Teatime at Les Bulles de Paris hotel

A Champagne Teatime in Paris

When the heavens open in Paris and driving Spring rain pelts on even the most chic of umbrellas, the City of Light always has a bright side.

On the popular Rive Gauche (Left Bank of the Seine), near the Sorbonne and Pantheon and just a few steps away from the hustle and bustle of Boulevard Saint-Germain, I’ve recently discovered a new quiet haven on rue des Ecoles: the Hôtel des Bulles de Paris.

Bulles de paris Hotel Rive Gauche Pantheon

This charming, modern hotel has a theme around bubbles. Happily we’re talking about my favourite bubbles: Champagne.
Just walking directly into the lobby, the welcoming staff is bubbly. Led (couldn’t resist that one) into the sparkling breakfast and tea-room on even the most gloomiest of days, the room is dappled in light with a very apt quotation from Louis Pasteur decorating the pastel walls:

Un repas sans Champagne est comme un jour sans soleil
A meal without Champagne is like a day without sunshine

Louis Pasteur

Les Bulles de Paris teatime lights

This new teatime brings back the sunshine. There’s no need for a menu since the choice is pure and simple: tea or Champagne – or both – served with the hotel’s signature patisserie.

To accompany the patisserie, two teas have been chosen by master of teas, Madame Tseng of La Maison des Trois Thés, nearby in rue Saint-Médard. Either choose a rather subtle black tea from Nepal, Makalu SFTGFOP 2nd flush. Tasting it on its own before the patisserie, I was trying to pin down the floral, fruity Muscat and rose notes with an accent of honey. It wasn’t until I tried it with the patisserie that the flavours came through, and could then see why it was a good match.

Teatime at Les Bulles de Paris hotel

For those of you like myself who love a more fragrant floral tea, then go for Madame Tseng’s white Jasmine tea, Xiu Qiu, from the Chinese province of Fujian. Even the hand-rolled pearl-shaped tea-leaves evoke the idea of bubbles!

The signature patisserie’s design had been re-modelled as an Easter egg nesting on strands of white chocolate, but the pastry remains the same: hiding inside the pearl-rose white chocolate shell is a Champagne jelly, topped with a raspberry sponge and delicate vanilla mousse.

Easter egg patisserie bulles de paris teatime

The real honour of this new teatime goes to the Champagne, selected by the Hotel des Bulles de Paris by Bocquillon: a Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru with white floral notes, white fruits and a subtle hint of citrus, the perfect match with the patisserie.

Champagne Teatime Bulles de Paris

If you do opt for the tea and Champagne, I would recommend tasting the tea first and finishing off with the bubbles.

Champagne Bar Paris

Peeking inside the Champagne bar, I couldn’t help being drawn in to its quirky bubbly decor, and can just imagine finishing off the day after my chocolate and pastry walk nearby in Saint Germain with a glass of one of their wide choice of Champagnes in a bubble chair.  I hear another of their walls speak to me:

Start the day with a smile and end it with Champagne

I can see clearly now the rain has gone.

Champagne Bulles de Paris flute bottle

The new Champagne Teatime is served Wednesday – Sunday, 2.30pm-5.30pm

Signature Pâtisserie with choice of two teas or a glass of House Champagne: 15€
(for all 3: €20)

Hôtel Les Bulles de Paris
32 rue des Ecoles
75005 Paris

 


This article is published on BonjourParis.com

15 replies
  1. Julie
    Julie says:

    Love the quote by Louis Pasteur… Pretty cool how my IGCSE Medicine Through Time subject slips into your blog… #bestmumever <3

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  2. June Stobie
    June Stobie says:

    I want to sit in a bubble chair in the Champagne bar and drink white Jasmine tea, scoff their wonderful patisserie and finish off with a glass of bubbles. Why don’t we do this together soon?

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  3. Betty
    Betty says:

    So, so, so gorgeous, Jill! And in my favorite part of the city too!! Just lovely in every way! Adding to my mental wish list!

    Betty

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    • Jill Colonna
      Jill Colonna says:

      It caught my eye too David. Love how the whole theme is bubbles. Did you know you can even ask in their rooms to have a bath in Champagne? I prefer drinking it, TBH.

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  4. Cheryl
    Cheryl says:

    Jill – What a delightful journey I just took while reading your blog. I’m inspired, to say the least. Thank you so much sharing this.
    XO
    Cheryl

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    • Jill Colonna
      Jill Colonna says:

      It certainly is, Liz. And you know something? The sun has now come out and I could still do this again without the rain 😉

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  5. Christina | Christina's Cucina
    Christina | Christina's Cucina says:

    Oh how I hate that California is just so far from Europe! What a lovely way to spend a rainy afternoon. That pastry is simply divine! It looks too beautiful to eat!

    Trust you to find all these wonderful places in Paris, Jill! Can’t wait to return!

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    • Jill Colonna
      Jill Colonna says:

      I can’t wait for you to return too, Christina – and let’s discover more of them together 😉

      Reply

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