Best Crêpes in Paris

It was my last night in Paris and I thought I’d grab a simple crêpe for dinner around the corner at the perfectly respectable Crêperie Beaubourg before returning to the apartment to pack up. It’s an easy spot for a simple dinner–and you can sit outside on the terrace overlooking Stravinsky Fountain.

I walked out the door and was overtaken by the beautiful, spring night. Crêperie Beaubourg was too close. I decided to take a nice, long stroll deep into the Marais to try Breizh Café instead.

I’d read about the place for years but had never dined there. It lived up to its reputation! I ordered a pichet of cider (which I shared with the solo diner seated next to me), a savory crêpe (or galette, as they’re called) filled with smoked salmon, then a sweet crêpe topped with buttery apple chunks, a caramel sauce, and vanilla ice cream.

I worked it all off on my walk home. (Ha.)

Crêperie Beaubourg

2, rue Brisemiche

75004

Breizh Café

109, rue Vieille du Temple

75004

Le Trésor

An easy spot in the Marais, a short walk from HdV. Sit on the terrace if the weather is nice (there are heaters out there, too). The restaurant specializes in the cuisine of the mountainous Auvergne region in central France (beef and aligot, a very rich potato purée with cheese, are on the menu), but you can get other stuff, too.

It’s a nice spot, not too expensive, with friendly service.

Le Trésor

9 rue du Trésor, 75004

1.42.71.35.17

The terrace.
Steak and aligot. Mmm.

For Fashionistas, l’Avenue

Have lunch at l’Avenue on avenue Montaigne, one of the chicest street in Paris. Sit on the terrace in nice weather and enjoy the parade of models, editors, and folks working at (or shopping in) the many high-fashion boutiques that line the street.

The food is fine.

L’Avenue

41 avenue Montaigne, 75008

Chic lady at l’Avenue.

Elmer

A wonderfully creative restaurant with modern decor. Excellent food and a lively crowd.

Elmer

30 Notre Dame de Nazareth, 75003

43.56.22.95

Tiny, delicious pink shrimp.
Steak and vegetables.

Clover Grill (and Le Grand Restaurant)

Jean-Francois Piege has a little empire in Paris that includes two of my favorite restaurants, La Poule au Pot (see below) and The Clover Grill, known mostly for its great meats. The ambiance in both is great and the food really top-notch. And both are within walking distance from HdV. (His third restaurant, called Le Grand Restaurant, is probably fantastic, too, though I haven’t yet been. It seems to focus more on the modern, both in decor and cuisine. And it’s over in the fancy 8th arrondissement.)

Clover Grill

6, rue Baillieul, 75001

1.40.41.59.59

Clover Grill

Le Grand Restaurant

7, rue d’Aguesseau, 75008

1.53.05.00.00

Le Grand Restaurant

Gallery Hopping in the Marais

Here are some great galleries to pop into while in Paris. Click on the names to see what shows are up.

Note that many (but not all) are closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Anne Barrault, 51 rue  des Archives (m*Rambuteau)

Art:Concept, 4, passage Sainte-Avoye (m*Rambuteau)

Art Jingle, 31 bis rue des Tournelles (m*St Paul, Bastille, Chemin Vert)

Christian Berst, 3 Passages des Gravilliers (m*Rambuteau, Arts et Metiers)

Galerie Bertheas, 25 rue des Tournelles (m*Chemin Vert, Bastille, St. Paul)

Daniel Templon, 30 rue Beaubourg (m*Rambuteau)

Fait et Cause, 58 rue Quincampoix (m*Chatelet-Les Halles)

Galerie Particuliere, 11 rue du Perche (m*Rambuteau, Filles du Calvaire)

Filles du Calvaire, 17 rue des Filles du Calvaire (m*Filles du Calvaire)

Marian Goodman, 79 rue du Temple (m*Rambuteau)

Nathalie Obadia, 3 rue du Cloître Saint-Merri & 18 rue du Bourg-Tibourg (m*HdV)

Perrotin, 76 rue de Turenne (m*Filles du Calvaire)

Suzanne Tarasieve, 7 rue du Pastourelle (m* Filles du Calvaire)

Thaddaeus Ropac, 7 rue Debelleyme (m* Saint-Sebastien Froissart)

Yvon Lambert, 108 rue Vieille du Temple (m*Filles du Calvaire)

Xippas, 108 rue Vieille du Temple (m*Filles du Calvaire)

Maison Européenne de la Photographie, 5 rue de Fourcy (m*St. Paul, HdV, Pont Marie)