Harajuku Crepes in Melbourne Central offers a Japanese twist to the dessert, providing a large variety of fillings from fruit and ice-cream to chicken. The hot Nutella costs you $5 and has a slight synthetic taste, as if the crepe mix came from a packet, and contains a modest amount of Nutella. However, they are hard to beat in convenience, their location meaning that you need not go out of your way to satisfy a crepe craving. The additional store which has recently opened in Melbourne University's Union house is a testament to Harajuku's success.
Cafe Notturno on Lygon Street provides a crepe option for dessert. One can also order crepes for take-away, but it is evident that eating in is the intended experience. $7 gets you two small crepes with the choice of cream or ice-cream. The crepe is dusted with icing sugar and oozing with Nutella, has a somewhat rubbery texture but tastes wonderful, and is overall satisfying. These crepes are great if you are already eating at the restaurant and want dessert, but the author does not recommend going all the way to Notturno just for a crepe. Carte CrÍpes. 4.5/5
This crepe stand, situated in the south of Melbourne University, provides the crepes of the gods to many cold students hurrying between lectures in winter. The staff are friendly and your order is produced quickly. There is a 'create a crepe' option in which you can dictate your desired combination of fillings, as well as the many tried and tested sweet or savoury options on the menu. A Nutella crepe costs $4 and is filled to the brim. The crepes are large and sometimes difficult to eat without mess, although it is difficult to care when all your focus is on savouring the sensory delight.
La Petite Creperie. 5/5
An exciting aspect of purchasing a crepe is watching the creation of your order, which is often done with deft hands, and is so artistic that Harajuku Crepes have gone so far as to put a 'no photography or filming' sign in the window. La Petite Creperie is surprisingly lacking in this element, with the crepe preparation seeming somewhat armature, and giving you the impression that you could make it better yourself. However, this is highly improbable, as in all other aspects these crepes are the most delicious of the sampled five. An abundance of Nutella oozes between the crispy crepe, which melts in your mouth and is a delight to consume. The staff speak to you with French accents and the whole experience makes you want to say merci in gratitude. The crepe is folded smaller than those at Carte Crepes and is easier to consume. La Petite Creperie stocks a myriad jams and other filling options, and multiple visits need not be recommended, as once you have tasted the most fulfilling of crepes you will find it impossible to stay away.