The undisputed top crêpes in Paris
Have you heard of La Chandeleur? No? Me neither! So here’s the inside scoop. First of all, it’s celebrated with pancakes and secondly, the significant date for this crêpe affair is Feb 9! yes we know its March but let’s face it, in France, it’s essentially pancake day every day, and many other countries across the world celebrate Pancake Day on March 5, Shrove Tuesday!
La Chandeleur is otherwise known as Fète des Chandelles (candlelight) and it has a religious history. Specifically, it relates to when Mary presented her son Jesus, 40 days after his birth. The reference to ‘candles’ is why they are often lit and placed near a window in a church, symbolising a renewed faith. So what does this have to do with crêpes? God only knows! Some say it’s because they are round and golden like the sun, others say they represent sun and light or the impending Spring season. Whatever the reason, we don’t need one when it comes to devouring pancakes in this town – they are delicious any time of the year.
Here are the top ten crêperies in Paris as recommended by a plethora of people across the internet.
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1. Breizh Café (Top of everyone’s list it seems!)
“One of my favourite addresses for great crêpes in Paris” David Lebovitz
Breizh Café, 111 Rue Vieille du Temple, Marais, Paris 3
2. Josselin (Highly regarded)
“In an area crowded with crêperies, the one that stands out is Josselin” David Lebovitz
La Crêperie de Josselin, 67 Rue du Montparnasse, Paris 14
3. Holybelly (Trendy and Friendly)
One of the best places in Paris, hands down. Great food and delicious pancakes. Arrive early as the queue can be super long, it is worth the wait though. MLP
Holybelly, 5 Rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010 Paris, France
4. Alain Miam Miam – (Pancakes on the move)
Quant à la crêpe beurre sucre-citron, sa qualité est ‘reconnue dans tout l’univers’, parole de crêpier! La Figaro
Alan Miam Miam, Marche des Enfants Rouges, Rue des Oiseaux, Paris 3
5. Little Breizh
“This friendly Brêton cafe offers crêpes and buckwheat galettes, that are delicious” David Lebovitz
Little Breizh, 11 Rue Grégoire de Tours, Paris 6
6. Princess Crepe – (Pancakes with a Japanese twist)
“Went with some friends to Princess Crepe simply because it’s cute, and it was great! I had the framboise (raspberry) cheesecake and Chantilly (whipped cream) crêpe, and it was delicious and adorable. It was relatively cheap considering the prices of many crêpe stands” Trip Advisor reviewer.
Princess Crêpe,3 Rue des Ecouffes, Paris 4
7. Crêperie Broceliande – (A Montmartre gem)
“Absolutely fantastic is all I can say. Had the apple and caramel crêpe with vanilla ice cream. Had me wanting more. Came here with our food tour and we weren’t disappointed and I would highly recommend. Walk as far as you must for this place”. Trip Advisor reviewer
Crêperie Broceliande, 15 Rue des Trois Frères, Paris 18
8. The Pancake Sisters (Quality)
“The menu is all about pancakes and organic ingredients. If you’re not into that healthy food, you should still go since it turns out that everything about that place is amazing. The food is delicious.” A French punter
The Pancake Sisters, 3 Rue Lucien Sampaix, Paris 10
9. Framboise – (Très populaire)
“I had their crêpe framboise and the quality of crêpe was amazing. I wish I had seconds…and I’m dreaming to come back!” A happy punter from the USA wrote this review.
Framboise, 7 Rue de Ponthieu, Paris 8
10. Big Love Caffé (Delicious)
“Wow love this place! Their pancakes and eggs Benedict are to die for!” Foursquare reviewer
Big Love Caffé, 30 rue Debelleyme, Paris, Île-de-France
So there you have it – the inside scoop on where to find the best crêpes in Paris. Enjoy every mouthful.
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