109 rue Vieille-du-Temple, Paris, 75003
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Couples, People watching, Relaxation, Trendiness
Expert review of Breizh Café
Breizh is Breton for Brittany and this place has somehow succeeded in turning the homely Breton pancake, long relegated in Paris to cheap street snacks and kids' meals, into something trendy and gastronomic, thanks to a winning formula of quality ingredients, funky decor and cheerful atmosphere. Breizh Café always seems to be bursting at the seams and is so cool that it even has branches in Cancale and Tokyo.
The savoury galettes made with organic buckwheat flour are excellent (when you've tried pancakes in a few other places, you'll realise just how superior they are), freshly made to order with good crisp crêpes and generous fillings, ranging from the classic complète (egg, ham and cheese) and variants (with artichoke, or cider onion confit) to more unusual specials like the Cancalais (with smoked herrings, herring roe, potatoes and cream) and daily blackboard suggestions. Dessert crêpes (made with organic wheat flour) feature varied ice-creams, jams and butter caramel and are good (try the one with ginger), though I found them a little on the dry side until spread liberally with whipped cream. Filling stuff but they'll happily let you share dessert. Breizh Café takes its Breton-ness very seriously – there's also a long list of apple and pear ciders, Breton apéritifs (try the Aphrodite, made with ginger liqueur and cider) and even Breizh Cola.
A sophisticated urban take on rustic chic – unsanded plank walls, wood tables, colourful Pop art style Breton paintings – drawing a chatty Marais crowd and fashionistas who eat.
The friendly staff are part of the success story and despite it being so popular they're happy to let you linger.
Amid the fashion boutiques of the ever-burgeoning north Marais.
Prices start at around 5.50 euros for a savoury galette and 3.50 for a sweet crêpe to around 11 euros for some of the specials.
More information on Breizh Café:
- Price guide:
- French, Snacks, Traditional
- 109 rue Vieille-du-Temple, Paris, 75003
- 01 42 72 13 77
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Wed-Sun noon-11pm.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Cheap eats, Crêperie