Craving for Claus
Famously, breakfast is not a big deal in France. A quick coffee at the counter of a café, for most French that's enough to start the day. They didn't know what they had been missing all the time until German-born Claus Estermann opened a tiny, two-level space close to Les Halles and dedicated to the first meal of the day. He simply called it "Claus".
Claus, the expat, missed the typical, often rich German Frühstück and decided, after a career in the fasion business, to provide for everybody what he was missing so much for himself: the full German choice, including Eier im Glas, two eggs in a glass. Jams come from Christine Ferber, a passionate cook of preserves Alsace, Claus' muesli is equally delicious, cakes and buiscits are just to die for. Who wants it salty and hearty goes for eggs and ham and cheese.
Thanks to Claus, the Parisians have come to know what a delicious moment breakfast can be. Many have already become addictetd to the hearty brakfast and won't miss it anymore. So, luckily, Claus has opened a second venue just across the street, a kind of epicerie, where his fans can buy most of his products to make a memorable breakfast of their own.
The good thing is: You can enjoy breakfast at Claus until quite late. The kitchen closes at 2 pm on usual week-days. So what about switching the order and starting with a short visit of the Louvre just around the corner and enjoying a copious breakfast after?
14, rue Jean-Jaques Rousseau
+33 1 42 33 55 10
Open Monday to Friday from 8 am until 5 pm, breakfast until 2 pm. On Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 am to 5 pm, breakfast until 3 pm.