In Paris (France)
This tiny place in the middle of the 3rd arrondissement is really charming: the tables covered with checkered tablecloths make you feel at home. Each week, you will find a different brunch menu and each time the food is really surprising and tasty. A farandole of small portions arrives on the table, for instance French fries with sesame, homemade rice pudding and cakes, etc.
Whether you decide to sit at one of the huge wooden tables inside with friends or at the sunny terrace which faces the market rue Mouffetard, you will remember this place. La table à manger serves huge portions of food, either with ham & pâté or with salmon, and offers a huge range of breads, jams and amazing homemade spreads (nuts, white chocolate, etc.), as well as a yoghurt and a croissant. Enjoy!
Le marché des enfants rouges
On Sunday morning, let’s have a look at this little hidden market in the middle of the 3rd arrondissement and try the brunch at that café which stand right there. The food is really fresh and typically French, while the portions are enormous. But don’t panic! If you feel full, they will give you a doggie bag to bring your dessert home, so that you can enjoy later!
If you want to try an enormous warm and creamy hot chocolate which tastes like heaven in a cosy place, run to La Jacobine nearby Odéon! The hot chocolate is so filling that you won’t have room for a slice of cake. The question is, will you be able to resist the temptation to try one of these gorgeous pastries?! By the way, I heard the French traditional meals are worth it too!
During summer time, I like to take a seat at the cool and shady terrace of the mosque, while sipping a mint tea and appreciate one of these delicious oriental pastries. A great place to relax, let dreams come through, and remember the time I was a student at La Sorbonne and lived very close to this place…
Le jardin des pâtes
I used to live very close to this restaurant situated across from the Jardin des Plantes, and I somehow had to check this cosy place, highly rated by the guides. Truth be told, I wasn’t disappointed at all! Everything is homemade, fresh and organic, from the pasta to the juices and desserts. Consequently, the food is really tasty and absolutely delicious!
I popped in there for dinner with friends and I really liked the concept of classic cuisine with a little twist and a menu changing very frequently. In this little place nestled in the 11th arrondissement, the atmosphere is really friendly and the food enjoyable.
In a street lined with seemingly infinite choices of crêperies, Josselin crêperie is, for sure, the one you must head to. The golden savory galettes are crispy on the edges, while the center remains soft and tender with a nice taste of butter. And for dessert, give the salted butter caramel crêpe a try, the house specialty. The place is friendly but always packed and you often need to stand in the queue for a while outside. The crêpes are absolutely worth the wait!
I ended up in this Italian restaurant for my birthday a few years ago and so far it’s been the best of that type I have ever tried! I remember that I had homemade gnocchi that would make my bf jealous if he knew about it (does he?). And should I telll you about the tiramisu I had for dessert? A little slice of heaven!
In Stockholm (Sweden)
Here you can have a nice and very complete brunch-buffet, while listening to a jazz band on Sunday mornings. Or, during summer, you can simply sit outside and enjoy the wonderful view over Stockholm.
Do you fancy some thick American-style pancakes with blueberries, pecan and maple syrup? Head out to Café Sirap! The brunch is good, but the real gem is the pancakes! However the place is always packed at the weekends, and you’d better come early to avoid the huge queue or book a table in advance if you are more than 6 people.
I went there for a birthday brunch (Hi Stéph!), and it’s exactly this kind of occasion you want to celebrate at this fancy place. On the top floor, you will find several big round tables arranged in a large room with wooden beams and a breathtaking view on the Baltic Sea and the island of Kasstelholmen. The brunch buffet is mostly Swedish but you can also enjoy some English scones or other nice small dishes.
This little café is perfect for a “Fika Friday “, this typically Swedish coffee break which often comes with some pastries. Especially on Fridays, since people stop working a bit earlier (I should say “much earlier” if I compare with Paris). But whatever the reason, it’s always nice to have a pleasant coffee break, sitting in big armchairs and enjoying some enormous chocolate cakes, or apple or blueberry pies, isn’t it?
* Fika is the coffee break that the Swedes take once or twice a day. A serious ritual which usually comes with some cakes or pastries.
This cosy little restaurant hidden in Vasastan is one of my favorites. Prepared in a way of “nouvelle cuisine”, the food is really well cooked and tasty, while the service is both discrete and pleasant. Don’t spread the word around too much, it’s still good to keep a place secret…
I used to live nearby Oljebaren and pass by every day, but strangely I never came to that place before I moved out, in spite of the great atmosphere that I could feel even from the street. But thankfully I got to try this place with my friends from Stockholm University (Hi there!). The interior is very nice, the staff very friendly and the homemade hamburgers the best around!
Tradional Swedish Cooking
If it’s the first time you come to Sweden, you need to try typical Swedish food, right? In this large old beer hall, a limited menu of traditional Swedish dishes and local beers is served to locals and tourists alike. It may be a bit overpriced but the quality of the food won’t disappoint you. At least all my friends that came to visit me weren’t! I highly recommend the Swedish meatballs by the way…
This is another restaurant where you will taste quality Swedish food. It’s quite similar to Pelikan. They also serve lunch for a reasonable price. On Sundays they cook up a famous brunch, that I have yet to try…
In Lisbon (Portugal)
This is the world-famous address where you can enjoy the famous Portuguese pastry, Pastel de nata. This tiny egg tart pastry both crispy and soft is absolutely delicious! A must have with a galao (Portuguese coffee with milk). I dedicate this pastel de nata to my Portuguese friends of course!