Breakfast has always been a very important moment for me. I am not an early bird at all and taking time to say hello to a new day has become an essential ritual. The very Parisian quick cafe and croissant, standing at the comptoir in the brasserie next door before rushing to an appointment has never been my thing. No surprise that I am an absolute fan of Claus, THE breakfast expert in Paris. And no surprise either that Claus is not French since breakfast is not considered as an important meal in France, just as a way to keep going until lunch.
The German Claus Estermann likes challenges though and opened his first breakfast hotspot at 14 rue Jean Jacques Rousseau in 2011, followed a few years later by a breakfast épicerie on number 15, right across the street. In September last year, he went Rive Gauche by opening his 3rd establishment at 2 Rue Clément in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Près. I always go to Jean Jacques Rousseau to add up moments of joy by first having breakfast (or lunch) before shopping the most refined breakfast products like the Francois Parlus chocolate spread, jam from Stephane Perrotte, the french touch granola La Mère Mimosa and blends from L’Infuseur.
I recommend the second floor and to try the nut-cinnamon brioche or the toast with scrambled eggs, spinach and chanterelles. Great way to start the day before going to the Louvre or having a stroll through the Jardins du Palais-Royal area.
Claus Palais-Royal, 14 rue Jean Jacques Rousseau, 75001 (épicderie right across the street at nr 15)
Claus Saint-Germain, 2 Rue Clément 75006