A Vegetarian in Paris… Crepes

20 Oct

Something I knew was on my TO EAT list when I arrived in Paris was CREPES!!!! 

I love crepes… I eat a spinach, cheese and walnuts crepe almost every Saturday when I attend my French classes at L’Alliance Francaise.  But I love them all… savory (salé) or sweet (sucré)… going to Paris and not eating crepes is like going to NYC and not eating a slice of pizza… right?

Just like in NYC there are hot dog stands in almost every corner… the same applies to crepe stands in Paris.  Even cafes or bistros have a small window facing the street where they can fix crepes to any hungry person passing by. 

With only a week in Paris, there were not as many opportunities as one would like to taste all the flavor varieties available… but let’s go chronologically…

My first crepe of this Paris trip was in Montmatre…  I had the munchies after climbing all those stairs from the Metro station up to Sacre Coeur.  I also wanted to eat away my sorrows after finding a spectacular painting I loved, but too expensive for my budget…  so how better to compensate than eating crepe and cheese together??

Sacre Coeur     montmatre

I ordered a crêpe au fromage with gruyère cheese.    The thing… the cheese was not inside the crepe, but on top.  It was more like a crêpe gratin… the crepe was soft and the cheese was salty.  Super nice start to my crepe adventure…

Crepe Fromage 1

When we went to Versailles, we wanted to have lunch where the locals eat.  We wanted to walk away from the Palace and the rest of all the tourists and were pleasantly surprised to find a maze of streets filled with small cafes, stores and creperies for us to choose from…  We selected a creperie with a special offering 1 crepe salé + 1 crepe sucré and a beverage for a fixed price…  And look at the menu of options for the crepes!!!!  There were at least 50+ varieties of savory and 50+ varieties of sweet options to choose from.  Granted, not all the choices were vegetarian, but still impressive, don’t you think?

creperie versailles

Menu Crepes Salee       Menu crepes sucree

I loved the savory crepes, also called gallettes, which were made with Sarracene wheat or buckwheat instead of regular wheat flour.  I ordered mine filled with spinach, potatoes and cheese.  Annie Mariel did not steer too far away and ordered a potatoes and cheese crepe.  They were delicious…

Crepe epinard 1

For dessert, I ordered my new favorite flavor for desserts – caramel beurre salé with vanilla ice cream.  Annie Mariel, true to her passions, ordered a crepe topped with chocolate syrup topped with café glace.  My toffee was inside the crepe, the chocolate in turn was on top of the crepe… apparently there is no consistency of where the crepe accompaniment will be placed.  But what you can be sure of is the accompaniment will help bring that thin crepe to a whole new place…

crepe caramel beurre salee

crepe au chocolat

And so far, I’ve had crepes sitting down in restaurants… granted, the tables I ate them were in sidewalks, but still I was sitting down and ate them with a fork and knife.  But how about trying out one of those street-side crepes???  While walking down the street on Avenue St. Germaine we decided to stop by Les Deux Maggots… but my mind was on the creperie across the street right in front of the St. Germaine de Près church…  I had to order the classic Nutella, which is very much Italian, but perfect to eat inside a French crêpe…  it was so cool to see the crêpe being made right in front of me.  Super thin and perfectly golden after just a few minutes… they give it to you wrapped in paper ready to take a bite right then a there…   

crepes a la rue 3       crepes a la rue 1


crepes a la rue 2    crepes nutella

Next time you visit Paris, be sure to try your favorite flavors of the ubiquitous crepe…  I am sure you’ll fall in love with them as much as the city itself.

2 Responses to “A Vegetarian in Paris… Crepes”

  1. Aimee S. October 22, 2009 at 3:14 pm #

    OMG, that first picture Madelyn! What am I saying? ALL the pictures. So jealous. It’s been 20 years since I last saw Paris. : (

  2. eating in paris November 2, 2009 at 6:59 am #

    The vegetarian dishes was a different thought since most hotels were preferring non vegetarian items.

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