Party Earth Review In a neighborhood not lacking for LGBT bars, Stuart Friendly is a popular brunch spot, coffee shop, and tea house that’s also the self-proclaimed “premiere hetero-friendly restaurant in Paris.” Serving a mélange of organic... ... read full review
16 Rue Marie Stuart
3: Sentier; 4: Étienne Marcel, Les Halles; A, B, D: Les Halles
01 42 33 24 00
Tu–Sa noon–3:30pm and 7pm–1am, Su noon–3:30pm
Kitchen closes around 10pm
Les Halles / Rivoli - 1er / 2eme, Paris –
In a neighborhood not lacking for LGBT bars, Stuart Friendly is a popular brunch spot, coffee shop, and tea house that’s also the self-proclaimed “premiere hetero-friendly restaurant in Paris.”
Serving a mélange of organic teas and wines alongside the chef’s seasonal specialties, the venue invites people of all ages, nationalities, and sexual orientations to gather and get friendly over a fusion of French, Italian, and North American fare.
The menu changes seasonally, but usually includes lots of vegetarian and fish dishes, egg plates, beef tartare, and homemade desserts to go with the standard croissants and pastries.
A typical Sunday brunch attracts young French families, fully equipped with their strollers, toys, and restless toddlers, as well as bubbling high school students and bespectacled older professionals scanning the morning paper.
A simple décor of spare wood paneling, mod-clear plastic chairs, and stone walls keeps the focus on conversation, interrupted only by the pair of flat-screens that alternate between foreign films, nature documentaries, and French music videos.
Tourists and expats are also drawn to the open, welcoming atmosphere that’s busy but laid back all week, especially since the bilingual owners are just as eager to help patrons practice French as they are to speak in English.
Warm, intimate, and as diverse in its menu as it is in its clientele, Stuart Friendly is a perfect spot for a Sunday brunch or a low-key evening among friends.
Diverse mix of gay and straight students, casual tourists, area professionals, expats, and families. All ages.
Pair of flat-screens tuned to foreign films, nature documentaries, and/or French music videos.
Rack of mostly French magazines intended for a gay readership, although some publications are general interest magazines in English, German, and Italian.
Ambient playlist meanders from jazz and electronic to opera and classical, depending on the owners’ mood and the nature of the clientele.
Seasonal and often-changed menu of European fare, including bagels served with cold cuts, a typical French rum steak seasoned with a peanut sauce and served with mashed potatoes, and traditional croissants and pastries.
Appetizers €8–€11, soups/salads €7–€15, sandwiches €12, entrées €8–€21, prix fixe menu (appetizer + entrée or entrée + dessert) €13.50–€16/lunch or €24/dinner, prix fixe menu “trio” (appetizer + entrées + dessert) €29.50/dinner only.
Beer €3–€6, wine €3.50–€5.50+/glass or €21–€33+/bottle, cocktails €8–€9.
Nice casual: nice jeans, t-shirts, sweaters, sneakers, blouses, boots.
Saturdays and Sundays to get in on the especially popular brunch, or Friday and Saturday nights for a nice low-key dinner before hitting the area bars and clubs.
Drôle d'Endroit Pour Une Rencontre, commonly known as DEPUR (58 rue Montorgueil), is a quirky French spin on the New York diner that offers a pair of daily Happy Hours.