Imagine walking into a café, where the show goes on all night long until we see the sun.
As we all know, French cuisine is one of the world’s most prized possessions, however, some Parisian restaurants can be so focused on serving elevated fares that they forget about providing not just good, but genuine service. Paris has a need that needs to be filled.
19 rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010 (Paris, France)
Owned and operated by the unstoppable duo: Sarah & Nico, Holybelly has been “serving deliciousness since 2013”. This uniquely themed café is a utopia for the coffee-and-brunch hankering soul. But more than just a place to stuff your face, dining at HB will make you believe in the power of caring.
Quality of Service:
The service at the Belly is nothing but exceptional. The fashionably, friendly Nico and his team of Class A servers welcome guests at the front of house en anglais et français. Customers are given a tour of the menu riddled with Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones references; deliciously good humour. Just a heads up, they don’t take reservations because it deters from the sanctity of fairness. It’s first-come-first-serve at chez Holybelly. As if they weren’t awesome enough, Nico also co-founded hospo.jobs: a job site for Paris’ hospitality industry. See a need, fill a need.
Meanwhile, Sarah and her team of culinary artisans create soul food so good that you can’t help but believe their motto: It’s good because we care. If that doesn’t impress you, Sarah also takes the time from the industrious kitchen to stop at each table to greet her customers. *swoon
Quality of Product:
Like Ten Belles, they brew only the best Belleville beans on their Linea Machine. Their flat “Walter” white [hold the meth] goes for a reasonable €4. Fortunately, I was accompanied by friends who love to share, so I was able to enjoy two scrumptious dishes: the Breakfast Nachos: fried corn tortillas from Mil Amores with 4 cheeses, beer sauce, red beans, tomato and coriander salad, guacamole, hummus, salsa and eggs; and the Savory Stack: 3 pancakes, fried eggs, bacon, butter, maple syrup. Legen-wait for it-dary!
This place evokes the best combination of calm and bustling vibes. At the same time, telecommuters type away undisturbed alongside families spending quality time together. There’s a place for everyone at Holybelly and everyone has their place. Everyone in Paris is aware of how awesome HB vibes are. So, be prepared to wait at least an hour, especially for Sunday brunch.
My time at Holybelly ended with Lupe‘s The Show Goes On playing over the sound system and I can’t think of a more suave song to represent Holybelly. It’s a classy, familiar song filled with drive and determination. Which got me thinking. What makes their show go on? My opinion? They are successful and will continue to be successful because they genuinely care about food and people. You can feel it as soon as you enter. They send out love, kindness, and appreciation to everyone who supports them. The evidence is written all over their social media platforms. And like any family unit, they’re not afraid to share their dreams. Lookout Lisbon!
As always, thank you for reading and joining me on this #internationalcoffeejourney