Located along the Canal Saint-Martin, the Maria Belza restaurant, which owes its name to the Rocher de la Vierge in Biarritz, is the new Parisian address to discover urgently...! The owners, pure heirs to the traditions and relaxed atmosphere of the South West, Benoît Mollet and Franck Guigault, called on the interior designer Daphné Desjeux to dress up the premises: a space of 220 m2 that can accommodate up to 85 guests in a seaside spirit.

Allegory of passing time, the Maria Belza restaurant is inspired by ecclesiastical codes, all in an offbeat spirit. Passion common to Benoît and Franck, it is quite naturally that the culture of sliding also invests the places with parsimony. The different shades of blue unfold in the space, a nod to Biarritz bathed by the ocean. To bring clarity to the place, a patchwork of vintage mirrors similar to stained glass appear on the side of a wall.

Particular attention has been paid to detail with the creation of a library - crossing the restaurant - embellished with many biblical objects such as rosaries, candles or antique frames but also beautiful 100% surf books. A hand-made wall fresco with an oceanic spirit punctuates this ensemble composed of wall lights surrounded by Virgin Marys facing each other on a wave of fringed suspensions made up of candles or even ceramic doves like a flight towards the heavens... Not to mention the presence of a longboard, an evocative object for a moment of escape.

This is enough to breathe a real soul into the place, made of typical South West folklore enhanced with a very Parisian chic touch.

Lush vegetation finally takes over the walls, in an almost wild way, as a tribute to the natural elements of Biarritz.


Atmosphere visuals ©: Benoît Linero; Portraits ©: Raphael Dautigny


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