The Best Brunch Spots In Paris

Brunching in the City of Light has never looked so good

In a city teeming with old-school cafés that appear to date back to the prime of the Moulin Rouge, those who don't stray far from La Tour Eiffel might get the impression that brunch in the City of Light is a stuffy affair. However, in recent years, a crop of chic spots slinging cold brew, artisanal yogurt and artfully assembled toasts has emerged, offering ideal—and ideally Instagrammable—brunch spots for Paris's younger set. For some seriously #foodporn-worthy #eeeeeats in France's capital, hit up these locally beloved coffee shops and brunch destinations.

① Fragments Paris

This cozy, brick-walled coffee shop in Paris's hip Le Marais neighborhood will be easy to spot by its stark black exterior and crowd of chic, young Parisians waiting to score a table. Once inside, imbibe craft coffee drinks and insanely 'grammable avocado toast under the watchful eye of the quirky Bruce Lee poster presiding over the bar.

② Café Oberkampf

Like all of the most Instagram-friendly restaurants in the world, this trendy spot serves brunch all day, offering healthy and photogenic dishes popular with the stylish crowd, like granola toasted in coconut oil, shakshuka with harissa, and green eggs and feta. Be prepared to wait for a seat at this small, sleek spot—especially if you want to snag a coveted window spot for prime light and people-watching.

③ Hardware Société

To get to this Aussie export overlooking the city, be prepared to scale the steps of the Sacré-Cœur Basilica and hike up a few steep streets along the way. The workout will be worth it for unparalleled brunch #views, marble tables, and exceedingly unique and Instagrammable dishes, from pain perdu with lemon cream and fresh berries to a funky selection of Benedicts, like lobster on a jet-black sesame bun.  

④ Holybelly

Five words: bacon, egg and cheese pancakes (with house-made Bourbon butter, no less). That savory creation is the star of the show at this beloved brunch spot that locals won't tell you about, as the line already tends to stretch down the block. Though the queue can be daunting, one bite of the black rice porridge and local thick-cut bacon will prove Holybelly—and the Instagramming that will inevitably ensue—is worth the wait.

⑤ Ob-La-Di

With blue tiled floors (#Ihavethisthingwithfloors), shabby-chic distressed walls and #healthy brunch standbys, like yogurt with gluten-free fig quinoa granola and a kale salad, it's no wonder this spot in Le Marais has become one of the most Instagrammed cafés in the entire city. Also on the menu: the Ob-La-Di Affogato—espresso poured over cookie dough ice cream. You know, if you're into that kind of thing.

⑥ Broken Biscuits

What this quaint café and patisserie lacks in seating, it more than makes up for in charm. Put in your order for a latte and expertly assembled pastry (or two, or three) and grab a bench seat on the quiet side street. The pastries, which are inspired by both French and Anglophone culinary traditions, and crafted by a duo of renowned Parisian pastry chefs, include the likes of poached pear crumble cakes and glossy fig tarts, all just begging to be photographed.