Parisian Bobos Discover Brunch at Bread & Roses and Claus
The one-stop-shop meal of the weekend, brunch — the melding of breakfast and lunch — is an all-American invention. This common habit traveled to Britain at the end of the nineteenth century. A hundred years later it crossed the Channel and is now the rage among French Bobos. The term Bobo applies to a class of young, hip Bourgeois who are open-minded and quick to jump on new fads. Les Bobos put aside the traditional family Sunday lunch leg of lamb and vote for brunch: sweet or salty, eggs Benedict or brioche, brunch offers the liberty to enjoy all of the above.
Bread & Roses, the former Hermès canteen, has been transformed into a tea lounge, bakery and épicerie, and stylish Parisians nibble on quiche, smoked salmon and delicious pies. Brunch is served daily (30 euros). 25, rue Boissy-d’Anglas, 8th arrondissement, 01 47 42 40 00, www.breadandroses.fr
Claus is the first épicerie entirely devoted to sit-in or take-out breakfast (from 7:30 a.m. Mon-Fri., and 9:30 a.m. on weekends). Besides delicious milk products, the German-style Frühstücksteller — prepared by Bavarian Claus Estermann — tempts you with slices of ham, Comté cheese, fresh cheese with cilantro, lettuce and boiled bio egg (that’s Euro for organic egg). (17 to 20 euros). Claus prepares his müsli daily. The chic place is refined, and it is jam-packed during Paris Fashion Week. Garment crowds refuel on rare products such as the laurel oil, tarragon rice vinegar, summer flower honey by Daniel de la Falaise. 14, rue Jean-Jacques-Rousseau, 1st arrondissement, 01 42 21 19 06, www.clausparis.com
Floor’s is a bastion of American food at the foot of Montmartre where you can design your own burger with the ingredients of your choice. 100, rue Myrha, 18th arrondissement, 01 42 62 08 08.
Coutume Café offers a choice of salads (bulgur, quinoa), pastries by Philippe Conticini and rare coffees. Brunch (20 € to 30€) is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends. 47, rue de Babylone, 7th arrondissement, 01 45 51 50 47, https://www.facebook.com/Coutume
Barbezingue: The most unusual and jovial brunch is to be found in the suburbs of Paris at Châtillon at Barbezingue where Thierry Faucher, formerly at the Crillon and Taillevent, suggests beginning with a Pétanque game (ball game from Southern France). The losing team has to buy a drink of Beaujolais from Marcel Lapierre for the winners. Following the game, you can enjoy a generous buffet featuring soups, salads, terrines, dish of the day, cheeses and desserts. You brunch on the terrace and sip your coffee in the garden. Just in case you need one, a master barber is available on Fridays, but by appointment only. 14, boulevard de la Liberté, 92320 Châtillon, 01 49 85 83 50, www.barbezingue.com