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France - - CONTENTS - Steve Mather

Such is the pop­u­lar­ity of Holy­belly and its wares that what­ever time of the day you choose to visit, you’re likely to be greeted by a lively and jovial en­vi­ron­ment.

Serv­ing all man­ner of de­lights for the brunch crowd, this café has built up a hugely loyal fan­base of lo­cal reg­u­lars, but also at­tracts vis­i­tors from dif­fer­ent parts of Paris as well as a large num­ber of tourists, ea­ger to wash down their food with a fine cup of cof­fee.

The con­stantly chang­ing menu has plenty of op­tions such as sweet and savoury stacks of pan­cakes, home-made gra­nola, bread from a lo­cal bak­ery and the mouth-wa­ter­ing black rice por­ridge, cooked in vanilla bean-in­fused co­conut milk.

Holy­belly opened in Oc­to­ber 2013 and is co-owned by Sarah Mou­chot and Nico Alary who place a large em­pha­sis on friend­li­ness and cre­at­ing a wel­com­ing vibe.

They have spent time per­fect­ing their craft all over the world and say they have tried to recre­ate a Mel­bourne style café feel. It’s an easy one for Brits vis­it­ing Paris too, as staff speak English.

As you would ex­pect, the duo are keen cof­fee con­nois­seurs, sourc­ing in-sea­son beans from farm­ers who work hard to de­liver a qual­ity prod­uct, al­low­ing the team to con­sis­tently con­coct a fine cup.

Lo­cated on Rue Lu­cien Sam­paix, Holy­belly 5 is the cur­rent place to go but Sarah and Nico also have an­other prop­erty about 150 yards away on the same street, Holy­belly 19, which is due to re-open soon.

Hand­ily for trav­ellers, it’s close to Paris’ two largest train sta­tions; Gare du Nord and Gare de l’est.

Rue Lu­cien Sam­paix 75010 Paris Tel: (Fr) 1 82 28 00 80 holy­bel­ly­cafe.com

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