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Crème Brûlée Crêpes at Harajuku
Price: 600 yen
Last year, suddenly a special version of crêpe became very popular around the social media: crème brûlée crêpes! A new opened crêperie called comcrepe started selling them in July 2016 in Harajuku and many sweets lovers lined up for getting one. They sell varieties of crème brûlée crêpes including vanilla, chocolate and even plain with custard and they even have normal crêpes with fruits.
Now I finally found the time for a visit. Luckily the hype is gone and I didn’t need to wait too long. I tried the plain version for 600 yen. It was good, but not the best one I have ever eaten. The top of the crème brûlée was very delicious and worth a try. However, this special taste is gone in a few seconds and only the normal custard stays back. For me a little bit expensive for the small crêpe you get.
Comcrepe is located in a side road of the famous Takeshita Street, around five minutes away from JR Harajuku station or Tokyo Metro Meijijingumae station. The shop is opened from 10:00 to 20:00, but closed on Wednesdays.
Find more information here: http://comcrepe.com
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