Aside from its traditional offerings of delicious and unique sweets and snacks, the city of Tokyo is also known for the crêpe; a mouth-watering sweet (and sometimes savory) dish that is hugely popular among locals and tourists. Airy and filled with not just your ordinary whipped cream with fruits but also with cookies, cakes, pudding, and a whole variety of other sumptuous ingredients you won’t find anywhere else, these thinly made pancakes are enjoyable to eat any time of the day. Luckily, there are a number of crêpe stores in Tokyo for you to choose from. If you’re feeling extravagant in the morning and want something out of the ordinary, you can enjoy its savory variety with fresh greens and meat, pork cutlets, and curry. If you like something light and ready-to-go, you can have it with fresh whipped cream with sliced mangoes, peaches and a drizzle of heavenly chocolate sauce. You can even go over the top by filling it with chunks of cakes or chocolate chip cookies! The great thing about crêpes is that you can take it anywhere with you because of its convenient wrapping. It is easy to hold like your favorite childhood ice cream only this time, it’s better, bolder, and bigger. Crêpes are now found almost anywhere in Tokyo. Some are sold in stalls, offering fresh varieties of crêpes loaded with delicious fillings or specialty crêpe stores which are hugely popular in the district of Harajuku. It doesn’t really matter if you’re having it sweet or savory because crêpes will remain a favorite among the crowd.
Curious as to whether you like it better with meat or with a slice of chocolate cake? Worry no more because we rounded up 5 of the best crêpes stores in Tokyo, offering only the best freshly made crêpes with your choice of fillings.
Starting off the list with one of the oldest crêpe stores in Tokyo, specifically in Harajuku, Marion Crêpes (1-6-15 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku) has been running since 1976 and has already expanded to several locations nationwide and in China. The choices are endless and you might even find yourself ordering two different variants of crêpes. There’s one thing that you must try when visiting this special crêpe store, it must be the Ichigo Cheesecake Special: a sweet serving of vanilla ice cream, fresh strawberries, cheesecake, drizzled with strawberry sauce and topped with whipped cream, all of which are wrapped in freshly made crêpe.
Another option for great crêpe stores in Tokyo is Santa Monica Crêpes (1-16-8 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku), which boasts of a 100 choices for your browsing. This retro-like crêpe store has its staff wearing roller skates and serves tapioca filled beverages you won’t find anywhere else. Because of its extensive menu, which you might feel a little bit lost when choosing, you can’t help but want to order everything on the menu! You can always ask what their bestsellers are and two of them are their strawberry-banana and chocolate ice cream crêpe and their take on an apple pie crêpe.
If you want to go a little high-end and experience crêpes in another light, try visiting BREIZH Café (3-5-4 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo) which first introduced crêpes and galettes to Japan. Their pioneer stores are located in Omotesando and Kagurazaka branches. You can find both sweet and savory variants of crêpes here, which has that authentic Breton-style of preparation. You can absolutely tell that they only used the finest and freshest ingredients for your crêpes. They source everything locally as well as from France. Order up and enjoy it with a cup of freshly brewed coffee that goes really well with your crêpes.
New to the scene but already booming with success, Comcrepe (1-8-25 Meijijingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo) is one of those specialty crêpe stores in Tokyo that you won’t easily forget. Tucked away just a few steps from Thankyou Mart, Comcrepe is going to be your new favorite crêpe store. Combining two of the most delicious desserts in the world, they specialize in making Crème Brulee style crêpes with creamy filling and that familiar burnt sugar topping. Once you take a bite of it, you’ll instantly hear the cracking sounds from the burnt sugar topping and you’ll be in for a joyous ride of different flavors and textures. It’s a must-try for those who are looking for something and new to devour. Drop by and savor the sweetness of these delicious Brulee style crêpes.
Also known as Strawberry House, Café Crêpe Harajuku (1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku) is also one of the oldest crêpe stores in Tokyo. It opened in 1977 and has been serving delicious crêpes ever since. They offer an extensive menu of crêpes which can be a little hard to choose from, considering they all look equally delicious and satisfying. Their bestseller is the banana chocolate whipped cream crêpe which has that light but filling taste. If you’re into the matcha culture, which is still booming and in demand, you can also find a selection of green tea based crêpes from matcha ice cream to cheesecake and matcha sauce.
She’s cooking and baking for her family and friends. She finds grocery shopping therapeutic, always takes the longest time in the Asian section and debates with herself whether she needs that extra pack of instant ramen. A lover of sweets, she dreams of owning a patisserie and publishing her book but most of the time, she’s just really thinking of what to eat for breakfast the next day.