Alain’s Amazing Crêpes: A Visit to the Marché des Enfants Rouges

It was hands-down the best crêpe I’ve had in Paris so far.

The nutella-filled wonder was made by Alain, who has a stand at the Marché des Enfants Rouges (The Market of the Red Children) in the Marais. Merci to my Englishman for having found this gem!

Made popular in the UK by The Little Paris Kitchen’s Rachel Khoo, Alain’s organic stand had a long line of anglophones when the handsome Englishman and I stopped by for our goûter (the 4 o’clock snack in France). People visiting Paris for the weekend made sure to stop by the market and try these gastronomical creations. Not only does Alain make amazing organic crêpes (“tout bio!” as he shouts), but he also makes fantastic breads and the famous cornet végétarien.

The eccentric Frenchman sings and dances to the music of his boombox as he prepares your order. His cooking has a certain grace to it as he moves fluidly around his kitchen, grabbing this ingredient or that. The line moved quickly, and soon it was our turn! DM ordered a sugar-lemon crêpe, while I ordered my usual, a crêpe au nutella. As he buttered the hot plate, we were treated to another little song-and-dance performance.

Both crêpes were AMAZING. For the sugar-lemon one, Alain grated some organic lemon zest and then squeezed lemon juice all over it as a finishing touch. We thought it might make it taste a bit sour but instead it complemented the sugar and sweet batter perfectly with a crisp, tangy taste. My nutella one was heavenly! We decided that the magical element may just have been the slightly burnt butter that made the batter taste all sorts of wonderful.

The Marché des Enfants Rouges is a perfect place to stroll around on a Sunday or meet up for lunch. With a wide variety of stands, ranging from Moroccan tajines to a fantastic wine hub, there’s something for everyone to enjoy here.

Below you can see some of the pictures from our visit and the delicious treats we enjoyed. Can’t wait to visit again soon. Merci, Alain!

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Marché des Enfants Rouges 
39 rue de Bretagne
75003

4 thoughts on “Alain’s Amazing Crêpes: A Visit to the Marché des Enfants Rouges

    • I know; so was I! But he was really nice in the end! And goodness, those crepes were unbelievable. I’m hoping to try Breizh Cafe soon, which I’ve heard also has some amazing crepes with a Japanese twist!

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