Where to find the best brunches around the Louvre?
Before trying to solve the mystery of the Mona Lisa’s enigmatic smile or immersing yourself in the mysteries of Ancient Egypt for a timeless moment, it’s a good idea to gain some strength. Brunch is the best way to start the day off right!
In this prestigious area of Paris, each restaurant stands out with its own unique element. The best option is whatever you’re in the mood for! To help you choose, Highstay has selected the most renowned establishments around the galleries of the Louvre
The Angelina tea room and its legendary hot chocolate
To take advantage of a stunning view and the first rays of sunlight illuminating the Cour Napoléon, head to the Angelina café in the Richelieu wing. This world-renowned pastry shop offers a large selection to satisfy any sweet tooth, particularly with its traditional hot chocolate. Those who prefer savory dishes will not be disappointed: typical French recipes meet the imagination of master chefs in tune with the seasons.
The Angelina café allows you to admire the famous glass pyramid by architect Ieoh Ming Pei from a new angle, but it’s not the only place to taste Angelina’s brunch menu. Leaving the museum and walking along the Tuileries gardens on the rue de Rivoli, you will arrive at the historic eatery, founded in 1903 and decorated in the BelleÉpoque style that makes it so charming.
Le Meurice Hotel’s restaurant: le Dalí
Just a few more steps will bring you to Le Meurice, a five-star hotel and gathering place for artists, business people, and show-business personalities. One of the hotel’s two restaurants is named after the painter Salvador Dalí, who used to stay there every year.
Featuring an elegant and harmonious style by interior decorator Philippe Starck, Le Dalí offers refined French cuisine. Cédric Grolet's famous trompe-l’œil fruits will be served to conclude the brunch. The creations of this master pastry chef, who has been named the world’s best multiple times, will delight your eyes as much as your taste buds.
Continuing your walk moving slightly away from the Tuileries Gardens, you will reach the rue Saint-Honoré, parallel to the rue de Rivoli and close to the Place Vendôme. This is where the Mandarin Oriental luxury hotel houses the restaurant of Chef Thierry Marx. In a decidedly modern atmosphere, Le Camélia offers the advantage of two spaces: the dining room or the terrace, elegantly decorated and planted.
In an eco-friendly approach, this establishment honors the savoir-faire of local artisans and producers by only using ultra-fresh produce. The result is an elegant and perfectly mastered market cuisine.
A taste of the Ritz - Paris
If you decide to venture to the luxurious Place Vendôme –and its excellent milliners, couturiers, and jewelers– you may be tempted to have lunch at the Ritz, the hotel dear to Coco Chanel.
The luxury hotel’s restaurant, A Taste of the Ritz, offers its Grand Brunch every Sunday, blending French culinary arts with several buffets featuring the best cuisine from around the world. Don’t deny yourself the pleasure of sampling the assortment of desserts. Discover the establishment’s original creations, such as the lobster sandwich, or let yourself be tempted by delicious Madeleines soaked in tea or coffee. These sweets, straight from a Marcel Proust novel, are a creation by François Perret, winner of the world’s best pastry chef in 2019.
Across the seine : Les Deux Magots
Leaving the Louvre, you could also go in the opposite direction and decide to cross the Seine by taking the famous Pont des Arts, a bridge known for the thousands of locks that couples around the world would hang on its railing to lock in their love. Arriving on the boulevard Saint-Germain from the rue Bonaparte, you will come across the Deux Magots restaurant.
This café is a true Parisian institution that many artists frequented daily, like Verlaine and Rimbaud in their heyday. It has been an essential part of the art scene since Picasso, Aragon, and Hemingway were regulars, and the eponymous literary prize has been awarded there for nearly a century.
You will be in good company to enjoy authentic bistro cuisine under the smirking gaze of the two statues overlooking the room from atop their thrones. Like Angelina, the hot chocolate is the restaurant’s flagship product and contributes to its reputation.
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