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Holybelly

Pancakes, poached eggs and hearty seasonal fare served alongside excellent coffee sourced from Belleville Brûlerie in a sunny space along the Canal St. Martin. An international array of coffee preparations (flat whites, espressos, long blacks, cappuccinos, and very good “real deal” filtered coffee) are accompanied by hot chocolate made from homemade chocolate syrup and a selection of teas from Le Parti du Thé. The exceptionally friendly service is notable. Also notable, the lines for weekend brunch. Get there early.

Siseng

Burgers are ubiquitous in Paris, but the unique ones at Siseng are worth seeking out. The house specialty is bao burgers: five spiced beef patties with tamarind and tempura onion or a crispy chicken filet with coconut milk & basil on steamed Chinese buns. It’s pan-asian fusion that (mostly) works. Cocktails & sides were uneven. Crunchy risotto balls infused with a lingering lemongrass flavor were a surprising success while the sweet potato fries could have stood another round in the fryer. An evening visit on a weekend found the tiny, Canal-side space slammed with a young, international crowd, but service stayed funny & warm under pressure albeit somewhat forgetful. There are no reservations so it’s better to go in small groups and be prepared to wait.

La Cave à Michel

There is no real “Michel” behind La Cave à Michel – the name of this lively, standing-room-only Belleville wine bar uses the name in its French sense of “everyman.” And indeed, the bar is as welcoming and informal as its product standards are rigorous and precise. The product of a friendly collaboration between caviste Fabrice Mansouri and Romain and Maxime Tischenko, the brothers behind next door tasting-menu restaurant Le Galopin, La Cave à Michel rivals the Left Bank’s L’Avant Comptoir for the best Parisian cuisine you’ll eat standing up. Romain Tischenko reins in his more maximalist impulses in the bar’s tiny kitchen, and turns out small plates of jewel-like delicacy: beef tartare beneath ricotta salata, bass céviche, or mozzarella with salmon roe. Mansouri’s selection of natural wines is well-considered and well-priced. If service can become a little sluggish at times, it’s because the bar is reliably packed with restaurant industry regulars and Mansouri has a gift for banter. Serious cuisine is rarely this fun.

— Aaron Ayscough, January 2016

Hai Kai

There has been a need for less casual sit-down dining near the Canal Saint Martin and Hai Kai delivers on the food front with a delicate, minimalist menu from chef Amélie Darvas. The room, the clients and the staff are all very pretty, but service is spotty and undermines what is otherwise an elegant but unpretentious restaurant. Still, it’s a good Canal-side option for the fashion crowd.

Catherine Down, March 2014

Bob’s Juice Bar

Practical information

Address: 15 rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010
Nearest transport: Jacques Bonsergent (5)
Hours: Closed Sunday; Open Monday-Saturday for breakfast & lunch
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 09 50 06 36 18
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Soups/salads/sandwiches, vegetarian, healthy eating
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Reviews of interest

Le Fooding (2015) “Dans la cabane boisée-carrelée du pape brooklynite de la healthy food, Marc Grossman… on se signe au jus pressé à froid Bob Cold Press, centrifugé (pomme-carotte-betterave-gingembre) ou mixé (banane-mangue-fraise, de 4 à 6,50€), avant de partager un top rouleau de futomaki fourré de riz complet, avocat, mangue, concombre et ciboulette, relevé d’une pointe de wasabi.”

Jules et Shim

Practical information

Address: 22 rue des Vinaigriers, 75010
Nearest transport: Jacques Bonsergent (5)
Hours: Open every day for lunch and dinner
Telephone: +33 1 58 20 17 91 (reservations not accepted)
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Jules et Shim in pictures

What people are saying

Hipsters in Paris (2013) “It’s the exact kind of simple, inexpensive and super fresh Asian food the canal needs, made even more genial by it’s picnic ready packaging.”

Time Out (2013) “Order some extra toppings, because the seasoning tends to get sidelined as the chefs struggle to keep up with the demand at lunchtime… For all its fresh healthy goodness, the bibimbap doesn’t quite hold up on the flavour front. The starters (cucumber soup, veggie salads) are a better bet… theirs is a kitchen we’d love to love – we may just have to wait a while longer for it to settle in.”

Pink Flamingo

Practical information

Address: 67 rue Bichat, 75010
Nearest transport: Jacques Bonsergent (5)
Hours: Open Monday-Thursday for dinner only; Open Friday-Sunday for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 42 02 31 70
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Pizza
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Additional locations

Address: 105 rue Vieille du Temple, 75003
Nearest transport: Saint-Sébastien-Froissart (8)
Hours: Open every day
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 42 71 28 20

Le Conservatoire de Cédric Casanova

Address: 14 rue Sainte-Marthe, 75010
Hours: Open every day for lunch and dinner (épicerie open Tuesday through Friday 2pm-7pm and Saturday 10am-7pm)
Telephone: +33 9 80 52 31 52

In Other Words

Emmanuel Rubin (2012) “Casanova s’emploie à une petite piste de délestage l’instant de cette micro-épicerie où une jeune mamma improvise pour quelques bandes voluptueusement organisées (réservation obligatoire) une bucolique gourmande à la sicilienne.”

Sol Semilla

Practical information

Address: 23 rue des Vinaigriers, 75010
Nearest transport: Jacques Bonsergent (5)
Hours: Open Sunday-Wednesday 12pm-4pm; Open Thursday-Saturday for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 42 01 03 44
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Health food, Vegetarian & vegan
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Reviews of interest

My Paris Notebook (2011) “In addition to selling things like raw chocolate, cat’s claw, guarana, maca and purple corn, they serve a vegan, organic lunch menu Tuesday-Sunday.  I’m not sure I buy into the therapeutic claims of many of their products, but the food is as delicious as it is unusual.  I’d have no problem switching to a vegan diet if it all tasted this good.”