Whether you’ve never been to Paris, are visiting for the first time or have lived here for a decade, there’s no denying the allure of a well-made French crepe. The extra-thin Gallic-style pancake can be topped with sweet ingredients like Nutella, sugar or fresh jam, or the savory variety, usually made with buckwheat following a traditional Breton recipe, with ham, cheese, or egg. The crepe is versatile too—it can just as easily be enjoyed in a posh restaurant as it can be gobbled down in a paper napkin walking down the street.
One favorite tradition among tourists and locals alike? Ordering one savory and one sweet crepe, either to warm the hands while walking along the Seine River on a chilly day or enjoying along with a heavy ceramic cup of cider at a sit-down restaurant.
Here are some of our favorites across the capital:
There are countless crêperies dotting the streets surrounding the Montparnasse train station in the city's south, each offering similar fare from the Brittany region. While you might find the choices at hand confusing, your best bet is to go by the length of the line extending out the door. The Crêperie Josselin is so popular that you will either have to wait for a bit or come back later, but we recommend being patient. Savory crepes made with buckwheat flour are piled high with fried eggs and bacon, or opt for a flambé made with Grand Marnier that the server lights on fire before your eyes.
Address: 67 rue du Montparnasse, 14th arrondissement
Metro: Edgar Quinet, Montparnasse or Vavin
Tel: +33 (0)1 43 20 93 50
Open: Tuesday to Sunday, 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Closed on Mondays.
Also near the Montparnasse station, this humble and friendly Breton-style pub serves simple and tasty regional fare in unusually generous portions and also offers traditional celtic music nights on occasion.
What could be more iconic than eating a chocolate crepe with the magnificent Sacre Coeur just steps away? This much-loved but recent crêperie, which only opened in 2010, is situated high up on the butte of the hilly Montmartre neighborhood. Take an athletic walk up to the top and reward yourself at the end. Owners Hervé and Laetitia make it a point to only use natural ingredients, and those seeking gluten-free items will be pleasantly surprised. Their Galette Dentelle is 100 percent organic and gluten-free.
The home-style cooking and atmosphere at Crêperie Brocéliande is a charmer every time.
Address: 15 Rue des trois Frères, 18th arrondissement
Metro: Abbesses or Anvers
Tel: +33 (0)1 42 23 31 34
Open: Monday 3-10 pm, Wednesday to Friday noon-3 pm and 7-10 pm, Saturday noon-11 pm, and Sunday noon-10:30 pm.
Imagine the scene: you’re happily shopping in the Saint-Germain-des-Pres neighborhood when a huge hunger pang hits. What do you do? Crepes d’Or (or literally, “Golden Crepes”) are here to save your stomach and your sanity. The crepes here are not only extra tasty, but they’re extra big too. Choose between sweet and savory, and prepare yourself for their generous toppings.
Address: 27 rue du Four, 6th arrondissement
This tiny, family-owned creperie wedged between the Marais and the Bastille district specializes in all-organic Breton-style buckwheat galettes, and has been noted as a favorite by well-known food writers such as David Lebovitz. The savory crepes here are filled with unusual ingredients such as oysters or dressed simply and deliciously with classic fillings (think egg and cheese, high-grade ham, or goat's cheese and salad leaves). High-quality abounds at Breizh all around.
Address:109, rue vieille du temple, 3rd arrondissement
Metro: St-Sebastien Froissart
Au P’tit Grec
This hole in the wall, situated on the lively Rue Mouffetard near the Sorbonne University, wins big for original, delicious and hefty-sized crepes. Here, crepes come with a distinctively Mediterranean twist, offering something different from the traditional Breton-style ham, egg, and cheese. You can choose between Italian ham, feta cheese, onions, tomatoes and more. Sweet crepes get all-star treatment too, with healthy doses of Nutella, sugar or jam-packing each yummy, thin pancake. And don’t worry about going hungry—the portion sizes here are copious, so prepare your stomach before you come.
Best of all, at between 4 and 6 Euro each, the crepes at Au P’tit Grec offer a great cost for quality value.
Address: 68 rue Mouffetard, 5th arrondissement
Metro: Censier-Daubenton or Place Monge
Tel: +33 (0)6 50 24 69 34
Des Crepes et des Cailles
Located in the little-known but rapidly gentrifying Buttes-Aux-Cailles neighborhood, this charming crêperie offers quality crepes and ambiance galore. The interior resembles a boat cabin and with only 18 tables available, you’re sure to pick up on the friendly, intimate atmosphere. Choose between their many innovative recipes, either sweet or savory, like their blood sausage crepe with mustard and curry or the scrumptious pear-chocolate-frangipane crepe for dessert.
Address: 13 rue de la Butte aux Cailles, 13th arrondissement
Metro: Corvisart ou Tolbiac
Tel: +33 (0)1 45 81 68 69