If you ask me where my favorite place to have brunch in Paris is, the answer is Claus! I practically went there every week during my 95-day stay in the City of Lights (read here). But why? First of all, as I love organic food, Claus only uses the freshest organic eggs and other ingredients in his dishes (I often order “Le Hugo”). Secondly, I like how Claus himself is there most of the time, greeting and attending to his customers with a big smile. Who doesn’t like a bit of personal touch? Thirdly, the minimalist (almost all white) decor adds a very modern, yet charming, feel to the rustic features of the building. The salon upstairs with a long cushioned bench on one side is also a lot more spacious than your usual French café. Fourthly, unless you know the location, the place is not flooded with tourists. Well, maybe the fashionable ones who’ve read about it in Vogue, Glamour or Garance Doré and afterwards head off to the Christian Louboutin boutique in front after their meal. Lastly, I just love the place, full stop. Sometimes, I also go there for some quiet time in the afternoon, having a café au lait (or smoothie) with a cake and reading a magazine.
Aside from Claus himself, the staff is very friendly … in a Parisian sort of way. And considering they’re probably more used to the trendy crowd (without children), the place is quite child friendly. We always had a place for our buggy and they always served our special request: “babyccino” (“mousse de lait” or milk froth served in an espresso cup) for my daughter, who, by the way, calls the place “the little restaurant.” If you plan to go on weekends, Claus gets really busy so it’s best to reserve in advance — and request a table by the window.
Claus — ♥♥♥♥♥
14 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001 Paris
Until my next post … take care!