As an Australian living in Paris, I’m often asked, “What is Australian food?” This is typically a difficult question to answer. Other than Four-N-Twenty pies, Vegemite on toast, Tim-Tams, and the occasional kangaroo for the adventurous types, Australia doesn’t really have a national cuisine — we eat everyone else’s. But then it hit me: Australian cuisine = brunch.
Top image: Papilles Coffeehouse & Restaurant. Above image: MIGNON Café
Australia is renowned for its brunch and specialty coffee scene. The signature dish? Smashed avo (short for avocado — we have a tendency to shorten everything) served on toast. This would usually be accompanied by a flat white. Avocado is a staple of the Australian diet. So much so that an Australian property mogul famously claimed that if millennials stopped eating so much avocado, they might be able to afford to buy a house in Australia’s extremely competitive housing market.
Food historians believe that Bills in Sydney, which opened in 1993, was the first restaurant to serve avocado on toast. But it was Melbourne where the cafe and coffee culture blossomed, described by The New York Times as a “cooler, more cerebral and creative city than sunny, international, glamour-seeking Sydney” (as a Melbournian, this pleases me immensely — there’s a famous rivalry between the two cities, but I’m telling you, Melbourne is definitely better).
Papilles Coffeehouse & Restaurant
Since then, the Aussie brunch, or “brekkie” (short for breakfast), has taken off internationally. Australian’s love to travel, and have taken their passion for brunch and coffee with them, opening cafes in London, New York, and Paris. Locals have jumped on the bandwagon too. The New York Times describes Australian brunch as ‘bright mashups of foods that are healthy, natural and luxurious all at once’. So if you’re looking for Australian-style brunch in Paris, here are some of the best new cafes to go to:
Good News Coffee Shop
Good News Coffee Shop is a new Australian-owned cafe in the 15th arrondissement. The brunch menu includes fresh orange juice, coffee, granola and fruit with yogurt or chia pudding and fruit, avocado on organic bread with eggs and optional bacon, and a choice of dessert. The menu also features a range of Buddha bowls. Using fellow Australian KB Café’s coffee beans with chilled out Australian music playing softly overhead, this cafe definitely has authentic vibes.
27 bis Rue Mademoiselle, 75015
Cafes in Australia are often highly designed and Papilles is no different, featuring a wooden facade and beautiful interior. And, the all-day menu by Celine Pham is the closest I’ve seen to a Melbourne cafe menu. Most Paris cafes serve granola and avocado toast, but Papilles is more adventurous and inspired by international flavors, just like Melbourne cafes. For example, the menu offers bánh mì, whole roasted cauliflower, and haddock smørrebrød (a Danish open sandwich) alongside the more traditional pancakes, eggs Benedict and avocado toast. It’s located in the 9th arrondissement, conveniently close to Gare du Nord.
77 Rue de Rochechouart, 75009
MIGNON Café is a cozy Montmartre cafe with smiling friendly service. The brunch menu consists of homemade citronnade and other fresh juices, coffee, granola and fruit with Greek or coconut yogurt, an option of tartine (avocado with egg, pesto with ham and roasted tomatoes, goat cheese and honey, or beetroot hummus with feta and dukkah), and waffles with a range of sauces for dessert. The servings are surprisingly generous by Paris standards, making MIGNON café a filling and delicious spot for a Paris brunch feast.
67 Rue Caulaincourt, 75018
Café Berry is a pretty little cafe located in the Marais. The menu features granola, porridge, avocado toast, special avocado toast with beetroot hummus, and pancakes on weekends. Like many Melbourne cafes, Café Berry boasts a wide range of coffee-alternative hot drinks including chai latte, pink latte (made with beetroot powder), golden latte (made with turmeric powder), campfire latte (made with maple syrup and smoked sea salt), island latte (made with carob powder and grated coconut), and coconut matcha latte. But never fear coffee addicts, you can still get your caffeine fix with a latte, cappuccino, V60, or filter coffee.
10 Rue Chapon, 75003
- Another couple of great Australian-owned cafes in Paris are Neighbours and Hardware Société.
- Check out more of our top brunch spots in Paris.
- Read more about how Australian-style cafes are taking over Paris over at SBS News.
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