Test Our Selection of This Summer’s Best Brunches

Imbued with the tranquility of summer, Sunday mornings now cover everything from indulgent meals to unique experiences. L'Occitane shares its three favorite places for a carefree brunch under the Provencal sun, to guarantee you don’t miss out on any of these special moments.
By Mélissa Darré

An Elevated Escape at the Rowing Club in Marseille

Feel like enjoying your lunch and whiling away the hours looking out to sea? Boasting a rooftop with spectacular views over the Old Port, the Rowing Club is also home to a tasty restaurant well known to local foodies. Within a maritime atmosphere, its owner Gilbert Bitton has made this open-air deck a convivial place cleverly combining colorful design with a good-natured atmosphere. And if during the week Christian Ernst’s Mediterranean cuisine delights all Marseille, on Sundays, regulars take to the terrace to savor a buffet brunch. Sweet and savory pies, a range of kebabs and fresh vegetables, waffles and pancakes make for a delicious medley of flavors.

An Elevated Escape at the Rowing Club in Marseille
© Rowing Club

Set menu, 29€
www.rowing-clubrestaurant.com

Back to Basics at Le Pain Quotidien in Aix-en-Provence

Nestled on the Place Richelme square, close to the Cours Mirabeau, Le Pain Quotidien is a must for lovers of organic bread and vegetarian recipes. Created by Alain Coumont in 1990, the proven concept is imbued with a timeless atmosphere. The popular address will take you back to childhood, with its wood communal tables and vintage plates. This authentic decor is punctuated with contemporary touches, like the freshly baked recipes that emerge from the kitchen. Simple and comforting organic dishes like open sandwiches made with fresh sourdough bread, boiled eggs, cold cuts and fresh fruit juices have pride of place here every Sunday. Not to mention the 100% vegan menu concocted for health enthusiasts committed to a tasty and balanced diet.

Back to Basics at Le Pain Quotidien in Aix-en-Provence
© Le Pain Quotidien

Three options from 22.50€ to 26.50€
www.lepainquotidien.fr

Take a Vintage Break at Emilie's Cookies in Nice

Are you ready to take a side trip to the USA in the heart of Old Nice? Designed in the style of a 50s American coffee shop, Emilie's Cookies aims to be the reference for fans of Made in the USA delicacies. Here you can enjoy a range of cheesecakes, sweet muffins, chocolate chip cookies, fresh smoothies or milkshakes, at one of the cute tables surrounded by sofas, or from the counter opposite the café’s happy crew. A world unto itself, whose atmosphere immediately charms, not to mention the delicious home-made pastries that won’t fail to win you over each day.

Take a Vintage Break at Emilie's Cookies in Nice
© Emilie’s Cookies

Two options from 11€ to 16€
www.emiliescookies.com

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