Claus is a restaurant completely and solely dedicated to the art of breakfast which is rather unusual in Paris where breakfast is not really seen as a meal in itself. The usual Parisian breakfast consists of coffee, sweet pastries like pain au chocolate, flaky croissants, baguette and some condiments. It was therefore rather exciting to stumble upon a place that values the first meal of the day as much as I do – that said I also enjoy the combination of café au lait and a buttery croissant but if I have the option to make a meal out of it I will certainly go for it! We stayed in a beautiful Parisian apartment just around the corner from Claus which came as a recommendation of the hosts and is referred to as the ‘haute-couture breakfast specialist’ in the lonely planet and is also listed in the Guardian’s top ten breakfast places in Paris.
When we arrived at Claus it was still closed to the public but through its open door I could already see the beautiful assortment of pastries on display. I had been up since sunrise that morning to take pictures of the nearby Louvre and was ready to start the day with a hearty breakfast! We went for a stroll around the upscale neighbourhood and were the first breakfast guest to enter when we came back.
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We were immediately greeted with a gorgeous smell of fresh croissants and pastries, beautifully presented close to the main entrance.
Claus is a charming little place that offers seating upstairs as well as downstairs with two window tables, one of which we chose. The restaurant filled up rather quickly with a queue slowly forming outside our street facing window.
Claus offers themed set menus as well as a la carte options like yoghurt and granola which was my husband’s choice together with a selection of breads and pastries. He enjoys breakfast but does not share my over enthusiastic love for it – I could have breakfast three times a day and be completely happy.
My first choice of the set menu options would have been Le Jean-Jacques Rousseau with included poached eggs, pea mousse and speck chips. Unfortunately that option was not ready at the time which was rather disappointing. My second choice was Le Rive-Gauche which included a hot drink, freshly squeezed juice, a section of breads, nuts-cinnamon brioche with butter and 2 organic jams, Roesti with smoked salmon, organic poached egg and salad plus a raspberry crumble with pistachio ice cream. It was a fantastic menu which successfully combined hot, cold, savoury and sweet components all with the highest quality ingredients.
What made breakfast at Claus extra special was the additional dessert (raspberry crumble with pistachio ice cream) – who could say no to dessert for breakfast 🙂 Breakfast at Claus is not a cheap affair but if you love breakfast as much as I do it is totally worth it!
By the time we left the queue outside was still growing which made me appreciated the perks of being an early bird.
Claus – La Table du Petit-Déjeuner, 14 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001 Paris, France, Open daily 8am-5pm and weekends from 9:30 to 5 pm.