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A taste of America at Coffee Parisien novembre 8, 2008

Bagel, cream cheese and lox I like this place very much.

I know I know, it is crowded, busy, and the staff is not polite (like always in Paris: you work in a trendy restaurant? You can do anything, see here). When you walk in, be prepared to wait for about 30 minutes (sometimes). The trick is to go tell the waitress how many people for your table, your name, and make sure she does not forget you. This way you can have a table in 5 minutes. Then either you are lucky and your table’s waiter/tress is nice, or he/she is a pretty haughty Parisian bitch, looking down on you. Either way don’t pay too much attention, you’ll be too busy looking at the tasty menu, the table set with every American President (hello Obama!), and observing the loud crowd. It is supposed to be an American diner, and yet everyone is French.

Still. The food is good. I have not been disappointed so far. And it’s fast! Eggs Florentine, Bagel cream cheese and lox (my favorites so far) were prepared in like 5 minutes. I wondered if it was not straight from the fridge… Every dish is fresh and has plenty of food, it is worth your money. I recommend the eggs (Benedict, Florentine, scrambled, what have you) and the desserts.

All my photos here. David Lebovitz’ article on Coffee Parisien here.

Coffee Parisien: 4, rue Princesse, Paris 6ème. Métro Mabillon. Tel: 01 43 54 18 18. Brunch on week ends. Bagel cream cheese and lox 14 euros, eggs Florentine 12 euros, scrambled eggs 10 euros, blueberry pancakes 8.50 euros, cheesecake 8 euros, hot chocolate 3.50 euros, milkshake 7 euros.


Breakfast in America mars 18, 2008

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There are not so many places in Paris where you can have a “all day breakfast” or a real American brunch. Because we frogs are not used to eat this kind of comfort food at 4 in the afternoon… To us breakfast is for morning time only, then you move on to lunch and eventually dinner. However, thanks to the American community in Paris, it is now possible to find such places. Walking around in le Marais area, we came accross a place called « Breakfast in America », looked at the menu, and thought to ourselves that we had to come back.

We did yesterday, although we had to queue and sit at the same table as two girls we didn’t know (the place was crowded, we had no choice). The menu is very extensive and offers a wide choice for breakfast (eggs any style, pancakes, muffins, bagels, cereals etc) lunch (burgers, wraps, chilli, fries, even a student menu), brunch and sweets (milkshakes, pies among others). We decided to have the brunch, for 15.5 euros. It consists of a choice of eggs any style + stack of pancakes with syrup or a brownie/donut/muffin and a yoghurt + bottomless coffee and a glass of orange juice. After the bilingual waitress took our order we patiently waited, listening to other people’s conversations (in English) and to the slightly outdated play list.

Breakfast in America

To be honest, it was good. The portions were filling, it was cooked on the minute and the pancakes were delicious covered with maple syrup. However, the eggs were not scrambled and definitely not creamy: they looked more like a ruined dry omelette. The place was packed so the waitresses were unfortunately not available to answer our questions about the menu. Breakfast in America is definitely a nice place, but the best time to go is in the morning, when the hordes of hungry expats have not arrived yet.

Breakfast in America: 4 rue Malher, Paris 4ème (tel: 01 42 72 40 21); 17 rue des Ecoles, Paris 5è (tel: 01 43 54 50 28). Open every day, 8.30am to 11pm. Website:
Bottomless cup of coffee: 2.50 euros/ Hot-dog and fries: 7.50 euros/ Classic burger with fries: 8.50 euros/ Brunch: 15.5 euros