The Best Places to Eat Waffles in Paris
If you’re into waffles, Paris is probably the best place for them in Europe outside of Belgium or the Netherlands.
The French, being the culinary masters that they are, love a good waffle; almost as much as they do a good crepe. In fact, most creperies in the city double as waffle houses with a number of options on their menus.
I tend to follow the crowds when it comes to meals that could double as dessert. All of the following were recommended to me by local Parisian friends and now hold my personal seal of approval.
French Waffle in Paris
Montparnasse is known as the top neighborhood in Paris in which to eat crepes. In order to maintain more of a presence within the district, French Waffle has combined their crepe menu with a competitive waffle one as well.
Here, you’ll dine on all of the sweet and savory waffles your imagination can dream up. Everything from fruity and creamy, to nutty & chocolaty, to chicken waffles topped with goat’s cheese, honey and herbs.
Note that the restaurant is incredibly tiny; get ready to brush elbows with the tables next to you.
This is also a great spot for kids — if you can get in. Service hours during the week are limited between 11am and 3pm. On Fridays and Saturdays you can dine here through until 11pm; be prepared to wait for a table.
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday — 11:30am to 3pm
ADDRESS: 197 Rue de Vaugirard, 75015 Paris, France
Metro STATION: Pasteur
Gumbo Yaya in Paris
Everything you thought you knew about American food takes a drastic turn at Gumbo Yaya. The spot brands itself as “soul food”, and gives new meaning to savory waffles (by French standards).
First off, Gumbo Yaya is famous for their fried chicken and waffle combo. Crispy, perfectly spiced chicken sandwiched between waffle quarters, topped with secret sauce and loaded with fries. They call this their waffle burger, and unfortunately it is not available during lunch service at all, only after 7pm.
Gumbo Yaya does an alternative range of waffles for those who aren’t able to stomach the afore mentioned dish. Plain waffles with a side of chicken is a popular one, as is their sweet waffle with pomegranates, cream and powdered sugar.
I love their banana and pecan nut option, though, strawberries & cream will always take my first preference.
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday — 12pm to 2:15pm // 7:30pm to 10:30pm
ADDRESS: 3 Rue Charles Robin, 75010 Paris, France
Metro STATION: Colonel Fabien
Le Comptoir Belge in Paris
Naturally, it was only a matter of time before traditional Belgian waffles crossed the boarder into France and through to the capital city.
There are currently four Le Comptoir Belge branches in Paris, with talks of some more openings in the pipeline. The establishment I visit most would be the one in Passy, close to the Eiffel Tower and Trocadero.
These are classic, take-away Belgian waffles just as you’d eat them on the streets of Brussels. In Belgium, waffles are a street food, usually served in disposable crockery and always made to order.
Choose your base and toppings from a menu of sweet treats. These waffles will cost just a few euros each and you’ll have to be open to eating while you walk; there are no tables or chairs in the entire shop.
Le Comptoir Belge also does wonderful fresh pressed carrot juice!
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday — 10:45am to 8pm
ADDRESS: 1 Rue de Passy, 75016 Paris, France
Metro STATION: Passy
Waffle Factory in Paris
Similar to le Comptoir Belge, the Waffle Factory is another grab-and-go spot making tradition Belgian-style waffles.
You’ll find this shop in the 1st arrondissement, inside of the Westfield Forum des Halles, a popular shopping mall in Paris.
The Waffle Factory is a bit more accommodating to customers in that they do have tables and chairs available. That being said, you’ll still be dining street-style off of paper plates and disposable cutlery.
The menu offers a wide variety of both sweet and savory waffles. Service is very quick, rarely longer than 5 minutes waiting time between orders.
Because of the variety of flavors on offer try not to get to perturbed if a stalk of rosemary lands up on your fruit waffle by mistake. Ingredients get stuck to waffle presses all the time.
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday — 10am to 8:30pm
ADDRESS: 5 Rue du cinema, 75001 Paris, France
Metro STATION: Châtelet – Les Halles
Yummy And Guiltfree in Paris
As always I’ve saved the best for last. Yummy and Guiltfree are a fast-growing chain of waffle houses that currently have two branches in Paris.
The first is in the 4th arrondissement near the Hotel de Ville, and the second is up on Montmartre hill in Paris’ 18th.
The shop in Montmartre is where I go when I need some real comfort food on a cold day; comfort food without the guilt, that is. Yummy and Guiltfree is a completely gluten free establishment, and all of their bases are lactose free as well.
They press their waffles onto sticks, so they are eaten like ice creams with the toppings pressed into the waffle dents instead of simply tossed on top.
The array of toppings at this spot are endless. You can have different kinds of creams, tarts, biscuits, fruits, chocolate and even savory ingredients like cheeses, salmon & grilled onions.
The house makes their own Nutella, which is a must-try if you’re usually a fan of the stuff!