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 up-to-date personal 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 have a tea room to sit down and enjoy their creations, although there are plenty beautiful parks in Paris to sit outdoors and watch the world go by.
Tea Salons marked (AC) have air conditioning. Unless stated otherwise, all addresses below are open all week.
Many of the addresses below now also have (temporary) terrasses to enjoy outside eating.
Last updated: 26 August 2020.
Far from exhaustive, this growing list 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 many Parisian Palace hotels (e.g. Plaza Athénée, George V, Prince de Galles, The Peninsula, Le Bristol, le Crillon…).
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!
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This popular Belle Epoque institution is a mecca for sweet-toothed tourists – especially to taste Angelina’s 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. Great choice of pastries and macarons. Queues during holiday season can be crazy (although less on Tuesdays when le Louvre is closed) so reservations highly recommended. See more details in my post here. (AC)
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. (AC)
Camelia Cake Shop, Mandarin Oriental, rue Saint-Honoré, 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 (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. (AC)
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 (Much more in detail in my separate post here.) It’s an unforgettable treat.
Under the watchful portrait’s eye of Marcel Proust, enjoy typical French biscuits and cakes from Proust’s era, where he sat by his favourite fireplace and enjoyed his legendary Madeleines, which are given – quite rightly – centre stage here. (AC)
French Teatime (Thé à la française)
Ritz Hotel, 15 Place Vendôme, Paris 1
Opened in May this year (2019) as a sit-down venue rather than his Montparnasse bar, this new boutique is just a stone’s throw from Châtelet Les Halles. This is not cutesy old-fashioned Paris nor cosy but if it’s fun, delicious pastries in a modern setting you’re after, this is it. His signature mushroom pastry is excellent. The latest ‘1 Up’ mushroom is full of blackcurrants in a vanilla mousse. Love the novel large round table with a centre-piece woodland. Great choice of macarons too. Part of Les Citadines hotel next door, breakfast is possible but the best time is afternoon teatime. Small selection of Kusmi teas and latte coffee good. Tip: be sure not to sit in front of the sliding door on a cold day. (AC)
Olivier Stehly, 4 rue des Innocents, Paris 1
(sortie 1 Châtelet Metro)
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. (AC)
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 dorayaki 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), which was a real hit even with my non-tea-drinking husband! (AC) Closed Sunday.
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 😉 . (AC)
Twinings Tea Room, WHSmith 1st Floor, Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1
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Situated along Paris’s most influential Japanese street on rue Sainte-Anne, this more casual address has an impressive collection of Japanese-style cakes, such as Strawberry Shortcake, Matcha Chiffon Cake, Yuzu Crêpe Cake, Dorayaki and all sorts of Matcha specialities, including éclairs, plus Neji Neji praline, strawberry, chestnut and azuki breads. Only disappointment is that for sitting in, many drinks are still served in plastic but seating is comfortable and spacious.
During a summer heatwave, try the iced Yuzu Thé Glacé or Matcha Latte. (AC) Closed Sunday.
Aki Café, 75 rue Sainte-Anne, Paris 2
Ever since I tasted the most exquisite Doriyaki pancakes in Japan filled with anko, the perfect concoction of lightly sweetened azuki red bean paste, I’ve been looking for the equivalent experience in Paris. Here at Tomo is a real gastronomic pleasure that takes the Dorayaki to another level, topping the fluffy Japanese pancake with delicious edible art (e.g. lemon & yuzu). Try the traditional dorayaki but the seasonal specials are a must. Excellent wagashi (mini cakes) also to accompany their teas. For more on Japanese teatime, see my article, Teatime in Japan. Closed Monday. (AC).
Tomo, 11 Rue Chabanais, Paris 2
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BONTEMPS (Jardin Secret)
A most delightful hidden jewel named the Secret Garden, north of the Marais in a cobbled courtyard, next to their patisserie. With a light fragrance of orange blossom, plenty of light, flowers, greenery and mirrors, it has a real happy feel-good ambience. Don’t miss their speciality: lightly salted sablés, from biscuits to beautiful pastries constructed around them. 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 whipped vanilla Chantilly cream served with Gariguette strawberries). Not just a relaxed tea salon but great for breakfast, brunch and light lunches too (see more in my article here) – just don’t come without trying the pastries! Seating also outside in the courtyard. (AC) Closed Mon/Tues.
Bontemps, 57 Rue de Bretagne, Paris 3
See description below for the Trocadero address, Paris 16, as both addresses are magnifiques. (AC)
Carette, 25 Place des Vosges, Paris 3
FOUCADE (Gluten-free, vegan, allergen-friendly)
See post below in Paris 17 for details, as their main workshop is on rue des Moines.
