Crêpes in Paris’ 3rd
Paris. Crêperie Suzette is my go-to crêpe joint. I love the high tables and benches on the inside, and the great people watching on the outside. Many of the galettes are topped with a tomato coulis, adding a touch of sweetness to the salty ham, egg, and cheese (if that’s you’re sort of crêpe persuasion). I’m also a big fan of the smoked salmon galette, with a dollop of cream and a scoop of salad with vinaigrette. For dessert, the chocolate and banana crêpe is loaded with warm chocolate to the point where you’ll walk out looking like the fat German kid from Willy Wonka with chocolate smeared all over your face. Another favorite is the caramel crêpe which is silky and light and doesn’t overpower the delicate flavors of the crêpe itself. If it’s especially balmy out, ask for it à la mode.
Another favorite crêpe resto in the quartier is Breizh Café, where you’ll hear even less french than at Creperie Suzette. Despite its high concentration of tourists, Breizh is a pleasant place to pop in for a crêpe and refuel before another bout of shopping the boutiques of the trendy 3rd. The menu features a variety of savory galettes (think ham, egg, and onion confit or andouille sausage, crème fraîche and mustard), sweet crêpes, and a substantial selection of ciders, the traditional accompaniment to the Norman dish. For dessert, I recommend the Malouine: a crêpe with pear, chocolate sauce, toasted almonds, and vanilla ice cream. The crêpe itself is not as soft as that of Crêperie Suzette, but the combination of toppings more than makes up for it. Trust me, you won’t notice how bland and overcooked the crêpe is when you’re mouth is dancing with cool vanilla ice cream, warm chocolate sauce, juicy pear, and crispy flecks of almonds!
Creperie Suzette. Favorite galette: anything with chèvre, tomato coulis, and salad. Favorite crêpe: Caramel with an added scoop of vanilla ice cream.
24 Rue des Francs Bourgeois in Paris’ 3rd. Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner with nonstop service through the afternoon. Lunch for two with galette, dessert crêpe, and cider around 48€.
Breizh Café. Favorite galette: the Oignon. Favorite crêpe: the Malouine.
109 rue Vieille du Temple in Paris’ 3rd. Open Wednesday through Monday for lunch and dinner with nonstop service through the afternoon. Lunch for two with galette, dessert, and carafe of cider around 46€.