Croissants for Breakfast? Oui, But of course! You're in Paris Now

Eric Kayser is the name to remember when you're hankering after fresh pastries, perfectly baked croissants and just about anything else you can think of in the bread and breakfast pastry category. He has a cult following and for good reason. And speaking of la croissant, there is a chain of fastfood type bakeries specializing in croissants and chocolate croissants called La Croissanterie. They have recently branched out into offering fresh fruit bowls and even bagel sandwiches. You can find these throughout the city.

The hotel restaurant in town that serves an exceptional international breakfast, including Asian breakfast specialties is: Le First at The Westin Vendôme. Here breakfasts run you upwards of €50. Le First at Westin Vendôme offers a plentiful traditional buffet so you can have a bit of miso soup and grilled salmon along with your oatmeal and pancakes if that’s what you crave. 

A favorite of locals and tourists alike is the Café de Paris. Mornings it is a quiet local café serving up café au lait and fresh croissants to sleepy-eyed neighborhood locals. Come evening, it turns into a raucous nightspot and favorite people watching perch.  Similar is Le China. It is best known as a nightclub and restaurant but Parisians love it for its outstanding weekend brunches. 


6th Arrondissement - Rive Gauche


These are a chain of fastfood bakeries specializing in croissants and chocolate croissants (the famed pain au chocolat) and other breakfast staples of Parisians. It's also not quite accurate to call this a bakery since there are always at...  Read More

6th Arrondissement - Rive Gauche


In the evenings this is one of the most happening little corners in Paris, and not just the Left Bank. Right where rue de Seine and rue du Buci intersect there's always a whirlwind of activity where lovers are meeting, students are grabbing a...  Read More

12ème Arrondissement


Now that you're on vacation, who cares about breakfast anyway, right? Hit that snooze button because you're sure you put the little Do Not Disturb sign on your hotel door handle last night, right? OK. Gotcha. This one's for you. Le China serves...  Read More

7ème Arrondissement
Eric Kayser
Photo courtesy of Paige Donner copyright 2015


The beloved Eric Kayser, need more be said ? If you are not familiar with the Paris or NY bakery scene, then lets get you filled in. Anything from an Eric Kayser bakery is divine. Whether you are stopping in to pick up a simple baguette on your...  Read More

4ème Arrondissement
Terres de Cafe
Photo courtesy of Terres de Cafe Blog


Fairly new in this spruced up location, coffee roasting cult afficionados all over Paris started tooting their horns at one another as soon as this place opened up. Sure, it's only about a block from their other location, but this one is big...  Read More

10th Arondissement - Gare du Nor
Bob's Juice Bar
Photo courtesy of Patricia Khan for Bob's Juice Bar


This began as the brainchild of an American expat transplant. When he started his little closet of a juice bar several years back now his was one of the first in the city where you could get truly fresh-squeezed juices and smoothies. It quickly...  Read More

1er Arrondissement
Le Pain Quotidien
Photo courtesy of Le Pain Quotidien


True, you can find these even back in the 'States. But this location here on the Marché St. Honoré draws a local crowd on weekends that is, well, rather thrilling. Even during the weekdays you will find a regular loyal and local clientele who...  Read More

Le First Restaurant Boudoir Paris
Photo courtesy of Le First Restaurant Boudoir


One of the most appealing things about this restaurant is its location. It is just across the street from the Jardins des Tuileries, on rue de Rivoli. Which places it just down from both Place de la Concorde and Place Vendome. Its perfect...  Read More

6ème Arrondissement
Eggs & Co.
Photo courtesy of Eggs & Co.


Hopefully you're a late sleeper because this place doesn't even open until 10am. With a name like Eggs & Co. you'd think they'd be swinging open the doors at 6am, but you'd be wrong, After all, this is Paris and Paris is a late town. It' s...  Read More

Les Artizans
Photo courtesy of Les Artizans Facebook Page


New on the block, the welcoming window of pastries will lure you in, even if it's still breakfast time.And good thing. Because once inside this charming rue Montorgueil addition, you'll instantly see that this is a restaurant as well as a pastry...  Read More


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Paige is a transplanted Parisian. She first arrived as a young bride in the early 90s to live in Paris, having uprooted herself from her native California.

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