If you’re coming to Paris, you won’t want to miss out on this French delicacy known as the crêpe. While they’re not native to Paris, almost all of France (including its capital) has a love that runs deep for these simple, yet versatile delights.
We’ve got a list of the best crêpes in Paris. Prepare yourself, though, because after one bite, you just might be saying, “Holy crêpe!”
|What’s a Crêpe?|
|Crêpes vs. Galettes|
|Les Frères Bretons|
|(FAQ) Frequently Asked Questions|
Well, first, what is a crêpe?
Crêpes are essentially very thin pancakes made from either flour or buckwheat. They go all the way back to the 13th century, during the Crusades.
You could compare them to Indian dosa or African injera, for their soft and spongy texture. They are neutral, in that they lack a lot of flavor by themselves. Besides being thinner and spongier than pancakes, they also have a larger circumference.
Whether you eat them as dessert, breakfast, or a main savory dish depends a lot on how you garnish or fill them (when rolled up).
Crêpes can range from gourmet dishes to a street food commonly purchased at a crepe stand. In fact, many Parisian food markets have crêpe stands.
What are the main types of crêpes?
There are two basic types of crêpes: The first are called crêpes, and the second are called galettes. As opposed to the Eiffel Tower, crêpes originated outside of Paris. They came from the Northern region of Brittany, and France now has over 5,000 crêperies.
Standard crêpes are usually made with wheat flour and made into sweet dishes. By themselves, they only have white flour, eggs, milk, and sometimes alcohol. As far as galettes, they have a different look and ingredients. Instead of golden like a standard crêpe, they are a brownish gray.
Galettes get their color from organic buckwheat flour, as opposed to the wheat flour used in standard crêpes. Besides buckwheat flour, galettes have only water and salt.
Galettes also are almost always served as a savory dish. While these salty crêpes make for some great food, they’re also quite difficult to cook!
Where to Go for the Best Crêpes in Paris
Without further ado, now that your taste buds are watering, we’re presenting our list of the best crêpes in Paris. Each of these is an amazing creperie, so it was hard to single out one as the best in Paris.
• Breizh Café Logo / Image Source: TripadvisorWhere: (6 Locations)
• 109 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 (1 minute walk from Musée Picasso)
• 23 Rue Paul Bert, 75011
• 31 Rue des Batignolles, 75017
• 14 Rue des Petits Carreaux, 75002
• 93 Rue des Martyrs, 75018
• 1 Rue de l’Odéon, 75006
• When: (Times vary)
When walking in, the environment will surprise you. It has a sleek, highly contemporary interior that you might mistake for a Japanese Cafè. The owner, from Brittany, lived in Japan for some time.
If you arrive extra hungry, Breizh’s famous creuse oysters won’t disappoint. They import these oysters from Cancale, and we recommend that you follow the oysters with one of Breizh’s buckwheat galettes.
They make their Cancalaise, for example, with potato, smoked herring, and herring roe; or there’s the Charentaise, made out of goat cheese, honey, and salad.
The café’s Breton owner tries to import as many ingredients as possible from Brittany, or else they simply have outstanding quality. You’ll have the option to top your galette with filling proteins such as the smoked duck or sea scallops. They also have seasonal specials.
Overall, though, you’ll notice inspirations from both Brittany and Japan, since Tokyo also has its own Breizh Café. Speaking of Japan and Japanese influence, you can chase down your oysters and crêpes with not only their house-made cider, but also their sake.
For dessert, you’ll find even more Japanese influence, with flavors like ginger and yuzu. For such a popular place, you’ll be pleased to know that this isn’t just another tourist trap. This place is ranked high among everyone’s crêpe queue.
You’ll pay an average of €20 a person. It makes for a satisfying Sunday brunch.
• Where: 58 rue de la Fontaine au Roi (11th Arrondissement)
• When: Weekdays: Lunch and dinner; Weekends: All day.
• Phone: +33 09 52 29 78 79
This crêperie makes it known— It’s from Breton, and it’s proud. It’s name is from a famous rock at Saint-Guénolé Harbor in the region.
You’ll walk in and feel like you’ve reached a beach house on the shores of Brittany, with beach photos, vibrant hues, and beach boards all around. Also, this place is 100% Breton, as it proudly announces to use ingredients exclusively from its local town.
It’s fitting, since both owners are from the region, and they share a lifelong passion for the native dish.
They also have a signature gluten-free crêpe made from buckwheat, which is usually called a French galette.
Buckwheat is a high-protein grain with many health benefits. Now, that’s not to say these are “diet” galettes; but these pack more value for the calories than wheat.
Also, buckwheat flour creates a unique texture and aroma. Guests enjoy these gluten-free galettes in both savory and sweet varieties, and they wash it down with house-made cider.
For food alternatives, this restaurant is more than a crêperie, as it’s also an epicerie with other Breton exports like sausages, fish, and baked goods.
