5 Popular Crepe Stores in Tokyo – From the Classic Flavors to Ones with Japanese Flavors!
Originally from France, crepes in Japan have evolved over time to develop their own unique twist. Japanese-style crepes are loved by all, regardless of age. Of course, French creperies are popular in Japan, too! This article will introduce you to 5 delicious (and cute!) crepe shops in Tokyo.
What Are Japanese-style Crepes?
Crepes in Japan are usually filled with a generous amount of toppings such as fruit, chocolate, ice cream or whipped cream, and are wrapped up into a cone shape so that they can be held in one hand and eaten on the go. They represent a uniquely Japanese twist to French crepes. In addition to sweet crepes, there is a variety of savory crepes that can be enjoyed as a light meal while strolling around the city. On the other hand, an increasing number of authentic French crepe or galette shops have been opening in Japan as well, although these crepes are more for people looking to have a proper meal rather than a light snack.
1. MOMI＆TOY’S First Avenue Tokyo Station Branch
MOMI&TOY’S crepes are well-known for their melt-in-your-mouth delicate texture. A distinctive feature is that ground almond powder is added to the crepe batter. Each crepe is made to order and has a fluffy and crisp texture. Add some fruit and cream onto this fresh crepe and you won’t be able to resist! Pictured below is the “Decoration” range (840-860 JPY (incl. tax)), where each crepe almost overflows with toppings. They also have a variety of savory crepes, including a “Ham Cheese Salad” crepe (430 JPY (incl.tax)) and a “Teriyaki Chicken Salad” crepe (430 JPY (incl. tax)).
*16 branches within Tokyo
2. Marion Crepes Harajuku Takeshita-dori Branch
Marion Crepes is Japan’s pioneer crepe shop. The large display outside the shop, containing fake plastic samples of different types of crepes, is something you will definitely spot while walking along the street! About 70 types of crepes are served, which are all reasonably priced around 500 JPY. Their original light and crisp crepes go perfectly well with a variety of toppings, such as whipped cream, fruit, ice cream, and cheese cake. It tastes lighter than it looks, so no need to worry - you will be able to finish the whole thing!
*25 branches within Tokyo (including seasonal stores)
3. SANTA MONICA Crepes
Only a short distance away from Marion Crepes, this crepe shop is also located on Harajuku’s Takeshita-dori, home to numerous crepe shops. The shop has a cute pink look that fits perfectly with Harajuku’s pop culture. To serve crepes of the highest quality, SANTA MONICA uses the finest butter and flour and carefully prepares the crepe batter in small amounts every day. Fill this exquisite crepe with plenty of whipped cream, fruit, and a dollop of chocolate syrup, and you get their most popular type of crepe. Prices range from 400 JPY to about 600 JPY. If you'd like to try something that incorporates more Japanese flavors, don't miss out on full flavor of matcha with the Matcha Cheesecake Special with Matcha Double Whipped Cream (640 JPY (incl. tax))!
4. comcrepe Jiyugaoka Branch
Comcrepe first devised the "crepe brulee" (from 600 JPY), a crepe filled with a special vanilla custard that is then caramelized on the surface, creme brulee-style. The soft and chewy crepe and creamy custard complement each other well to provide a rich, crispy, and delicious taste that you cannot experience anywhere else! Their original crepe is so tasty that it can be enjoyed just on its own, without any toppings (known as a “Gale”; 200 JPY). Enjoy while it is still hot, within 10 minutes!
5. BREIZH Cafe Creperie Takashimaya Shinjuku Branch
This cafe specializes in galettes, which are traditional crepes from Brittany, France, made of buckwheat flour. Enjoy an authentic galette containing various toppings such as eggs, bacon, mushrooms, cheese, and other fresh vegetables. Their galettes are so delectable that their branch in Paris is known for serving the best crepes in the city. Have some cider (an alcoholic drink made from apples) with your galette, just as they do in Paris. There are meal sets of great value as well, which include a soup, galette, a sweet crepe, and a drink of your choice.
*Branches also located in Ginza and Omotesando
From crepes you can casually carry around, to authentic French-style galettes, why not try one of these crepes as a meal or dessert, or, if you wish, both?
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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