5 Of Tokyo’s Best Crepe Joints
Up For A Mouthwatering Experience?
February 28 is a pancake date!
One of the best unofficial events of the year (aside from Pocky Day) has got to be Pancake Day, also known as Shrove Tuesday. It is celebrated as Mardi Gras in some countries and this year it falls on February 28 — make sure you mark that in your calendars.
But really, any day that decrees the eating of pancakes is worth writing about, we say. You can obviously make your own at home, but if you enjoy going out on gastronomic adventures in Tokyo, the following five crêpe and galette places below should hit the spot beautifully.
Breizh Café Crêperie
If you happen to be shopping at Shinjuku’s Takashimaya Times Square, why not take a break at Breizh Café Crêperie? This chain of stores established by Bertrand Larcher, a native of Brittany, France, specializes in galettes, which are delicious pancakes made from buckwheat flour, which goes by the name of sarrasin in France. Both savory and sweet options, all decidedly sumptuous, are available, priced between ¥950 and ¥1,450. If you simply can’t decide, go for the lunch set menu so you can sample both. Why miss out on the good things in life? Find your nearest Breizh store by checking its official website.
La Fée Délice
Located on Omotesando’s trendy Cat Street, La Fée Délice offers savory and sweet galettes and crêpes, as well as soups and salads, and can even be booked for parties. A colorful and kooky exterior ensures it cannot be missed, and the charming and eccentric décor of the interior will capture your heart. A set meal and a dessert crêpe will ensure you’re ready to face the world, or at least the crowds of Harajuku; the Nutella crêpe is particularly decadent. The café gets quite busy at mealtimes, so I recommend calling ahead to make a reservation. Click here for contact details.
Established in 2008 on a sweet little shotengai (shopping street) in the lovely Sasazuka neighborhood of Shibuya ward, this quaint eatery with a warm and convivial atmosphere is a sure-fire winner. The galettes de sarrasin, both the savory and dessert options, are mouthwatering, as are the other delicacies on the menu. Let the soothing sounds of French being spoken in the kitchen set the mood as you enjoy your meal. Check the website for more details.
La Boutique de Joël Robuchon
This famous bakery and café, opened by Joël Robuchon—the chef who boasts the greatest number of Michelin stars in the world—also offers freshly made galettes at its Brick Square location in Marunouchi, a few minutes’ walk from Tokyo Station. With part of its red brick façade being reminiscent of London or Paris townhouse architecture, Brick Square is gorgeous for shopping and dining, especially in the evening. The chocolate and banana galette is quite simply ooh la la.
No list would be quite complete without mentioning Marion Crêpes. This crêperie was established in 1976, and has since been a permanent feature on Takeshita Dori, but has also branched out into other prefectures in Japan. This is a popular stop for anybody frequenting this street; the eternal queues are a testament to its delectable and affordable menu (the crêpes are priced between ¥300 and ¥600). Whether you go for a perfect classic apple and cinnamon or a fancy special complete with strawberries, cheesecake and whipped cream, you will not be disappointed—the stand really has something for everyone. If you’re outside of Tokyo, click here to find a Marion location near you.
What better way to celebrate than with a piece of heaven in your mouth? Happy Pancake Day!