3 OF THE BEST BRUNCHES
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
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
CAFÉ MARLETTE, 9th
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