Every Sunday, a happy mess of energy takes over the shelves of La Librairie, a French bistrot just behind la Rue de Passy. Round tables, books, and a sweet or savory brunch, both of which are decadentand satisfying, invite families to spend the morning.
With its leather booths, old chandeliers, quotations of Rimbaud on the walls and Eames chairs, La Librairie juxtaposes the old and the new, just as do the books on the shelves of their library : old classics alongside contemporary novels and travel guides, illustrated books for toddlers sit next to a massive collection of comics and La Bibliothèque verte. Many wonders to flick on or off the premises freely at home. Here you can contribute to the library by exchanging a book of your own for another.
For brunch, the bar transforms into a buffet of salads (beans, bulgur, gnocchi, pasta), marinated vegetables, mini-croque-monsieurs, smoked salmon, and cheese and meat plates. Our suggestions for a hot plate? The scrambled eggs with bacon- to die for ! Don’t forget to save room for something sweet for it will be difficult to refuse the excellent pain perdu served hot and drizzled with syrup.
Round tables and benches wedged against the library allow children to spread out with a book without disturbing their neighbors. Their plates are so decadent, it will feel like a holiday: homemade crumble, apple tart, pastries, pancakes, toasted brioche with nutella or speculoos spread… better not to visit Grand-Ma for tea on the same day.
…the friendly and relaxed atmosphere of a Sunday at La Librairie. Thanks to the buffet and the constant movement in the room, no one notices when the children are not in the right place. The only drawback: it is not possible to reserve a spot on Sundays. If you are a party of more than five, it is better to arrive early or to accept a small wait of around fifteen minutes and go and taste a dozen oysters just across the street.
- The Jardin du Ranelagh is the perfect spot after a big meal with its green spaces, play areas for all ages, and pony rides.
- A few steps from the park, go in the beautiful Musée Marmottan-Monet (free for children under 7 years), to discover the impressionist collection nestled in a former hunting lodge. (2, rue Louis Boilly, 75016 Paris)
- Le bar à huîtres Langousta, just across from La Librairie, with a heated terrace. (20, rue Singer, 75116 Paris )
2, rue Duban
+33 (0) 1 45 20 50 23
Prices & reservations
All-inclusive Sunday brunch : 28€.