Upper Abbeygate Street; known to some as the home of Electric Garden & Theatre, known to me as the home of Java’s Creperie and Café Francois.
And while I haven’t actually ever been to France myself, I have it on good authority that Java’s has the trademarks of an authentic Breton creperie.
Although probably best known for dessert, why settle for just one course when you could cover a whole day’s eating here?
Full French breakfast including freshly squeezed orange juice to start, soup and a slice of warm buttered baguette for lunch, summer passion salad for dinner (adding strawberries to a salad is revolutionary in my opinion) and something sweet and smothered in chocolate to finish. The dream.
How good do these look?!
I have yet to try a savoury crepe, otherwise called a galette, but that’s next on the agenda.
Open from 10am to 12am (1am three nights a week), Java’s cater to both early birds and night owls alike. The perfect place to hit the books, their hug-in-a-mug hot chocolate was a trusty companion throughout my college career (you may call it procrastination, I call it study fuel…who amongst us doesn’t need encouragement to tackle long lists of recommended reading?).
This place is extremely popular with locals and blow-ins alike, so you’ll be lucky to find an unoccupied table. There is extra seating upstairs though so make sure to check there for an empty spot.
In keeping with ‘the French way’, life slows down once you step inside. So, don’t expect quick-fire staff response times. Just enjoy the music and charming interiors and eat, eat, eat.
No one quite does French cuisine like Java’s.