The delightful thing about Paris in the winter is that you can drink le chocolat chaud (hot chocolate) whenever you please. In the summer time, the last thing you want is a warm drink. But in the cold weather, there is nothing better then a warming cup of melted chocolate with a dollop of cream, especially when you can drink it in an exquisitely furnished room, making you feel like a Parisian aristocrat.
After finishing off at the Louvre one Sunday (so cultured), we walked alongside the Tuileries Gardens and straight to Angelina’s, who are known for serving some of the best le chocolat chaud in Paris. The line spanned the footpath outside, so we got our place and waited for about an hour to get inside the doors. Once inside the foyer, the wait continued but we at least had the delight of looking at all the beautiful cakes on display, picking out what we wanted to try.
Sneak peak and first glances into the tea room.
Eeny meeny miny moe.
After about 20 minutes of waiting in the foyer (and me taking a lovely collection of photos) we were seated at our table for five.
Having had plenty of time to work out what to order, we get straight to it.
You can never go wrong with a Mille Feuille, well not one in Paris, and especially not one at Angelina’s. This is similar to what we call the vanilla slice in Australia. It was made up of three layers of puff pastry that were almost caramel like, and then there were two layers of creme patissiere between these, and another layer on top. Absolutely divine, and definitely my favourite sweet out of the three we ordered. Last time I was in Paris, we also tried a fantastic Mille Feuille at Pierre Herme which you can have a peek at here.
The Mont Blanc is a must order, suggested to us by the waitress and also their signature pastry. It is made up of cream of chestnut (the spaghetti like bit on the outside) and then filled with fromage blanc a type of fresh cream cheese and meringue. When all three elements come together, you are left with a pastry that has a creamy texture, with a slight crunch from the meringue.
I couldn’t end the post without showing some more of the star attraction. The Hot Chocolate is extremely thick and creamy, and the flavour is quite intense and not overly sweet, which is perfect for me as I love that slight bitter/sweet flavour from chocolate. We order two pots between the three of us, but due to its over-indulgent nature we struggle to finish them each off. Without the cakes, I’m sure we wouldn’t have had a problem.
If you are a chocolate lover, then this is a must stop location on your trip to Paris.
The addition of a dollop of cream turns the drink into an even more heavenly concoction.
A family selfie in the beautiful tea room interior.
226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001, Paris
(There are many other locations of Angelina in Paris, please see the website below)
+33 014 260 8200
Happy tea time…now to find a chocolate chaud like that in Sydney to get me through the winter xxx