Top Paris Tea Salons
Looking for a list of top Paris Tea Salons for that perfect hot chocolate or a French pastry with a pot of tea? Then look no further than my selection of favourite Parisian teatime venues.
Many of these tea salons are mentioned in my second book, Teatime in Paris with their corresponding specialities (and recipes), but note that many great patisseries don’t even have a tea room.
Far from exhaustive, this up-to-date listing reflects my own personal favourite Parisian teatime addresses. Each offers a typical French teatime consisting of a pastry/cake or macarons with tea, hot chocolate or other refreshments. Happily, patisseries are increasingly including a bar area for a quicker teatime or goûter. Don’t forget that all the Grands Magasins* have teatime venues too. If you’re looking for tearooms with a more English-style afternoon tea concept complete with dainty sandwiches and optional Champagne, these are most likely served in the Palace hotels.
So, whether you’re looking for value-for-money, casual to elegant patisserie salons or splashing out at the chic luxury Palace hotels, make yours a particularly delicious Teatime in Paris!
TEA SALONS PARIS 75001
This popular Belle Epoque institution is a mecca for tourists to taste their famous “l’Africain” hot chocolate, one of the richest in Paris and a meal in itself. However, if you’re after something lighter, try their Mont-Blanc tea that accompanies their Mont-Blanc speciality of meringue, sweetened chestnut and cream. Queues during holiday season can be crazy so reservations recommended. See more details here.
Angelina Tea Room, 226 rue de Rivoli, Paris 1
CAMELIA CAKE SHOP
Pastry chef, Adrien Bozzolo takes the Saint Honoré pastry to contemporary artistic heights in his generous afternoon tea to celebrate the street where the legendary Parisian patisserie was invented by Chef Chiboust in 1847. Choose from a wide range of scones, sandwiches, cannelés, fruit desserts and Champagne option. Did you know it’s the original location of the most famous circus in Paris during la Belle Epoque, where Chocolat the clown hit stardom? More details here. Enjoy their new Winter Teatime with a special Gingerbread Mille-feuille with vanilla-tonka cream or candied apple caramel cake.
Camelia Cake Shop, Mandarin Oriental, rue Saint-Honoré, Paris 1
FOUCADE (Gluten-free, vegan, allergen-friendly)
Marjorie Fourcade’s healthy “Patisserie Positive” focuses on natural ingredients for an all gluten-free cast, low in fat and sugars with many pastries dairy-free. Emphasis is on fresh fruit and also vegetables, such as beetroot and sweet potato, to sweeten or colour the cakes naturally by chef Saori Odoi. For those of you with allergies or just watching what you eat, you’ll love the nutrition cards which explains each seasonal speciality. Also open for lunch – and more boutiques opening in Paris! More details here.
Foucade Paris, 17 rue Duphot, Paris 1
LE DALI, HÔTEL MEURICE
If you feel the need to splash out for a special occasion, then this ultimate afternoon tea, complete with savoury finger sandwiches and a Champagne option is the ultimate treat made by the World’s top pastry chef (2017-2018), Cédric Grolet. Taste his legendary pastry artworks of fruit look-a-likes, from lemons to hazelnuts. If that’s not enough, warm financiers or madeleines are served throughout teatime. More details here.
Le Dali, Hôtel Meurice, 228 rue de Rivoli, Paris 1
FRENCH TEATIME AU RITZ
There are two kinds of afternoon tea at the Ritz: the full monty English-style served with finger sandwiches and cakes but personally, I adore the French teatime that takes place in the Salon Proust (More details here.) Under the watchful portrait’s eye of Marcel Proust, enjoy typical French biscuits and cakes from Proust’s epoque, where he sat by his favourite chimney and enjoyed his legendary Madeleines, which are centre stage.
French Teatime (Thé à la française)
Ritz Hotel, 15 Place Vendôme, Paris 1
Originally from Alsace, this pastry chef’s boutique across from the Tuileries Gardens resembles an image from a Christmas chocolate box. Seating upstairs is a bit squashed and the wooden chairs not the comfiest, but the cakes make up for it! An amateur of fine teas (he has his own range), try his Darjeeling Tea Tart or any of the classic French pastries to which he gives his touch of magic. Ensure you get there before it gets popular around 4pm.
Sébastien Gaudard, 1 rue des Pyramides, Paris 1
One of the oldest patisseries in Japan came to Paris in 1980 to spread the custom of enjoying wagashi (Japanese traditional cakes to accompany Matcha green tea – more details in my article, Teatime in Japan). Typical flavours include doriyaki pancakes with azuki (red bean paste), as well as their similar tasting delicious macarons. Hot chocolate with Matcha a speciality (Yokan), as is the buckwheat tea (Soba-Tcha).
