When I started working at a graphic design studio South of Market in 1999, I searched to find a place for lunch that served crepes. Back then, there were not many places that offered crêpes. The restaurant I found, Café Bastille, is still my favorite spot for crêpes today.
Located in the Financial District’s charming European-style alley called Belden Place, Café Bastille exudes a French café vibe with outside tables, friendly French-speaking staff and welcoming and eclectic decor inside.
My all-time favorite time of year to go to Café Bastille is during our Indian Summer months of September and October. The restaurant tents are rolled up, heaters aren’t needed and sitting outside of Café Bastille, I feel like I’m at a café in France.
In the cooler months, the outdoor area is tented. Sitting outside under the glow of the heaters, I warm my insides with my favorite mushroom, spinach and goat cheese crêpe. I’m usually full after this tasty entrée that comes with a side salad but they have dessert crêpes too! Café Bastille is not JUST a spot for crêpes! They also have other French favorites like salade niçoise, escargots, croque monsieur and a pâté sampler. And, these are just the items from the lunch menu… I still need to get there for dinner!