Season, Paris

I moved to Paris back at the end of July.

Anyone who knows France will know that when it comes to August, everywhere closes its doors and the patrons head down to the south for sun and sand.

For my first few weeks in the French capital I was living alone, which is pretty miserable when you're working full time and have few other distractions.

My solution? Find somewhere that's open for brunch and cheer myself up.

This is how I discovered Season.

This all-day brunch hotspot sits in the centre of Temple and is a much-frequented haunt for citizens of the 3rd and beyond.

I'd say it's best described as a fresh and healthy take on your classic brunch menu.

I think it would do very well in London, but for now there's just one to be found.

After having a lonely but cathartic breakfast for one back in August, I decided to bring my sister and friend back for round two when they came to visit.

We ordered three OJs while we pondered over the menu. 

First arrived the sweet option: light and fluffy pancakes with uber-crispy bacon, pecans and orange blossom cream.

Almost perfect, but the addition of orange blossom cream feels like someone has dropped washing up liquid on your dish.

Just a bit odd. If I were you, I'd ask for them without the cream.

A more conservative but no less delicious classic: smoked salmon and avo on toast with poached eggs.

And for me, the shakshuka.

A piping hot skillet filled to the brim with potatoes, peppers, spices, and merguez sausage, left to simmer before the last-minute addition of an egg, at which point it gets popped into the oven to do its thing.

Served with sesame seeds and a basket of bread to mop up the excess.

If I had to pick a fault, the potatoes were a bit undercooked, but I was hungry and wasn't going to moan about double carbs for breakfast.

Season is a go-to venue for hungry Parisians on weekends and I understand why.

Aside from a couple of tweaks that would make things perfect, the food is delicious and it won't break the bank. There are plenty of options to choose from and there are lots of dishes suitable for the more health-conscious (plus they use gluten-free bread in most of their offerings, if that suits you.)

As is the case with everywhere in Paris, the drinks are expensive, but the food is very reasonable considering the hearty portions.

Go early on a weekend (we were once told there was an hour and a half wait on a Saturday lunchtime), or in the afternoon if you prefer breakfast for an early dinner. They're even open until 1am Monday to Saturday if you have a midnight craving for pancakes...

Open everyday 8:30am-1am, except Sunday (8:30am-7pm). No bookings, but website here.