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Holybelly Review: American Brunch In Paris

Since moving to Paris, I’ve made it my mission to try at least two new restaurants a week, dinner on a weekday and brunch at the weekend. The best thing about this country is definitely the food so I’m going to eat my way through Paris and hope that I don’t turn into a balloon in the process.

The thing I’ve missed most about England/uni is brunch! Every Saturday and Sunday my university hall would serve a full English breakfast with lots of bits for you to choose from and whilst I love pain au chocolats, nothing beats a good hash brown.

When my friend suggested we try Holybelly, a trendy brunch spot that is renowned for its coffee, I couldn’t have been more excited. A place that offers both a full English and pancakes? Double yay!

Holybelly Review | American Brunch In Paris

Holybelly Cafe is a located in the 10th arrondissement of Paris near the Canal St Martin, which is well known for attracting Parisian hipsters. Walking up the road towards Holybelly there are lots of other trendy places on the same road but none of these places have quite the same reputation. I kept walking and eventually I found the pavement blocked by a gaggle of people waiting outside what looked like a small cafe. I’d found Holybelly.

It didn’t look like there was any sort of orderly queue so I was a bit confused as to what to do at first. Then, a classic American hipster stepped out and shouted out a few names. These were the lucky few who could enter. At this point I was thinking that I should probably just leave and find somewhere else to eat but seeing as my friends still hadn’t arrived, I put my name down on the waitlist anyway. I was told that the wait would be a little over an hour.

Ergh. Would it really be worth it?

There was quite a lot of hype even outside Holybelly with lots of English speakers talking about the amazing reviews they’d read online and so on and so forth. Most of the people outside seemed to be foreigners or tourists so I assume real Parisians know when to come to avoid the crowds – or maybe there are always crowds.

Holybelly Review: American Brunch In Paris

After waiting for an hour, my name was finally called! We were seated a long table at the back with lots of other people and handed menus. Of course the menus come on clipboards. How else would hipsters do it? There’s a wide range of yummy brunch options at Holybelly including porridge, pancakes and eggs. You can opt for a healthy black rice porridge with coconut milk or go all out and get pancakes, bacon and maple syrup.

My two friends and I all opted for eggs, which you can have scrambled, poached or fried, and two sides. There are lots of options for sides including: goat’s cheese, mushrooms, hash browns, Holy baked beans, a sausage patty, salad etc. This comes to €12.50, which really isn’t bad for Paris, though if you want an extra side that’ll cost you another €3.

I went for scrambled eggs, baked beans and a hash brown (photographed below). They don’t serve traditional bake beans, instead they have their own little mix, which I didn’t think I’d like but I actually loved. They’ve mixed in some different beans and added a bit of spice which add an extra kick to this traditional brunch.

The scrambled eggs were light and creamy and the hash brown was crunchy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, just as they should be. The bread was also pretty darn good, but, being in France, that goes without saying. The general consensus from all of us was that a) we had been starving and b) this was one of the best brunches we’d ever had. I’d say this is a traditional brunch with a twist. On paper it looks like your typical English breakfast but each item is ever so slightly different from what you’d expect – in a good way.

Holybelly Review: American Brunch In Paris

As for the drinks, there’s a pretty extensive list of hot drinks with various types of coffees, espressos, lattes, hot chocolate etc. My friend ordered a piccolo (otherwise known as a baby latte) and even went as far as to say that this was the first good coffee he’s had in Paris. He’s been here for two months. I myself am not a huge fan of coffee but from reading other reviews the general consensus seems to be that Holybelly serves some of the best coffees in Paris.

I ordered a chai latte which is now up there on my list of top chai lattes in Paris, though I don’t think it topped the one I had at Oh Mon Cake!, another popular brunch venue. The chai flavour is quite strong but there’s also a generous layer of froth on top which is exactly what I wanted. For those who’d rather have something refreshing and cool, the fresh juice seems to be the next best option and it’s served in a jam jar so it automatically gets my approval.

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All in all, Holybelly Paris definitely lives up to, if not exceeds, its reputation. I have been to a lot of brunch places in Paris, all of which have been excellent, but Holywell has everything –  great food, great vibe, great decor. I ended up spending €16.50 here, as did my friends, so depending on what you order I’d say you’re looking at between €12 and €20, which really isn’t bad for this kind of brunch in central Paris.

