Millie Creperie’s name may have been inspired by the French thousand-layer crepe cake, but it represents thousands of possibilities.
For anyone who’s ever been to Tokyo, Takeshita Street in Harajuku is a must-see. Not only for the opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of kawaii culture up close, but for the subtly sweet treats available to enjoy as you weave through the crowded pedestrian street lined with novelty shops and cosplayers.
That’s the kind of vibe that Christian Hua wanted to bring to Kensington Market when she opened Millie Creperie in 2013. A self-described food enthusiast with an insatiable sweet tooth, Hua wanted to create a place where people could enjoy a different kind of sweet treat, inspired by the limited availability of Japanese desserts at the time, as well as the way Japanese pastry makers have taken French crepes and made them their own through the addition of distinctly Japanese flavours like matcha and yuzu. It was important to Hua for her business to fit into the neighbourhood, while conveying the Japanese influence that Millie’s menu items are drawn from. “I wanted to borrow some of the design esthetics from Japan while still fitting into Kensington Market,” explains Hua. The resulting décor of Millie Creperie is minimalist and functional, fitting with her desire to create a place where people can stop in for a treat as they explore one of Toronto’s most vibrant neighbourhoods.
Among the delicious crepes and parfaits on Millie’s menu, the Japanese Special featuring classic strawberries with azuki (red bean), green tea gelato and matcha sauce and topped with whipped cream in a handheld crepe is a bestseller. If you prefer something trendier, opt for the stunning Charcoal Stardust crepe cake, a black cake with edible 24-karat gold flakes that give this dessert its cosmic appeal. You can also try one of Millie’s out-of-this-world parfaits, including the recently added Alien and Milky Way. Not craving something sweet? Millie also offers a number of savoury crepes like Wasabi Chicken or Okonomiyaki.
The staff at Millie want to ensure that everyone has the best possible taste experience, and will happily guide you through the menu and offer samples to help even the pickiest patron leave satisfied. “If they have never had green tea before, I’d force them to have a taste,” Hua explains. “You never want someone to walk out with something they thought they’d like and then not [like it].”
Sarah lived in Tokyo from 2010 to 2014, where she taught English to cool business types. She also spent a lot of free time eating gyudon, shopping at Uniqlo and unsuccessfully learning Japanese. Now living in Toronto, she enjoys writing and annoying her friends with stories that start with, “When I lived in Japan…”
Millie Creperie – Kensington Market location
161 Baldwin St., Unit 6 | 416-977-1922 milliedesserts.com
OPEN: Sun–Thurs 12:30 pm–8:30 pm Fri–Sat 11:30 am–10:30 pm