My wife and I are staying at the Marriott on the Champs-Elysees for 5 nights (using points) for our 40th anniversary. While we are looking forward to sampling French food of all types there are times when we just want an American style breakfast - pancakes, omlettes, sausage, bacon, etc. Are there any restaurants like this near the Marriott?
I have a feeling you're going to get crucified for even suggesting this. ;) I have a feeling that you will get answers such as "If you want those types of breakfasts, go to your local Waffle House." or "Why are you going to France if you're not willing to immerse yourself in the culture?" or "That's SO typical of an ugly American."
I personally could care less, but I think you'll find that you've offended some peoples' sensibilities just for asking.... Good luck! Hope you get out of here alive!
I don't think you'll get nailed. Goodness, you didn't say you wanted to do this every morning, but as you say, there are some days that just call for a good fry up as the British would say. This was amazingly easy. I googled Paris France American Breakfast and check out this link. http://www.breakfast-in-america.com/main/index.php I think you'll find all you need right near the Sorbonne. I was studying in Germany when they opened the McDonalds on the Champs Elysee. I think half of our group had to go get a Big Mac. One Big Mac does not an ugly American make. ; ) Pam
You'll probably find just what you are looking for right at the Marriott. They probably have a huge breakfast buffett with all kinds of international breakfast favorites.
There are 2 diners called "Breakfast in America" in Paris. One is located on the left bank- I believe near the Sorbonne- and the other is on the right bank near the Bastille/ Marais district.
Hi Russ, I don't know about all the foods you described, but I find many hotels are now adding items to the breakfast menu that would be considered "American".. cereals( forsted flakes as well as muesli types) , eggs( often boiled) ,, and in some places omelettes. Have you contacted your hotel and asked what their breakfast includes?? The Marriot being a big American chain may offer more then the traditional French breakfast..
Nancy is correct. The big chain hotels like Marriott that cater to American tourists offer what Am tourist want -- American style foods especially breakfast. Once we were in a Hilton and there was little difference between what they offered in New York and what was offered in Paris -- except that the rolls and coffee were considerably better. Everyone have their preferences. Does anyone remember the poster a year or so ago that recommended bring instant coffee with you so that you could have a good cup of coffee in the morning?
Wow. That "Breakfast in America" place looks great. Definitely on my hit list next time I'm in Paris. After almost 6 years here in Europe, the thought of an American diner makes my mouth water. I fondly recall the great truck-stop diners I encountered driving across the midwest many moons ago. A great American institution. I love everything about Europe, but this taste of home sounds tempting.
Okay....this has absolutely nothing to do with the subject...but...does anyone know what state in the U.S. has the most number of diners?
But Atlanta has the most Waffle Houses!
I think you might see it referred to as a full English breakfast. Not so much the pancakes but bacon, eggs and sausage are included in English breakfast menus but not in Continental breakfasts.
I haven't stayed at the Marriott but other places often have two buffet sides. If you pick the Continental, you choose from breads, cereals, yogurts and fruits. If you choose full English breakfast you can choose from the Continental side plus the good stuff (IMO) on the other buffet. English bacon is the best!
Since breakfasts are often included with your hotel, they usually mean Continental and you pay a surcharge for the English breakfast side.
I failed to note in my posting that the Marriott has a full buffet breakfast which costs at leats 30 Euro per person. I have travelled internationally in Europe and Asia staying in Marriotts and Hyatts and have never seen a breakfast so expensive. My goal was to save a little money by not eating at the Marriott every day and get "get a little taste of home" a couple of mornings.
One of my favorite things about traveling to Europe is to have the non-American meals!
Yes, yes, Breakfast in America! We stayed at a hotel across the street from the one in the Marais a few years ago near the end of our trip, and it was a godsend. Nothing wrong with croissants and double espressos, but after three weeks we were craving a cup o Joe and an American style breakfast, and this place hit the spot!
The only way I would pay 30E for a breakfast buffet in Paris would be at the top of the Eiffel Tower! I do not know of any $40 breakfast buffets in all of Hawaii. GO OUT
If you check the link that I included in my first post you'll find a menu...eggs and bacon 7.95 euros. Pam
The price of American breakfasts at big hotels in Europe is usually ridiculously expensive, but I think you are right that 30 EUR is the worst!
Fancy hotels are known for their high food prices pretty much everywhere, however. Here is San Francisco you will probably pay about $25 for breakfast at a hotel such as the Omni. And, try high tea at the Garden Court of the Palace on a Sunday afternoon -- $40!
Well, usually I'm also quite opinionated and tell people to eat what the locals are eating. That's why you travel and don't stay home.
However, breakfast is different for many people. For me, no matter where I am, I try to get my yoghurt and muesli. It's what keeps me healthy and energized while travelling even with jetlag or weary feet.
I remember being at an AI hotel in the Dominican Republic with huge buffets for every meal and a very international clientele. At breakfast time I only had to look at what was on the plate and I could tell you what nationality the tourist was. The French had simply white bread and jam which they were dipping into their coffee, the Germans for sure had some cold cut and cheese with their darker breads, the Americans went for sausages and eggs. Very klischee but true. At dinner time it was impossible to tell as everybody tried everything.
For 30 Euros, I'm sure it includes everything. You will be better off finding other options.
I probably would follow the locals rather than look for an American style breakfast. Either way, 30 Euros goes a long way at breakfast.
You can definitely find what you want for under 30 Euro elsewhere. Unless it was being expensed for work, I wouldn't eat breakfast at any Marriott in the U.S. because hotel food is always overpriced. In this case, it's ridiculously overpriced as I stayed at an Ibis hotel in Paris and they charged 12 Euro for a breakfast buffett (which included many of the foods you want except for American-style bacon - they had what we consider Canadian bacon). I thought that was too expensive and skipped it.
Most days I stopped at the local bakery for pain au chocolat. If I was really hungry, I found a creperie with a takeaway window and got a crepe filled with scrambled eggs, ham and cheese - always spent no more than 5 Euro.
I call that a heart attack on a plate. Pretend you are at a health farm and have a croissant and a coffee, or just stay in bed until 13:00 and then have lunch. If you shove everything back eight hours, you can wear sunglasses and call the French breakfast a midnight snack. :-)
On Rue Rick Steves, er, Rue Cler, there is a cafe that serves omelettes. I can't remember if it has bacon and sausage. Pretty sure no pancakes.
Most cafes in France serve omelettes; for LUNCH!
Russ: I can't speak for the area of the CE Marriot, but on last year's trip we went every morning to a small cafe in the 7th which served both continental (5Euros) and American (7Euros) breakfasts; the latter was bacon, eggs, toast, coffee. They had a board out front in the morning advertising both and I saw similar adverts when walking around in the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th.
Keep your eyes peeled the first few mornings and I suspect you'll find one to suit.
there is a big ole macdonald's on the champs now (especially when you just want that cuppa joe NOW!)
since it's your anniversary, consider the ultimate 'chick place' for breakfast/lunch more a la francais is right near you on the champs called Lauduree. You will need a reservation. it is worth every penny. tres tres speciale! close your eyes when you eat a crepe and pretend it's a pancake! :)
My husband loved that American breakfast place. It was right beside our hotel (Sevigne) in the Marais. I would have my croissant and orange juice at another place and meet him at the diner as they had bottomless coffee!
Russ - Try www.breakfast-in-america.com/main