Foucade Paris, 61 rue de Bretagne, Paris
Since listing as part of my favourite Paris tea salons, Chef Genin has recently (since June 2019) stopped the concept of a tearoom as such and created a tasting area instead, where you can sit briefly to enjoy the gourmet experience and perhaps share the experience with the chef himself. It’s hard not to marvel at the staircase, leading up to his lab. Sink in to a velvet hot chocolate, try his éclairs, lemon, lime & basil tart and don’t leave without tasting the legendary exotic caramels (try the ginger and the mango-passion) plus quirky fruit jellies, including savoury. Until October, try his new, freshly made ice-creams which are based on fruits, spices and herbs, served in crispy dentelle or langue-de-chat cones. More details here. (AC) Closed Monday.
Jacques Genin Salon de Thé, 133 rue de Turenne, Paris 3
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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 Tarte Bourdaloue.
Le Loir dans la Théière, 3 rue de Rosiers, Paris 4
Enjoy a quick stop and grab a stool to enjoy the mouthwatering wonders from this foxy (his signature is a renard) rising star of pastry in his relatively new boutique 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). Also at Galeries Lafayette Gourmet on Boulevard Haussmann. (AC)
Yann Couvreur, 23bis Rue des Rosiers, Paris 4
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AUX PORTES DE L’ORIENT (LA MOSQUÉE DE PARIS)
After a visit to the Grand Mosque of Paris and its lush rose garden with tranquil fountains, this veritable oasis has a welcome tea salon just behind the mosque. Enjoy authentic oriental pastries and mint tea either served inside under the cedar arches on comfy seating or amongst the birds chirping in the quiet courtyard.
It’s also an ideal teatime spent following a visit to the Jardins des Plantes (botanical gardens), just across the road.
La Mosquée de Paris, 9, rue Saint-Hilaire, Paris 5
A. LACROIX PÂTISSIER
A great wee spot with a fabulous view and right opposite Notre Dame. Good ground coffee, a selection of teas and delectable pastries, including macarons made by pastry chef, Arnaud Lacroix. English spoken. (AC)
A.Lacroix Pâtissier, 11 Quai de Montebello, Paris 5
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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. (AC) Closed Monday.
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 luxury Italian gelati with natural, organic ice creams (my favourite is the Sicilian pistachio) and fabulously fruity sorbets.
Exquisite with the most delicious homemade wafers just fresh off the griddle, which wafts around the tearoom. Enjoy a small selection of Italian pastries with a wide range of teas. More details in my post here. (AC)
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. (AC)
Ladurée Paris Bonaparte Tea Room, 21 rue Bonaparte, 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.
(No AC but as it’s in a courtyard passageway in the shade, air circulates).
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. Closed Monday.
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. (AC)
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. (AC)
Un Dimanche à Paris, rue Paris 6
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Breton chef Nicolas Haelewyn set up his own patisserie and tea salon here following a career with Ladurée. As the name suggests, all of his exquisite pastries are created around CARAMEL and there’s 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 decadent caramel Mille-Feuille, caramel éclairs and tarts to a most gourmet caramel poached pear tart.
I love the boutique’s style, complete with antique gramophone and juke box. (More details in my post here.) Closed Monday.
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. Closed Sunday.
Les Deux Abeilles, 189 rue de l’université, Paris 7
This rather Oh-so-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.
(Not AC but well aired from both sides of the tea room). Closed Monday.
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. In true Japanese ambience, it’s relaxed and quiet at the back of the boutique. More details on the pastries here but try the ‘Bamboo’, Chef Aoki’s clever chocolate & green tea Japanese take on an Opéra pastry, the ‘Zen’ with a sesame pastry, topped with sesame creams, white chocolate and Cognac, plus the ‘Forêt Verte Kyoto’, a boozy cherry Matcha slice of green tea velvet – not too sweet, just sublime. Eclairs, cream choux buns and macarons are in all infused with different favourite Japanese teas. (AC) Also in Galeries Lafayette Gourmet. Closed Monday.
Sadaharu Aoki, 103 rue Saint Dominique, Paris 7
For more patisseries near the Eiffel Tower, read my article on Best Pastries on Rue Saint-Dominique.
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This new Mediterranean addition in Paris has had a lot of hype following designer Simon Porte Jacquemus and Caviar Kaspia’s provencal ambience on the 1st floor of Galeries Lafayette and I’ve added it here just to keep this listing up to date. Although open at all hours for breakfast, lunch and cocktails, it’s teatime that brings me here to enjoy Stohrer’s pastries (the oldest Parisian patisserie), calissons and nougats of À la Mère de Famille plus the crème de la créme, ‘Citron’ by Cédric Grolet (celebrity pastry chef of le Meurice), the incredible lemon look-a-like – although be prepared to pay 25 euros for the piece if you don’t want to queue at his boutique on rue de Castiglione.