Toraya, 10 rue Saint-Florentin, Paris 1
TWININGS TEA ROOM AT WHSMITH
Hidden away on the first floor of the English-speaking bookshop overlooking rue de Rivoli, this quiet haven is great for a huge pot of tea and wedge of British-style cake. Lunches also served (mainly around British cheddar and toasties) are good value and so copious, I’d say everything is double portion! Three options for teatime include Afternoon Tea and High Tea à la British with a tea listing with menu suggestions. If you don’t see Teatime in Paris, please do ask them for it, as the last time I visited they were out of stock.
Twinings Tea Room, WHSmith 1st Floor, Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1
TEA SALONS PARIS 75003
See description below for the Trocadero address, Paris 16, as both addresses are magnifique.
Carette, 25 Place des Vosges, Paris 3
This is a veritable chocolate museum with leather chairs! It’s hard not to marvel at the staircase, imagining the chocolatier and pastry chef busy preparing his surprises upstairs in the lab. Sink in to a velvet hot chocolate, try his éclairs, lemon & lime tart and don’t leave without tasting the legendary exotic caramels and quirky fruit jellies. More details here.
Jacques Genin Salon de Thé, 133 rue de Turenne, Paris 3
TEA SALONS PARIS 75004
LE LOIR DANS LA THÉIÈRE
Literally a dormouse in the teapot, this real cosy, Mad Hatter Alice-in-Wonderland spot in the Marais is included in my book’s Parisian Annex guide. Nothing fancy; just a good, classic French goûter with a laid-back ambience with rather worn sofas. Particularly good crumbles and a Tarte Bourdaloue.
Le Loir dans la Théière, 3 rue de Rosiers, Paris 4
I wish I could say you’re covered with a proper tea salon but, for the moment, grab a stool and enjoy the mouthwatering wonders from this foxy (his signature is a renard) rising star of pastry in his newly opened second shop on this historical pedestrian street. Try his rectangular chocolate éclairs, lemon & lime meringue tart that’s far from square, Madagascan Vanilla Flan or the ultimate Baba au Rhum with a vanilla riz au lait (rice pudding).
Yann Couvreur, 23bis Rue des Rosiers, Paris 4
TEA SALONS PARIS 75006
Pastry Chef Guillaume Gil (ex Ferrandi cooking school) changes his pastries according to season so regularly that it’s easy to return and discover so many new delicacies on the teatime menu. Their hot chocolate is excellent and great value. Ask for tonka shavings for that je ne sais quoi.
Colorova, 47 Rue de l’Abbé Grégoire, Paris 6
IL GELATO DEL MARCHESE
This elegant Italian tea salon is slightly hidden in the bustling Saint Germain des Prés area. Feast on naturally flavoured ice creams (my favourite is the Sicilian pistachio) with the most delicious homemade wafers just fresh off the griddle. Enjoy some Italian pastries with a wide range of teas. More details here.
Il Gelato del Marchese, 3 rue des Quatre Vents, Paris 6
It’s hard not to bump in to Ladurée on any trip to Paris, as the boutiques are now all over, including at the airports! Although not historical as its location, the Bonaparte tea salon evokes what Louis Ernest Ladurée set out to achieve with his first tea room-Patisserie in Rue Royale in 1871. Enticing French ladies to take tea in the afternoon with a pastry, it would be a real wardrobe-changing event. Today, known for their macarons and believed to have been the creators behind the first Gerbet Parisian macaron in the 1900s, my favourites are vanilla and orange blossom. Pastry-wise it’s the Réligieuse à la Rose, two choux buns filled with a rose pastry cream (recipe in Teatime in Paris) and served in style with the silver. If you take milk in your tea, be prepared to pay a small surcharge.
Ladurée Paris Bonaparte Tea Room, 21 rue Bonaparte, Paris 6
L’AMARYLLIS DE GERARD MOULOT
Just a few metres away from the locals’ favourite Patisserie in Saint Germain des Prés (where there is a small counter and 3-4 stools in Rue de Seine), relax in this quiet little tearoom and enjoy some French classics with tea. My personal favourites are his seasonal fruit tarts.
