On my first night to explore Paris at the end of a work trip I went out to explore the area around the AirBnB I was staying in. I’d chosen the location because it was close to Notre Dame, which I wanted to visit. I didn’t realise it was right next to the Centre Pompidou, and full of little restaurants – some more tourist orientated than others.
I headed up and found a street which was next to a crazy fountain. I wanted to have something fairly French but after several days of steak and pomme frites fancied a change. That’s when Creperie Beaubourg emerged at the end of the street.
Selling nothing but savoury and sweet crepes, I ordered from their set menu of ham, cheese and egg main course with sugar crepes dessert. And a glass of cider too. All for under €10! There were some pretty special crepes on the menu but I was tired and lacking in imagination by this point.
And then came the stress. I looked in my bag to find I was purseless. Knowing the City of Light’s reputation for pickpockets I hastily cancelled order before I was sprinting back home to try to get open the French lock of the apartment (their keys are put in and removed on the side rather than straight up and down. I did not know this) and fly in the bedroom to find my purse on the floor next to the mirror. A short walk later I was back on for crepes!
The staff were friendly and the one waitress I had spoke really good English (which was great as I don’t know how to cancel and order in French). The food was good enough but not incredible, but a nice break from the huge tourist bistros further down the road that were packed. And it can’t be faulted for value if you want a quick and cheap dinner.
There were some teens having a kickabout in the square next to the restaurant. When I was leaving the ball came over to me and I tapped it back to them.