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The Best Crepes in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / February 5, 2013

crepes torontoThe best crepes in Toronto are pretty much straight from France, with love. While some restaurants are known to take liberties with fillings — offering everything from fried eggplant to Philly steak with cheese — the crepe itself usually remains its thin, light, soft-but-not-too-chewy self. These crepes come sweet and savoury and made with a regular wheat batter, or buckwheat and gluten-free, are are often folded around premium ingredients that will, quite likely, save you a trip to Paris. Alright, maybe that's an exaggeration, but these are still some mighty tasty crepes.

Here is the list of the best crepes in Toronto.

See also:

The best pancakes in Toronto
The best French restaurants in Toronto

Crepes a Go Go

Crepes a Go Go

Tres delicieux et vraiment Parisian. And you might pick up a little French while you’re there, too. There’s a reason why Crepes a GoGo has been one of the top names for authentic crepes in Toronto, and it has a lot to do with owner Veronique’s strict adherence to premium ingredients and procedure. Now with two locations (Yorkville and The Annex), each spot is a bit tight and often quite humid in the summer, there's no denying that Crepes a GoGo's Crepe Madame, Quebecoise, and house-made Limonana drink make it well worth a little squeeze. More »

Le Papillon on the Park

Le Papillon on the Park

On the eastern fringes of Leslieville, Le Papillon on the Park goes way beyond the basic strawberry and Nutella pairing. Consider these crepes the “filet mignon” of their kind (though I wouldn’t put it past Le Papillon to actually offer a filet mignon-stuffed crepe) with options that include a braised curried lamb crepe, a seared shrimp and scallops crepe, and a maple roasted ham crepe with aged cheddar and maple syrup. And, um, strawberry crepes for dessert. More »

Crepe It Up

Crepe It Up

Now with three locations, each one serving fresh crepes at pretty fantastic prices. The Crepe it Up in the St. Lawrence Market is perhaps the most universally familiar, having perfected the art of the crepe to go and excelling in the realm of crepe breakfast options. I’m pretty sure the Monster crepe with egg, ham, cheese, spinach and veggies is what The Hulk eats for breakfast. More »

Hibiscus Cafe

Hibiscus Cafe

Hibiscus Cafe in Kensington absolutely stuffs its crepes with fresh fruits, greens, and nuts, so much so that you won’t even miss the absent meat or dairy. These buckwheat crepes are perfect for vegan and gluten-free crepe-enthusiasts, though they’ve been known to win over a carnivore or two, even with its vegan “cheddar.” Hibiscus makes both sweet and savoury crepes, and yes, you can opt for real cheese. More »

Krepesz European Palacsinta Cafe

Krepesz European Palacsinta Cafe

Also in Kensington Market, Krepesz makes its crepes Hungarian style, which means you'll find sweet ricotta cheese, chicken stew, and lots of feta in many of its crepes. The house specialty is, of course, the aforementioned stew, which comes with ground chicken cooked in paprika sauce, matched with sour cream, mozzarella, and spinach. For the best value (and maximum deliciousness), go with the crepe and soup combo. More »

Art Square Cafe

Art Square Cafe

Art Square Cafe across from the AGO crafts some of the most intricate crepes around, combining ingredients such as marinated shrimp, fried eggplant, and “Ottoman aphrodisiac sauce” made from 40 different herbs. Customers can opt for a savoury crepe made with either buckwheat or regular batter, which goes part and parcel with Art Square’s irresistible handmade chocolate. Or maybe that’s just the Ottoman aphrodisiac talking. More »

Jules Bistro Cafe

Jules Bistro Cafe

Jules Bistro near Spadina and Richmond is authentic French through and through, and the crepes are certainly no exception. While the options here are limited and not exactly innovative, a quality asparagus and Brie, or crepe au sucre is certainly worth a list of other mediocre options. Crepe au Chocolat is definitely the favourite pick for Jules’ regulars. More »

Yellow Cup Cafe

Yellow Cup Cafe

Way out in the west end near Sherway Gardens, Yellow Cup Cafe has been doling out its sweet and savoury crepes (unbeknownst to Toronto’s downtown core) for more than a decade. These crepes come folded around a bona fide mound of hearty fillings, some of which include Tuscan chicken, Philly steak, and bacon and eggs. I’m predicting an imminent east-to-west municipal migration. More »

Discussion

61 Comments

Andrew / February 5, 2013 at 12:30 pm
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Crepes a go go is by far the best :)
Graeme Quinn / February 5, 2013 at 12:37 pm
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Well deserved win by Crepes-a-Go Go. I lived for a year in France, and there wasn't a single crepe I tried that was better than this restaurant.

