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Early morning breakfast recommendations near Cafe Les Flore?

We'll need several early morning breakfasts during our December trip to Paris.

"early" = 6am - 9am

Hotel location is across from Cafe de Flore in the 6'th arr.

Do you have any specific recommendations for breakfast items at these 3 nearby locations? From earlier notes, looks like they serve breakfast early.

1) Cafe Louise
155 Boulevard St Germain 75006 Paris 6th
http://www.cafe-louise.fr/
info@cafelouise.fr
Tel. 01 42 22 88 98

breakfast, lunch, brunch

Sunday to Wednesday: 7:00 to 2:00
Thursday through Saturday: 7:00 to 5:00
Saturday and Sunday brunch 10:30am - 5:00pm

2) Cafe de Flore
http://www.cafedeflore.fr/
http://www.cafedeflore.fr/accueil/menu/
172 Boulevard Saint-Germain
Tel: 01 45 48 55 26
Office: 01 45 44 35 09
Fax: 01 45 44 33 39
Email: info@cafedeflore.fr
Open daily from 7:00am to 2:00am Morning

3) Cafe les Deux Magots
http://www.lesdeuxmagots.fr/en/ambian...
http://www.lesdeuxmagots.fr/fichiers/...
contact@lesdeuxmagots.fr
6, pl St-Germain-des-Pres, 75006 Paris, France
+33 (0)1 45 48 55 25
their page says it re-opens December 5'th

One morning our destination is

City Hall
Place de l'Hotel de Ville, Paris 75004, France

so breakfast near there would be good too.

All else fails, we can always purchase yogurt from the Monoprix around the corner and put it in an ice bucket overnight. The hotel serves breakfast and I'm sure one day we'll have it, but I'd rather explore other places if possible.

My typical weekday breakfast at home is yogurt or cottage cheese with granola, which I am bored of but it definitely fits the calorie and time budget when at home or with no other options...

My favorite breakfasts usually includes eggs, pancakes, breakfast meats, etc. Good for energy needed for tromping around Paris!

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  1. "eggs, pancakes, breakfast meats, etc. "
    This is not the type of breakfast that the French have. What are breakfast meats ?
    For pancakes, you will find them in American restaurants and hotel restaurants.
    Food-wise, breakfast is not an important meal in France. The breakfast you get will be similar everywhere, and rarely outstanding.
    Ceci dit…
    Go to Deux Magots if you love tourist-watching.
    The Flores is better, especially inside.
    As for people watching, - now that it is established it is not about food, - La Palette on rue de Seine and Café de la Mairie on place St Sulpice are good spots.

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    1. re: Parigi

      >> The breakfast you get will be similar everywhere, and rarely outstanding.

      Parigi, that is definitely my impression. That's why our Plan A for most days is to eat something minimal for breakfast in the room and then make our 2 main meals an early lunch and dinner.

      But on several days mornings need to eat a real meal for breakfast since the next time we'll be eating will be dinner.
      (Except for my emergency pre-packed tiny plastic bags of 1 oz pistachios, cashews, almonds in my purse :-). Breakfast meats to me are things like bacon, soppressatta made crisp as a bacon substitute, etc...

      1. re: sweet100s

        You can always duck into a boulangerie or patisserie all day long. Chances are, you will never be far from one. Besides, boulangeries/patisseries here are wonderful. There really is no need to arm yourself with cashews and almonds or energy squares. :)

    2. Le Flore has a very good but expensive breakfast menu that will appeal to Anglo-Saxons.

      You can also try Boulangerie Paul on the rue de Seine... a chain but fine for breakfast and a very strategic location for peoplewatching.

      (In case you're heading for the Louvre) Claus on the rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau is the current "in" place for breakfasting Parisiens... impossible to get a table at weekends but ok during the week... opens at 8am.

      Paris is generally not an early morning city. 6am is when one stumbles home from the clubs, not get up for breakfast. Some cafés open at 7am, others at 7:30am.

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      1. re: Parnassien

        re: Claus

        Parnassien thank you for reminding me of that! I remembered them from someone's blog when I saw their frustratingly sparse website.
        http://www.clausparis.com/

        >> the current "in" place for breakfasting Parisiens... impossible to get a table at weekends but ok during the week... opens at 8am.

        Seeee! A revolution is occurring. :-).

