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It’s difficult to say anything bad about a good croissant for breakfast or a yummy pain au chocolat with a café creme. But sometimes, you just need a hot, hearty breakfast that includes a large plate of eggs and some savory sides. Enter Holybelly.
Initially, there was only one Holybelly. Located at 19 Rue Lucien Sampaix, the original Holybelly (since renamed Holybelly19) started serving casual, quality breakfast and lunch options back in 2013. Then, a few years ago, the idea of enjoying a big breakfast, great coffee, and a convivial atmosphere took Paris by storm.
Locals, expats, and visitors alike all proved enthusiastic about the concept, and suddenly everyone was happy to wait in line each weekend to enjoy a generous brunch.
In 2017, the Holybelly team opened its second location just down the street at the more spacious 5 Rue Lucien Sampaix, serving classic breakfast staples all day, every day of the week.
Even though it’s been open for a couple of years already, I somehow had yet to try this Paris restaurant. After having lived in Australia for a few years and getting used to a decent breakfast, so I finally made my way there. I’m always up for good scrambled eggs with mushrooms and a side of freshly toasted bread.
And, yes, that was eggs-actly my order (pardon the pun)—a long black coffee, scrambled eggs with mushrooms, a side of bacon, and toast. My breakfast companion ordered the same, despite me trying to convince her to have those scrumptious-looking pancakes. We did at least agree to choose different bread: cornmeal and crusty, both freshly baked on-site.
The interior is very similar to Holybelly 19, clean, welcoming, and trendy yet relaxed, with a great little mosaic in the entrance, a lovely bar, and an oh-so Instagrammable logo on the back wall.
Holybelly has become such a hip ‘place to be’ in Paris, they even sell merchandise now, including vintage-style t-shirts, their famous sauce, and lovely coffee mugs. You’d think this would make it into a bit of a touristy circus, but no. It remains the perfect place for a perfect breakfast. As long as you’re not looking for a croissant…