The Canal Saint-Martin is a highly recommended neighbourhood to visit. Especially in summer when the sun is shining and you can walk along the canal: It almost feels like walking in Amsterdam! More and more great spots open here, which makes the area attractive to spend some time. Even more so since the charming café Holybelly opened its doors last October.

Holybelly is serving breakfast, lunch and great coffee and is a perfect example of a place which you don’t accidently pass by but really have to know to find it. Founded by barista Nico and chef Sarah, a Parisian couple who lived in Melbourne for three years. Their philosophy for Holybelly is straightforward: Good food, good coffee and good service in a consistent fashion.

The interior is bright and fresh with a lot of wood and white-painted booths. The place is always bustling so come early for a nice breakfast for a kick start of your day. Otherwise you might need to wait for a table as Holybelly is ever so popular with the local crowd. There aren’t that many good breakfast places in Paris, so we can fully understand the popularity of this joint. Luckily, we didn’t have any problem getting a table and we could take a place at the large shared family table in the back, where we could perfectly overlook the Parisians coming in for a great coffee.

Holybelly serves honest food such as home made granola, pain des amis from our favorite bakery Du Pain et des Idées, healthy kale salads, and of course eggs in many forms: sunny side up, poached or cooked, served with bacon, hashbrowns or fromage de Brebis. During the weekends there is a changing lunch menu which is also really delicious and recommendable.

And did we already mention they have a Monster Bash pinball in the back? Go try your luck and beat the highscore!

Quinty and Yore

19 Rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010
Open:Thursday to Monday, 09:00-18:00, weekends 10:00-18:00
Metro: Line 5 to Jacques Bonsergent (near Republique)

Photo credit: Holybelly


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