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Major Changes Coming to Broadway-Spring Arcade: Crepes Sans Frontieres Now Open in Downtown LA

The new patio in front of Crepes San Frontieres sets a new precedent for the future of the Broadway-Spring Arcade once more eateries begin to open up

The new patio in front of Crepes San Frontieres sets a new design precedent for the future of the Broadway-Spring Arcade once more eateries begin to open up

There’s a lot of exciting changes coming to the historic 1924 Broadway-Spring Arcade Building in the near future. Some really exciting new eateries will be opening next year inside the arcade including: Royal Clayton’s, Guisados, and Gelateria Uli. The first sign of definitive change came last year when Famima (the Japanese convenience store) opened their sixth downtown location on the Broadway side of the arcade signaling a new direction away from swap meets and discount electronic stores. Now the first restaurant to open inside the arcade, Crepes Sans Frontieres, gives us a glimpse into the future with more eateries on the way.

Crepes Sans Frontieres, which just opened last month in September, carves out a neat little section toward the middle of the arcade. The new crepe shop serves up some of the most authentic French pastries you can find downtown. The owner, Ruth Hudin, moved to LA from the western French region of Brittany, which according to Hudin, is where crepes originated from. She spent over a decade making crepes in Brittany before moving to the U.S.

Entering the 800 square foot eatery, decorated with elements of France, transports you to a place not in LA, but to a quiet alley somewhere in Paris. The patio in front of the shop has seating for customers surrounded with planters, which is currently in stark contrast with the remaining swap meet shops lining the arcade. However, standing in front looking at Crepes Sans Frontieres, it’s not hard to imagine the entire arcade activated and transformed into a beautiful gem once again, lined with new eateries and shops. It’s only a matter of time.

For more info, please visit Crepes Sans Frontieres online.

Crepes Sans Frontieres is the first of many more new eateries coming to the Broadway-Spring Arcade Building in Downtown LA

Crepes Sans Frontieres is the first of many more new eateries coming to the Broadway-Spring Arcade Building in Downtown LA

Stepping inside the new crepe store transports you to a quiet alley somewhere in France

Stepping inside the new crepe store transports you to a quiet alley somewhere in France

Ruth Hudin, the owner, makes a fresh crepe for her dine-in customer

Ruth Hudin, the owner, makes a fresh crepe for her dine-in customer

Appropriately enough, the decor of the shop comprises mostly elements of France

Appropriately enough, the decor of the shop comprises mostly elements of France

Crepes Sans Frontieres means "Crepes without Borders"

Crepes Sans Frontieres means “crepes without borders”

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14 Comments

  1. I live down the street from there, i look into the shop everytime i walk thru there, i’ve got to stop in one day and try some crepes out!

  2. mberrukerr says

    This place looks beautiful, but I am loyal to Crepe X-press on Grand & 6th!

  3. Aurora says

    I’ve always thought both the Spring Arcade and the Grand Central Market had loads of potential. It’s so great to see it starting to take shape!

  4. Reminds me a bit of the Ferry Building in SF. Would love to see something similar, built out right before I move in :)

    • This is the start of something huge. I am thrilled to see some big time tlc to this beautiful bldg. Awesome news.

    • raymond3000 says

      Yea I would like to see an artisanal marketplace setting that sells flowers, coffee, produce or dry goods, a newsstand (24 hr), gourmet market or deli, etc a mini foodie emporium experience with nice greenery & seating to relax.

  5. Mr Whitman says

    Can’t wait to try crepes at this amazing historical building. The arcade was hidden for too many years behind sloppy shop keepers who could have cared less about this building’s grandeur and architectural significance. The quality is slowly coming back to downtown

  6. Andrew W. says

    Wow! Really cool. We need more charming little restaurants like this to fill up the historic Spring Arcade. Like others have already mentioned, It is kinda reminiscent of the Ferry Building in SF.

    Gotta stop by soon with the fiancee for some crepes!

  7. Jimmy James says

    They should make this like Chelsea Market in NYC. I was just there and this place has that kind of feel. Don’t know if it’s as big though.

    • wildstar says

      Definitely not nearly as big, but could be similar. Let’s hope the rest of the spaces get filled and built out quickly. The poor crepe place is holding down the fort alone in there.

  8. Dieter Muller says

    Do you know when that electronics store will be vacating that corner space, so that Royal Clayton’s will finally be able to start their built-out?

  9. Dieter Muller says

    I stopped by there the other day after brighams post. It’s a very lovely space and my crepe was really good. I had one of their specials that come with a small coffee, which is actually a really big cup. The interior with the crepe street stand is a nice touch. I will definitely be back.
    I was also happy to see that most of the other retail spaces had construction going on. So hopefully the arcade will fill up quick.

  10. Mr Whitman says

    This morning, hubby and I had the buckwheat crepe with feta cheese, spinach, and tomato. ….muy bien. delicioso. tres magnifique.

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