12 rue Marché St-Honoré, 1st
Tel: 01 42 60 47 21
Sunday brunch has become such a Parisian institution that it seems a new brunch spot pops up each week. And yet they’re all impossibly packed full by 1pm (just don’t even try the Marais unless you want to eat at 11am). And many brunches are a set menu, often quite pricey for what you get. Not so at Nomad’s. Not only is it well-located on the corner of the (virtually car-free) Marché St-Honoré, just a short stroll from the Tuileries Gardens, it has a huge brunch buffet for just €28, with everything from pancakes and bacon and cereal to pasta, couscous, and salads. Of course there are desserts, yogurts, Nutella, cakes, croissants, toast, and as much OJ, coffee and tea that you can stand. There are even newspapers in case you’re alone (or wish you were). The dining room has an exotic safari decor with life-sized lions, zebra print carpets, and comfy chairs. The terrace is also quite nice, and I managed to eat there twice in April (once under the awning to stay dry). We had a group of seven last weekend (the one warm day in Paris so far, so everyone was out), so it was a good thing we got there at 11am because reservations aren’t possible. Next door was a line of people queuing for a table at Pain Quotidien, which is a tad overrated to deserve that kind of waiting around, IMHO. I like Nomad’s because it’s stylish without being too trendy, and if you’ve got a big appetite you can certainly get your money’s worth. Only critique? Where are the mimosas and bloody mary’s?!