People that come to Paris commonly request “Where can we get a great crêpe in Paris?”
For street crêpes, in the area around the gare Montparnasse in Paris, there are a plethora of crêperies since the trains departing and arriving from that station go to Brittany and the immigrants set up shop there once upon a time. In an area crowded with crêperies, the one that stands out is Josselin. It’s noisy, bustling, and lots of fun.
But no matter where I go, I’m a fan of the classic complète, a buckwheat galette (crêpe) enclosing a fine slice of jambon de Paris, grated gruyère cheese, and a softly-fried egg resting in the middle waiting to be broken to moisten the whole thing. I like my galettes crisp at the edges, with the earthy taste of real, freshly-ground buckwheat. Alongside, there’s nothing better than cider, such as Val de Rance, brut, of course, which is the driest of the fermented apple ciders. For dessert usually get just a simple galette smeared with salted butter and a puddle of honey, warmed by the galette.
One bit of advice; a regular crêpe made with white flour is called a crêpe, and one made with buckwheat flour is called a galette, or sometimes crêpe au blé noir. Some menus list both, so you can choose between them. Desserts are usually served on regular flour crêpes, but you can often ask for buckwheat ones.
Here are some favorite places to indulge. Several are popular, so be sure to call and reserve if you can.
My Favorite Addresses for Great Crêpes in Paris
67, rue du Montparnasse (14th)
Tél: 01 43 20 93 50
67, rue de Charonne (11th)
Tél: 01 43 55 62 29
109, rue Vieille du Temple (3rd)
Tél: 01 42 72 13 77
West Country Girl
6, passage St. Ambroise (11th)
Tél: 01 47 00 72 54
11, rue Grégoire de Tours (6th)
Tél: 01 43 54 60 74