cantine de Quentin near Canal St Martin. Here's a link to a mention in Food and Wine

        I think live music is going to be hard to find... especially at brunch. Is lack of music a deal breaker?

        1. re: Cookingthebooks

          Thank you for your response. I certainly think that La Cantine is a possibility. I am always looking for different places to eat, and this year I will be joined by two people who have not been to Paris. In the past, my girlfriend and I visited the Place d'Aligre on a Sunday morning, and in the afternoon took in the Viaduct Cafe for music and a brunch. It was a pleasant afternoon, but the food was not so nice. Consequently, we won't revisit that place. I have not been to the Canal St. Martin area on a Sunday, and your recommendation sounds terrific.

          1. re: Cookingthebooks

            Cookingthebooks, thank you for your response. La Cantine de Quentin is a great choice. I have not been to the Canal St. Martin area in years. My girlfriend and myself are going to be joined by two friends who have not been to Paris, so along with the usual sights and restaurants that we attend, I thought that a nice Sunday afternoon with relaxing music and decent food would be a nice way to enjoy a Sunday afternoon. Our regular dinners, by the way, will include L' Ami Jean, L'Auberge Bresanne, Le P'tite Troquet, and a lovely Thai restaurant,, all in the 7th.