For dessert, they also offer traditional crêpes (containing gluten) in a wide variety, like the lemon & honey, artisan jam, caramel & coconut, and more.
For something stronger, they have craft beers and wines, as well.
Les Frères Bretons
• Les Frères Bretons Front View
• Where: 117 boulevard de Grenelle Métro la motte picquet grenelle, 75015
• When: Weekdays: Lunch and dinner; Weekends: All day.
• Phone: +33 1 45 72 42 88
Les Frères Bretons offers both a large menu of French cuisine and some of the best crêpes & coffee in Paris.
Even better, this place packs a lot of punch and value for decent prices— especially considering Paris.
It’s friendly staff and atmosphere makes you feel right at [your new Breton-Paris] home. If it’s your first time trying traditional crêpes in Paris, then this place is a good start.
The staff are open and attentive, and they make you feel more comfortable about asking questions about the menu and cuisines.
Of all the amazing crêpes and meals, one of their most dynamic combos is their caramel crêpes with a heaping mug of cider, followed by an extra-slow-sip of espresso.
Chocolate Crêpes with Nut, Ice Cream, and Chocolate Topping
I love the idea that you can get high quality, authentic regional cuisine within the nation’s capital. At this restaurant, you’ll enjoy exactly that but for a fair price.
You can expect to pay reasonable prices (€6—€13 on average). Another perk: It’s a little over half a mile from Parc du Champs du Mars.
If you’re towards the end of your trip and want a sweet (but inexpensive) taste of Brittany, then you should consider this creperie.
• Creperie Broceliande Front View
• Where: 15 rue des Trois Frères, 75018
• When: Lunch and dinner.
You’ll find this charming creperie in the Montmartre neighborhood. While Montmartre is technically a neighborhood in France, it’s in the northern outskirts, above Canal Saint Martin.
Montmartre operates more like a village of its own, and you’ll find a high concentration of residents and native Parisians strolling around. If you get your crepes at this creperie, you’ll have just a short walk before hitting the funicular, Sacre Coeur, and Square Saint Louis Michel.
People tend to say that this place feels like a cozy, homey restaurant; in other words, it’s quaint atmosphere makes it feel like your [French] home away from home.
In case you have a gluten intolerance, the menu will let you know what’s gluten-free. Luckily, if you’re avoiding gluten, you’ll have lots of choices among their galettes.
However, their desert crêpes— at least for the most part— have wheat (and therefore gluten). You’ll want to make a special request for a gluten-free version of your dessert if you’re avoiding gluten.
Nutella Crêpes with Vanilla Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, and Chocolate Sauce.
Another drawback: No breakfast (not technically). They don’t open until noon, so you’ll have to call those crêpes and galettes “brunch.”
We think they’re worth the wait, however, since the restaurant carries plenty of other French cuisine to satiate you, not to mention the cider and fresh juices. So far, locals and travelers alike recommend everything. If you’re a chocolate lover, though, you can’t go wrong with the chocolate and pear dessert crêpes.
This quaint crêperie is perfect for a long afternoon to stroll around Montmartre, visit the Sacre Coeur, and people watch as you enjoy a sweet taste of Brittany.
Where: 1 Rue Grégoire de Tours, 75006
When: Lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday & Monday. We couldn’t make this list and leave out this “little” place. Despite the name, it’s got a big reputation in Paris for its crêpes and French cuisine.
It’s located in the Latin Quarter, just near the Luxembourg Gardens. If you’re looking for breakfast crêpes, this also isn’t your place, but they are open for lunch and dinner.
We recommend you come here for brunch after some shopping and sightseeing. Like most creperies, it’s got a casual feel and presentation.
Its neighborhood, the Latin Quarter, has a good shopping scene, not to mention the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens. You’ll be tired and wanting to have a place to set down all those shopping bags or else sit down to look through your sightseeing photos.
These crêpes, too, though, are photo-worthy.
After you enjoy a savory galette or else classic French entreé before enjoying a large sweet crêpe.
Our favorite thing about this place: Design your own crêpes! Little Beizh lets you personalize your crêpes out of its extensive garnish options.
If you want to go with their popular crêpes, though, try their Say Cheese! They have that sweet and savory taste in perfect harmony, with goat’s cheese, apples, honey, and nuts.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the most famous crêperie in Paris?
While this might be subject to debate, the generally most famous place for crêpes in Paris is Breize Café.
What’s the average price for a crêpe in Paris?
In general, a crêpe will cost anywhere from €3—7 in a casual or takeaway place. For more upscale (and especially savory) places, expect €8 and up.
What do their French usually put on top of their crêpes?
Typically, unless they’re savory crêpes, the French put on things like nutella, strawberries, confiture, or banana on the top.
Another highly French topping for crêpes is called “crêpe suzette.” It’s basically caramelized butter, sugar, and orange juice (along with some grand marnier).