Well done.
sammy / February 5, 2013 at 12:41 pm
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I'm glad Chococrepe is finally on the list. Best crepe I've ever had.
Heather / February 5, 2013 at 12:49 pm
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Crepe a gogo might be good, but I hate the way she operates her business. I have heard nothing but bad things about how she treats her staff. She swears and yell at them in French so the customers can't understand. She hires French people with a working permit, and right before the end of their visas, she fires them and just won't pay, knowing that they can't do anything since they have to go back to their country. Plus, it is not authentic if the savoury crepes are not in buckwheat. NO THANKS!
Jim / February 5, 2013 at 12:51 pm
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Not surprise that Cafe Crepe didn't make the list this year.
Julia S. / February 5, 2013 at 12:54 pm
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YAY, my favourite restaurant Choco Crepe made it to the list. Love their gluten free crepes!
Carol replying to a comment from Heather / February 5, 2013 at 01:48 pm
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It's funny that you've mentioned that Heather, because the two times I was there, the owner was yelling something in French to the staff that I couldn't understand.
the lemur replying to a comment from Heather / February 5, 2013 at 02:11 pm
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There is no rule about savoury crepes having to be buckwheat. You may be thinking of the custom of referring to the savoury versions as galettes (de sarrasin), which CAN be savoury, but not necessarily, and buckwheat is not restricted to savoury crepes/galettes.
BP / February 5, 2013 at 02:21 pm
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What about Caffe Demetries?
LJ / February 5, 2013 at 02:51 pm
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yummy yummy yummy. The famous chipotle chicken from Chococrepe is to die for
1 / February 5, 2013 at 03:06 pm
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screw crepe it up. worst employer ever, and they may have changed their dining on church, but before, the place was a shit hole and the owner an ass.
Mathilde replying to a comment from Heather / February 5, 2013 at 03:26 pm
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I can confirm with Heather's comment. One of my French girlfriend worked there over her staying in Toronto with a working permit. She said that Veronique (the owner) was a complete B*tch. Yelling and swearing at the staff all the time. She would forced the staff to pay for the uniform. And my friend got fired just few weeks before she had to go back to France and never got paid. She said it happen to few past employees and that she is well known for that in the French community in Toronto. My friend had try to bring it to court, but realized that it wasn't worth the court money. I guess the owner knows that most of them wouldn't bring it to court because of the limited time they have in Canada. I do not support such horrible ethic.
PositiveView / February 5, 2013 at 04:29 pm
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The relatively new Cafe La Neuf makes great crepes. Check them out, they are great for crepes.
http://www.blogto.com/cafes/le-neuf-cafe-toronto
Erik / February 5, 2013 at 05:32 pm
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Veronique who owns Crepes a GoGo is a tyrant. Her staff are truly afraid of her. The one time I went last December her staff seemed truly afraid of her and she was bossing them around very rudely. Most people don't understand all that she screams in French, but sadly I got most of what she was saying to her staff and it wasn't pleasant.
Karen B / February 5, 2013 at 07:26 pm
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Chococrepe is my favourite on the list. I've been there a few time and the crepes are really good. They use Valrhona chocolate for their crepes and hot chocolate. My sister is a pastry chef and she said that Valrhona is one of the best chocolate out there in the market, and yes, it is delicious!!!!
gi / February 5, 2013 at 08:34 pm
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I usually go to Hibiscus Cafe for gluten free crepe, didn't know Chococrepe has it too. Gotta try that out. BlogTO, you guys should do a list of Best Gluten Free. Would love to see all the options out there :)
nik / February 5, 2013 at 09:00 pm
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seems like Crepe a gogo's owner should win the douchebag employer of the year lol
John / February 6, 2013 at 12:47 am
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Art Square Cafe has really nice workers, everyone was smiling and nice but not the best crepes nor the worst.
lauren / February 6, 2013 at 05:49 am
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i will never visit crepes a gogo after reading this! i hope the owner sees these comments.
Skye / February 6, 2013 at 08:43 am
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I've never been to Crepes-A-Gogo and now I never will. What an awful woman...and foolish, too; lots of people know at least a little French thanks to our language laws, and can probably understand some of what she's screaming.
glutenfreegal replying to a comment from gi / February 6, 2013 at 09:37 am
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YES a list of Best of Gluten Free places will be awesome!
Jer / February 6, 2013 at 09:58 am
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I have been to Crepes a Go Go a few times and I had a chance to talk to Veronique at an event I was volunteering at. She seemed pleasant enough in person and was nice to the volunteers at this particular event. However, I have also seen that she is very controlling in her restaurant. Maybe that is part of the reason why the food is so good, but, it really turns me off wanting to go that often too. The added comments about her labour dealings , while not verified/confirmed in any way, make me wonder about her even more... If people have had this happen to them they should approach the various government organizations related to this. If they are on a legal work exchange visa they should support you in getting your payment without having to go to court. Even if someone has gone back to France. One of my friends got screwed over on an internship before at another job where she was suppose to get a small stipend and she also was scared to go after the employer.

