Crepes are a juxtaposition of food: the lightest of pancakes but packed with filling. You can eat crepes for breakfast, lunch, brunch or dessert, and you shouldn’t dismiss them from dinner either. With a wide variety of options from meat and veggies to fruits and different cheeses, you can have a different tasting crepe every day. Philly is surprisingly full of places that serve crepes; these are the top five as rated by fellow foodies.
1631 Wallace St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Café L’Aube is in the Fairmount section and makes simple and delicious meals. It also excels in great coffee and lattes to go with its free Wi-Fi and tasty crepes. Crepes here are made on classic cast iron plates. There are traditional crepes with lemon and butter, and non-traditional savory crepes like the one with bacon, leek and Emmentaler cheese. There are also many options for vegetarians. If you’re craving crepes and your current companion is not in a crepe state of mind, Café L’Aube also sells French pastries and sandwiches.
1800 JFK Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Crepesody offers inexpensive but delicious crepes and coffee. Like most crepe and coffee houses, it’s a small place, described by many as cozy. The service is quick enough to meet most lunch-time deadlines. Crepesody’s most popular crepes are the Hawaiian, with ham and pineapple; or the honey mustard, with chicken and vegetables. And for those who are harder to please (or kids!), this spot offers pizza crepes. For dessert, Crepesody serves sweet crepes like the Banana Rama, which features bananas and Nutella. Crepesody is located in Penn Center/Logan Square.
Global Crepes and Local Shakes
1309 S. 9th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
This small corner café will allow you to delight in both traditional and unconventional French crepes. It also serves delicious shakes and offers a quiet place to read. The menu is very creative and unique, perfect for those who like to try new things. You can find sweet crepes made with banana and Nutella, or savory Indian-inspired crepes made with tikka masala. There are also classic French crepes made with brie and figs or lemony butter. Find an option for every crepe craving at Global Crepes!
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Reading Terminal Market
51 N. 12th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
If you’re not the adventurous sort and love the Reading Terminal Market, Profi’s is for you. Here, you can get a wide variety of crepes. Fruit crepes are made with bananas, strawberries and Nutella, and savory crepes are made with veggies and different cheeses. Profi’s crepes are made right in front of you, and they’re very fresh and affordable. As a bonus, you are already in the Reading Terminal Market, so you can enjoy the hustle and bustle and/or do some shopping.
1506 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
So Crepe is in the Rittenhouse Square area of the city. Fairly priced and good for those on a budget, the food remains excellent, so you are just getting a good value. If you love goat cheese, go for the So Goat, and if you are a fan of smoked salmon, try the So Smoke with salmon, chives, sour cream and avocados. So Crepe offers a wide variety of sweet dessert crepes to go with its savory crepes. Its motto is that affordable food made fast doesn’t have to be typical “fast food”; it can be healthy and delicious. Everything is made with wholesome ingredients on the premises.
Christina Dagnelli is a freelance writer in Philadelphia and the author of Little Squares with Colors: A Different way to look at autism. Her work on examiner can be found here Examiner.com.