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Brunch In Paris: Best Hot Chocolate at Coutume Café

Brunch In Paris: Best Hot Chocolate at Coutume Café

Continuing on my quest to eat my way through Paris, next up is Coutume! I’d heard this place was famous for its coffees and whilst I am not a coffee fan at all, the rest of their menu looked pretty cool so off I went to test out their brunch and hot chocolate.. 

Brunch In Paris: Best Hot Chocolate at Coutume Café

I arrived at Coutume Cafe in Babylon at 10:30am on a Sunday morning and found it pretty much empty. On entering, I was greeted by a waiter but he wouldn’t let me sit down until my other two friends arrived, which I found incredibly strange given that the cafe was pretty much empty. Another, much friendlier, waiter approached me a few minutes later and asked if I’d a glass or water or to order a drink, but I decided to wait until my friend arrived.

Brunch In Paris: Best Hot Chocolate at Coutume Café

As you can see, the interior is light and bright, with plenty of room (a rarity for Paris) and it has that classic hipster cafe vibe. There are rows of delicious looking desserts on display as you walk in that you can indulge in after your brunch and the vibe was quite cool in general. There were a real mix of ages there for breakfast with an older couple as well as a young group of friends, so this place appeals to all.

Brunch In Paris: Best Hot Chocolate at Coutume Café

The drinks arrived first and I have to say this was honestly one of the best hot chocolates I’ve ever had in Paris. I know it doesn’t look like much and at first I was put off by the powder floating on top but this hot chocolate was thick, creamy and sweet, which is exactly how I like my hot chocolate. Too many hot chocolates are bitter or don’t have enough milk in them and I’d just come to accept that unless if I made it myself, I would never be satisfied. This hot chocolate is a little pricey at €4.50, but I’ve come to expect hot drinks in Paris to be expensive so this is pretty average for this city.

The brunch menu we were given didn’t have a huge amount of different options on it, which was disappointing, but what they do offer is really tasty so this isn’t a problem. There are three different Eggs Benedict options available: bacon, mushrooms or guacamole. I loved that the eggs Benedict was served on pancakes instead of toast or an English muffin. It did make the whole meal a lot heavier but that’s great if you’re looking for something filling for breakfast.

I opted for Eggs Benedict with bacon, which came with bacon that was perfectly crispy, not burnt, and the poached eggs were just the right amount of runny. This option could have done with a little more sauce as there’s a lot of pancake, which is dry, but other than that, I greatly enjoyed this. This dish came to €10.50, which is rather reasonable for Paris, so I’d definitely come back again.

My friend ordered hers eggs with bacon and an extra side of guacamole, which actually went quite well together. This surprised me as I didn’t really expect eggs, bacon, pancakes and guac to make a fantastic combo but it really did make the meal much more interesting.

The guacamole was really delicious with red onion, spring onion and cacao nibs mixed in. You know you’re in a good brunch place when there are cacao nibs in the guacamole 😂 (#basic). As this was an added extra we had no idea how much the extra guacamole cost until we paid the bill and it came to €3, which I thought was a bit much.

To be fair, there was a huge amount of guacamole; we shared it between us and there was still some left, but this meant that my friend’s meal came to the slightly less reasonable price of €14.50.

Brunch In Paris: Best Hot Chocolate at Coutume Café

All in all, Coutume is a cute little brunch destination that can be found in various areas around Paris. The brunch menu isn’t extensive but if you’re looking for a good eggs benedict on a Sunday morning with a creamy hot chocolate or coffee, Coutume is the place for you.

Numerous stores around Paris also have opened Coutume Cafés in them so this is a well known coffee shop that you’d be foolish to miss. The prices are really reasonable for Paris with my entire meal coming to just €15 and it was worth every cent.

47 Rue de Babylon
75007, Paris



Languages spoken
French / English

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  1. Alison
    17th May 2016 / 4:41 PM

    I liked how honest your review was. I have never heard about cacao nibs in guacamole and now I am on the hunt for it! The pancake with the eggs benedict is an interesting combination, too. I may have to try that out someday!

  2. Kerry O'Byrne
    17th May 2016 / 5:56 PM

    Great review, very honest! I love stopping for coffee or hot chocolate in boutique cafes. The eggs look perfect!

  3. Tori Gabriel
    17th May 2016 / 6:28 PM

    I have actually been to this one though we only had a coffee and a hot chocolate. I remember it being a freezing cold day so it was really welcome. I love hearing other people’s opinions of places I’ve actually experienced.

  4. 17th May 2016 / 6:46 PM

    Brunch is probably my favourite meal because it’s acceptable to have both breakfast and lunch items. Looks yummy x

  5. PrettyLusciousThings
    17th May 2016 / 7:07 PM

    I haven’t been to Paris for years but looking at your brunch I need to head there soon. I’m glad a friendlier waiter spoke to you as waiting staff can really change how we enjoy a restaurant.

  6. 17th May 2016 / 7:23 PM

    How strange they wouldn’t seat you when they had so much space lol. sounds like a great place though and I really want to try that hot chocolate! x

  7. Elodie
    17th May 2016 / 7:41 PM

    It’s a shame you don’t like it, because their coffee is AMAZING! I’ve never tried their brunch, but I really want to now. x

  8. Beth
    17th May 2016 / 8:29 PM

    Oh that place looks interesting and if I ever visit Paris I would love to visit there one day!

