Arriving for breakfast at Holybelly, you get a warm welcome from the tattooed, beanie-wearing staff. Early risers are already in place at the pretty wooden and white-painted booths over a star-patterned tiled floor, local workers smiling and chatting over their coffees.
The narrow area at the front gives way to a sober and elegant back room, dominated by a big leather sofa and a pinball machine. The management are a young couple fresh from Vancouver, intent on spreading some Canadian bonhomie through their hip little venue. On the menu, there are things like fig and caramelised hazelnut pancakes with whipped cream and maple syrup (€11.50), or pancakes with fried eggs and bacon. We went for the home made granola, grilled and caramelised with fresh fruit and a jug of milk. There are also tempting savoury dishes like poached eggs with bacon, black pudding or Brebis cheese (€11.50). Coffee come from a new local roaster in Belleville, and goes brilliantly with one of their freshly-baked, soft and chewy daily cookie specials.
A full menu is available later in the day, which while not exactly café prices, looks tempting: in October, there were things like grilled mackerel with smoked leeks and a new potato salad (€14.50) or a warm lentil salad with Morteau sausage (€14). We’ll be back.
19 rue Lucien Sampaix
|Opening hours:||Mon, Wed-Fri 8am-6pm; Sat-Sun 10am-6pm|
|Transport:||Métro : Jacques Bonsergent et Château d'Eau|