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’.

Paris. again and again

I once lived in France. It was one school year many moons ago. The purpose was to learn French. But of course – I was sixteen – and learned so much more. So much more. This is now twenty years ago, which of course, is the perfect excuse for a reunion.

Five of us managed to get to Paris in order to say santé. It is more or less what remains of our collective French vocabulary from those days. But who cares? We rented this wonderful apartment from Special Apartments, and it proved to be the perfect base for five friends who hadn’t seen each other in a really long time!

I’ve rented with Special Apartments on several occasions, and can honestly say that they add another dimension to any stay in Paris. Having your very own apartment where you can keep your freshly bought market cheese cool in the fridge, listen to some French tv in the background, and just enjoy the rhythm of your Parisian neighbours’ daily lives  makes for a very authentic experience.

But we were here for one reason. To indulge in that particular kind of melancholia which brings you right back to sweet sixteen at the sight of a face, the sound of a tune and the whiff of camembert and saucisson. What did we do? Well, we didn’t see the Eiffel Tower or the Arc de Triomphe. We did that twenty years ago, see?

A very dear friend with a very famous background

I won’t bore you with the details of how five thirty somethings make the most of a break from our lives as we know them. But I will show you this:

Candle lit dinners twenty years ago & now... Our appreciation of food and wine got a French kick start back in the early nineties.

Some things never change...

And we also discovered Canal St Martin. For those of you who know it, it’s needless to say that this Parisian gem deserves every oh-la-la that has ever been written about it! For those of you who have yet to visit, prepare for some serious picnicing (bring enough supplies to last you for a sedated afternoon of sunshine and happy vibes). This place is so much more down to Earth than the well known Rive Droite and Rive Gauche of the Seine a bit further south.

Trés trés trés jolie!

The French really know how to picnic!

As for us… we soaked up as much of Paris as possible and did a bit of this:

Savouring Paris is part of the experience

A bit of this:

Le Metro is undeniably a trés sexy way of getting around

A cultural touch at the weird and wonderful ‘History of Medicine Museum’ (adresse: 12, Rue de l’Ecole de Médecine). It’s the eeriest museum I’ve ever visited – the table in the picture below speaks for itself. It is made up entirely of real human body parts (blood, liver, lung, spinal cord, ears, etc.) and the foot in the middle is from a real person.

This table is nightmare material!

And finally a bit of this:

20 years older, but still kids at heart...


Fancy finding more cool places in Paris, head over to Cool Stuff in Paris  where they’ve discovered just about every nook and cranny in that capital we love returning to.