Sep 2012

West Country Girl – Paris

West Country Girl - Paris

Before boarding a high-speed train to London followed by a flight back to Los Angeles, we made time for one last lunch in Paris. For our final feast in the city, I desired nothing more than simple, perfectly made crêpes. While most visitors head to Breizh Café or Josselin for this Breton specialty, I took David Lebovitz‘s advice and sought out West Country Girl in the 11th arrondissement.

West Country Girl - Paris

Here, at this minimally appointed restaurant on the Passage Saint-Ambroise, Breton-native Sophie Le Floc’h makes an assortment of sweet and savory crêpes.

West Country Girl - Paris

There’s also plenty of cidre to go around, another Breton specialty.

West Country Girl - Paris

Mom and I were in similar moods this afternoon and ordered nearly identical crêpes. Her buckwheat parcel included a sunny side egg, Swiss cheese, and two strips of smoky bacon.

West Country Girl - Paris

Mine boasted an egg and Emmental as well, but in place of the strips of bacon were slices of Breton andouille Guéméné, a smoked pork intestine sausage. According to this website, “20 to 25 guts are required for one andouille!” What fun! With its concentric intestinal rings, the sausage was spectacularly chewy and undoubtedly unique.

West Country Girl - Paris

The Astronomer was in a completely different mood from Mom and me and ordered a crêpe stuffed with goat cheese, spinach, and raisins. It was a touch plainer than what he had envisioned, but nothing that a dessert crêpe couldn’t rectify.

West Country Girl - Paris

My final bite in Paris consisted of a warm and toasty crêpe drizzled with salted caramel and topped with a whole baked apple. It was sweet, salty, tart, and perfect.

West Country Girl - Paris

The Astronomer’s lemon and honey crêpe suited him just right.

It was finally time to make our way home.

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

Dear, sweet memories…




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7 thoughts on “West Country Girl – Paris

  1. One of my regrets was not having a chance to come here or eat any crepes for that matter! We simply ran out of time. It didn’t help that so many places are closed on Sundays.

  2. I’m from Paris, and I confirm ! Those guys make definitively the best crepes in Paris !

    Love your blog by the way =)

  3. This post literally makes my mouth water. I *love* crepes. When I was fourteen, I visited Paris and thought that the crepes alone were worth staying for. Someday I’ll go back. West Country Girl will be at the top of my list!

    I love Boston. It has great food but still, you could never get crepes in Boston like you can in France.

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