- Joanne Herd
Bite into Paris' delicious crepes: 7 must-try creperies in the City of Light
An iconic staple of French cuisine, crepes and galettes are a must-try when you visit Paris. With flavors ranging from savory to sweet, there's a version of this French dish to satisfy every craving.
While similar, crepes and galettes are not the same. Both have their roots in 12th-century Brittany, in the northwest of France, and were traditionally a simple, affordable meal eaten by farmers and laborers.
Over time they became a staple of Breton cuisine before spreading throughout France. Today they are a beloved part of French cuisine.
The main difference between a crepe and a galette is the type of flour used. Crepes are typically made with a mixture of wheat flour, eggs, milk, and sugar. This gives them a thin and delicate texture that is perfect for sweet or savory fillings.
Galettes, on the other hand, are made with buckwheat flour. This gives them a heartier and more rustic texture, which pairs perfectly with savory fillings.
You can find creperies throughout Paris, but some are definitely better than others. If you're looking for the best crepes here are seven creperies I would recommend for delicious, authentic Breton crepes and galettes.
Each has its own unique style and menu, some leaning toward the traditional and others with a more modern twist on this classic French dish.
With several locations throughout the city, Breizh Café (Breizh means Brittany in the Breton dialect) is a popular choice for both locals and visitors. Founded in 2007, the creperie uses high-quality ingredients and traditional techniques to create authentic, Breton-style crepes.
In addition to the classic savory galettes, their sweet crepes feature creative flavor combinations. Try the pomme tatin, made with caramelized apples, vanilla ice cream, and salted caramel.
If you'd like to pair a glass of cider with your crepe you'll want to go to the Breizh Café and Cider Bar in the Montorgueil neighborhood. Their cider list is extensive, and includes many hard-to-find bottles from small-scale producers.
The knowledgeable staff can help you find the perfect pairing for your crepe, whether you prefer a dry or sweet cider. If you're in the mood for something stronger, they also offer a selection of artisanal spirits, beers and handcrafted cocktails.
Expect long lines during busy times of day, especially at the original location near Le Marais in the 4th arrondissement. Now with locations as far away as Tokyo, Breizh Café has become a veritable crepe empire.
La Crêperie de Josselin
Located in the Montparnasse neighborhood, La Crêperie Josselin is known for their traditional Breton-style crepes, which are thin, crispy, and delicious.
The decor is simple and rustic, with exposed brick walls and wooden tables. They also offer outdoor seating so you can enjoy the full Parisian sidewalk cafe experience.
Despite its unassuming appearance, this creperie is a favorite of both locals and visitors. Be prepared to wait in line for a table during peak hours.
The menu at La Crêperie de Josselin is focused on the classics, such as the galette complète with ham, cheese, and egg. They also offer sweet crepes made with local ingredients. For a treat try the caramel beurre salé, made with salted butter from Brittany.
Enjoy one of their selection of ciders and beers with your meal, or if you prefer they also offer a house-made apple juice.
This tiny creperie in the Latin Quarter is famous for its delicious and generously-sized savory and sweet crepes. The small storefront is easy to miss, but the aroma of sizzling galettes will guide you to the door.
AuP'tit Grec has been whipping up crepes since 1981. Their success comes from the simple, fresh, natural ingredients they use. Each crepe is made to order, and can be customized to your liking.
Their signature crepe is the AuP'tit Grec, filled with feta cheese, grilled eggplant, lettuce, tomatoes and onions. If you're in the mood for something sweet you should try their sweet crepe with banana and Grand Marnier.
Little Breizh (not to be confused with Breizh Café) offers a variety of tasty and authentic Breton-style crepes made with fresh ingredients from their location in Saint Germain near the Latin Quarter.
Their menu at Little Breizh features a mix of classic and modern crepes. The galette complète, with egg, ham and cheese, is a must-try. If you're in the mood for something sweet, their poached pear with salted butter caramel crepe is a standout.
This charming creperie in le Marais is known for its made-to-order buckwheat galettes and creative flavor combinations. The menu features both savory and sweet crepes, with vegetarian and vegan options available.
La Droguerie prides itself on using high-quality ingredients, including organic buckwheat flour and local produce. One of their standout savory crepes is the Reine, which is made with ham, cheese and mushrooms. One of my favorite sweet crepes is a simple butter and sugar, but you can't go wrong with any of their flavor combinations.
Also located in the le Marais , Crêperie Suzette offers a cozy atmosphere and a great selection of savory and sweet crepes with lovely names.
Try something new, like the Monette with scrambled eggs and salmon, or the Bernadette with roast chicken breast, raclette, potatoes and onions, They also have classic favorites like the Arlette, made with ham and cheese.
They have more than just crepes, offering a variety of salads and sandwiches, plus ciders and wines to accompany your meal.
Finish with a dessert crepe like the Lisette, filled with homemade melted chocolate, ice cream, whipped cream, and praline. It's really a sundae in a crepe.
Crêperie le Petit Plougastel
Crêperie Le Petit Plougastel is a delightful little creperie located in Montparnasse in the 14th arrondissement.
One of the standout savory crepes is the Guilvinec, with smoked salmon, crème fraîche and chives. Vegetarian options are also available, including the delicious Nantes crepe served with asparagus, cheese, crème fraîche and chives.
If you've never tried a crepe flambé they have several to choose from. A flambé is created by adding alcohol to the pan and lighting it, making it a treat for both the eyes and the taste buds! Of course, you wait to eat it until the alcohol has burned off and the flames have gone out.
Try the Lesconil, a simple crepe flambé with your choice of Calvados (an apple or pear brandy from Normandy), rum, Cointreau or Grand Marnier. Or try something even more decadent like the Locmaria, filled with orange jam and ice cream, then flambéed with Cointreau
The bottom line
There is no shortage of great creperies in Paris. Whether you prefer classic or creative flavors, traditional or modern ambiance, there is a creperie that will satisfy your cravings.
From the authentic Breton-style crepes at La Crêperie de Josselin to the creative flavor combinations at La Droguerie, each of these creperies is well worth a visit during your next trip to Paris. Bon appétit!
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