The staff are all fluent in English and French and many of them seem to be American so if French isn’t your strong point, you’ve got nothing to worry about. If you’re planning on coming here I’d definitely recommend arriving either before 12pm or after 2pm at the weekends as anytime in between will involve a lot of queueing (though the queueing is definitely worth it). A Holybelly brunch in Paris is not one to miss!

Holybelly Review: American Brunch In Paris
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Address
Holybelly
19 rue Lucien Sampaix
75010

Opening hours
9am – 6pm on weekdays
10am – 6pm on weekends
Closed on Tuesdays and Wednedays

No reservations.

*All photos belong to What’s Hot?

If you liked this post, check out these other posts about Paris:
The Best Bakery in Paris: Du Pain et Des Idees
Brunch In Paris: Hot Chocolate @ Coutume Café
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Laura is a culture and travel blogger based in London. She studied French at Oxford University and now studies Law in London. She’s an avid reader and traveller and loves to combine the two with literary travel. Find her tips and reviews on the best reads, eats and destinations on whatshotblog.com.

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23 Comments

  1. Daniella Abraham
    11th November 2015 / 11:21 AM

    Yum, the brunch looks delicious, I love it when you go out to eat and you get something a little bit different to what you’re used to. The beans looks so yummy.

    • 13th November 2015 / 10:18 AM

      I feel like I’m more often disappointed with restaurants that have raving reviews on the internet, but this was the opposite!

  2. Natasha Mairs
    11th November 2015 / 11:32 AM

    That just looks yum! really hungry at the moment and that is making my mouth water

  3. Beautyqueenuk
    11th November 2015 / 4:16 PM

    This just looks absolutely delicious and it has made me want food right now x

  4. 11th November 2015 / 8:06 PM

    That looks delicious, better than the full english breakfast we ended up getting when in Paris, said we wanted fried eggs when asked, ended up with a plate of 3 fried eggs x

  5. 11th November 2015 / 8:46 PM

    Oh my that looks gorgeous and something I would love x

  6. Ickle Pickle
    11th November 2015 / 9:15 PM

    Oh I am hungry and this looks delicious. What a lovely place! Kaz x

  7. Jacqui Brough
    12th November 2015 / 12:33 AM

    This looks gorgeous! I tend to find that places where you have to wait tend to be delicious although I don’t think I would have the patience to wait an hour for my food!

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  8. Laura
    12th November 2015 / 1:58 AM

    YUM this looks absolutely delicious! I’d love to go here xxx

  9. Jessica Dearnley
    12th November 2015 / 8:52 AM

    The food looks lovely, I need to pop here when i go to Paris x

  10. 12th November 2015 / 2:47 PM

    This all looks so good! I went to Paris in the winter years ago and I’d love to go back when the weather is a bit better.

  11. 12th November 2015 / 3:12 PM

    Aw your making me jealous I have always wanted to go to France. The food looks great.What is your favourite thing about being in France?

  12. Kacie Morgan
    12th November 2015 / 7:16 PM

    I would go to France just to visit this place; it sounds amazing!

  13. Lina
    13th November 2015 / 12:17 AM

    yum! I love brunch we try to go out for brunch as often as we can – this place looks great!

  14. Serena Reidy
    13th November 2015 / 11:10 AM

    That food looks so tempting! I love Paris!

  15. Renna Creighton
    13th November 2015 / 11:27 AM

    I’d love to go to Paris again. The food is amazing.

  16. Bex Smith
    13th November 2015 / 2:33 PM

    Oh wow this looks amazing! I already want to go back to Paris eee!

  17. 13th November 2015 / 9:25 PM

    This place look really nice! I totally love it! Would love to try myslef!

  18. 14th November 2015 / 11:32 AM

    Laura are you safe and all good? Sorry I remembered this post you from Paris and I am little worry now. Please let us know you ok.

  19. Louise Smith
    16th November 2015 / 4:20 AM

    Mmm, this looks delicious. Hope you’re keeping safe and well in Paris still chick. It’s still all over the news here.X

  20. The Mummy Balancing Act
    17th November 2015 / 2:32 AM

    Gorgeous photos and a fantastic idea to really get to know the city x

  21. danielle
    22nd November 2015 / 4:09 PM

    this looks so good! i need to visit paris asap

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