Category Archives: crêpes

Breizh Café – Paris, France

The liveliest part of Paris on Sundays is the Marais district.  While the rest of restaurants and shops in Paris are closed, everything is opened in the Marais.

 I looked up the best crêpe place in Paris and many agreed that it’s at Breizh Café.  However, when I went to Paris last time, Breizh was closed for their August vacation.  This time, I had to try it!We went at 5pm to make a later dinner reservation but they were already fully booked!  Instead, we ate an early dinner right away.

we ordered their famous cider…… Complète with smoked ham (Basque Country)….. it was good but the crêpe was a bit soggy…..

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Breizh Café

109 rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris, France

Tel: 0142721377

Eating in Avignon – France

Our next base in Provence was Avignon.  Avignon is famous in history as the place where the Popes fled to during the corruption of Rome in the 14th century.

Seven Popes lived in the Palais des Papes during the Avignon Papacy (1309 to 1377).

The city is also famous for the French nursery rhyme about dancing on the bridge of Avignon…

Sur le Pont d’Avignon
L’on y danse, l’on y danse
Sur le Pont d’Avignon
L’on y danse tous en rond

The bridge is actually called Pont St. Bénézet and it is such a big tourist attraction that there’s an admission fee.  Like many other tourists, I also sang the song on the bridge!

We also had really good meals in Avignon…

First off, crêpes! We found a crêpe cafe near our apartment and the prices were decent too.

This was the first time I saw a crêpe-making machine and it’s so efficient!

tomato and pesto crêpe with orange juice…..they actually left out the pesto…

Nutella crêpe with orange and strawberry juice….

We also had ice-cream at the Place de l’Horloge, the main square of Avignon…pistachio and hazelnut ice-cream

For dinner, we ate at Le Petit Gourmand twice… cause it was THAT GOOD. Velouté et foie gras…..so yummmmmm… mushroom soup with a perfectly piece of pan-fried foie-gras…..  the most-stand out dish of foie gras on the trip..

Tartare terre et mer….. smoked salmon and smoked duck breast marinated in sesame sauce….. very Asian like…

La secca d’entrevaux.. this is their special.. thin slices of beef tenderloin that has been dried for months in spices, covered with pesto and parmesan cheese…

Saint Jacques sauvages poêlées, risotto aux asperges vertes, émulsion aux pignons de pin….  another scallop risotto dish.. this was less flavourful than San Telmo but this has most scallops…

Tagliatelles fraîches à la truffle de Vaucluse et sauce crémeuse à la truffle….. this truffle pasta was sooooo aromatic and had a very strong truffle taste…

Macaron au chocolat noir, crème Anglaise, glace vanille…. soooo delicious.. all my favourite things put together….

For breakfast, we headed to the market place, Les Halles..The market is so big and clean…. when compared to the wet markets in Asia..

a stall just for potatos!

we had coffee at the bar…..so authentic!pain au chocolat from the boulangerie…

We arrived and  also departed Avignon from the TGV station..

The train station is a relatively large hub so it has shops and an Eric Kayser bakery and cafe!

Eric Kayser is one of my favourite boulangeries and I was so happy to grab breakfast there.

I tried the double baked almond croissant… love it!

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Crep’Café

Rue de la République, 84000 Avignon, France

Regal Glace

2 Rue du Changé, 84000 Avignon, France

Le Petit Gourmand

37 Rue Vieux Sextier, 84000 Avignon, France
+33 4 88 07 84 94

Marché les Halles d’Avignon

18 Place Pie, 84000 Avignon, France

Eric Kayser

Gare d’Avignon TGV

Eating in Arles – France

We planned a day trip to Arles and Nîmes and to make use of the day, we arrived in Arles before 8:20am.  It was a bad plan as we arrived too early! The sun wasn’t fully out yet so it was really really cold… and nothing was opened before 10am….

We ended up killing time by first having breakfast at a cafe that had a big sign saying crêpe……it was one of the worse nutella crêpe on this trip… the crêpe was pre-made and was reheated in the microwave……… I was so disappointed with this cafe that we decided to have coffee across the street. By the time we finished coffee at about 10am, the sun was finally out!

the famous UNESCO Roman-era Arena…

passed by a boulangerie and couldn’t resist getting a strawberry millefeuille…

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Boulangerie Soulier

66 Rue de la Republique, Arles, France

Eating in Menton, France and a stop in Monaco

One of the anticipated highlights of this trip was Menton, a colourful beach side town next to the Italian border.

Menton is famous for lemons and I found a bakery that is famous for their lemon tart.the espresso in France is slightly more expensive than Italy… by .5-.8 euros…

lemon tart!!!! nothing too special…

croissant with almonds…

 coffee eclair…. I like the white chocolate spoon on top… don’t know it’s function but at least it’s edible!

For lunch, I found a crêperie that is highly ranked on Tripadvisor.such a club-like decor……

My friend and I ordered two crêpes to share…crêpe complet (egg, ham and cheese)….

Crêpe flambée… they were too generous with the rum…..

After lunch, we took the train to Monaco….Monte Carlo!!! so glitzy!

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F Leroy La Cigale

27 Avenue Carnot, Menton, France

Fleur de Sel

 2 Rue du Vieux Collège, 06500 Menton, France

Eating in Nice – France

After Cinque Terre, we headed to the French Rivera.  We made Nice our base for three nights and from there, made day trips to other towns in the Côte d’Azur.

In Nice, we ended up eating mainly at the touristy Cours Saleya.  In the morning, it’s a market for flowers and produce; at night, it’s a famous spot for tourist dining.

the sweetest strawberries….. not kidding.. even sweeter than the Japanese strawberries…

The first night, we ate at Le Safari.. which apparently is one of the most-famous choice at Cours Saleya.Linguini aux vongoles…..

Raviolis à la Niçoise Maison.. this was too watery…

The next day was pouring rain and we didn’t have an umbrella.  We took refuge at Bistro Romain, one of the few restaurants that have continued service in the afternoon , and had an early dinner at 4pm.ordered moules-frites, which came with a glass of wine… This was the biggest portion of mussels on the trip…. it took me 30 minutes to finish it.  The fries were the best too! It’s the crispy McDonald’s kind.. it was crispy even at the end of the meal!

The next night, we went to another random restaurant…and once again, I ordered moules-frites!

We also stopped by the boulangerie near the market for more food. tarte au citron and millefeuille

pain au chocolat….

In France, there’s not a lot of public toilets, so if you have to go to the washroom, people usually stop at a cafe for a coffee/toilet break.

Instead of buying coffee, I ordered crepe! made to order crepe with nutella… yummmm

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Nice, France

La Crêperie – Hong Kong

For a mini-high school gathering in Hong Kong, my friend picked La Crêperie.  La Crêperie is an authentic French restaurant specializing in buckwheat flour savory galettes and sweet crêpes from Brittany.The restaurant has a nautical décor, with photos of boats hanging on the walls and salt and pepper shakers shaped like lighthouses!

crêpe with ham, sunny-side up egg, topped with salad and sauteed mushrooms

another crêpe with cheese, ham and topped with salad.  I didn’t like the taste of the cheese…

The crêpes are thin and crispy but the bottom was slightly burnt, leaving a hint of bitterness.

La Crêpe Suzette (orange marmelade, sugar, lemon juice, flambée contrieau).. The crêpe was flambéed in front of us! The marmelade and juice made the crêpe a bit soggy but nevertheless, this tasted delicious!

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La Crêperie

1/F, Kui Chi Mansion, 100-102 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong