I love breakfast in Paris, especially in the Autumn when leaves are skittering across the pavement and everyone is sporting elegant scarves and fabulous boots. I like sitting in a cafe or coffee shop by a large window, watching the world go by as I sip and nibble my way through breakfast.
Parisian food is justly famous for its quality, taste, diversity, and, alas, price. But there are ways to eat well in Paris without breaking the bank.
There is something comforting in a morning ritual of espresso and warm croissants, especially dark chocolate-filled ones. It’s even nicer when shared with a brother who happens to be living in Paris. Ryan had to work during the day, so we always made sure to get up early enough to have breakfast together before he dashed off to slave away and I meandered through the streets of Paris trying not to get too lost before meeting up with him for dinner.
Here are my top three favorite Paris breakfasts, all for about $5 US.
Breakfast #1 – two warm croissants and an espresso. I like to eat one croissant with my coffee and save the other to nibble on whilst sitting on a park bench in a pretty park somewhere. Cost: Approximately 4 Euro/$5 US.
Breakfast #2 – quiche and real hot chocolate. I found a shop right across the square from where my brother was living run by a grouchy fellow who grudgingly gave me a smile when I beamed at him each morning. 🙂 It had wooden stools pulled up next to the window where I could people watch to my hearts content, and the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had in my life. Cost: Approximately 4.5o Euro/$5.50 US.
Breakfast #3: crepe filled with Nutella. I love the little crepe stands sprinkled throughout Paris. A bustling chap heating up crepes, slathering them with lavish amounts of Nutella and folding them just so for you to eat as you walk through the city. Bliss. Cost: Approximately 4-5 Euro/$5-6 US.
Which one is your favorite?