L’Amaryllis, 12, rue des Quatre Vents, Paris 6
Tucked away in a little passageway, this cosy tearoom is a quiet haven away from the tourist bustle of Saint Germain-des-Prés. Excellent hot chocolate, wide range of teas from le Palais des Thés and family-style French dessert classics such as clafoutis, chocolate fondant, fruit tarts and the lightest French-style cheesecake (gateau de fromage) that just melts in the mouth with a touch of coulis on the side.
L’Heure Gourmande, 22 Passage Dauphine, Paris 6
As the name implies, this real family-style nostalgic ambience has you indeed believing you’ve stepped into a welcoming French Granny’s home on a Sunday to taste her succulent cakes in a school-like decor. Excellent teas, bowls of hot chocolate and wonderful ambience, with their brocante store next door.
Mamie Gateaux, 66 rue du Cherche-Midi, Paris 6
Two brothers, Henri et Edouard Mariage, started up this tea house in 1854 and for more of their story, head upstairs to the tea museum. This is the little brother of both tearooms (the other in rue du Bourg Tibourg, Paris 4) but I have a penchant for this one as it’s quieter and a great spot next to the Seine after a long walk around Saint Germain-des-Prés. Cakes are tea-inspired such as financiers, madeleines and cannelés (recipes in my book) plus scones and French waffles are served with tea-infused jams.
Mariage Frères, 13 rue des Grands-Augustins, Paris 6
UN DIMANCHE À PARIS
I always enjoyed finishing off my chocolate-pastry tours here, as after a long walk it would be the ideal spot to have one of the best hot chocolates in Paris, served in a modern but traditional Moussoir complete with plunger to mousse it up. Teas are served with tea-timers and although a contemporary decor, the major feature of the tea salon is the lit up original part of the Medieval wall that surrounded Paris. Pierre Cluizel ensures that all items on the menu (not just the teatime menu) include chocolate in some form. Nibble on the chocolate pearls with coriander and imagine that with a slow-cooked curry, added just at the end of cooking. Always a gluten-free pastry in season with a wide range of delicate pastry artworks that can often be seen in preparation behind the glass window of the lab.
Un Dimanche à Paris, rue Paris 6
TEA SALONS PARIS 75007
Recently opened, Breton chef Nicolas Haelewyn creates all of his exquisite pastries around caramel and includes an impressive tea list. Before making up my mind, each time I’ve been tempted with a taste of the Teurgoule, a typically slow-cooked caramelised rice pudding from Brittany. Pastries for all appetites, from the gigantic Caramel Mille-Feuille to a most gourmet caramel poached pear tart. I love the boutique’s style, complete with antique gramophone and juke box. (More details here.)
Karamel, 67 rue Saint-Dominique, Paris 7
LES DEUX ABEILLES
The two bees create a real buzz with their extra thick hot chocolate topped with the lightest of Chantilly cream. Amidst old-fashioned decor, white tablecloths and textile-flowered walls, try the lemon meringue tarts, or Fondant au Chocolat.
Les Deux Abeilles, 189 rue de l’université, Paris 7
This new rather British teatime address, based on Agatha Christie’s famous personnage is the height of French elegance in the 7th. Scones with jam and cream, crumble, orange cake for example are just some of the treats on the menu. Also open for a British-style breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Miss Marple, 16 Avenue de la Motte Piquet, Paris 7
If you’re not far from the Eiffel Tower, head to a most gourmet block on rue Saint Dominique as it’s so less touristy and if you’re like me and adore Japanese-influenced French pastries, then Aoki is your address. The tea salon is relaxed and quiet at the back of the boutique. More details on the pastries here but if you want to try something French but unique then the ‘Bamboo’ is Chef Aoki’s clever Japanese take on an Opéra pastry. Eclairs, cream choux buns and macarons are in all infused with different favourite Japanese teas.
Sadaharu Aoki, 103 rue Saint Dominique, Paris 7
TEA SALONS PARIS 75008
If you don’t want to fight for a rare seat at their Printemps boutique on Boulevard Hausseman, then head to Place de la Madeleine, a veritable 18th century palace on three floors. For a taste of Parisian Russia, Café Pouchkine’s pastries will transport you through their Tsar-like temptations. Using typically Russian pastry ingredients, such as caramel, milk cream, buckwheat and buckwheat honey, there’s a magnificent fusion of Russian and French savoir-faire. Try their specialities such as Medovick, Pavlova, Napoléon, blueberry Bostock, Vatrouchka, Prianick spiced biscuits and of course, their macarons!
