You haven’t really been to France if you didn’t eat a crêpe (thin pancake) at least once! And no, you don’t need to have any kids with you to enjoy one, it’s a meal for grown-ups too. In most crêperies, you’ll find that the majority of the visitors are adults.
A normal meal at a crêperie consists of a savoury pancake (the classic is with ham and cheese, but most restaurants offer you heaps of possibilities) with a glass of cider. For dessert, there are sweet pancakes, of which the most ordered are the ones with sugar, nutella or caramel au beurre salé (salted caramel). The latter is my dessert of choice 9 out of 10 times, and also happens to be the trademark of Brittany, the French region that is the birthplace of crêpes.
We usually go to eat crêpes on sundays, around the metrostations Gaîté and Edgar Quinet, a neighbourhood not too far from where we live and which is a real hotspot for crêperies. There are a couple of streets that are packed with crêperies, and you’ll have no problem finding a place to eat. Rue d’Odessa, Rue du Montparnasse and Rue Delambre are all filled with cute little crêperies.
Do we have a favourite? Of course we do! Crêperie de Josselin, an old-fashioned restaurant (let’s say the decoration is quaint) with the best crêpes I’ve ever eaten. Their standard concept is to give you a double layered crêpe instead of a single one, which means twice the fun! I took the pancake with bacon, and it was absolutely delicious and crispy. The amount of butter they use (see that heap of butter on the countertop? It was pretty much gone when we left) may be the secret to their crispy crêpes and succes…
Of course, good news spreads fast, and there’s usually a line outside, but the wait is never really long and I can assure you it’s well worth it (and please, do remember the people in line are not standing there just for fun, the amount of people walking past the queue as if they didn’t see it and trying to get in immediately, amazes me every single time).
PS Not planning to visit France any time soon? You can make your own crêpes at home, with my recipe!