Celebrating National Crêpe Day in Paris


February 2nd is Groundhog Day when people will be eagerly watching and waiting to see what that pesky creature does. Will he see his shadow or not? Will we have more weeks of winter or early Spring? I don’t care about la marmotte since I just discovered the other holiday on this day:  La Chandeleur aka France’s National Crêpe Day.

Now this is a day to truly celebrate because j’adore les crêpes! In France, nearly every religious holiday is celebrated, even if most people are not so religious, and La Chandeleur celebrates the presentation of baby Jesus to the Temple—but wait! It is also celebrated as Candlemas, the feast of pancakes.

There are various traditions involving crêpe flipping and gold coins for prosperity and good fortune, looking to Spring on the way. However, I prefer to try my luck ordering a yummy ham, cheese, and mushroom galette at one of these top spots in Paris. Traditionally crêpes are made with white flour, but you can demander galette made with buckwheat flour. Happy Crêpe Day!

Breizh Café
109 rue Vielle-du-Temple, 75003 Paris
01 42 72 13 77

Chez Alain Miam Miam
Marché des Enfants-Rouges
39 rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris

9 carrefour de l’Odéon, 75006 Paris
01 44 27 07 50

Pancake Sisters
3 rue Lucien-Sampaix, 75010 Paris
09 83 33 30 23

West Country Girl
6 Passage Saint-Ambroise, 75011 Paris
01 47 00 72 54

Image via Naturally Ella

About Ajiri Aki

Ajiri grew up in Austin, Texas and lived in New York City for 10 years. She worked in the fashion and museum worlds as an editor, stylist, research intern and associate curator at several fashion magazines, The Costume Institute of The Met, and the Museum of the City of New York. Recently she co-authored her first book, Where's Karl?, about the whereabouts of Karl Lagerfeld that became a NY Times best seller.

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