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Paris Breakfast mid-week around 07:30

ozbel May 26, 2013 02:16 PM

Arriving early at Paris Nord on Tuesday.

Keen to start the day with a lingering breakfast
- good latte and free wifi

Happy to venture on foot between Paris Nord and Champs-Élysées.

All recs welcome!

  1. Parnassien May 27, 2013 03:34 AM

    I feel compelled to divert you from the horrible Champs Elysées and so suggest the Café Charlot on the rue Bretagne/ rue Charlot in the trendy 3rd. Just a quick ride on the #65 bus from the La Fayette-Dunkerque stop on rue Saint Quentin/ Gare du Nord to the J-P Timbaud stop on the boulevard Temple. Ok coffee, good eggy stuff for breakfast, long lingering allowed, cool crowd, great real-life neighbourhood.

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    1. re: Parnassien
      Parigi May 27, 2013 04:00 AM

      Nice spot indeed, café Charlot, but at 7h30 ? (See thread title.) Its official opening hour is 9h (but in my experience it's more toward 9h30).

      1. re: Parigi
        Parnassien May 27, 2013 04:07 AM

        Just checked their website... open 7/7 from 7am to 2am.


        1. re: Parnassien
          Parigi May 27, 2013 04:09 AM

          I remember waiting at 9, mais bon…

          1. re: Parigi
            Parnassien May 27, 2013 04:18 AM

            I must admit that i'm not very familar with 7:30am...and just a grudging acquaintance with 9am

            1. re: Parnassien
              ozbel May 27, 2013 04:43 AM

              Looks like a perfect suggestion Parnassien - Thanks!

              Website does suggest 07:00 start and there's a free wifi icon in the corner :)

              Will take the punt.

              1. re: ozbel
                Parnassien May 27, 2013 05:13 AM

                As usual, Parigi has unnerved me... just in case she's right that Café Charlot gets off to a late start, there's Café Crème with wifi about 5 mins away on the rue Dupetit-Thouars... the café crème at Café Crème is actually quite good... and opens at 8am (or so I hear).

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      ozbel May 26, 2013 11:56 PM

      Thanks all,

      Yes, I should have mentioned I'd like to do as the locals do café au lait

      Also preferably skipping Starbucks...


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      1. re: ozbel
        Ptipois May 26, 2013 11:58 PM

        If you want "café au lait" outside of a home context, you should ask for "un crème" (sometimes "un grand crème" for a large one, "un petit crème" for a small one). Many cafés have only one size now but the old style is two sizes.

        Café au lait is more like what you have at home (in a bowl, not in a cup).

      2. Parigi May 26, 2013 03:07 PM

        If you must have wifi and "latte", and not, say, café au lait, the nearest Starbucks seems to be at 18, boulevard Montmartre. opened 7h30.
        Don't forget that in the non-Starbucks world, latte is just milk. Caffé Latte is a rare thing in France since it is … Italian. You can get café au lait everywhere.
        Kooka Boora on rue des Martyrs has excellent caffé latte (and wifi) but is opened at 8h30. Starbucks has mediocre and expensive coffee but its staff can be expected to understand orders like "latte".

        1. PBSF May 26, 2013 02:21 PM

          Latte and free wifi, Starbucks, multiple locations.

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