Breakfast in Paris??
- johannabanana Dec 30, 2009 09:50 AM
Unless you eat a so-so, overpriced breakfast in your hotel it seems hard to get breakfast on the fly in Paris. We don't require anything elaborate -- just a decent cafe creme and a pastry or tartine is perfect. We are happy to stand at a bar. We'd go to Pierre Herme for his delicious pains au chocolat but alas he doesn't serve coffee and there's nowhere to sit for a moment if it's rainy or cold. We're staying on the rue de l'universite in the 6th. We'd appreciate any tips for a solid first meal of the day!
"We're staying on the rue de l'universite in the 6th."
Are you actually on l'Universite or on Jacob? Sts. Peres is the divider between the 6th and 7th. This might make a difference in your breakfast choices.
Although it wouldn't be my choice, Ladurée on the corner of Jacob and Bonaparte certainly fills your bill.
When we stay on the Rue Jacob, I buy newspapers at the kiosk in front of La Flore and go inside Les Deux Magots for a croissant and café crème. They are not extraordinary, but this is the time of day when you can get the feeling of the mythical ambience of Les Deux Magots.
I have never found it a problem to get a simple breakfast in Paris, nearly every bar or cafe will be open and they will have croissants and generally do tartines (yes bars are great for breakfast). My strategy is to head out of my hotel/apartment and choose the first one that looks decent/busy. If necessary I may buy a croissant at the local bakery to eat with my coffee but more often than not the case buys them at the same place.
Stand at the bar and soak up the atmosphere as Paris wakes up.