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Pancake Day in Paris

Celebrate Shrove Tuesday Paris-style with a cracking crêpe for Pancake Day, February 9 2016

CC - Kevin Qiu

When? Tuesday February 9 2016
What? Traditionally, marks the beginning of Lent.
Where? Any good crêperie in Paris

Shrove Tuesday in Paris is as much an excuse for no-holds-barred pancake consumption as it is elsewhere. But of course, Paris is the city of the crêpe, making it the ideal place to get stuck in to a perfect plate of pancakes this Pancake Day, February 9 2016. Confusingly, exactly one week earlier, on February 2, the French ‘Chandeleur’ (their Pancake Day) will also involve copious batter-making at the city’s various crêperies.

Sweet, savoury or teamed with a mug of Normandy cider, discover our favourite Paris crêperies below.

Celebrate Chandeleur at the best crêperies in Paris

Breizh Café

What's the deal? Expect all the classic crepes, as well as specialities like the Cancalaise, with potatoes, smoked herring and herring roe, or the Charentaise, with goat's cheese, honey and salad.

109 rue Vieille du Temple, 3rd

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Le Marais


What's the deal? Go for the €13 lunch menu: a savoury galette, a sweet crepe and a ‘boule’ of cider or a soft drink, with the choice between a ‘complète’ (the classic ham, egg and cheese combo), ‘From the Ghetto,’ (cheddar, beef, cider-fried onions, egg and homemade smoked tomato sauce), or the ‘From the Garden’ (cheddar, tofu, cider-fried onions, egg and tomato sauce). 

Where? 73 rue de Seine, 6th

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Little Breizh

What's the deal? Delicious crepes with creatively names (including Sea Chic and Say Cheese) and quality ingredients. 

Where? 11 rue Grégoire de Tours, 6th

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West Country Girl

What's the deal? Simple, classic Breton crepes like andouillette and boudin with apples.

Where? 6 passage Saint-Ambroise, 11th

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La Crêpitante

What's the deal? The house specials are things like the Timbaud (Guéméné Andouille sausage, tomatoes and onion and mustard sauce flamed with cognac) or the Rambuteau (scallops, leeks and samphire).

Where? 63 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 11th

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Mamie Tevennec

What's the deal? Crepes are filling and very good by Parisian standards, choose from the Complète, the Bretonne (Guéméné sausage, egg, cheese and salad), or even the Sur le port de Tevennec, with smoked fish and marinated vegetables.

Where? 41 rue Faidherbe, 11th

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La Crêperie bretonne fleurie de l'épouse du marin

What's the deal? The menu offers a wide, if not exhaustive, choice of crêpes and galettes – the origin of the ingredients is carefully marked. Try the delicious goat's cheese, lardons and egg galette and the Gwenn ha Du dessert crepe, with chocolate that will possibly change your life.

Where? 67 rue de Charonne, 11th

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Des Crêpes et des Cailles

What's the deal? Modest prices, a tiny yet charming space, several ciders and a choice of more or less classic galettes.

Where? 13 rue de la Butte aux Cailles, 13th

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What's the deal? The area's star crêperie, and the one with the longest queues, the specialities at Josselin include the Couple - two layers of galette with the filling in the middle - and 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.

Where? 67 rue du Montparnasse, 14th

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Ti Jos

What's the deal? With an evening atmosphere like a jolly Irish bar, choose from buckwheat galettes with ribot fermented milkRoquefort and two fried eggs, the complète with added ham or with home made sausage, egg and cheese.

 30 rue Delambre, 14th

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