The 5 Best Brunches in the World

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Brunch is the unmissable meal. Brunch refreshes a body that played too much the night before, and nourishes a body to play today. Brunch is the epitome of the weekend, a meal that should take a long time and be savored, accompanied by coffee and cocktails, otherwise what’s a weekend for? Brunch is the opposite of a Hot Pocket at your desk, typing with one hand in order to meet your deadline. Brunch is anathema to stale bagels left over in the conference room. Brunch hates the packaged granola bars you stuff in your face in the morning on the subway. Brunch doesn’t rush and doesn’t count calories: brunch is luxury.

Brunch doesn’t rush and doesn’t count calories: brunch is luxury.

Brunch is celebrated all over the world, and a basic brunch can be had anywhere. But the best meals celebrate local flavors, local ingredients, and the highest standards of execution, served in a distinctive atmosphere. If you’re not going to take advantage of the great cities and great flavors of the world, then go ahead and squander your breakfast at Starbucks. Don’t demean brunch. Seek out the perfect meal at the perfect spot, and make it count.

 

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La Fiancee, Toulouse France

If you want to indulge in the best brunch in France, you’ll need to make a reservation. La Fiancee is a cafe that takes brunch very seriously. Celebrating the freshest ingredients prepared simply and served in an elegant, streamlined setting, this is a brunch to linger over, savoring every morsel.
The coffee is prepared with care and attention, and they make the best flat white in France. House-made pastries and desserts use the best local produce to be as appealing to the eye as they are to the appetite.
Due to their passion for the freshest ingredients, the prix fixe brunch menu changes weekly, but rest assured that no matter what’s on for today, you’ll be having an exceptional meal.

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Locanda Verde, New York USA

Locanda Verde is a TriBeCa hot spot, with an industrial edge and the best brunch in the city. With a menu described as “urban Italian”, chef Andrew Carmellini knows exactly how to start a weekend.
The house bloody mary is perfectly spiced, and the sheep’s milk ricotta with truffle honey and burnt orange toast provides enough intrigue and complexity to wake up your tastebuds. But the lemon ricotta pancakes with blueberries and meyer lemon curd are the dish that brings us back again and again.
No meal at Locanda Verde would be complete without a dessert from pastry chef Kierin Baldwin, and brunch is the perfect meal to indulge in a silky lemon tart.

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Elizabeth’s Restaurant New Orleans USA

Chef Bryon Peck insists that everything at Elizabeth‘s be made from scratch. This care and attention to detail have made brunch at Elizabeth’s an institution, full of New Orleans decadence.
In the homey décor, you can enjoy New Orleans classic cocktails like the Sazerac and the Sidecar, or get your blood flowing with a Pineapple Jalapeño Margarita. And then tuck in to the amazing local flavors of praline bacon or fried grit cakes with tasso gravy. Elizabeth’s duck waffles are a savory interpretation of the classic brunch dish, or cure your hangover with Chef Peck’s recommended shrimp and grits.

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Lily & Bloom, Hong Kong, China

Lily & Bloom boasts a stunning interior and serious food. The décor celebrates the turn of the 20th century; the birth of the modern city, heralded by train travel, cafes, and immigrant urban life. A more sophisticated interpretation of the “steampunk” aesthetic, Lily & Bloom has won awards for the exquisite design of the space.
But you won’t pay attention the travel trinkets, vintage-transport inspired seating, or elegant light fixtures until you have one of their legendary cocktails in your hand. Then your weekend begins, and you have time to lean back and notice the detail of your surroundings.
And then you’ll tuck into an omelette, available with exotic ingredients like bone marrow or truffles. Or chase your bloody mary with freshly shucked oysters and remember what the weekend is all about.

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Muj Salek Kavy, Prague, Czech Republic

The uninitiate may not know that Prague is a foodie paradise. Step off the beaten tourist path in any direction, and one is surrounded by a bewildering array of cafes, boasting the world’s cuisine executed with care and precision, in charming settings, for incredible prices. Muj Salek Kavy is located in the up-and-coming Karlin district, and has built their reputation on having the best coffee in the city.
The team at Muj Salek Kavy take coffee very seriously, and offer locally roasted, fairly traded craft coffees, brewed to perfection, as well as expertly prepared espresso drinks, house-made lemonade, and fresh-squeezed juices. Try the coffee flight for a sample of the day’s offerings, or make brunch memorable with the bulletproof shake, made with espresso, banana, coconut oil, and milk. Or begin the weekend with the hair of the dog, and sample some Czech microbrews with your meal.And when it comes time to eat, Muj Salek Kavy cooks with locally sourced eggs and meat, and make all their own pastries. They offer the traditional English breakfast, pancakes, omelettes, and everything your brunch requires. We love the house-made granola with yogurt, and the Czech-style selection of sausages with mustards and bread is a local favorite.

 

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