Breizh Café – Paris’ Best Crêperie?

Breizh Café – the Parisian café revered for having best Breton crepes this side of Rennes. I had heard about this place for ages from the likes of trusted Paris food bloggers such as David Lebovitz. But the best crêpe in Paris? Let’s find out.

Breizh Café

First off, I have to give a nod to the café’s ambiance; it was warm and bright, crowded and convivial. I had to make reservations and there were certainly a lot of tourists, but I get it- this café has quite the reputation.

Breizh Café

And of course no French café is complete with out the omnipresent chalkboard with the specials du jour, now is it?

Breizh Café

I was excited to meet up with Kate, from Adventurous Kate, for the first time. And I knew I was in good company when we immediately agreed to order a carafe of hard cider. Being as my host family in France owns an apple farm, I’m no stranger to apple juice in all of its wonderful and fermented forms, and this cold, apple-y concoction did not disappoint.

Breizh Café

Next came the galette de sarrasin (just an fyi- a galette is basically a savory  crêpe made with buckwheat flour). I ordered mine as a a galette complète which comes packed with jambon de pays (country ham), a fried egg and gooey gruyère cheese. For a fall touch I also ordered mushrooms on top.

I hate to sound like a snarky food critic, but the galette was a dissapointment. First of all, the fried egg was completely cooked through. And really, is there anything better in life than a runny, golden yolk? So that was already strike-one for this yolk-lover. Also the texture of the galette was very dry and the ingredients were just decent.

Next, it was time for dessert. When I suggested to Kate that we split a dessert crêpe to save a few euros, she politely declined- and I will be ever thankful for that.

Breizh Cafe

When I tasted the salted butter crêpe with apple filling and vanilla ice cream, I practically forgot my name. It was ah-may-zing. Salty plus sweet plus creamy plus cold = taste bud nirvana.

Breizh Cafe

So my final review of Breizh? Delicious crêpes worth writing home about (or on your blog about, ha) but only so-so galettes. And the prices rapidly increase if you order your galette with anything but cheese and ham. Another downside is you have to make reservations- something that kind of annoys me when you’re eating at a crêperie, the most casual form of eatery on the French restaurant totem pole.

So here’s my advice; have lunch beforehand, and then come here for dessert and order apple cider and crêpes. The café is located in one of Paris’ best neighborhoods, Le Marais, so walk off the crêpes after by exploring a trendy neighborhood full of Jewish bakeries, street art and hipsters.

Psst! Here is my personal recommendation for the best galettes in Paris, Crêperie Cat’Man. And you don’t have to make reservations.  

[learn_more caption=”Location:”] Breizh Café 109, rue Vieille du Temple (map) 01 42 72 13 77 Breizh Café is closed Monday and Tuesday, but open continuously throughout the day the rest of the week. Reservations are highly recommended. They also have a café in Cancale (Brittany) and Tokyo.[/learn_more]

Did you love Breizh? Am I totally off-base? Feel free to tell me how wrong I am in the comments!

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About Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley is a travel and lifestyle blogger who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Since college she has au paired in Paris, backpacked the world solo, and lived in Uganda. Her work has been featured by Buzzfeed, Forbes, TripAdvisor, and Glamour Magazine.

15 thoughts on “Breizh Café – Paris’ Best Crêperie?”

  1. City Crepes in the Saint Germaine district is the best! My yolk was golden runny ooey gooey delish! And the chocolate crepe was wonderful. Highly recommended for bollee apple cider and galette complete and dessert crepe – dreamy!

  2. Ashley,
    I think you are on your way to be a food critic! Beautiful
    phots. I was with a friend yesterday. We went to a Bistro in Grand Blanc. She ordered the crepe with chicken. I was afraid to order it, for so often the crepes here are too thick! It looked very nice, not thick, and I was sorry I didn’t order it.
    Years ago I used to make french crepes, and I made mine very thin, which is the way I like them


    • Dear Gamma,
      We will have to go to that bistro in Grand Blanc, it sounds great! The Cork in Flint is always good as well. I made crepes here in France and like pancakes I really struggle with flipping them, haha. Miss you very much!
      Love, Ashely

  3. mmm. i love the look of your ham, cheese and mushroom crepe. my favorite is just ham and cheese with some peper and salt.
    i have not been to this particular creperie but my favorite due to location and dam good crepes, is on the corner of Rue Lepic near the moulin rouge.

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