La Petite Creperie in Hardware Lane
When made in savoury form (with buckwheat flour), the seemingly humble crepe is actually known as a galette. At La Petite Crêperie in Hardware Lane, traditional Brittany crepes (the sweet ones with wheat flour) and galettes are the order of the day. The galettes arrive folded like an envelope and filled with an abundance of meat, vegetables and deliciously oozing cheese. The sweet crepes, meanwhile, come bundled as a pouch, filled with homemade chocolate or warm raspberry coulis.
The breakfast menu also includes many typical French dishes like tartines with butter and jam, homemade Croque Monsieur and Croque Madame, and freshly baked croissants with sweet or savoury filling options.
To drink, there is Five Senses coffee (served in a bowl if that tickles your fancy), French sodas and a few French wines and ciders. And while the shop's tagline may read "Arrogantly French", this should not be misread, as owners Michael Gatta-Castel and Patrizia Maselli (also of La Petite Crêperie on Swanston Street are anything but. Rather, the tongue-in-cheek statement refers to all that is found in this cosy space, from French magazines and newspapers, to French melodies piped blissfully through the stereo.