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Published September 3rd 2012
When we first arrive in a new city, we're prone to look for a little bit of home on every street corner. Luckily, Melbourne welcomed me four months ago with a favourite meal almost everywhere I ventured.
I am native French-speaker and having grown up between Montreal, Canada and the South of France, I was pleasantly surprised to find that crêperies lined many-a-laneway in the CBD, 16 000 miles away from where I first discovered Brittany's speciality.
Crêpes are a typically French sweet or savoury pancake, thinner than the American equivalent and much more delicate.
In Melbourne, an abundance of crêperies are thriving, encouraged by the city's French community. Sometimes, it's almost as if you were walking down cobblestone European streets or strolling through a village fair. If you wish to try the French specialty for yourself, or already are convinced of its greatness, the following culinary experiences are for you, without a doubt.
A short walk from the Carlton Gardens, Breizoz Crêperie provides an authentic French experience for expats, Francophiles and foodies alike. A friend of mine first introduced me to this little restaurant at the edge of Fitzroy and I've been back several times. When you walk into Breizoz, you walk into any crêperie in France, with a French language menu outlining numerous delicious meal options- but don't worry, the English equivalent is available as well!
The décor possesses distinctive Euro charm, with a fireplace and wooden tables fit for two. This is a perfect spot to catch up with a friend or go on a date.
The savoury menu includes virtually any topping you can think of, but some favourites include chocolate and sliced banana and ham and cheese. If you're very hungry, the Super Complete is perfect for you, with eggs, cheese, ham, mushrooms and tomatoes. Don't forget to try a crêpe with homemade jam, or even take home your own jar! Gluten free galettes are available.
Open from 10 to 10 on most days, Breizoz can just as well provide you with a relatively inexpensive and delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack!
If you're walking down Swanston Street, the half-oval stand at Little Collins is hard to miss; more often than not, groups of people are waiting in front of it for their freshly-made crêpe. As the sweet smell drifts towards you, it becomes difficult to resist and you'll find yourself joining the crowd.
The stand that houses La Petite Crêperie would be inconspicuous if it weren't for the faithful patrons it accumulates daily and the passers-by it constantly attracts. But beyond this, the stand serves to prove that all you need is a flat, circular hot plate with some batter to make the perfect crêpe. The rest is down to skill, which those working at La Petite Crêperie undeniably possess.
Choose from creative dishes such as orange marmalade or salted caramel or taste a Canadian traditional topping, maple syrup. Whether you are walking home from work or heading out for the night, there is no place like La Petite Crêperie for a satisfying snack.
Great article! Le Petit Francais Creperie & Cafe on Toorak road in South Yarra is also wonderful, they offer traditional French meals as well as a great selection of crepes & galettes. Yummy cider too.