Bruno, Bronwyn and their two sons spent a year and a half living in Vannes, a quaint coastal town in Brittany in 2007-2008. Upon their return, the idea of creating a typical crêperie (like in Brittany) here in Canberra started to develop in Bronwyn and Bruno’s imagination.
They wanted a casual, unpretentious yet stylish place, with a “feel good” atmosphere for people to relax and enjoy some of the charming Breton culture.
Breizh Café and Brittany
Breizh simply means “Bretagne” (or Brittany) in the Brittanic language, which is a Celtic dialect.
Brittany, in the north-west corner of France, is a picturesque and charming place, full of picture-postcard views of fishing boats, quaint stone or white washed cottages with blue shutters and blooming hydrangeas, spectacular coastlines, medieval towns, magical islands and inland woods. A Celtic duchy for more than one thousand years before it became part of France in the 16th Century, it is a land rich in culture, tradition and history with language, customs and traditional dress that represent a vivid homage to its past.
Our logo, the Triskele, is a motif consisting of three interlocked spirals, and is very symbolic of Brittany. It has been given a lot of different meanings over time (spiritual, cosmologic...) as it travelled from Ireland to become symbolic in more than a dozen other countries around the world, but it’s still strongly linked to Gaelic and Celtic culture.
Inspired by the stone wall cottages of coastal Brittany with their pretty blue paintwork – rustic, charming and inviting – we welcome you to a space where you will feel comfortable and at ease. We have added a little touch of modernism to a traditional crêperie.
On your first visit to Breizh Café you will probably notice some Breton memorabilia, like 100 year old photos with some of Bruno’s ancestors, wooden clogs, old biscuit tins, traditional hat worn by men, ladies' lace bonnets, and the flag of Brittany. There are also water-colour paintings done by Bronwyn. Come and ask us about them in more detail if you are interested!
Our passion is serving high quality food in a professional manner and in a comfortable setting. We take great pride in cooking simple, honest, down to earth dishes with quality ingredients for the pleasure of our guests. There is no better feeling than seeing an empty plate and a contented smile on peoples’ faces.