First Sunday Brunch in Rouen

In the name of being a truly committed food traveler, my weekend restaurant / tea shops / brunches plans are almost booked at least until mid March. Believe me, it’s not that easy as you need to start making plans, reservation, and most important is having a rubber tummy. I even ended up canceling my Sunday outing in the afternoon, as I could barely move after having the brunch. Well, it’s kinda my fault, may be I shouldn’t have heavy dinner the night before, knowing that I would have brunch in the next morning. Wondering what I had at my first Sunday brunch? Here’s the story..

So, I booked it at this local cafe, le Déli Cat (click on best address for foodies – part 2 for more stories about this address).

This cat is Picasso, she likes butter.

It is good to note that most of the time, you need to make reservation for brunch, as you need at least 2 hours to be served. I went there around 11 am, and of course without having any prior breakfast at home.

Price of brunch : 20€ / person

This is what I got:

Tartines (breads) with butter and choice of jams.

You can ask for refill if you want too.

Hot and cold drinks

You can ask refill or try different hot drink as much as you like. Hot drink choices : hot chocolate, coffee, latte, cappuccino and teas.

Cold drink served once. You can have homemade vitamins juices.

Fruit salads

Served with raspberry sauce and crumble of spéculos.

Tartine of salmon and avocado, served with scrambled eggs

If you don’t like salmon and avocado, you can have tartine with ham and vegetables. Or if you don’t like both of them, you might ask customs meal.

Panna cota for dessert

You can have a classic panna cota with raspberry sauce, or if you don’t like it as I do. You can ask them to replace it with dark chocolate syrup.

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Rouen – Best address for foodies (part 2)

Hello, here I come again with the best address for foodies in the city where I live, Rouen. At least once a week, I have tried to pemper my self not to cook and enjoy the local food. To be honest it is also a previlege to live in France, where food is very important to the people. And, I am quite lucky living in Rouen, which lots of choices of food, not only in a restaurant, but also food market and even their franchise fast food tastes much better than it is in Indonesia.

First. Restaurant Philippe

It has been third time I came to this restaurant, and believe me you, I’ve never had the same menu each time. What I mean by menu is the restaurant always have different choices in everything every season, even the desserts. So, I can’t give you any recommendation of which food to try, as they basically have different one everytime. But, no worries, I can assure you that I’d never dissapointed and always came home with a happy tummy. It’s better to have reservation if you are a late evening eater. I came there around 7 pm, and they let me in without any reservation.

The address:  4 Rue aux Ours, 76000 Rouen Ph. +332 35 71 36 10

Open for lunch during weekdays
Open for lunch and dinner on Friday - Saturday

Second. Noodle Shop

I accidentally passed by this Noodle Shop to get to the parking lot after having dinner in the other noodle restaurant nearby. So, I have had a look on their menu on the street, and it looked really interesting. They offer different kind of noodle than the other chinese noodle restaurant nearby. You can have not only japanese noodle (such as: ramen and yakisoba), chinesse noodle, chicken teriyaki, and korean burger (bao). Well, if you have the chance to come here, I would recommend you to try their Yakisoba.

The address: 172 Rue Eau de Robec, 76000 Rouen 
Ph. +332 32 83 09 14

Open for lunch and dinner from Tuesday - Saturday

Third. Le Deli cat

This one is quite particular. I believe you’ve heard about cafe in Paris for cats lover. So, we also have one in Rouen, it’s a small brunch / tea-shop where you can meet lots of adopted cats arround playing in their cat playground while you’re having brunch or having a tea time in the afternoon. I am personally not a cat person, but if you’re in first date or something, I would imagine this one is the best place to go to. I’m sure with having cats arround would make you feel less nervous and start making silly conversation.

I went there on Saturday arround 10/11 in the morning, so I’ve order a menu for only 15€ with orange juice/ hot drink/cold / salmon cake and salads / a very good dessert from the best patissery in town “Christophe Cressent” (Meilleur ouvrier de France). The salmon cake and salads are really good, it was homemade cook. The owner is also really nice and humble.

The address: 70 Rue Cauchoise, 76000 Rouen Ph. +332 35 03 89 57

Website: https://ledelicat.business.site/

Fourth. Pizza Drugstore

Unless I found another better pizza in town, Pizza Drugstore is so far the best place where you can eat the best pizza in Rouen. The place itself quite unique, the restaurant was an old wine cave. So, please note that you can’t have any connection downstairs, it means you will concentrate enjoying your food and having discussion. Unlike another pizza place, where you can order via Deliveroo or Ubereats, you can’t get their pizza unless you go in there. Make sure you have your reservation or go there to have early dinner. The perks of having pizza here is that you can have half pizza and half salads, so at the end you will have more space in your tummy to taste their tiramisu.

The address:  2 Rue Beauvoisine, 76000 Rouen Ph. +339 82 33 43 18

Website: https://www.pizzeriadrugstore.fr/

Fifth. Gill côté Bistro

This one is quite chic bistro situated in the tourist area “place du vieux marché” owned by Gilles Tournadre. He has several restaurants in Rouen, one of them is 2 stars Michelin located near the River Seine. You will absolutely enjoy good dining or lunch with more likely reasonable price. The staff are friendly and they will let you have a seat even without reservation as long as they still have place available.

Here’s some quote in French from Michelin inspector about this bistro..


