Après la galette des Rois qui se mange surtout en janvier, la tradition gourmande des Français de début février, c’est la Chandeleur.
Traditions and customs associated to “La Chandeleur” (Candelmas)
Crêpes or Galettes ?
I am pretty sure that almost all French children have learned to make pancakes, because it is one of the most common afterschool snacks in France.
There are thousands of recipes on the net, I recommend that of David Lebovitz, a Californian chef who has become a Parisian food blogger for almost 20 years, and then that of Clothilde Dlussolier, already mentioned here whose recipe you can find in French or in English.
Where to eat the best Crêpes in Paris ?
On the occasion of this article, I will take this opportunity to reveal my favorite addresses of pancake shops in Paris.
The crêperies swarm in Paris and everywhere in France because it is one of the types of restaurants with the most lucrative Pizzerias which is the basic ingredients being really inexpensive and the childish conception and yet I very often happened to eat bad Galettes and Crêpes !!
Even if you can eat pancakes in all regions of France, the Buckwheat Galettes come from Brittany, so many of the first crêperies in Paris were held by Bretons. And in Paris, the regions tend to have a favorite neighborhood so the Bretons have mostly settled in the Montparnasse station neighborhood, not a big surprise: the trains from Brittany arriving at Gare Montparnasse. multitude of crêperies in and around Rue du Montparnasse.One of the famous one is the Crêperie Josselin 67 rue du Montparnasse Paris 15
But my favorite address is not in this district but more in the Marais it is the Breizh café, for me we eat the best pancakes and Galettes in Paris. I am not the only one to think so so I strongly advise you to book. They recently opened new addresses in Paris: Odéon / Montorgueil / Paul Bert. The parent company is in Brittany in Cancale and they also have a restaurant in Tokyo. For the little anecdote Breizh is the Breton word to designate Brittany.
Do not hesitate to leave me your comments and I am curious to have your feedback if you made your first pancakes 🙂