Café Pouchkine, 16 Place de la Madeleine, Paris 8
This was the first tea salon in Paris in 1820 to open its doors by the Dalloyau family in the same spot, which previously housed the first Maison de Gastronomie for 18 years. Members of the Dalloyau family (continuing over 4 generations) had the honour of serving Louis XIV, who was one of the first amateurs of drinking French tea. In 1955, however, Cyriaque Gavillon (a descendent) created the Opéra pastry here, the rectangular layered coffee sponge cake sandwiched with coffee buttercream and chocolate ganache. More in my book!
Dalloyau, 101, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris 8
If you’re a fan of teatime and you haven’t been here yet, then I urge you to treat yourself. Not just for the scrumptious pastries made by Stohrer, the oldest patisserie in Paris (try a slice of their macaron cake), but also for the spectacular surroundings. Although part of the museum, the café is accessible independently of the museum in the mansion’s former dining room. Don’t forget to look up at the ceiling and admire Tiepolo’s fresco and the walls of which are decorated with 5 18th-century Flemish tapestries evoking the story of Achilles. More details here.
The Café, Jacquemart-André Museum, 158 Boulevard Haussmann, Paris 8
Although the building dates to 1878 the decor is contemporary with the cookery school next door by the boutique. The address may look as if it’s touristy but this is in the quiet hidden shade of the park at Champs-Elysées Clemenceau. Choose the terrasse in summer or under the bright glass roof before making your choice from the patisserie trolley of today’s specials, crafted by chef Guy Krenzer and his team following on from Gaston Lenôtre’s creation of modern patisserie. Try the Schuss, the signature dessert created by Gaston Lenôtre in 1968 for the Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble and their chocolate-yuzu and jasmine macarons. More details here.
Pavillon Elysée Lenôtre, 10 avenue des Champs-Elysées, Paris 8
TEA SALONS PARIS 75009
HELMUT NEWCAKE (Gluten Free)
Everything is certified organic and 100% gluten free. Try their house speciality, “La Madame de Fontenay,” a coffee Religieuse (also exists in chocolate) which is so good, it’s bluffing that there’s no gluten in the re-worked choux pastry. I successfully blind-tested a selection (including the corn bread) on my children, the ultimate test. Chef Marie Tagliaferro also makes Parisian macarons on the weekends. Quiches, pizzas, burgers to risottos are proposed for lunch and reservations for Sunday brunch are recommended. More details here in my article at Bonjour Paris.
Helmut Newcake, 28 rue Vignon, Paris 9
I have a soft spot for Le Valentin, as it was one of my first exciting discoveries in Paris before it became really popular next to the Musée Grevin (I learned about it from an acupuncturist who was trying to cure my back!). Located in one of Paris’s oldest roofed Passages (1845), ensure you grab a table and sofa upstairs with the old-fashioned lampshades and peruse the enormous tea menu, complete with serving suggestions with the appropriate cakes, such as the Polonaise, tarts (try the Chiboust) and macarons.
Le Valentin, 30 passage Jouffroy, Paris 9
ROMANTIC MUSEUM TEA ROOM / ROSE BAKERY
Great news since my book was published. The Rose Bakery have taken over the tearoom and so it’s now open all year round. Expect to find more English-style treats such as scones or carrot cake with tea. Nothing fancy in terms of seating but the rose garden location is beautiful and the museum is free.
FYI – the Rose Bakery is also in le Bon Marché and in Rue des Martyrs.
Musée Romantique, 16 rue Chaptal, Paris 9
TEA SALONS PARIS 75010
Relatively new on le block as the 4th location in Paris, this is where the Masterclass workshops take place (why doesn’t he keep the K theme and call it MasterKlass?) behind the boutique. Sit and gaze at the ‘fantastik’ range of Christophe Michalak’s pastries. My favourites? Tarte Pomme Tatin with a Calvados pastry cream hidden underneath the most beautiful, shiny caramelised apple and finished off with crumble. Also try his beautifully light signature, Mon Koeur, a work of art on its own: Caribbean chocolate cream with exotic fruit compote, yuzu cream and milk chocolate mousse. Frankly, I dream of taking off on his chocolate space-ship!
Michalak Café, 60 Faubourg Poissonnière, Paris 10
TEA SALONS PARIS 75011
CHAMBELLAND (Gluten Free)
Nathaniel Doboin and Thomas Teffri-Chambelland did indeed rise to the baking challenge in 2014 when they set up this emerging segment specialising in 100% gluten free breads. To ensure their flours are entirely gluten-free, they even built their own mill (in the Haute-Provence region); flours are made from organic rice, buckwheat, sorghum and millet.
