Without question, my biggest craving while I was pregnant in Paris was for savoury crêpes. To be specific, I wanted a jambon et emmental (ham and swiss cheese) crêpe.
I searched high and low for the best crêperie in Paris, only to met with generic, unsatisfying fare. Until one day, after spending a lovely afternoon exploring the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area in the 6th district with my husband, I spotted it—Crêpes d’Or. It looked like a hole in the wall, but by this point I had tried about half a dozen disappointing crêperies. What did I have to lose?
I lingered before approaching Crêpes d’Or, surveying the premises. It was a kiosk-style operation that opened directly onto the Rue du Four. It sold drinks, panninis, and sweet and savoury crêpes for about €5 each. It seemed to be a one-man operation run by the owner. “Un crêpe au jambon et emmental s’il vous plaît.” I asked him, eager and skeptical at the same time.
I watched him pour fresh batter onto the skillet rather than pulling a pre-made crêpe off a stack. This was an encouraging sign. Within a matter of minutes, he handed me a steaming, buttery crêpe wrapped in thin paper.
Something happened to me when I took my first bite. It’s what the National Center for Biotechnology Information describes as food euphoria, whereby eating delicious foods stimulates the release of dopamine and produces a feeling of euphoria. This crêpe was the best I’ve ever had in my life.
I went back to Crêpes d’Or about a dozen times. The proprietor seemed to find my frequent visits amusing. I don’t think he could see my protruding belly over the counter to tell I was pregnant. Then again, maybe he could.
For the best crêpes in Paris visit Crêpes d’Or at 27 Rue du Four. You won’t be disappointed!