Quick! First words that come to mind when someone says name traditional French food……..
I bet many people thought of cheese, baguettes, escargots, AND crêpes. Yes, these “flat pancakes” can be found at most cafés and scattered stands around the city.
But there is a new wave of crêpes sweeping Le Marais. Breizh Café: la crêpe autrement offers just that – crêpes with a twist.
This café appears to be of traditional French décor, but if you take a minute to inspect, you will notice a tinge of Bavarian influence. A neighborly flair to the menu with eggs, andouilles, and other members of the sausage clan being crêpe ingredients is accompanied by an extensive list of ciders, allowing any aficionado to seek haven. The cider is served in a plain jug with two small cups sans handles, and the silverware and napkins are brought in a simple straw basket. There are local paintings clipping the walls that add bright, modern colors to the mostly wood interior.
The unique thing about these crêpes is that they are made with whole wheat and are also what the French coin bio, meaning organic. I got the champignon (mushroom) crêpe that had egg, ham, and cheese in it as well. On the low end of the spectrum, this crêpe was about 7.50€ with a more intricate creation being about 13€. I also had the dessert crêpe of the day which was coined Douceur d’Asie. This Asian-inspired crêpe included fresh strawberries, Yuzu butter, sugar, and a scoop of green tea ice cream on top (8.50€). I highly recommend this crêpe if it is available. Not too heavy or rich, but still satisfying and full of flavor that you would never find at the stands lining the Eiffel Tower. Breizh Café’s rendition of this recognizable French staple is a refreshing renewal for one’s love of the crêpe.
Address: 109 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003
Tel: 01 42 72 13 77
Hours: 12:00pm-11:00pm Wednesday – Sunday