Start the week­end on a high with a tasty and fill­ing meal to set you up for an ex­plo­ration of the French cap­i­tal’s trendi­est dis­tricts

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It is easy to spot Holybelly by the long queue of cus­tomers, ea­gerly wait­ing to en­ter the crammed restau­rant not far from Place de la République (there are only 49 seats and they don’t take reser­va­tions).

Young cou­ple Nico Alary and Sarah Mou­chot opened Holybelly in Oc­to­ber 2013 and it has been so suc­cess­ful that they are launch­ing an­other, big­ger restau­rant just along the street. Fol­low­ing their motto ‘it’s good be­cause we care’, Holybelly serves home-made food with fresh prod­ucts and is famed for its cof­fee sourced from Belleville Brû­lerie.

The break­fast menu of­fers sweet op­tions in­clud­ing a stack of pan­cakes or black rice por­ridge but you can also go for their ‘eggs and sides’ where you get two eggs, done any way you like, and two side or­ders of your choice (€13.50). holy­bel.ly

LA CRÊPERIE D’ALIZÉE, 5th ar­rondisse­ment

There are break­fast pan­cakes and then there are Bre­ton break­fast pan­cakes, and this lit­tle crêperie in the Latin Quar­ter is here to bring you the real deal. Serv­ing au­then­tic recipes from Brittany us­ing or­ganic prod­ucts – es­pe­cially the flour – La Crêperie d’alizée is a stylish yet un­pre­ten­tious restau­rant set in a tiny but cosy din­ing room.

The gourmet brunch menu (€20) in­cludes crispy savoury buck­wheat galettes topped with eggs and ba­con, ham or sal­mon; thick sweet crêpes which you can coat in jams, home-made caramel or choco­late; fresh fruit and even a small cheese plat­ter. When the sun comes out, a few ta­bles and chairs are set on the pave­ment, so you can peo­ple-watch as the district wakes up at the week­end. Tel: (Fr) 1 85 15 27 21 al­izeecreperie.com


Lo­cated on Rue des Mar­tyrs, a typ­i­cal old Parisian street lined with cafés, lively bars and tra­di­tional shops, Café Marlette has a slightly hip­ster feel to it but is no less warm and wel­com­ing. The ex­posed stone walls, clear wooden ta­bles and the smell of bak­ing that wafts from the kitchen give it a de­light­ful homely feel.

Marlette is orig­i­nally a brand of or­ganic bread and cake mix­tures, which you can buy on-site af­ter you have sam­pled their most pop­u­lar recipes. You can tuck into de­li­ciously rich cakes and breads, crunchy hon­eyed muesli or hot scones which re­ally hit the spot, but if you’re re­ally fam­ished, go for the savoury tartines on crunchy bread or the boiled eggs with sea­sonal veg­eta­bles, ham and cheese.

They have two brunch menus, Marlette and Ré­tais, both at €24.90. Ex­pect queues on week­end morn­ings as they don’t take reser­va­tions. Tel: (Fr) 1 48 74 89 73 cafe­mar­lette.fr

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