The three C’s of France: croissants, champagne, and…crêpes!
Last week, my friend Hanna and I went on a search for great crêpes in Paris. We decided to try Crêperie Josselin, a small, charming place in the 14th arrondissement that came at the recommendation of her friend who was in Paris last quarter. We headed there for lunch straight after class and arrived a little before 12:30, just in time to squeeze in without a wait. And good thing, too, because there was a line out the door by the time we were served.
The restaurant itself was cozy and cute with lots of dark wood accents and warm lighting, and the constant chatter of happy diners filled the room. You could tell that this place has quite the reputation from the good mix of tourists and French locals.
The crêpes were delicious and unlike any savory crêpe I’ve ever tried. They were generously filled with hearty ingredients and were grilled to crispy, buttery perfection. I particularly liked the goat cheese/spinach combo, in part because I’m partial to goat cheese. The creamy texture of the cheese nicely complemented the crispy, doughy crêpe.
Despite being absolutely stuffed after our meal, we had to stop by Amorino, a gelateria just down the street that Hanna’s friend had also recommended. Since I hadn’t had gelato since I left Rome, I was excited to see how it would compare to authentic Italian gelato.
There wasn’t a huge selection of flavors, but they had the basics – chocolate, vanilla, hazelnut, pistachio, lemon, etc. I paired pistachio and hazelnut (two of my favorite flavors) with coffee, just because the coffee flavor looked good (it was topped with real coffee beans!) and sounded like it would go well with the other two. As I learned in Italy, the best cups of gelato are those that match flavors well. Though I’ve had better (and worse) hazelnut and pistachio, it was great gelato overall. I’d go back if I were in the area on a non-freezing day.