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The best crêperies in Paris

Time Out's recommended restaurants and cafés for crêpes in the French capital

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Brittany’s most famous culinary export, the crêpe is everywhere in Paris. You’ll see numerous stands flaunting Nutella or ham & cheese pancakes across the city for about €4; but for the real thing, best with a traditional glass of cider, head to one of our pick of Parisian crêperie restaurants

Breizh Café

With its modern interior of pale wood and its choice of 15 artisanal ciders, this outpost of a restaurant in Cancale, Brittany, is a world away from the average crêperie. For the complete faux-seaside experience, you might start with a plate of creuse oysters from Cancale before indulging in an inventive buckwheat galette such as the Cancalaise, made with potato, smoked herring from Brittany and herring roe. The choice of fillings is fairly limited, but the ingredients are of high quality...

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The Marais

Little Breizh

Amongst the numerous crêperies in Paris few really stand out. Despite its location, in the middle of a very touristic street, Little Breizh promises something a little different with its creatively named crêpes (including Sea Chic and Say Cheese) and quality ingredients. After numerous unsuccessful attempts to make a booking via telephone (no one was answering) we decided to just turn up and given it was quite early, got a table. But the tiny room, with a Breton flag draped in front of the open plan kitchen... 

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Odéon

La Crêperie bretonne fleurie de l'épouse du marin

The spectacularly-named ‘flower-filled Breton crêperie run by a sailor's wife’ feels like the haunt of old sea-dogs, all wood, old posters, antique objects and postcards from all over the world, giving the place an immediate charm – a little piece of the ancient Brittany region of Armorica in the 11th.The menu offers a wide, if not exhaustive, choice of crêpes and galettes – the origin of the ingredients is carefully marked... 

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Charonne

West Country Girl

As any seasoned Normandy sailor will tell you, with galettes there are three crucial rules. First, salted butter – shame on anyone who tries to cook one with anything else. Second, cook it on the right side, leaving the open top – it’s amazing how many people get this wrong. Third, it’s a galette, not a ‘savoury crêpe’. You have been warned.All of which is to say that at West Country Girl, our hands are tied – the first two rules are respected to the letter, so we’re forced to forgive the blatant disregard of the third... 

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Saint-Ambroise

Ti Jos

Behind a cracked white frontage, Breton crêperie and pub Ti Jos is all about simplicity. The Spartan décor features a few wooden chairs and tables – opened in 1932, the restaurant is the oldest crêperie in Montparnasse – but minimalist doesn’t mean charmless. In the evenings, when it’s crammed with hungry families and merry groups of friends, smelling slightly of cooking butter, the atmosphere is as jolly as an Irish bar.The menu opens with buckwheat galettes: with ribot fermented milk (€5.50)... 

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Montparnasse

Pancake Sisters

We've had restaurants devoted to rolls, chips, even balls – now in the ‘weirdly amazing themed menu’ category, here's the Pancake Sisters, who do exactly what they say on the tin. That's three pancake-themed meals a day – in innumerable different colours, flavours, flour types and dietary permutations. They're a roaring succes, too – book ahead to secure a table at this popular Canal Saint-Martin spot, or take yours to go. Try a 'panster' (a savoury sandwich made with two pancakes plus filling)... 

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Canal Saint Martin

Josselin

The star crêperie of the area, and the one with the longest queues, is the prettily decorated Josselin, where the speciality is the Couple - two layers of galette with the filling in the middle. The savoury galette is followed by the dessert Crêpe de Froment, which comes in three varieties: classic (honey and lemon or wonderful caramel beurre salé); flambéed with calvados; or a fantasy creation oozing with chocolate, banana, ice cream and whipped cream. Wash it all down with bowls of cider... 

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Montparnasse and south Paris

Mamie Tevennec

This homely crêperie on the Rue Faidherbe is aptly named, combining as it does authentic Britanny cooking with rustic familial warmth. The buckwheat crêpes aren’t quite as high quality as one might wish, and the cider is an inferior supermarket version, but they are filling and very good by Parisian standards – from the complète – a touch bland – to the Brétonne (Guéméné sausage, egg, cheese and salad) via the slightly over-ambitious ‘Sur le port de Tevennec’, generously filled with smoked fish and marinated vegetables... 

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Charonne

Des Crêpes et des Cailles

The area of Butte-aux-Cailles is becoming steadily more gentrified, but Des Crêpes et des Cailles (a caille is a quail) is holding steady, one of the last outposts of tradition in the neighbourhood. The tiny crêperie only seats 18, and looks like the boat cabin of an old Breton fisherman. You can’t reserve, but the friendly staff make up for any wait. There’s a choice of more or less classic galettes (savoury buckwheat crêpes) at €7, the most original of which is definitely the ‘Boudeuse’, served with boudin noir (blood sausage)... 

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13th arrondissement

Crêperie de Pont-Aven

At the Crêperie du Pont-Aven, with its attractive red interior dating back to 1920, the Gwazenn crêpe comes with scallops, mushrooms and cream; and the Pont-Aven is filled with salmon, leeks and cream; there are even several eel variations if you're feeling adventurous.

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Montparnasse and south Paris
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4 comments
Francesco A
Francesco A

Pourquoi pas Mad Eo à Paris 3ème?

http://www.creperie-madeo.com/

La crêperie sert le blé noir biologique et le cidre artisanal dans un bon quartier du Haut Marais.

La crêpe est très fine, croustillante et délicieuse, que les voisins aiment.

C'est très bon rapport qualité-prix et le dîner est plus calm.

Frank D
Frank D

 I love the French cuisine, always visiting the best restaurants and bistros in Paris that you've listed, I found this great article also about the top ten restaurants in the city .

Top 10 Restaurants in Paris: http://parisisparis.com/guides/restaurants/