      2. Many bars (cafés) are open early in the morning, depending on the neighborhood by 6:30 or 7:00 for sure. Most customers will be there for a morning coffee (or beer or pastis) and maybe viennoiserie. But I've seen workers eating sandwiches that early. If you ask nicely, you could breakfast on a jambon-beurre.

        But your location isn't exactly going to have many workers, so I wouldn't have much hopes of finding anything except places like you listed, catering to tourists.

        Edited to add: I almost forgot, I've been meaning (for 2 years now) to try breakfast at Claus, av Rousseau, in the 1st. A reliable source told me they have good German breakfasts, which is probably the sort of thing you're looking for.

        1. When we walked past yesterday Les Deux Magots had a sign up saying it was closed until I think the 9th December for a refurbishment.

          Cafe de Flore was lovely though, highly recommended.

          1. Gerard Mulot bakery is just around the corner near Marche St Germaine, they have some stools and serve coffee plus you can eat from their wide range of quiches, grilled sandwiches etc plus the usual French pastries.

            However, the breakfast you want is a hotel breakfast and you are going to need to seek out some rare places to find it outside a hotel dining room. I would follow Parigi's advice and fit in with the city rather than swimming against the tide.

            The magic of Paris is a nice terrace (many are heated), a coffee and some good croissants. If hungry later on simply stop at a bakery for coffee and a pastry. There is is a nice little bar on the corner of rue Bonaparte and rue Jacob which gets it's Croissants from a very good bakery just across the road which is nice (but not substantial).

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            1. re: PhilD

              "However, the breakfast you want is a hotel breakfast and you are going to need to seek out some rare places to find it outside a hotel dining room."
              Sorta disagree. You can get a perfectly fine protein breakfast (eggs, bacon, etc) at many cafés. Quality will vary but it's often available on request if there is someone in the kitchen (not always the case before 9am). Having learned the delights of an English breakfast when a student in England and of an American breakfast when working in SF, I just happen to be a Parisien who likes eggs, etc in the morning as well as croissants and pain au chocolat... and usually find them with no trouble in the 6th on my way to work in the 16th i.e. Le Rostand on the place Rostand/ rue des Médicis, Au Petit Suisse on the rue de Vaugirard/ rue des Médicis, Le Café Tournon on the rue de Tournon, Café de la Mairie on the place St Sulpice, Le Flore on the boulevard St Germain, etc.

              And Gerard Mulot is not the most enjoyable place for breakfast unless you like being jostled while nibbling your over-priced viennoiserie. Certainly views on pâtisseries and boulangeries are very subjective and personal but, as someone who lives in the 6th, Mulot is far down on my list of faves these days... not to say that it is bad, just that is a very unappealing place for me especially when Pierre Hermé (whose hours, unfortunately, wont suit this OP) and Bread & Roses are in the same neighbourhood.

              1. re: Parnassien

                PhilD re:
                > fit in with the city rather than swimming against the tide.

                That is the plan for most (of the 10) days in Paris. It's clear the what's most special to Paris is served during lunch and dinner. (and the croissant all day long :-) So most days, I want to save those calories for lunch and dinner, and just eat enough of breakfast to keep my stomach from growling too soon.

                But on ~ 3 days, we definitely will need to eat a protein breakfast, hopefully one that includes eggs + a delicious croissant or a breakfast crepe. Because the next meal after that will be dinner.

                Last vacation we planned sightseeing a lot better than meals and consequently we were hungry most of the trip. Cheddar and prosciutto from Harrods + my 1 ounce nut bags were all gone by day 5 as snacks.

                >> If hungry later on simply stop at a bakery for coffee and a pastry.

                We will. And because chocolate croissants are one of my all time favorite sweets, it will be impossible to resist.

                Though usually I cheerfully ignore hunger when vacationing if time is outside of a scheduled meal. We're usually so wrapped up in the activity, the sights, or just being outside. My go-to local snack last vacation in Prague was intended to be the kolache
                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kolache
                but the first and only one I could find seemed dry and days old, so I didn't try any more. (actually, i couldn't find any more)

                Parnassian >> I just happen to be a Parisien who likes eggs, etc in the morning as well as croissants and pain au chocolat...
                Le Rostand on the place Rostand/ rue des Médicis,
                Au Petit Suisse on the rue de Vaugirard/ rue des Médicis,
                Le Café Tournon on the rue de Tournon,
                Café de la Mairie on the place St Sulpice,

                Thanks so much!

