Crepes. Oh, wonderful crepes. No visit to France is complete without indulging in a crepe (or several).
Crepes are a very thin type of pancake, usually made from wheat flour. Savory crepes, known as galettes, are usually made from buckwheat flour. And when it comes to fillings and toppings, the sky is the limit.
While in Paris, I probably ate more than my share of crepes. I regret nothing. What can I say, all the city bike riding made me hungry. At least that’s the excuse I’m sticking to.
In addition to the crepes, I also drank a lot of cidre. Cider from Normandy (cidre di Normandie) is typically served with crepes and galettes. It’s served chilled, and is a light, crisp and refreshing apple cider from France’s Normandy region. It’s delicious!
Although I tried more, these are the three creperies that became my favorites, and the ones I’ve recommended to friends. Each is very different from the other … from price to ambiance, to even the way cidre is served.
Here are my 3 favorite creperies in Paris…
1. Breizh Café
Located in the Marais district, Breizh Café is the most upscale of the creperies on my list. It’s also the most expensive. It’s quite popular with both locals and visitors, and reservations are a must. Their crepes and galettes are beautifully presented, and they have an extensive menu to choose from .
I ordered a galette (savory crepe) with mushrooms, artichokes, cheese and egg. I asked to leave off the ham since I don’t eat meat. While the galette wasn’t my favorite and I didn’t find it full of flavor, the dessert crepe was out of this world.
The fresh cooked crepe came with caramelized bananas, drizzled with warm caramel sauce and topped with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. It was a little slice of heaven on a plate! Take my advice, don’t skip on dessert if you visit here.
Another unique thing about Breizh Café is that they serve cidre in a bowl. I had to be careful not to spill it as I found it a little awkward to drink from a bowl, but it was a fun experience.
A galette, dessert crepe and small bowl of cidre cost me €21.
2. West Country Girl
West Country Girl is a fun creperie with a relaxed atmosphere and really nice staff. They usually offer a lunch deal, and for €10 you can choose from a short list of options with specials for the day. Included in the deal is one galette, one dessert crepe and a drink. Most of the daily specials aren’t anything over the top, but the simple pairings are perfect.
I had a galette with sauteed leeks and melted cheese. Simple and delicious, and it paired great with a glass of cidre.
For dessert, I opted for a crepe topped with salted caramel. Don’t be fooled by simplicity, this simple caramel crepe will knock your socks off.
3. Creperie Oroyona
This little hole in the wall creperie is located in the 5th Arrondissement. At first glance it looks like just a takeout place, as there is a window in front that you can walk up to and get a crepe to go. There are a few bar stools you can saddle up to at the slender bar downstairs, but head upstairs for a fun experience. The walls are lined with photos, and the small attic space only allows for a few tables.
Along with the quirky atmosphere, this creperie offers one of the best deals in town. For €6.50 you can opt for their special of the day, a sweet crepe and a drink.
The special of the day on the day I stopped in was tuna with ratatouille, a tomato and vegetable mixture. For dessert, I opted for the crepe filled with nutella. The meal also came with a small carafe of cidre.
Creperie Oroyona is definitely not a fancy place as crepes are served on plastic, disposable plates, but the atmosphere is fun, the staff is very friendly, the food is good and the prices can’t be beat.
What about you? Have you tried any of my favorite creperies in Paris? Do you have any creperies to add that are your favorites?
109 Rue Vieille du Temple
75003 Paris, France
West Country Girl
6 Passage Saint-Ambroise
75011 Paris, France
36 Rue Mouffetard
75005 Paris, France