When you think about French food, what probably comes to your mind is dishes like escargots (snails) or cuisses de grenouilles (frog legs), but actually, most Parisians – including me – have never tasted these and would just be disgusted by the thought! But French cuisine is full of so many other great things that you absolutely can’t miss during your stay in Paris – one of my absolute favorites being… crêpes! find out where to get the best crepes in Paris.
Crêpes are a traditional dish from the region of Brittany, like a kind of very thin pancake that can be filled with either sugary or salty ingredients. You’ll find a lot of people selling them from food trucks in the streets, but be aware that very often these are not true crêpes bretonnes from Brittany: the only places where you’ll find them are in crêperies, restaurants which are exclusively dedicated to them. Ready to try some? Here is a list of the best crêpes in Paris.
How to choose your crêpes
The first thing you need to know before ordering your meal at a crêperie is that there are two kind of crêpes: the regular ones, especially used for the desert, and the buckwheat ones, of a darker color (often called galettes), which are really good with salty ingredients, as a main course. Another particularly interesting thing about the crêperies is also that in addition to being some of the best places to eat in Paris, they are also often cheaper than other kinds of restaurants: expect around 9-10 euros for the main course crepe and 6€ for a desert one.
This one is probably the most famous crêperie in all of Paris. The name ‘Breizh’ actually means ‘Brittany’ in the region’s local dialect, and the owners of this one actually also run another one in Cancale, Brittany. The ingredients here are very high quality and you can choose between 15 artisan ciders to enjoy with your dish! Besides, it’s also very nicely situated in the Marais and a very nice way to relax after a nice walking tour in the area.
Address: 109 rue Vieille du Temple, 3rd arrondissement / closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Booking your table beforehand is recommended!
La Crêperie de Josselin
Another one in our list of the best crêpes in Paris is the one you can taste at la Crêperie de Josselin. It is situated in the area of the Montparnasse train station, which is the Breton district of Paris and the place you’ll find most of the crêperies. Among all of them, la Crêperie de Josselin is especially renowned for its friendly and authentic atmosphere and for their deliciously buttery buckwheat galettes.
Address: 67 Rue du Montparnasse, 14th arrondissement / closed on Mondays
This crêperie of the Latin Quarter was actually elected the best of the city, so rest assured that you’ll be able to taste some of the best crêpes in Paris here! Here the keyword is family: the recipe they use for the batter was first created by a great-great grandmother of the owners and transmitted throughout the generations; besides, the restaurant is said to be very kids friendly today!
Address: 52 boulevard Vaugirard, 5th arrondissement / closed on Mondays
Next up on our list of the best crêpes in Paris is the one served at La Crêpitante, in the 11th arrondissement. Does this picture make you hungry? This is my favorite kind of desert crêpes, with salted butter caramel filling! But don’t worry, if you feel like eating something lighter, the menu is very diverse, and the chef strives to please everybody: you’ll also find a great choice of organic products and vegetarian dishes there. Plus, their delicious chantilly cream, melted chocolate, or salted butter caramel are all guaranteed homemade!
Address: 63 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 11th arrondissement / closed on Sundays and Mondays
La Crêperie des Canettes
The district where you can taste what I think is another one of the best crêpes in Paris is actually one of my favorite places in Paris. After taking a walk in the St Germain des prés area and near the beautiful St Sulpice church, what better way to go on with your day than sit inside La Crêperie des Canettes for one of their wonderful crêpes? Their recipe has been a secret for more than thirty years, and their square-shaped crêpes are now more popular than ever!
Address: 10 Rue des Canettes, 6th arrondissement / closed on Sundays