West Country Girl Crêperie (Paris)I’ll admit it: the humble crêperie is one of my favorite places in Paris. The food is affordable—usually less than 15 euros for two courses—and the eating is easy. Nothing goes down better after a night of heavy wine “tasting” than a ham-egg-cheese complète. What’s more, the rough decor and the brusque charm of the waitresses remind me of old-time American diners.

Despite all this, I don’t often recommend crêperies for traveling foodies. These places, at least the traditional ones, are tricked out in lace and dark wood paneling. They feel like Grandma’s house, especially if your grand-mère is a sturdy Breton lass with loads of butter at the ready. Crêperies are comforting and cute, but they are most certainly not cool.

West Country Girl Crêperie (Paris)At least, that used to be the case. The landscape shifted recently when West Country Girl arrived on the east side of Paris. I suggested the new crêperie for a lunch with Catherine Sanderson of Petite Anglaise, and was relieved to see that the early reviews were right: this place is refreshingly cool. Stylishly retro, the banana yellow bar and cherry laminate tables are balanced by muted decorative painting from Olivia Marie-Debackere. There’s a revolver mounted over the stereo, which is piping a mix of Beirut and other indie darlings. Nick Cave, whose song inspired the restaurant name, is undoubtedly in the mix.

A friendly German hipster-waitress helps Catherine and me sort through the menu options. We both go for the lunch special, at 12.50 euros, which includes a complète, a dessert crêpe and a healthy dose of artisanal cider. The first crêpe arrives and is exactly as it should be: thin, dark and crusty on the outside (a lot like Nick Cave) with oozing (organic) ingredients inside. The subsequent dessert crêpe is slicked with caramel beurre salé—the salted butter caramel that makes everything right in the world. We finish with Illy coffee while debating whether the cute boys next to us are in a band or not.

In a nutshell: Hit West Country Girl for carefully made crêpes with a side order of indie cool. The retro-styled space is just around the corner from the bars of Oberkampf, making WCG an affordable launching pad for a night of east-side debauchery. Either that, or a hangover lunch.

West Country Girl
6, passage St.-Ambroise, 75011
Tel: 01 47 00 72 54.
Open for lunch and dinner Wed–Sat. Tues: lunch only. Closed Sun–Mon.

And if you like the sound of West Country Girl, you’ll also love:

Breizh Café
109, rue Vieille du Temple, 75003
Tel: 01 42 72 13 77
Closed Mon–Tues.

Reprinted with permission from the Girls’ Guide to Paris

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4 Responses to Review: West Country Girl

  1. Chrisos says:

    West Country Girl is really nicer and serve significantly better food than the infamous Breizh Café with their Japanese Crêpe maker hair in your food!

  2. Adam says:

    You cannot make a creperie cool, and neither should you try to. Personally, I’ve never been a fan of crêpes and find them outrageously expensive for what they are (a bit of flour, a couple of eggs..). They always used to say that pizza places had the widest profit margins between ingredients and prices, but surely creperies beat them easily.

  3. OH PLEASE let Ble Sucre be open on Saturday or Sunday or Monday! ! ! Where have I been all my life?
    Something before I have to take off for dreaded NYC with no decent pastry to speak of :(
    I am in the 10th so just a spit away (how accurate a description…ahem)

  4. Chrisos says:

    >Adam : you could basically write the same thing about most of the food you find in restaurants?
    what is a côte de boeuf+frites? a steak tartare? what about pasta or salads?

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