Crepes & Waffles is a very popular chain of restaurants in Colombia that specializes in crepes, waffles and ice cream.
In Medellín, Crepes & Waffles is so popular the company has grown to a total of 19 restaurants and 10 ice cream shops. And the restaurants are not difficult to find, as over half of them in Medellín are found in malls in the city.
Note the above photo is the Crepes & Waffles restaurant location in the newest phase of Mayorca Mall in Sabaneta. Also, there is a second Crepes & Waffles restaurant in the older part of this large mall.
History of Crepes & Waffles
Crepes & Waffles was started in Bogotá by two students at CESA university. On April 13, 1980, they opened their first restaurant in Bogotá, which was styled like a small rustic French crêperie.
The restaurant was so successful that by 1983 they expanded to a second location in Bogotá. And in 1984, the company opened its first restaurant in Cartagena. In 1989, the chain opened its first restaurant in Cali. And in 1994, the company opened its first restaurant in Medellín, which was its 13th restaurant in Colombia. Furthermore, the company’s first international restaurant opened in Ecuador in 1995.
Since that time, the company has grown to over 80 restaurants in nine cities in Colombia and a total of over 100 restaurants in nine countries. In addition, the company is known for primarily hiring women who are the head of a household.
My Experiences at Crepes & Waffles
I first discovered Crepes & Waffles in Cartagena way back in late 2006 during my first trip to Colombia. I enjoyed the food there and went back several times.
Since that time, I have eaten at this restaurant chain many times over the past 11 years in five different cities in Colombia. In my experience the food is consistently good. But the service isn’t always consistent and can be slow, particularly if a restaurant is busy.
At lunch and dinner, Crepes & Waffles restaurants are sometimes full as they are quite popular. But many of their restaurants are fairly large. So, it may not be a long wait for a table in my experience.
The Food Menu at Crepes & Waffles
Crepes & Waffles has an extensive food menu. Obviously crepes and waffles are the focus. There are 18 different vegetarian crepes options ranging in price from 12,900 peso for the mushrooms crepes to 22,400 pesos for the three cheese crepes.
There are 11 different seafood crepes ranging in price from 16,900 to 25,900 pesos. And there are 14 different meat crepes ranging in price from 15,900 to 23,500 pesos.
Also, there are nine different classic crepes ranging in price from 10,800 to 23,800 pesos. There are 14 different chicken crepes with prices ranging from 14,900 to 18,900 pesos. Finally, there are many more cheese crepes and special crepes options on the menu.
There are 23 different waffle and mini-waffle options on the menu ranging in price from 5,900 to 9,600 pesos.
In addition, there are 12 different pita options on the menu ranging in price from 11,900 to 25,900 pesos. And there are 13 different salad options ranging in price from 17,200 to 27,700 pesos.
Also, there are eight different soups on the menu with prices ranging from 8,500 to 19,500 pesos. One of my favorites is the cheesy French onion soup that is really good.
There many other things on the menu including eggs and bacon. The extensive menu can be seen online (in Spanish).
The Drink Menu at Crepes & Waffles
The drink menu at Crepes & Waffles has several options. There are several Colombian coffees and cappuccino ranging in price from 3,000 to 6,200 pesos. And there are 13 different natural juices and lemonades to choose from that range in price from 4,000 to 6,500 pesos.
They also have seven different beers on the menu ranging in price from 5,500 to 8,800 pesos. And there are a few wines available by the cup or bottle. Also, there are sodas and bottle water for 3,600 or 3,700 pesos. And malts are available for 8,700 pesos.
The Ice Cream Menu at Crepes & Waffles
Crepes & Waffles is famous for its ice cream. And they even have a separate menu just for all the ice cream options with many photos.
On the ice cream menu you can find so many options including banana splits, fondue and many types of fruit flavored ice cream.
In addition, they have many signature ice cream dishes with names like Saint Honore (vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce, walnuts and whipped cream) or Delirio (Chocolates playing with different textures, where the caramel crystals melt with whipped cream).
You can see all the options on the ice cream menu on their website (in Spanish).
How to Get to Crepes & Waffles
In Medellín and nearby, Crepes & Waffles has 19 restaurants listed below:
- El Poblado, Oviedo Mall, Carrera 43A # 6A Sur -15, Phone: +57 4 3526888
- El Poblado, Santafé Mall, Carrera 43A # 7 Sur-170, Phone: +57 4 3135705
- El Poblado, El Tesoro Mall, Carrera 25 A # 1 A sur-45, Phone: +57 4 3210795
- El Poblado, Carrera 43A # 5A-95, Phone: +57 4 3661718
- El Poblado, Carrera 36 # 10-54, Phone: +57 4 3115067
- El Poblado, Calle 16A Sur # 32B-38, Phone: +57 4 3136163
- El Poblado, Carrera 38 # 18-101, Phone: +57 4 3666171
- Envigado, Viva Envigado mall, Carrera 48 # 32B Sur-139
- Laureles, Unicentro Mall, Carrera 66B # 34A-6, Phone: +57 4 2655199
- Laureles, Transversal 39B # 73B-60, Phone: +57 4 4131344
- Sabaneta, Mayorca Mall, Calle 51 Sur # 48-57, Phone: +57 4 3772715
- Sabaneta, Mayorca Mall, Carrera 48 # 50 Sur-128 local: 40-75, Phone: +57 4 3660423
- Belén, Los Molinos Mall, Calle 30A # 82A-26, Phone: +57 4 235419
- La Calendaria (El Centro), San Diego Mall, Calle 34 # 43-66, Phone: +57 4 2321023
- La Calendaria (El Centro), Premium Plaza Mall, Calle 29 # 43G-10, Phone: +57 4 2283388
- Robledo, Florida Parque Mall, Carrera 65 # 72-125, Phone: +57 4 4187994
- Bello, Puerta del Norte Mall, Diagonal 55 # 34-67 Local 2035, Phone: +57 4 4834774
- Rionegro, Llano Grande, Vereda 3 Puertas, in front of ESSO, Phone: +57 4 5371611
- Rionegro, Calle 43 # 54-139, Phone: +57 4 4182727
Over half of the Crepes & Waffles restaurant found in Medellín are located in malls. In addition to the 19 restaurants in Medellín and nearby, Crepes & Waffles also has 10 ice cream shops in Medellín.
Crepes & Waffles also has restaurants in Colombia located in Barranquilla, Bogotá, Bucaramanga, Cali, Cartagena, Pereira, Santa Marta and Villavicencio.
In addition, the company has several restaurants in other countries. Crepes & Waffles has restaurants located in Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Spain and Venezuela.
Crepes & Waffles has a total of over 100 restaurants in nine countries. In Colombia, they have over 80 restaurants and over 60 ice cream shops.
A list of all of their restaurant and coffee shop locations can be found on the Crepes & Waffles website.
The Bottom Line: Crepes & Waffles
Crepes & Waffles is a good option for lunch, brunch, dinner or just a dessert. It’s expected to remain a popular restaurant chain due to having some good food.
Also, I believe this chain would do well in the United States where it hasn’t expanded to yet. I have a very picky friend in the U.S. that traveled with me to Colombia several years ago. He normally finds something he dislikes about most restaurants. But he loved Crepes & Waffles. And he later told me he wished he could find Crepes & Waffles in the U.S., as he liked it so much.
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Editors note: updated on October 6, 2018 with a new Crepes & Waffles restaurant location in the new Viva Envigado mall.