With Mother’s Day fast approaching, we can’t help but think about brunch. Yes, you read that right—the day on which we’re supposed to honor the women who birthed and raised us mostly just makes us think about food. So sue us! And since one of our editors just learned the advantages of traveling abroad with her own mom, we thought we’d research the best brunch spots in the world in order to plan next year’s Mother’s Day a bit better than we did this go-round. (Or, at the very least, fantasize about a life in which we’re able to whisk our moms away to Italy for the sake of a good meal.) To aid us in this endeavor, we asked our newest French friend, LA-based food critic Victoire Louapre, for a list of the best of the best. Here, her five picks.
Why: Nestled in probably the best food city in Europe, this spot was serving avocado toast before it was a thing, matcha before it was an Instagram trend and hard-boiled eggs before hipsters existed.
Why: The owners of Il Santo Bevitore and Il Santino (aka the best restaurant and wine bar in Florence) have revamped a 150-year-old bakery where you'll find amazing coffee as well as bread, tartlets, pastries, panini, pizza, bruschetta and even granola.