Are you tired of going to the same spot down the street for brunch? Why not try out international brunch spots with a flight that’s most likely cheaper than a GWR ticket, and maybe sightseeing afterwards?
Nothing too extreme. It’s just brunch.
When you’re looking to combine breakfast and lunch, having a change of scenery makes it much more enjoyable to start off your day. So, whether you’re into classic French, American, or Aussie-style cuisine, there’s definitely a brunch spot to expand your palette.
Here’s a handy definitive guide of brunch destinations across five European cities, through a heavenly sea of eggs Benedict, crepes, French toast, and many more, while we uncover the best international brunch spots and how to get there from airports based in the UK on a budget.
Paris brunch destinations
Looking for the best brunch in Paris?
If you happen to live around Bristol or London and want to make a quick stop in Paris, you can fly with easyJet or Vueling in the winter season for approximately £90 or less for a same-day return flight.
La Fontaine de Belleville
Once you’re in Paris, you can head on over to La Fontaine de Belleville. It’s a classic, old-world style Parisian cafe that offers patrons live jazz music on the weekends.
To restore this cafe to its former 1920’s era grandeur, the owners have lovingly outfitted the interior with expansive mirrors, enchanting ceilings, mesmerizing paintings, hand-painted tables, and rattan chairs.
This place is sustainably friendly as there’s an emphasis on using ethical, locally sourced, high-quality ingredients to create nothing but the finest of dishes – hence the high prices. Be expected to pay a minimum of 15 Euros for a full brunch meal.
Address: 31-33 Rue Juliette Dodu, 75010 Paris, France
Hours: Open daily from 8:00 am to 1:00 am, except Thursday through Saturday when they are open until 2:00 am.
Price: Around 9 Euros each for entrees.
Located in the 2nd Arrondissement, the LA-style eatery is known for having what many consider to be the best brunch in Paris.
An additional bonus, Echo have an amazing assortment of gluten and dairy-free options too, making this one of the best brunch places in Paris for anyone with a food allergy.
More than that though, the food is just wicked awesome and features entrees like scrambled eggs on freshly toasted brioche bread, multi-grain pancakes with fresh fruit, and so much more.
Chase it all down with a cappuccino or a Vietnamese coffee or even a mimosa and you’ll be all set!
Just do be aware that this place is not a secret and so you will most probably have to wait in line to get inside, especially on the weekend. As you are flying out from the UK and don’t have all the time in the world, you could always be super on top of it and book a table reservation in advance.
Address: 95 Rue d’Aboukir, 75002 Paris, France
Hours: Open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Sunday, and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday and Tuesday.
Price: Most dishes are around 13 Euros.
And after brunch, you can spare some time and have a peek at the Eiffel Tower.
Milan brunch destinations
Next on our list of international brunch spots, is Milan. If you’re based in the Midlands or south of the UK, you can fly from Manchester or London Gatwick to Milan for under £50, a same-day return flight.
The place is warm and cosy, somewhere between a French Bistrot and an American chain, and a variety of vegan and vegetarian options. It’s also very much like granny’s kitchen, you’ve got cakes of every kind and things being made right before you’re eyes.
The atmosphere is so relaxed and welcoming that you will forget the hustle and bustle of the city and finally feel at home.
Address: Via Turati, 30, Milano, Italy
Hours: Open 7:30 am to 12:00 am Tuesday through Sunday.
Price: Most dishes are around 9 Euros.
Deus ex Machina
The location is a real unicum in the city, with no signals, and a small entrance introduces to a horseshoe-shaped courtyard. It is a proper welcome to “Deus world”. Open every day, from breakfast until late at night, you have the opportunity to enjoy this place every time.
It is ideal if you work remotely and needed a complete geographical change over a slow breakfast or in the afternoon, for a snack made of smoothies and cakes; convenient for a cheap and everyday different lunch.
Address: Via Thaon Di Revel 3, 20159 Milano, Italy
Hours: Open 7:30 am to 11 pm Monday through Sunday.
Price: Most dishes are around 5 Euros.
Prague brunch destinations
In the mood to visit Prague, why not go there for brunch instead? You can fly from London Stansted or Luton for under £80. Here are two amazing brunch options while in Prague for a day.
Located just behind Letna Park, The Farm is the best place in this neighbourhood for a Brit looking for a savvy international brunch in the Czech. With ingredients sourced from local farms, your brunch is guaranteed to be fresh and tasty.
They have many options including variations of eggs benedict, porridge, French toast, and oat pancakes, you’ll want to try everything on the menu.
