La Chandeleur - it's crêped up on us again!
In celebration of La Chandeleur on 2nd February, the French traditionally eat crêpes. This 'pancake day' is a Catholic holiday, Candlemas, falling 40 days after Christmas. Growing up your family would gather in the kitchen and you would stuff your face with crêpes of all kinds of flavours; sweet or savoury. But if you're anything but a dab hand in the kitchen, or would prefer to dine out on this day, there are plenty of crêpes restaurants in Paris to go to get your fix! From the most traditional, to the most unconventional, here are our favourite 5 crêperies in Paris. Enjoy! The Most Traditional: Crêperie Plougastel 47 rue du Montparnasse, 75014 + 33 1 42 79 90 63 Founded in 1972, this crêpe restaurant is located in the heart of the historic Breton district of Paris, Montparnasse. The menu, as well as the décor, are typically from Brittany, the region in the far western tip of France, and the ingredients come directly from local Breton producers. If you're after a truly traditional crêpe experience, then this is the place to go. Not to mention Montparnasse offers stunning views over Paris, not to be missed. Open: noon to midnight everyday The Craziest: Princess Crêpe 3 Rue des Ecouffes, 75004 Paris +33 1 43 43 57 97 Open: 1pm to 7 pm. Closed on Mondays and Thursdays Perhaps the most unconventional of all crêperies, this Japanese themed crêpe restaurant will certainly open your eyes to a new crêpe culinary encounter! The menu offers classic crêpe recipes, in both sweet and savoury, as well as daring and unusual pairings. If you're more of an experimental eater then make this a must on your trip to Paris. As the restaurant is pretty cosy, most people enjoy a take away crepe, which means you can enjoy the sites of Paris as you tuck in! The Most International: Breizh Café 109 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 +33 1 42 72 13 77 The great thing about Breizh Café is that not only is it a great crêpe restaurant in Paris, but it also enjoys huge success around the world with branches in Brittany and in Tokyo! What's the secret ingredient which makes this crêperie so popular? It’s all about the quality and taste. Leaving all pretense at the door, you won’t find any fancy decorations or crazy crêpe creations at Breizh, just good old fashioned traditional crêpes. Yum! Open: 11:30am to 11pm, closed on Monday and Tuesday The Best Located: La Crepitante 63 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011 +33 1 43 14 47 28 If you're looking for a delicious crêpe dinner followed by an evening of drinks and dancing then La Crepitante is the place to go. Located in central Paris, in the lively Oberkampf area, it's around the corner from some of the trendiest bars and clubs in Paris. Known for a great night out, line your stomach at La Crepitante and once the sun sets head out to enjoy the night! And what's more, you won't break the bank either, meaning you have more money for cocktails later! Open: 12pm to 2:30pm and 7:30pm to 11pm, closed on Sundays and Mondays The Most Chic: Paris Breizh 177 Avenue Daumesnil, 75012 +33 1 43 45 16 10 If you're willing to travel for the perfect crepe, a trip to Paris Breizh in the uber-trendy and design focussed Daumesnil area is a must. This modern, bright and slick area is home to one of our favourite creperies offering both a chic and cosy environment to tuck into these traditional pancakes. You won't have to splurge either, you can enjoy the high end vibe, without the price tag. One of our favourites for brunch is the goats cheese, fig jam and nut combo. Delish. Open: 12pm to 2:30pm and 7pm to 11:30pm, closed on Sundays