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You’d Never Guess the Age of This Parisian Brasserie
Alyssa Brown
byAlyssa Brown

Our latest Parisian café crush sits in the 9th arrondissement, right in the heart of the Opera District. Café Le Brebant captured our attention with its kitschy cool décor, and kept our thoughts transfixed with promises of champagne and lobster. Believe it or not, this posh spot has been around since 1865, and you wouldn’t know it but for the impeccable service and constant crowd of diehard fans.

Photography: Windmill Dreams

Wicker light fixtures hang from the ceilings and jute hats, bamboo mirrors and sconces adorn the botanical wallpapered walls of Café Le Brebant. Comfy leather banquettes line the walls inside this Paris eatery, while bistro seats spill out onto the sidewalk. This spot is always bustling with energy, filled with locals and tourists alike at all hours of the day and night. The atmosphere is as easy for grabbing a quick coffee with colleagues as it is the kind of place where you can spend hours sharing champagne and swapping travel stories with friends. Plus, if you sit outside, the people watching is fabulous.

Photography: Michelle Catherineleslieanneharris

Omelettes with seasonal vegetables and local cheeses, avocado toast with a poached egg, or a stack of pancakes with bananas and berries might be served on your brunch table. Traveling with a party crew in tow? You’ve gotta splurge for a magnum of champagne or rosé to get the vibe feelin’ right. If you’re heading in a little later in the day (they are open nearly 24 hours, after all), the rest of the menu is filled with classic French highlights like foie gras, lobster, shucked oysters, steak tartare, and escargots. And don’t forget to opt for dessert, because there’s nothing like a homemade tarte tatin in a Parisian café. 

Photography: wyma19237Claire Fleury

Café Le Brebant is located in the heart of the 9th arrondissement, also known as the Opera District. Set just along Grands Boulevards, the café is a primo stop before or after a day of shopping at Galeries Lafayette, Printemps or strolling along the Avenue de l’Opéra. Or, if you’re headed to the opera house to see a show, a nightcap at this spot may be the way to go. What better way to end a day in Paris than sipping on a glass of bubbly at a sophisticated sidewalk café.


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