                The above options should be plenty. Also, someone from Calais replied almost immediately with a nice email and their hours
                Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm
                Saturday and Sunday 9:30am to 5pm

                One final question -
                I've already read you can't find quiche for breakfast. Where is your favorite quiche that you can find at other times of the day? (and what makes it your favorite?)

                1. re: sweet100s

                  I've already read you can't find quiche for breakfast.

                  You most certainly can! Bakeries don't make every torte and quiche fresh every day. They won't be on display, but you can ask for a piece. If you want to be sure, when you see a slice you like in the afternoon, walk in and ask if you can buy it tomorrow morning.

                  1. re: sweet100s

                    Terra Corsa - on rue des Martyrs and on rue du Faubourg St Denis - has great quiches made fresh all day long. It's a sitdown casual place. You can also get it as takeout, to be reheated at home.
                    What makes it great ? It's a Corsican quiche made fresh there.
                    But a quiche is a quiche. I would not cross town for one, even a very good one.

                    Lastly, are we still talking about good food ? Or are we talking about a need? As the need to have eggs and bacon in the morning, and any eggs and bacon in any café will do ? Because if need is the sole issue here, then I agree with cher Parn, a lot of cafés will do. But that for me is "do" food, as in "this will do". But the board is usually concerned with good food.

                    1. re: Parigi

                      Is there a foodie version of fried eggs and bacon ?!

                      1. re: Parnassien

                        It's no haute cuisine, but it still could be screwed up. Like quiche.
                        Since we have given up on good food, it seems, so what's the best energy square on the market ?

                        1. re: Parigi

                          How is suggesting good cafés that serve bacon and eggs giving up on good food ?

                          Don't know much about energy bars but there was a Chow feature on what do to with a left-over half can of baked beans that we can read and then discuss.

                        2. re: Parnassien

                          Can we stretch as far as oeufs en meurette? Like "poached eggs and bacon"?

                          1. re: mangeur

                            Oeufs en meurette is indeed too much of a stretch... and might involve a train ride to Burgundy.

                            Poached eggs, maybe at-- oh dear!-- the Pub Saint-Germain but I'd have to go in disguise to check it out for fear of losing my trendy/ hip Parigot membership.

                            1. re: Parnassien

                              Maybe not such a stretch. http://www.yelp.com/biz/eggs-et-co-paris Funny. We rented an apartment at that address a few years ago.

                              1. re: mangeur

                                I was still stuck in the early breakfast mode... Eggs&Co doesn't open until 10am... and I might be mistaken but I seem to remember that the more elaborate egg dishes aren't available for just a petit déj but served for brunch (after 11am?) and lunch... admittedly, I've never had just breakfast there because the hours just don't work for me... but the brunch is fab.

                                1. re: Parnassien

                                  That's why I said upthread that this type of request is best satisfied by hotel restaurants.

                      2. re: sweet100s

                        In my research, I wrote down:
                        Relais Odeon at #130 Blvd St-Germain
                        Neo Café at #126 Blvd St-Germain
                        Café Bonaparte at #42 Rue Bonaparte

                      3. re: Parnassien

                        I suggested Mulot because it's open early and does have a wide variety, but agree it's not relaxing. And as you said Paris is not an especially early city. Paul is OK but I don't care for it as much now they have the takeout tables at the front.

                        As to the cafe offerings of eggs fair enough, but like others, I wonder if it's best to go for an average cooked breakfast rather than focusing on what Paris does best. It is a bit odd to wander Paris with snack bars etc when the city is bursting with such fantastic food but each to there own (and I think you need to try a good British breakfast with free range eggs, carefully cured bacon - not industrial - and if lucky some good sausages and black pudding - you may find you appreciate there is a quality threshold).

                        I like to think I eat a lot but after a few days of lunches and dinners the need for anything substantive at breakfast declines - and I do walk a lit. In fact we now avoid the inclusive breakfast options in hotels preferring to head out and grab a coffee and croissant.

                    2. I know that there are many patisseries near that place. Laduree Pierre Herme, Hugo and Victor, La patisserie de reves. Is it just me or lets say an eclair can be a good breakfast?

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