Air-Conditioned Paris Tea Salons

During a Parisian heatwave, many of us still love the pretty outdoor summer terrasses but you may prefer the cooler air-conditioned Paris tea salons if you’re particularly sensitive to the more intense heat.

The good news is that, after some homework, most establishments on my list of favourite Parisian tearooms have air conditioning and so I’ve added a new key (AC) to indicate them.

Air-conditioned Paris tea salons

Air-Conditioned Paris Tea Salons

For bars, cafés and restaurants also look out for the air-conditioned sign saying “salle climatisée”.

As indicated on my list, the Grand Magasins (department stores) plus the luxury palace hotels all,  unsurprisingly, have air-conditioning but for the smaller, cosy tearooms, it’s not always to be expected in summer.  Let me show you two of my coolest just to whet your appetite. Alas, I wanted to do a much bigger list here but as I’ve been out sick and it has been so hot, my photos have just had to wait. Most importantly, the full updated list is here.

air-conditioned paris tea salons

Jardin Secret Salon de Thé, Bontemps

When I first discovered this hidden jewel north of the Marais when it opened in October 2018, I almost wanted to keep it for myself! Already the location of being in a cobbled courtyard next to their patisserie is delightful. With a light fragrance of orange blossom indoors, plenty of light, flowers, greenery and mirrors, it has a real happy feel-good ambience.

air-conditioned paris tea salons

Seating is available in the courtyard outside but their spacious tea salon is pretty cool, including comfy sofas for those that arrive first. Luxury indeed. And that’s before even trying their cakes!

Don’t miss their speciality: lightly salted sablés from biscuits to beautiful pastries constructed around them. It never fails to amaze me how the French are so clever at balancing the play of fleur de sel salt in a tart crust or biscuit and topping it with best quality chocolate or fresh berries that’s sweetened but not too sweet.  They have it to perfection.

air-conditioned paris tea salons

I love not only their fruit tarts but try the Mont Blanc in both winter: classic with chestnut, cream infused with Earl Grey tea or summer: the lightest, fluffiest whipped vanilla Chantilly cream served with a fresh compote of slightly acidic Gariguette strawberries.  Not just a relaxed tea salon but great for breakfast, brunch and light lunches too – their scrambled eggs are just like the pastries: light as a feather.

air-conditioned paris tea salons

Bontemps, one of the coolest air-conditioned Paris Tea Salons

Just don’t come without trying the exquisite pastries!

Bontemps, 57 Rue de Bretagne, Paris 3
(Metros: Temple, République)

Air-conditioned paris tea salons

KL PATISSERIE

Head to Avenue de Villiers for this cool new contemporary tea salon created by pastry chef Kévin Lacote.

There’s something so exhilirating to watch chefs prepare your food directly from an open lab while you are sitting in anticipation, waiting for the ‘création à la minute’ where many of their specialities are assembled at the last minute to retain their freshness, as of 11am.

Air-conditioned Paris tea salons

KL, one of the coolest air-conditioned Paris tea salons

Don’t miss the KL vanilla Churros served with an orange-passion compote and dark chocolate sauce, which is remarkably light and not too sweet. Also worth noting is the vanilla-caramel millefeuille or the brioche pain perdu served on a confiture de lait. I tried his breakfast with freshly squeezed orange and a most light buttery airy croissant from his selection of viennoiseries.

air-conditioned Paris tea salons

Calling all vanilla flan fans. You’ll find my favourite kind of creamy vanilla flan with specks of real vanilla in it: the real McCoy!

KL Patisserie, 78 Avenue de Villiers, Paris 17
(Metro: Villiers)

CLICK HERE to see the list of Air-Conditioned Paris Tea Salons
(by arrondissement).

Coolest Paris Tea Salons with Air-Conditioning

10 replies
  1. Christina
    Christina says:

    After just being in outrageous temps and humidity that was off the charts in Italy, I can’t tell you how much I think that this post is just BRILLIANT! I would absolutely be on the hunt of a tea room with a/c on those unbearable days. Thanks so much for putting this together, Jill! Would love to visit them all!

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  2. Sherry
    Sherry says:

    darn my comment disappeared. just saying the flan looks so delicious. and that air con is essential in sunny queensland. i hear it has been super hot in europe …

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    • Jill Colonna
      Jill Colonna says:

      no worries – it’s here. My apologies – been out all weekend on a patisserie jury and so not able to approve comments on the move but I’m back! Thanks, Sherry x

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  3. Sherry
    Sherry says:

    yum to that vanilla flan. i hear it has been very hot in europe at the moment. here in sunny queensland air con is essential! cheers sherry

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    • Jill Colonna
      Jill Colonna says:

      I can totally imagine that, Sherry. Alas, when the heat is as intense as this in Paris, air cond isn’t something we should take for granted!

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  4. Carol gillott
    Carol gillott says:

    What a brill idea Jill. Who knew AC in Paris tea salons?
    I love KL..very original flavors and concepts. I forgot to notice they had a tea salon…too obsessed studing over the goodies I suppose.

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    • Jill Colonna
      Jill Colonna says:

      Thought it would come in handy Carol. Thank goodness for fresher air this morning. Bet you’re appreciating it just now too!

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    • Jill Colonna
      Jill Colonna says:

      Thanks Betty. Thought it may come in useful! The good news is that this morning it has calmed down and we can finally air the house a bit.

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