One thing I noticed is that my food was ready on my last trip there but the employee couldn't pass it to me directly, he had to wait for Veronique to finish what she was doing so that she could come over and pass it to me herself and rip the paper outercover. It seemed like over a minute of waiting there... Lastly, I had ordered with a friend (one after the other) but the crepes weren't done in order and it was a long wait between the two. She told me off and told me that I should have told her they were both together! Common sense would be that orders would be first in first out.

Curious, which place location does she spend the most time at? She can't be at two places at once.
John / February 6, 2013 at 12:32 pm
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Sounds like the competitors of Crepes a Go Go have taken over this page
kt / February 6, 2013 at 12:46 pm
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Art Square is a weird set up. There's like a art gallery in the front and the cafe is kinda hidden in the back. The crepes are not bad. It looks like it's a family owned business and they are all very nice and polite.
Stephane Bigue / February 6, 2013 at 01:54 pm
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Thanks for including us guys!! Guess it's time to make a filet mignon crêpe huh? We DID make a Steak au Poivre Poutine (filet mignon) the other day... You're great, we appreciate it!

Le Papillon on the Park
Maurice / February 7, 2013 at 12:28 pm
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I agree with what is said about Veronique at Crepes a Go Go. As a member of the French community I had some friends working there and they confirmed that : she is rude and definitely deserves a good spank. Besides that, the crepes are good (but not as good as in France, where they are also much bigger). It would still need a Jambon-fromage crepe, one of the most simple and cheapest one to do !
Shana / February 8, 2013 at 02:30 pm
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I was so disappointed with Choco Crepe. I found both the savoury and dessert crepe that I tried there pretty tasteless. The hot chocolate was good though. Certainly wasn't worth the price for me. I like the idea, I like the menu, just wish the crepes tasted as good as they sounded.
Louise / February 8, 2013 at 03:40 pm
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Went to Crepe a Gogo before and didn't like it, the crepes are small and you can't even barely taste the ingredients inside as there is so little... I'll have to try the other places to see if you can get a decent crepe in the city.
Jack / February 8, 2013 at 03:45 pm
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All I see is people complaining... We should all be supporting our local businesses rather than bashing them, congrats to all the places that made it to the list!
Nochains replying to a comment from BP / February 8, 2013 at 03:48 pm
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No chains, and certainly not the ones that suck.
Miriam / February 10, 2013 at 02:10 pm
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Crepe a gogo's crepes are good, but I find the portion way too small. When you order a crepe with banana, they will only give you half of a banana. Seriously, how much is a banana? I find that Crepedelicious in the malls are way more generous and worth it.
CG / February 12, 2013 at 04:27 pm
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Great list. Will try a out a few of them that I've never heard of before.
Karen replying to a comment from Jack / February 25, 2013 at 11:46 pm
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Yes congrats to all the deserving ones only. I hate seeing bad employers that treats their employees like garbage. I have actually been to Crepe a gogo several times and really enjoyed their food. I stopped going there after a horrible experience. I saw and heard every nasty things she was barking at her staff. Trust me, if you were there, you will be pretty upset too.
Lucy / February 26, 2013 at 01:20 pm
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Should we be remarking how the employers treat their staff along with who makes the best crepes?
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Nilou / June 6, 2013 at 05:22 pm
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Henry / November 30, 2013 at 09:06 am
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Newly Opened CrepesClub at 49 Baldwin Str. Our crepes are made fresh in front of you for a European culinary experience. Whether you choose sweet or savory crepes, they make a great meal whether it is for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Wide variety to choose from: chicken, salmon, feta chease with spinash, sweet crepes with fruits, jams, lemon and many many more. Or be your own Creator! Make your OWN unique Crepe.
Julia / December 5, 2013 at 08:41 pm