Sur la place du Vieux-Marché, le “côté bistro” du restaurant gastronomique de Gilles Tournadre. Tête de veau sauce gribiche, andouillette de campagne pur porc, saucisson chaud aux pistaches, ou encore côte de cochon, jus corsé, purée de pomme de terre à l’ail et aux herbes… Les produits frais sont à l’honneur. L’assurance de plaisirs francs et sincères ! – Les inspecteurs du guide MICHELIN

Address: 14 Place du Vieux Marché, 76000 Rouen 
Ph. +332 35 89 88 72

Rouen – best address for foodies

Living here for almost 2 years now, I think I need to share you my favorite places to eat in Rouen, all the places mentioned below were tested personally:

Poppy’s Fish & Chips 21 Rue Cauchoise, 76000 Rouen

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This takeaway restaurant just opened in 2017, and they serve authentic english fish & chips with mashy peas and tartare sauce. Apparently the owner had spent couple years in England and worked at the English pub, I think that’s the reason why they know how to cook a proper fish & chips. If you don’t really like fishes, they also have fried chicken & chips, and it tastes amazing.

Le Comptoir des Halles – Place du Vieux Marché, 76000 Rouen

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This place is one of my favorite place to eat fresh oyster without going to a fancy restaurant. We also call the place “bar a huitres”, which literally means “oyster bar”. It is located inside the Vieux Marché, so it is very easy to find. I used to come here after rush hour, so the place was less busy and I can enjoy my oyster and a glass of white wine quitely.

Despite having seafood platter, you can also have lunch there, they have different kind of fish / seafood hot dishes, it all depends on what available on the season.

Hot dog Corner Rouen – 8 rue Croix Verte, 76000 Rouen

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Funny things, I found this hot dog shop by mistake when I was at Kebab shop nearby. My favorite menu is the classic American with mustard and fried shallots. What make the hot dog tastes amazing is because the owner makes the bun by herself. Not only the hot dog, you need to taste their milkshakes.  You can decide whether to eat your hot dog on the spot, in the restaurant, or take your menu home with you.

Ho Lamian – 243 Rue Eau de Robec, 76000 Rouen

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If you want to eat homemade hand-drown chinesse noodles, this is the best place in town. Price is affordable for a good quality.

Le Pied de Poule – 16 Rue Victor Hugo, 76000 Rouen

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It is not very well located but finally I found not very fancy french restaurant in Rouen. Don’t be surprise if it looks pretty quite from the outside, I think it is simply because it is not located in popular area in Rouen. Yet, the food was delicious, the price was affordable, the decoration is also fine. I ordered the foie gras for starter, then mussels and chips for maincourse.

What I love about Rouen

I’ve been moving to different cities across France – from the south to the north, and now I’m currently stuck in the capital city of Normandy, Rouen. It’s been more than two years living in Normandy, but I’ve never written about Rouen. I usually visit the town on Saturday and when it was not raining. My first year living in Normandy was pretty hard, you rarely had friends visit because Normandy always sounds gloomy and sad, so no one is really interesting to visit this city unless they have reason to go to. But, after more than two years, I’m getting used to love everything about this city. At the end, it’s just a matter of time and how you see and enjoy new things differently.

La Cathedral des Notre Dame
La Cathedral de Notre Dame

  1. It seriously rains a lot – it rains on 4 days in 7 days period, mostly during the weekend. It sounds sad, I know, but if you’re a true Norman, the rains won’t bother you to go out.
  2. You will bring your big-strong umbrella anywhere you go, just in case it’s raining in beautiful sunny day – Say good bye to your small-compact umbrella, it won’t work in Normandy.
  3. You just spent 650 €/month for a big two bedrooms apartment with nice view of the River Seine – I don’t think you will have this good deal in Paris. When I lived in Marseille, I only can afford one small bedroom with 500 €/month.
  4. You can eat proper food in French restaurant with affordable price – I always love eating good food. I rarely had that when I was in the South or even in Lille. Sometimes the price is not affordable, but in Normandy, 5/7 random restaurant I had visited,  mostly have best value for money.
  5. You can have home made foie gras everyday – This time I’m a little bit exaggerating, but you can indeed eat foie gras every season, even in French brasseries. By the way, foie gras is not a paté. Price is from 8 € to 15 € for two slices of foie gras, toast, and salad.
  6. You’re not going to wear your heals when you walk in the town centre – unless you have someone to hold on to. Some streets in city centre are made from cobblestone, and even it’s not raining, it’s pretty slippery.

    Rue des Gros Horloge
    Rue des Gros Horloge
  7. The oldest restaurant in France is in Rouen – Even though I have never had an occasion to go there, but I’m pretty proud to say that Rouen has the oldest restaurant in France. 

    Restaurant la Couronne
    Restaurant la Couronne
  8. Town centre always packed on sunny Saturday – It’s like everyone from the suburbs and surrounded cities, also the tourists are going to the same place – you cannot walk peacefully, you definitely cannot ride your bike, no tranquil window shopping, restaurant are packed and impossible to take picture without having people at the background. It kindly reminds me of walking in Champs Elysée, Paris.
  9. Lots of tea-shop, bars and brunch cafeteria in walking distance – from the vintage, classic to modern style. So, when it’s raining, you can just jump in and stay warm.  

    French bar
    Classic French bar
  10.  You’re not very far from anything – from the beaches, Paris, airports, Calais, Deauville and Giverny (Jardin de Monet). Long story short, you will always have a reason to go out.