  9. Beautyqueenuk
    17th May 2016 / 8:47 PM

    I absolutely love eggs benedict and wish I could make it at home as well as some of the places I have tried. I am glad the bacon wasn’t too burnt, it can totally ruin the dish x

  10. 17th May 2016 / 9:38 PM

    How strange that they made you wait for your friends to come to sit down. Still glad that you enjoyed your egg benedict regardless!

  11. Ana S
    17th May 2016 / 9:51 PM

    This sounds like a lovely coffee. My boyfriend is French but from South of France! He doesn’t like Paris in general but you have to know where you go and pick carefully the places to visit. Unfortunately, prices in Paris but everywhere are quite expensive. I find 15€ a bit expensive. Also, you are not allowed to sit in a coffee or something if you don’t order. Since it’s Paris and this coffee seems classy, maybe they just didn’t allow you to sit until you’d order.

  12. Jolina
    17th May 2016 / 9:53 PM

    What can be lovelier than having brunch in Paris? Paris has been on our bucket list forever. And it’s really helpful when you say what’s reasonable and what’s not. Nobody wants to overpay for anything.

  13. 17th May 2016 / 10:48 PM

    This sounds like such a nice place. The interior is really pretty! Your brunch definitely looked great!

  14. Subhadrika Sen
    17th May 2016 / 11:05 PM

    You ahve touched upon two of the thing I love the most. first, its my dream to go to Paris. Second, hot chocolate. also, Being a non-coffee drinker and hot chocolate lover, It felt really good to know that people appreciate hot chocolate too and give coffee a rest at times .:P

  15. 17th May 2016 / 11:41 PM

    I will be checking out all your Paris posts as I am visiting next month. I am so excited it’s crazy.
    The cafe looks lovely and €15 is not too bad for a meal

  16. Ana Ojha
    18th May 2016 / 1:09 AM

    This sounds like a nice cafe! Though I didn’t like the gesture of waiter not giving table to you before the arrival of your friends. Its rude!

  17. 18th May 2016 / 2:45 AM

    Oh how I miss Paris! The cafes and restaurants always had the best food and amazing staff. This looks like a great spot!

  18. ratisha goyal
    18th May 2016 / 8:06 AM

    Great! Coutume is the place for me then. I’m not a coffee drinker myself but I do surely enjoy hot chocolate. Having peculiar food habits make me misfit in many places around the world. I’m happy to see I’ll just fit in Paris.

  19. 18th May 2016 / 9:29 AM

    This looks so amazing. Hot chocolate in France is always so rich and decedent. The eggs looks amazing too

  20. 18th May 2016 / 10:55 AM

    oh i do love little places like this and hot chocolate always is a winner for me

  21. Therese Docog
    18th May 2016 / 11:58 AM

    i love the interior! and im happy that you love their food and drinks <3

  22. Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️
    18th May 2016 / 12:48 PM

    Glad you liked the food – I will have to keep this place in mind if I visit Paris!

  23. 18th May 2016 / 2:08 PM

    I love the interior design! There is so much competition in Paris for this little cafes and I’m yet to find a bad one, they are all amazing!

  24. 18th May 2016 / 7:38 PM

    What a lovely place to enjoy a light brunch.

  25. Ickle Pickle
    18th May 2016 / 7:54 PM

    Oh this does look a lovely place – gosh the prices are a but steep though! I guess because I always have at least three children with me I have to budget more! The hot chocolate looks amazing to be fair! Kaz x

  26. Kacie
    18th May 2016 / 8:28 PM

    This looks like my kind of restaurant, it is strange that the first waiter wouldn’t let you sit down though – I’d find that quite rude!

  27. Harriet @ Toby&Roo
    18th May 2016 / 9:20 PM

    The hot chocolate sounds amazing but the service would have really annoyed me!

  28. 18th May 2016 / 9:43 PM

    Mmmm that hot chocolate looks delicious! Brunch in Paris, I am a little jealous!

  29. kmaryam
    19th May 2016 / 8:02 AM

    OK I lived not far away from that place and never liked it ! I liked their hot chocolate but their waiters are so cocky ! And it’s so pricey … I went once and never went back

  30. 19th May 2016 / 12:01 PM

    Looks delish, but pricey! I’d love to be able to visit that place one day.

  31. Bex Smith
    19th May 2016 / 4:33 PM

    Oh wow that hot chocolate looks divine! As for that Eggs Benedict, yum!

  32. Kira L Curtis
    19th May 2016 / 9:56 PM

    Looks like a lovely place to eat! Food looks yummy! Very stylish and bright inside! 😀

  33. Melanie Edjourian
    19th May 2016 / 10:27 PM

    The food looks really good and the hot chocolate sounds yummy although maybe overpriced.

  34. Jessica
    20th May 2016 / 6:27 AM

    Looks like a perfect place for brunch in a city full of offerings. Price is decent and food presentation is pleasing. A must try for brunch lovers!

  35. 20th May 2016 / 9:42 AM

    I didn’t like Paris when I went but whenever I see your posts, it makes me want to go back!

  36. Things Sarah Loves
    21st May 2016 / 11:17 AM

    Your pics are amazing! I’ve not visited Paris yet but I really want to go.

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