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New CrepesClub restaurant near my dep at the UofT. Great place foe lunch or dinner. Loooved the place, cozy, relaxing atmosphere, more 'with you' and listen to what you want, not your reburial fast track franchiser.... my favorite are strawberry/nutella, and feta with garlic. They serve REAL European coffee (I am a coffee person....😉 can't go through my day without it). Free Wi Fi was a pleasant surprise, finished my reading while enjoying my crepe with coffee. They are newly opened, but are very nice. Keep up! Highly recommend to everyone who loves crepes.
boop / December 15, 2013 at 09:03 am
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I never quite got what the big deal was with Crepes a Go Go, maybe I should give it another go. My vote goes to Le Neuf Cafe! Perfection. Best ingredient quality and combinations, and the staff is lovely. (and Parisian, if you really wanna go for the authenticity schtick)
LC / December 15, 2013 at 11:53 am
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The Ham & Cheese crepe at Le Petit Dejeuner. So good.
fan7 / December 15, 2013 at 04:46 pm
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Chococrepe is still the best crepe I've ever had, even after coming back from a backpack trip in Europe and trying a dozen different crepe place in France.
Marie / December 15, 2013 at 07:09 pm
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The owner Veronique of Crepes-A-Gogo does have a bad temper and reputation for firing employees for no cause and she does take advantage of foreign students with a work visa, especially at her Yorkville Ave. location where there are many English schools around the corner.
lubasha / January 14, 2014 at 07:34 pm
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Anybody tried 'Crepes Club' (49 Baldwin St)?
Yuliya / January 24, 2014 at 06:08 pm
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To Lubasha: I did! Lovely! Real 'blini') they also have the whole range of traditional EASTERN European cuisine, and very affordable.
ika / January 28, 2014 at 11:15 am
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Hibiscus has much better crepes then any of the Crepe Go Go, IMHO, by the filling only.
DK / February 8, 2014 at 10:09 am
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I went to the hipster pool last summer in Alexandria Park and discovered the little outdoor shipping container market beside it. Tried a few places over the summer but by far the best was the small crepe place. I think it was called nom nom crepes. IMHO up there with the best in Toronto. Had the nutella, banana and strawberry crepe and I swear he put half a pound of strawberries in there. The guy told me he only buys the biggest bananas he can find. The thing was HUGE. All for $4.5. He said the rent is so low that he can keep prices low. Will def go back once the pool is open again.
Ryan Storm / March 30, 2014 at 09:15 am
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Doug McNish's Vegan Public Kitchen should be there! His crepes are #awesmazing!
Jill / March 30, 2014 at 10:53 am
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Nom Nom Nom Crepes at Market707 is really awesome too. Good selection of savoury and sweet crepes.
Nick / April 6, 2014 at 07:47 pm
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Just visited "Crepes club" on Baldwin. Excellent range of sweet and savoury creeps. Portions are well sized without being too massive. Apart from tasty crepes, this place has some of the best Eastern European food I've had downtown in a while. Excellent pierogies, borscht (with home made pampushky!) and pelmeni. I think they make their sour cream in-house. Amazing deserts, too. Try the "eclair cake". Will go back!
Andrea / May 25, 2014 at 08:44 am
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I love Nom Nom Nom Crepes too! I tried because of the name, but keep going back for the crepes lol. I work across the street at Toronto Western so it's very convenient. His croissants sandwiches are also very good.
Kim / May 25, 2014 at 06:35 pm
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To the person who wondered why we are discussing the behaviour of the people who run these businesses: I, for one, would not knowingly give my money to people who are nasty, no matter how good the food. I have enjoyed the food at Le Papillon, but I will never go back after hearing how the proprietors treated their employees. I will also avoid Crepes a Go Go.

I discovered Nom Nom Crepes at Market 707 and agree the food is wonderful. The guy who runs it is wonderful as well.
brandy / May 26, 2014 at 01:09 am
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I used to love chococrepe but it hasn't been the same since they changed owner. I miss the good food and their hot chocolate.

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