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Sunday brunch in St Germain?

ChinaCat Aug 23, 2012 07:43 AM

Hi all!
we're going to be in Paris in late October. Our last day is a Sunday, we will probably have to leave for the airport around 1Pm to catch a late afternoon flight.

Can you recommend a nice place for Sunday brunch that is open by, say 11AM? Good food is first priority, jazz would be a plus.

We are staying on Rue de Buci in the 6th, and will probably leave our baggage at the hotel to pick up after, so someplace relatively close by would be nice.

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  1. mangeur RE: ChinaCat Aug 23, 2012 08:33 AM

    Here is an interesting site. You can change/refine the search by arrondisement. This list is for 6e.
    http://www.oubruncher.com/recherche-b...

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    1. re: mangeur
      Parigi RE: mangeur Aug 23, 2012 10:02 AM

      I can't think of anything open before 12 though. Better have a late breakfast and forget brunch, a dumb medium any way.

      1. re: Parigi
        mangeur RE: Parigi Aug 23, 2012 10:51 AM

        Many of these listings show an 11am opening for weekend brunch. Cafe Louise, for instance, opens at 10am. One has to check each one, "trust and verify" when making the reservation.

        Le Telegraph across the border in the 7th looks rather good.

    2. Parnassien RE: ChinaCat Aug 23, 2012 12:13 PM

      Point Bulles on the rue Clément ... on Mangeur's list ... champagne brunch buffet and very trendy and somewhat expensive.

      for sheer convenience, Boulangerie Paul on the rue de Seine/ rue de Buci ... open from 7:30am ... in addition to the usual array of pastries, a few sandwichs chauds + a selection of juices etc. that could qualify as brunch-ish ... a lovely strategic terrace... but part of a chain

      1. ChinaCat RE: ChinaCat Aug 24, 2012 07:25 AM

        thanks. The website is very useful And Pointe Bulles may be perfect. It seems to open at 11 and is very close to our hotel.

        1. ChefJune RE: ChinaCat Aug 24, 2012 08:03 AM

          not sure whether you are aware that brunch is not a French meal. The places that offer it generally do so to accommodate Americans.

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          1. re: ChefJune
            John Talbott RE: ChefJune Aug 24, 2012 08:59 AM

            "The places that offer it generally do so to accommodate Americans."
            I'm not sure I agree with that; while some hotel restos did so years ago, by now it's common and places like La Gare, Jeanne A. and Arnaud Daguin's Les Grandes Tables de L'Ile Seguin were catering 100% to locals on the Sundays I've been and the French love it.

            1. re: ChefJune
              Parnassien RE: ChefJune Aug 24, 2012 10:06 AM

              brunch is now firmly part of the local landscape in Paris....far less so in the provinces ... and there is usually quite an age differential ... the over-40s tend to sneer at it... the under-40s love it

              1. re: Parnassien
                mangeur RE: Parnassien Aug 24, 2012 10:09 AM

                The same at home. Also, the unders are willing to stand in line for an hour for a table at the right spots.

              2. re: ChefJune
                ChinaCat RE: ChefJune Aug 24, 2012 10:09 AM

                I actually assumed it was not really a French meal, or if so it was something the learned from the Americans. I wouldn't have gone in search of it necessarily, except that I know most restaurants won't be serving lunch at 11, and I want to have one last meal before heading to the airport to catch my flight. I had seen a few places offer it (which sort of surprised me), and I thought it might be fun thing to do before leaving.

                I hope to have many more authentic and more French meals in the week leading up to this and have been diligently doing my research :)

                1. re: ChinaCat
                  Parnassien RE: ChinaCat Aug 24, 2012 10:48 AM

                  "I hope to have many more authentic and more French meals" ....

                  just because the concept is American doesn't mean that the food is not genuinely French ... French cuisine easily absorbs and adapts as its own foreign influences ... admittedly, tourists do tend to search out the classics and the clichés but we locals (i.e. moi) very much appreciate the variety and creativeness of more contemporary cooking.

                  Point Bulles, for example. Lebanese in origin but thoroughly Parisien.

                  1. re: Parnassien
                    ChefJune RE: Parnassien Aug 27, 2012 08:53 AM

                    <Point Bulles, for example. Lebanese in origin but thoroughly Parisien.>

                    Mmmmmmm that sounds intriguing.

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