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BRUNCH SPOTS I TRUST: You will easily find brunches offered above 28 euros in the Marais targeting unsuspecting tourists. Here is the list of top 4 places I trust to be decent. Cafe Charlot at 38 rue de Bretagne, 75003... More
BRUNCH SPOTS I TRUST: You will easily find brunches offered above 28 euros in the Marais targeting unsuspecting tourists. Here is the list of top 4 places I trust to be decent. Cafe Charlot at 38 rue de Bretagne, 75003. They serve the best egg benedict, not just in the Marais, but in Paris to my taste. The ideal kind of bread for the basis (cross between muffin and baguette.) The egg yolk is delightfully runny and the ham, not too salty. Sauce is beautifully tangy and profound. Offered only as a la carte, thus suitable for small appetite gourmets. L'inattendu inside Village Saint Paul, 75004 is a semi-vegetarian place offering a brunch for just around 20 euros. Village Saint Paul is a leafy and historic plaza lined with antique shops. Escape the hot summer of Paris here as their lunch is tasty, healthy and reasonable too. Real fresh juice. Les Bonnes Soeurs at 8 rue du Pas de la Mule, 75003. Their legendary brunch combined with a landmark of Place de Vosges is tasty and generous. Huge Egg plate with saumon, mountain of breads with generous serving of nutella and jams, fresh juice, coffee, salad and yummy dessert. Other places would charge you easily more than 24 euros for all these. Breakfast in America at 4 rue Malher, 75004: I have to add this for pancakes. The Americans do it better, texture wise. Eateries with an English name in Paris tend to be gimmik to attract tourists, but it is fine if their cuisine is of American or UK origin. 3 LUNCH SPOTS I TRUST: L’Enoteca at 25 rue Charles V, 75004 Paris, France: their 16 euros lunch of entre, main and a glass of wine or a bottle of mineral water is value for money. It is packed with locals day and night. Pamela Popo at 15 rue Francois Miron, 75004: their lunch deal is 19 euros, but the content is superb. The right mix of tradition and contemporary touch and depth. Chez Mademoiselle at 16 rue Charlemagne, 75004: Lunch set menu is the favourite among locals. The historic ambiance you cannot find outside the Marais. 3 DINNER SPOTS I TRUST: L'auberge Des Deux Ponts at 7 rue des 2 Ponts, 75004 is on the Ils St Louis. The set menu of 17 euro offers a goose steak with generous serving of fois gras, topped off with a real crème brûlée for which the chef will come burn the sugar at the table. The chateau shape sign looks gimmiky, but an unassuming local’s hangout nevertheless. Le Chanard at 8 rue Saint Paul, 75004. They have the bar license and their glass wine is of high quality and honestly priced. The food by the chef from Bretagne is tasty too. Also the local's favorite. Here you will NOT be served glass wine that had been opened the day before. Some dodgy one do, so be careful. Le temps des Cerise at 31 rue de la Cerisaie, 75004 is oozing with ambience of both historical and French bistro culture. 70% traditional and 30% contemporary food and More-ishly good, even the side dishes. It is a gem.