Diane, A Broad
February 11, 2013

A Girly Brunch: Café Charlot and Jacques Genin


One snowy Sunday, I met up with wonderful Jackie for a cozy, girly brunch.



Café Charlot is on a bustling corner in the NoMa, full of very chic people desperate to get their sunday œufs brouillés and cafés. Pretty interior, decent brunch food, gruff waiters. It’s the full Parisian experience.



Café Charlot
38 Rue de Bretagne, 75003 (Filles du Calvaire)
01 44 54 03 30


Realizing that we were not but five-minutes’ walk from Jacques Genin’s famed salon, we shuffled through the snow to warm our souls with chocolat chaud and mille-feuille. Oh, and caramels. Oh my god, those caramels.


La Chocolaterie de Jacques Genin
133 Rue de Turenne, 75003 (Filles du Calvaire)
01 45 77 29 01

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  • http://moveeatcreate.wordpress.com moveeatcreate

    Those caramels look absolutely heavenly! What a wonderful day!

  • http://rbjello.wordpress.com rbjello

    Love the photo of Café Charlot in the snow! So gorgeous. What a wonderful Sunday that was. :)

  • Ken Handel

    I’m fascinated by your use of the neighborhood abbreviation, NoMa. Is this anglicism? Or do the French use the expression? I come from New York City, which I believe originated the neighborhood initials craze with Soho (which stands for South of Houston Street).

    • http://dianeabroad.com Diane, A Broad

      I’ve never heard a French person use it, but I find the abbreviation (for “Northern Marais”) useful. I’m also just kind of used to that variety of neighborhood abbreviation — after all, in LA we have WeHo and SaMo.

      • http://feeltheairinparis.wordpress.com Feel the air in Paris

        Indeed, we are not used to these kinds of abbreviation yet as a few years ago, most of the hip places where located in the same districts.
        There is one very famous though: SoPi for South Pigalle – and the neighborhood is amazing!

  • http://tableofcolors.wordpress.com tableofcolors

    Your post was enjoyable to read and the photos are lovely!

  • http://dianeabroad.com Diane, A Broad

    They were possibly the best caramels I’ve ever had. Oh man. Now I want to go get more.

  • http://dianeabroad.com Diane, A Broad

    Thanks! Good company makes a good day, you know. :)

  • http://dianeabroad.com Diane, A Broad

    Thanks for visiting!