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









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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’.