The queues for this Parisian creperie stand say it all.
Located on Hampstead High Street, alongside the King William IV pub, La Creperie de Hampstead has been a permanent fixture since 1980, and is always fashioning a queue.
For over 30 years, La Creperie de Hampstead has been serving up traditional Parisian crepes, with all manner of sweet and savoury fillings from asparagus and cheese to jam, or chocolate, hazelnut and cream. With over 25 different flavour combinations on the menu, the choices are almost overwhelming.
Although the queues can get pretty long on sunny days, it’s definitely worth the wait. Heading up to Hampstead on an overcast day, with the odd patchy drizzly shower, the queue time was only about 15 minutes! Definitely a winning situation.
With a pressured decision, not being able to read the menu until we were third in the queue (there’s so many options to read, and then deciding between so many tasty sounding options was tough!) I chose upon being asked for my order. Alex even changed his mind last minute too from sweet to savoury after hearing I was going with a cheesy option.
The crepes themselves are made right there and then, on hot plates in front of you, with two people manning the stand. Everything is cooked fresh, folded into the crepe, and cooked some more, allowing the cheese (or chocolate) to melt. With lots of butter used, the crepes finish up crispy and golden on the outside, served up in a cone with a fork.
Eaten stood in the street (if it was dry and sunny, there are benches along the high street which would be perfect), we tucked in, popping the fork to the side and going straight in for a bite, and using our hands. Greasy, but this is definitely the easiest way to eat it.
Having never had a savoury pancakes before, it blew my mind. The mushrooms, garlic, cheese and ham crepe was packed with fillings. Super cheesy, with a delicious garlic kick, it was filling and went down a treat. The ham and cheese was just as cheesy, with stringy melted cheese, and plenty of juicy ham.
Super close to the cute streets and shops of Hampstead, it’s perfect for going for a wander afterwards, which is just what we did – after making sure my face was clean of cheese and grease.
With crepes ranging from £3 to £7, it’s a pretty cheap option for a breakfast or lunch stop, and definitely worth every penny. I can’t wait to go back to try one of the sweet options (if I wasn’t so full afterwards I definitely would have re-joined the queue for dessert), and I’m pretty sure I’m going to need to visit more than once to test out all the options I want to try!
Have you been yet? What’s your favourite topping?