(AC but don’t sit at the window overlooking the Champs-Elysées, as it gets very hot here!)
Café Citron, Galeries Lafayette, 60 Avenue Champs-Elysées, Paris 8
If you don’t want to fight for a rare seat at their Printemps boutique on Boulevard Haussmann, 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! (AC)
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! One of my favourites is their Fraisier. (AC)
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 choice of scrumptious pastries made by Stohrer, the oldest patisserie in Paris (try a slice of their macaron cake), but also for the grandeur of the 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
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Newly opened, ice-cream fans will enjoy a great selection of homemade ‘glaces artisanales’ – from spicy pineapple, grapefruit-mint, to orange blossom with dates. Choose from cones, tubs or – my favourite – sandwiched in a Japanese-style Monaka, a floral rice-flour wafer. There’s even a choice of wacky seats from velvet sofas to wicker-basket chairs in the calm upstairs. Try their delicious pastries too – although so far, it’s difficult to get past the ice-creams! (AC)
Glacier 1891, 59 rue du Faubourg-Poissonnière, Paris 9
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. (AC) Closed Sunday/Monday.
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. (AC)
Le Valentin, 30 passage Jouffroy, Paris 9
ROMANTIC MUSEUM TEA ROOM / ROSE BAKERY
Great news since Teatime in Paris was published.
The Rose Bakery have taken over the tearoom and it’s now also 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 setting is beautiful and the museum is free! Closed Monday.
FYI – the Rose Bakery is also in le Bon Marché Department Store (AC) and in Rue des Martyrs.
Musée Romantique, 16 rue Chaptal, Paris 9
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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! (AC) Closed Sunday.
Michalak Café, 60 Faubourg Poissonnière, Paris 10
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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. (No AC but with a terrasse). Closed Monday.
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. (AC)
La Chocolaterie, 25 rue Chanzy, Paris 11
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L’OISIVETHÉ ET TRICOT
Hidden behind the bustle of Place d’Italie is the student ambience of Les Buttes-aux-Cailles. This charming little corner wool shop happens to serve a wide range of teas (including Damman) plus a small choice of desserts and a cake du jour. I particularly enjoyed their semi-fermented Oolong with chestnut, a perfect sweet and sane sip for Autumn. Seating is so close, expect to become friendly with your teatime neighbour, a real delight if you want to start conversing over knitting and take it to the ‘next row’. Personally, I hope to see them cover their teapots in winter with their own knitted tea-cosies. Closed Monday.
L’Oisivethé, 1 rue Jean Marie Jégo, Paris 13
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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. (AC)
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. (AC)
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!) Closed Sunday.
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. This was my local patisserie when I worked around the corner for 10 years! 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
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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 serves natural ice creams in summer. More details here. This is their workshop address but they can also be found in the Marais (61 rue de Bretagne, Paris 3). Closed Monday.
Foucade Paris, 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 their freshness.
I adore their vanilla flan but you must also try the speciality: KL vanilla Churros served with an orange-passion compote and 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. (AC) Closed Monday.
KL Patisserie, 78 Avenue de Villiers, Paris 17
Choose 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, the Bagatelle (created in 1966) resembling a Fraisier with added raspberry jelly, plus their chocolate-yuzu and jasmine macarons. More details here. (AC)
Lenôtre, 121 avenue de Wagram, Paris 17
TEA SALONS PARIS 75018
CHRISTOPHE ROUSSEL DUO AVEC JULIE
Although not a tea room, the legendary 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. (AC) Closed Wednesday.
Christophe Roussel, 5 rue Tardieu, Paris 18
Relatively new to Montmartre, this pâtisserie is already popular at all times but service is slick and friendly. Many varieties of home-baked French cakes, viennoiseries, scones and teas are a lovely welcome at the counter and, through the back, check out the open kitchen where quiches are being prepared with salads for lunch. I need to return to taste more but my favourites so far? Try the brioche feuillétée and their gluten-free financiers (almond, hazelnut or coconut) are just perfectly dosed with the right amount of sugar: not too much, not too little.
Good coffee and excellent choices of tea.
Open for breakfast, lunch, and teatime. Weekend brunch: reservation only. Closed Mon/Tues.
La Bossue Patisserie, 9 rue Joseph de Maistre, Paris 18
For many more delicious details, see my Chocolate Pastry Walk in Montmartre.
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Chocolate and Pastry Food Tours in Paris
Love good pastry and chocolate and want to learn more? Then I recommend Context Paris 3-hour Chocolate and Pastry Tour in St Germain-des-Prés – and in my very own book of easy pastry recipes and top patisseries in Teatime in Paris!