Our distinctive Parisian tearooms are particularly evocative of what is considered to be the French way of life accross the world.
That is why they developed into real luxury brands. Ladurée is among the most famous ones. Located on the Champs Elysées, for lunch or for tea-time, it is always a delightful culinary adventure.
The Angelina’s tearoom is also a must-not-miss venue in the Tuileries ; you will be delighted with its famous old-fashioned hot chocolate and its scrumptious Mont-Blanc’s cake.
Ladurée : the Champs Elysées’ tearoom.
Established in 1862 by Louis Ernest Ladurée, this tearoom opened in 1997 at number 75 of the most beautiful Parisian avenue. With a Napoleon the Third decorating, the place mix antique marble, period friezes, valuable furniture amonch which a terrific bookcase. For lunch or tea-party, you wil enjoy a fabulous feast, cosily sat round the fireplace.
Laduree never fails to surprise us by expertly combining salty and sugary flavours. Starters are salted “remixes” of the famous Laduree’s pastries : a vegetable St Honoré, a scottish smoked salmon “éclair”, or a duck “foie gras” enriched with an Earl Grey Tea macaroon. Main dishes are just as much surprising. From the menu, you will be recommended a sugared- almond breast of chicken or a thinly sliced duck fillet with raspberries. Finally, for those who have a sweet tooth, the frequently reinvented desserts will be up to your expectations. To accompany your tea, you will have to choose between a cream puff pastry filled in with rose cream, a rose and raspberry St Honoré, a liquorice millefeuille or unless you simply opt for one among the numerous flavours of the famous Ladurée’s macaroon.
For amazing but trendier surroundings, you should go to the “Bar Ladurée” which is very close : its located at 13 Lincoln road (Metro : Franklin Roosevelt).
A sophisticated hot chocolate at Angelina’s
The Austrian confectioner Antoine Rumpelmayer established Angelina in 1903. Located at N°226 rue de Rivoli, it became a high point for the Parisian aristocracy. Coco Chanel and the greatest French fashion designers were to be found there. Worldwide reknown, it is today the perfect place for all gourmet pleasures. You should appreciate its Belle Epoque decor which confers a cosy and lively atmosphere : all the waitresses are dressed in a vintage style.
To make our mouths water, all pastries are displayed at the very entrance. Comfortably curled up in red velvet armchairs, you should not resist to the richness of the famous old-fashioned hot chocolate, together with its small pot of whipped cream. You could also be offered its white chocolate version or a very large range of teas.
For the epicures, there is a large selection of homemade pastries “à la carte” : the traditional eclair, millefeuille or St Honoré. But the Mont Blanc definitely remains their incontrovertible specialty : its crunchy meringue, its molten chesnut cream and the lightness of its Chantilly cream would , for sure, enjoy your taste buds. Incredibly simple and simply incredible, you can’t miss such a heavenly dessert.
Chloé Buu-Hoï, December 2011
Translation : Sandrine Deméré Parot
Photo Credits : Ladurée, Angelina