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Nestled discreetly amongst the Thai, Chinese and Filipino cafes that dot Oahu’s Fort Street Mall is Le Crepe Café, the third of its kind in Honolulu (its sister café opened its doors in Manoa two years ago and the Haleiwa Farmers Market hosts a stall every Sunday).
The brainchild of Marysol Ruiz and Soufiane Bouharkat, former lovers who met in Paris and each coincidentally relocated to Hawaii a number of years ago, Le Crepe Café really is a little slice of France. From its decorative art and Parisian faux-architecture to its array of French cuisine made by, yes, real French men, Le Crepe has brought an air of sophistication to Fort Street Mall since it opened in March.
And it’s the fresh, made-to-order crepes that make this hidden gem such a find. From mozzarella, jack and cheddar cheese (Cheese Louise’) to the Veggie’ crepe of organic spinach, fresh basil and tomatoes, to my favorite and a pineapple lover’s dream Ono Ono’, these crepes are not only delicious, but incredibly affordable (prices range from $3.50 – $6.99).
But of course it’s the sweet side of the menu board that sees customers return time and time again. While my friend opts for the Le Parisien’ (cane sugar, freshly squeezed lemon and butter), I go for a slightly more decadent option; Romeo et Juliette’ (nutella, banana and strawberries). And it doesn’t stop there, with a choice of waffles and hot and cold drinks on offer as well (free coffee with any crepe or waffle purchased before 10am).
Le Crepe Café’s batter is made fresh daily and they use locally grown and organic ingredients when possible. Open Monday to Friday, 7am – 6pm (and soon to open on Saturdays) it is quickly becoming the hot spot for not only professionals and students but for tourists as well.
Head down to Le Crepe Café today, it really does make you feel like you’ve stepped into a quaint café on the Champs Elysees (with a touch of Hawaii of course!)
Le Crepe Café
1160 Fort Street Mall, Honolulu
Ali is originally from Australia and has been living in Hawaii for 18 months. We welcome her unique perspective on the islands! This is her first guest post for the Hawaii Vacation Blog.