Although essentially a boulangerie, this bakery has a seating area to relax and enjoy their cheesecakes, lemon meringue, chocolate lava cakes and chocolate tartlets. I loved their brownies so much, I posted this gluten-free pistachio brownie recipe here. Chouquettes are labeled as “gourmands et légèeeeeeres”, along with muffins and poppy seed cookies. More details here.
Chambelland, 14 Rue Ternaux, Paris 11
Following Cyril Lynac’s (French TV celebrity pastry chef) boutique nearby, together with Benoit Couvrand they’ve created a new concept for chocolate lovers: a cocoa lounge. With a large guest table and two sunny terraces, choose from a worldwide selection of vintage chocolate bars, chocolate viennoiseries and candy bars.
La Chocolaterie, 25 rue Chanzy, Paris 11
TEA SALONS PARIS 75016
I first heard of Carette when I was making macarons for friends. They’d say that mine were just like them – yet I hadn’t even been there. What an embarrassment, as they’ve been in Trocadero since 1927! Teatime is served with elegance with the silver monty and flowers on the table. I think it’s the tartest lemon tart I’ve ever had: the one that puckers up the mouth for minutes after a forkful, a real treat with any of their teas chosen from Damman frères. Of course, try their legendary macarons such as salted caramel and violet and watch the world go by – either at Trocadero or on Place des Vosges.
Carette, 4 Place du Trocadero, Paris 16
LA BAUHINIA, HÔTEL SHANGRI-LA (Vegan)
A full afternoon tea complete with savoury mini sandwiches and 100% Vegan by chef, Michaël Bartocetti in a grand setting in the former palace of Prince Roland Bonaparte (grand-nephew of Napoleon), listed as a National Historical Monument.
The 100% Vegan Afternoon Tea includes a variety of pastries, savoury mini sandwiches, biscuits, and scones served with dairy-free clotted cream. There’s an extensive list of Betjeman and Barton, plus Dilmah teas from Sri Lanka (Ceylon) and China, including black (plus Ceylon Grand Crus in order of strength), green, white, red and herbal infusions. Even the Duval-Leroy Champagne is vegan, using no egg whites in the process! (Details about the palace here and in my article for Paris Perfect.)
Shangri-La Palace Hotel, 10 Avenue d’Iena, Paris 16
It took me a while to realise the play on words in French (tu es cool), as I’d pass this tearoom many a time for 10 years when I worked nearby. Hidden behind Rue de Passy’s shopping mecca, this is where the 16th ladies head for the goûter in a relaxed, elegant atmosphere. Enjoy a variety of cakes, the lemon meringue tart and their speciality? La Starlette: Cheesecake made with 0% fromage blanc, no eggs, sugar, no flour or butter (I still end up going for the normal ones – but if you’ve tried it, let me know!)
Thé Cool, 10 Rue Jean Bologne, Paris 16
A bit off the tourist track, this is a perfect teatime stop if you’re visiting the Musée Marmottan. Although Japanese in spirit with their light Matcha Swiss roll to name a few inspirations, the pastries are all French. When in season, try their airy Fraisier and although for breakfast, their viennoiseries are divine too.
Yamazaki, 6 Chaussée de la Muette, Paris 16
TEA SALONS PARIS 75017
ACIDE RESTAURANT À DESSERTS
Chef Jonathan Blot opened his first store, Acide Macaron and since then has expanded with his wonderfully named, ‘dessert restaurant’ which also serves brunch and lunch. More details here.
Acide Restaurant à Dessert, 24 rue des Moines, Paris 17
Relax in this new contemporary tea salon created by pastry chef Kévin Lacote, and watch the chefs from the open lab prepare the ‘création à la minute’ where many of their specialities are assembled at the last minute to retain such freshness. Try the KL vanilla Churros served with an orange-passion compote and chocolate sauce, the vanilla-caramel millefeuille or the brioche pain perdu served on a confiture de lait.
KL Patisserie, 78 Avenue de Villiers, Paris 17
TEA SALONS PARIS 75018
CHRISTOPHE ROUSSEL DUO AVEC JULIE
Although not a tea room, the chocolatier from La Baule has added a chocolate bar to his Montmartre boutique, primarily for hot chocolate, tea, coffee and for teacakes, chocolates and macarons. A great pick-me-up before heading up the steps – try his Butte de Montmartre chocolates, made especially for us in Paris.
More details here.
Christophe Roussel, 5 rue Tardieu, Paris 18
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