No need to cross the Seine to go to Montparnasse, the historic Bretons district in Paris. 

Breizh coffee

Photo: Breizh Café

On this account, you might as well try the Marais creperies where there are some real gems, starting with the unmissable Breizh Café.

Opened in 2010, Bertrand Larcher's restaurant has enjoyed phenomenal success for ten years. Better still, this Breton's brand has grown: today there are nineteen Breizh Cafés, in Paris, Brittany and Japan, his wife's native country.

His secret? Quality of course! Not only does the Breizh Café on rue Vielle-du-Temple (near the Picasso Museum) offer classic galettes executed according to the rules of the art – “A complete one, please!” » – but, outside the confinement/curfew period, the house innovates with Japanese recipes, like the Breizh Roll, presented maki style in eight small rolls, with artichoke, wakame seaweed from Saint-Malo, organic scrambled egg, Comté, a hint of tofu-sesame cream and a reduction of cider vinegar with spices Crêpes: €5 to €80 – Galettes €14 to €50

 Breizh coffee
109 Street Old Temple, 75003 Paris
Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 18 p.m.
Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 18 p.m.
Tel: +01 42 72 13 77

Princess Crepes

Princess Crepe - Le Marais Mood - Good addresses in the Marais in Paris
Photo: Anaïs Costet

Another place, another style. Rue des Escouffes (between Rivoli and rue de Rosiers), Princess Crêpes offers, for its part, a kawaii delirium. In this manga candy box, the Japanese waitresses look like pretty dolls with their pink aprons, white socks and bows in their hair that delight otakus, those passionate about the Japanese world.

The atmosphere is fun but make no mistake: the quality is there. People come to this tiny shop especially at snack time for the sweet crepes with red fruits and whipped cream, but the menu also has savory options.

The bill is very reasonable. Crêpes: €3 to €6 – Galettes €50

 Princess Crepes
3, rue des Escouffes, 75004 Paris
From 13 p.m. to 18 p.m. except Monday and Thursday
Tel: +07 66 87 43 10

At Alain Yum Yum

At the Enfants Rouges market, rue de Bretagne, Alain Miam Miam has carved out a gargantuan reputation with his pantagruelian menu of variable geometry where crepes and pancakes compete with waffles, blinis and other pancakes without forgetting soccas, these pancakes Nice.

Everything is done minutely before the eyes of amazed tourists and Parisians. The queue is always full. There must be a reason !

Cakes 9€50

 At Alain Yum Yum
26 rue Charlot, 75003 Paris
Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 17 p.m.
Tel: +09 86 17 28 00

Creperie Gigi
Photo: Crêperie Gigi

Under the sign of the disappeared restaurant At the Tour de France, which smacks of the 1950s, is a sort of fisherman's cabin, which houses one of the best creperies in the Marais with a slightly old-fashioned name: Gigi.

And at Gigi, no fuss! Here, right next to the Carreau du Temple, we get to the essentials. The products are fresh and the pancakes, as well as the crepes, keep their promises. The “complete” (excellent) consists of “Prince de Paris” ham, Comté cheese and farm eggs. 

The other pancakes are to match, sometimes with a touch of creativity. Button mushrooms are, for example, replaced by shiitake mushrooms (rich in vitamins and minerals) and lemon pancakes are served with lime or yuzu. 

We also tried the pear crepe with caramelized almonds: impeccable. It's clear, he has a job with Gigi. Which is easily explained: the house team is the same as that of the nearby Barav (a very recommendable wine bar) and the adjoining L'Ilot (a seafood restaurant with a good reputation). 

 Creperie Gigi

4 Rue de la Corderie, 75003 Paris
From Tuesday to Sunday from 12 p.m. to 17:30 p.m.

Tel: +07 83 58 75 30
Creperie Crepolog'

Photo: Creperie Crepolog'

Towards Saint-Paul, behind the Monoprix, the Crêpolog' creperie also does the job. The slightly rustic decor does not seek to impress but the plate keeps its promises.

The menu is classic with everything you need to satisfy fans of Breton pancakes with organic salted butter. As at Gigi's, the pear crepe is made from homemade poached fruit, not canned fruit as is the case in certain Parisian establishments which have no place here.

Bestsellers? The “complete”, of course, but also the sausage pancake from Guémené-sur-Scorff (a town in Morbihan) and the mozzarella melted with basil. Everything is enjoyed against a jazzy musical background of good quality.

 Creperie Crépolog'
21 Rue Neuve Saint-Pierre, 75004 Paris
Tuesday from 12 p.m. to 17 p.m.
Wednesday to Monday from 12 p.m. to 23 p.m.
Tel: +01 43 48 28 34

Text: Katia Barillot



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