Anything on the menu can be prepared in a gluten-free or vegan version upon request. They also have an extensive menu of side dishes so you can customize your brunch however you see fit, served with free water.
Address: Korunovacni 17, Praha 7, Czech
Hours: Open 8:00 am to 10:30 pm Monday to Friday and 9:00 am to 10:30 pm Saturday and 9:00 am to 8:00 pm on Sunday.
Price: Most dishes are around 9 Euros.
The Tavern’s Weekend Brunchfest takes place Saturday and Sunday from 11 am until 4 pm along with everything that’s on their regular menu.
They’ve got your classic southern fried chicken, bacon and waffles, omelette platters, breakfast sandwiches, and more. At The Tavern, they offer a wide range of brunch cocktails such as Bloody Marys, Mimosas, Tequila Sunrises, and of course, coffee.
Address: Chopinova 26, Praha 2, Czech
Hours: Open 11:30 am to 10:00 pm Monday to Friday and 10:30 am to 10:00 pm Saturday and Sunday
Price: Most dishes are around 8.50 Euros.
Berlin brunch destinations
If you’re craving a beer in the morning, why not make the trip worth it and visit the German hipster capital, Berlin.
Flights to Berlin are quite cheap and you can fly from Manchester, London Luton, Gatwick or Stanstead for under £110. Here are two restaurants you can stop by during your day visit to the capital.
Located in the historically more prosperous West Berlin, Benedict is the opposite of the eclectic, some might say “gritty”—East Berlin breakfast outposts.
The chic and sophisticated brunch spot is all about style—both on and off the plate. Benedict is said to have the best breakfast in Berlin, and that might actually be true.
If you’re craving something savoury, the namesake eggs Benedict is an obvious excellent choice, and the shakshuka, currently trending around the city, is also fantastic. If you’re craving sweet, the white chocolate pancakes with espresso syrup are divine.
Address: Uhlandstr. 49 · 10719 Berlin, Germany
Hours: Open Daily 08:30 am to 05:30 pm
Price: Most dishes are around 12 Euros.
Geist im Glas
Like plenty of other bars and restaurants in the hip Kreuzkölln neighbourhood, Geist Im Glas features a raw aesthetic warmed by artful walls and mismatched vintage furniture.
For the food itself, there are many options, but the dulce de leche pancakes are something of a Berlin legend, with fluffy American-style buttermilk pancakes topped with dulce de leche and bourbon maple syrup.
Address: Lenaustr. 27 · 12047 Berlin, Germany
Hours: Open Monday to Wednesday 09:00 am to 2:00 pm, Thursday to Friday 09:00 am to 3:00 pm and Saturday to Sunday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Price: Most dishes are around 10 Euros.
Lisbon brunch destinations
If it’s ever cold and raining in the UK and you just need a moment of sunlight to brighten your day, you could easily visit the Portuguese capital of Lisbon which is just less than 3 hours away. Flights to Lisbon in winter are as low as £80.
Many locals, ex-pats and food travellers pack cafes throughout the city in order to satiate their brunch fix and we have two great options for you to visit.
Dear Breakfast offers a complete brunch menu that includes both coffee and a cocktail. If not, you can stop for a Pastel de Nata break in the afternoon. It is often recommended, to opt for Dear Breakfast’s à la carte menu, as you’ll have a wider breakfast arrangement.
Dear Breakfast has multiple restaurants in Lisbon. They typically break bread at the Alfama restaurant located at Largo de Santo António da Sé 16, 1100-499 Lisboa, Portugal.
Address: Calçada de São Francisco 35, 1200-411 Lisboa, Portugal
Hours: Open Daily 09:00 am to 4:00 pm
Price: Most dishes are around 20 Euros.
Instead of serving American-style pancakes, this cosy Bica spot serves dishes inspired by Scandinavia and Russia.
It’s also why trying dishes like Potato Pancakes is a must to get a feel of Scandinavian culture. Served with house-cured beet-cured salmon and herbaceous cream cheese, the jazzed-up Belarusian dish is a winner.
Flat Cafe also serves both vegetarian and gluten-free dishes. On the weekend, the cafe offers a multi-plate brunch combo which is a great deal that includes both orange juice and excellent coffee.
Address: Tv. do Cabral 36, 1200-075 Lisboa, Portugal
Hours: Open Daily 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Price: Most dishes are around 11 Euros.
What are your favourite brunch spots in these cities – or in other short-haul destinations? Comment below!