Parisian Petit Dejeuner – budget or splash out

Few things in life are as good as a sidewalk breakfast in Paris. Especially when the sun is shining, the waiters are gossiping in French and everything tastes exactly as it should, yet so heavenly exotic as only a p’tit dej made with beaucoup d’amour can do.

The only thing to consider really is whether you want to fork out a whopping 50 euros for breakfast for two, or a down to earth 8 euros per person.

SPLASH OUT! Legendary Café de Flore is obviously the fifty euros option. What do you get? Well, tout simple, you get to eat your feather light croissant in surroundings where the likes of Jean Paul Sartre, Albert Camus and Jacques Tati found inspiration over a drink or two in the 1930’s and -40’s.

Predictable and expensive, but oh, so iconic!

The service here is reported to be rude, and alongside the breakfasts, most items on the menu are generously over prized. However, if it’s old time charm and a whiff of Paris’ golden era you’re looking for, you won’t be disappointed.

Address: 172 Boulevard Saint-Germain

Metro: Saint-Germain-des-Prés




BUDGET FRIENDLY! The fact that you can get a filling breakfast with a big mug of coffee, a selection of freshly baked pastries, a choice of crispy baguettes or slices of whole grain bread as well as a selection of home made curd, chocolate spread and jams for only 8 – EIGHT – euros should not be the only reason for choosing ‘La Salle à Manger’ as your breakfast spot.

The place also has a to die for location on foodie street Rue Mouffetard. It also has Simon, a drop dead gorgeous waiter who is more than happy to explain where the fruits used in the jam are from.


Oh la la, where to look - at him or at the jam


Address: 136 Rue Mouffetard

Metro: Censier-Daubenton









Planning your own trip to Paris? We totally recommend the services of Special Apartments. They are trustworthy (we have stayed with them on three occasions), reasonable and they have the coolest selection of authentic apartments in Paris, be it a writer’s studio or a three bedroom, wooden beamed attick. Their properties are truly special apartments as the name suggests.

Check out our favourite apartment on the Ile St. Louis where we stayed a couple of years ago in our previous post ‘Parisian Island Paradise’.


3 comments on “Parisian Petit Dejeuner – budget or splash out

  1. Oh, those French waiters. But where is his long apron and waistcoat? And has he got his finger in the jam?

    The last time we were in Paris we stayed near Rue Mouffetard, and I happened to be reading Hemmingway’s ‘A Moveable Feast’ at the time. Hemmingway had only a slop bucket in a cupboard to use as a toilet, so we felt very comfortable in comparison.

    La Salle A Manger – I shall look out for it.

    And the link to the apartments is great, but oh boy, how prices have increased – €100 per night! Oh dear..

  2. Ha ha, it does look like he has his finger in the jam! I can assure you this was not the case. He was so pleasant and passionate about the assortment of things to put on your bread. I never knew a man could talk like this… and when it’s all in French, fig jam all of a sudden sounds like the sexiest thing on Earth!
    As for the outfit, La Salle a Manger is far more laid back (and dare I say, less pretentious) than all those more traditional Parisian establishments. I do love a white table cloth every now and again, but hey, the down to earth jam jars, wooden spoons and rustic bread also has its charm.
    Thanks for stopping by David!

    • Completely agree – the thing of life is not to get stuck in ‘posh’ mode or ‘simple’ mode, but to take it all in and enjoy it for what it is.

      My preference though, is for the simple and the inclusive, while snobbery and looking down one’s nose at outsiders leaves me cold.

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