Arguably one of the best French imports to London, there are now lots of great crêpe stalls, stands and restaurants serving this unbelievably versatile paper thin delight.
The best part about a crêpe is that because it is neither sweet nor savoury, you are free to put almost any topping or filling in it and it’s bound to work. For the crêpe purists out there, you’ll be happy to know that every place on this list does the classics. We are talking Nutella, lemon and sugar, ham and cheese... you get the picture. But next time why not try something a little more adventurous like smoked salmon or Cajun king prawns for example?
Take a look at our list to find out where you can get not only the best crêpe in the city, but also the most interesting and unique fillings.
Le Crêperie de Hampstead
Why: Perhaps one of the most famous crêpe places in the city, Not only does La Crêperie de Hampstead have queues that stretch round the block, but it’s also made multiple TV appearances too. Setting up shop next to the King Williams IV pub as a permanent fixture in 1980, it has become an iconic part of Hampstead High Street. Get here early if you want to get your hands on one of these sweet or savoury crêpes.
Where: 77A Hampstead High Street, NW3 1RE
Why: After cooking up crepes for their big family for years, the people behind Chelsea Crêperie decided it was time to unleash their tasty recipe on the neighbourhood of Chelsea. Putting together exciting and different flavour combinations you can order the likes of a salmon and cream crêpe, classic ham and cheese and lots of sweet combinations including pear and chocolate, Nutella and a traditional Suzette.
Where: 240 Fulham Road, SW10 9NA
My Old Dutch
Why: This quirky pancake house serves up pancakes more like crêpe, but if you are after a stack of thick and chunky pancakes, they do those too. Made to look like an old Dutch café you can order the likes of pancakes topped with chilli con carne, apple and cinnamon or a four cheese serve. With flavours for each course, you can easily have a whole three crêpe meal here.
Where: 221 King’s Road, SW3 5EJ
Why: Coming together in 2014 to fuse the two French classics of crêpe and Croque Monsieur, L’Amuse-Bouche was born and now resides in Pop Brixton. Savoury crêpes and galettes (which are gluten free) with fillings of goat's cheese and spinach and raclette cheese and Parma ham are a good lunchtime treat and for dessert, go for a sweet crêpe with Nutella, lemon and sugar or salted butter and caramel.
Where: Pop Brixton, SW9 8PQ
Why: Specialising in crêpe and galette, this Clapton crêperie offers up all the traditional fillings alongside the likes of a roasted aubergine, morbier cheese and seared pears galette and a sweet salted butter caramel with chocolate sauce and grilled almonds pancake. There are so many variations and flavours to try, one visit may not be enough.
Where: 78 Lower Clapton Road, E5 0RN
Why: Although crêpes are traditionally a French creation, this Japanese Patisserie café puts its own twist on the French favourite, by layering them in-between cream to make whole mille crêpe cakes. Coming in a range of flavours from traditional Japanese matcha, to chocolate and vanilla you can buy these by the slice, or if you need one for an event buy the whole cake, it’s definitely a change to the traditional Victoria sponge.
Where: 9-12 St Anne’s Court, W1F 0BB
Why: With humble beginnings, Crème De La Crepe started in St Andrews, but opened its first ever bricks and mortar store in Covent Garden Market in 2008. Since then it has been serving up great quality crêpes with a range of fillings from goat's cheese and onion, to marmite and cheese - all with the background music of whichever musician has taken to paying live in the historical market at the time. Their sweet crêpes are worth a try too. Offering all the classics (think: sugar and lemon and Nutella), as well as the ‘Cheap Date’ with Mars and Baileys and the ‘French Kiss’ with dark chocolate and Grand Marnier.
Where: The Piazza, WC2E 8RE
Crêpes a la Carte
Why: Using organic buckwheat flour to make its galettes, Crêpes a la Carte serve these square savoury delights packed with a range of different fillings such as smoked salmon and spinach or goat's cheese and tomato. For dessert try one of the sweet crêpes doused in salted butter caramel, Nutella or jam. You’ll find the crêperie in Kentish Town, but it also frequents a number of food markets including the Southbank Center Food Market and Victoria Park Market.
Where: 112 Kentish Town Road, NW1 9PX
Why: Cooking up French crêpes with Brazilian flair, you’ll find traditional Brazilian ingredients and recipes put on top of crêpes. Try the king prawn Cajun, el egg ranchero or the Spaniard with cheese and chorizo. On the sweeter side, go for the apple d’amour, banana scotch or banana canela. As its part of Brixton Market, once you’re done at Senzala you can carry on your food tour round the other stalls and restaurants.
Where: 41-42 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8PS
Why: Staying open late, this South Kensington crêperie is considered one of the best in the area. Serving up freshly made crêpes and galettes with wine and ciders to accompany them, try the likes of beef ragu, four cheese or chicken peri-peri galettes, or if you are one to go for a sweet main (we don’t judge) the tropical fruit or chocolate trio crêpes are a good choice.
Where: 2-6 Exhibition Road, SW7 2HF
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