Each has its own speciality: macaroons at Ladurée, traditional hot chocolate at Angelina’s or tea at Mariage Frères. Whether you are there for the chimney place, the home-made desserts or the comfortable leather armchairs, Parisian tearooms make an essential outing in winter.
Veritable institutions, these tearooms have a reputation as much for their cakes as for their wonderful decor. Ladurée has three addresses in the capital. In the Opera district, enjoy macaroons (twenty or so flavors) in an elegant setting of wood-panelling and frescoes; on the avenue des Champs-Élysées, the Napoléon III style reigns, while a magnificent Venetian-marble floor welcomes visitors at rue Bonaparte, in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Ladurée has also opened an area in the Printemps Haussmann department store so that you can have tea and do some shopping at the same time. Angelina, the famous tearoom in rue de Rivoli was the haunt of Coco Chanel and Marcel Proust and has for years attracted traditional hot chocolate fans. Finally, Dalloyau, has several delightful tearooms in the capital with different decors. Macaroons, marrons glacés, mille-feuilles à la vanille or almond meringues... for an exquisite gourmet experience.
ANGELINA 226 rue de Rivoli, Paris 1st Tel +33 (0)1 42 60 82 00 Monday to Friday, 8am-7pm Saturday and Sunday, 9am-7pm
DALLOYAU 5 boulevard Beaumarchais, Paris 4th Tel +33 (0)1 48 87 89 88 / www.dalloyau.fr Daily, 10am-9pm 2 place Edmond-Rostand, Paris 6th Tel +33 (0)1 43 29 31 10 Daily, 9am-7.30pm 101 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré, Paris 8th Tel +33 (0)1 42 99 90 00 Monday to Friday, 8.30am-7.30pm Saturday and Sunday, 9am-7.30pm
LADURÉE 21 rue Bonaparte, Paris 6th Tel +33 (0)1 44 07 64 87 / www.laduree.fr Monday to Saturday, 8.30am-7.30pm Sunday, 10am-7.30pm 16 rue Royale, Paris 8th Tel +33 (0)1 42 60 21 79 Monday to Saturday, 8.30am-7pm Sunday, 10am-7pm 75 avenue des Champs-Élysées, Paris 8th Tel +33 (0)1 40 75 08 75 Daily, 7.30am-12.30am
LADURÉE PRINTEMPS On the first floor of Printemps de la mode 62 boulevard Haussmann, Paris 9th Tel +33 (0)1 42 82 40 10 Daily except Sunday, 9.35am-7pm Thursday, 9.35am-10pm
Amaestro of the very finest ganaches, Jean-Paul Hévin is one of the capital’s top chocolate makers. On the first floor of his shop, a few steps away from place Vendôme, the menu of his tearooms will make you melt with pleasure. At Toraya, neither mille-feuilles nor coffee eclairs but delicate green-tea-flavoured macaroons and other sugary delights made from (adzuki red) bean paste. This pâtisserie cum Japanese tearooms, with its 1970s decor, will delight those who enjoy exotic flavours. The Mariage Frères Company, founded in 1854, offers an array of 500 different teas at its three Parisian tearooms. In a colonial-inspired décor furnished with collectors items (boxes from the period, samovars...), it is the place to enjoy a cup of Marco Polo or black tea perfumed with mild spices.
JEAN-PAULHÉVIN 231 rue Saint-Honoré, Paris 1st Tel +33 (0)1 55 35 35 96 // www.jphevin.com Monday to Saturday, 12-noon-7pm
MARIAGE FRÈRES 30 rue du Bourg-Tibourg, Paris 4th Tel +33 (0)1 42 72 28 11 // www.mariagefreres.com 13 rue des Grands-Augustins, Paris 6th Tel +33 (0)1 40 51 82 50 260 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré, Paris 8th Tel +33 (0)1 46 22 18 54 Daily, 3pm-7pm
TORAYA 10 rue Saint-Florentin, Paris 1st Tel +33 (0)1 42 60 13 00 // www.toraya-group.co.jp/paris/ Daily except Sunday, 10.30am-7pm
Chimney, decor in wood, sofas and leather armchairs... these tearooms place the emphasis on a cosy atmosphere. At the Le Rostand café you can have a cup of tea by the fire while admiring the Luxembourg gardens opposite. The Fourmi ailée a few steps away from Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, also has an attractive chimney breast surrounded by shelves filled with books. At L’Apparemment, in the Marais district, a light-wood décor recreates the atmosphere of a mountain chalet. People also come here for a game of draughts or chess and the establishments offers a good choice of board games. Cakes, fruit tarts and in-season desserts ... some addresses specialisein home-made produce. At the Loir dans la théière, an assortment of tables and chairs, leather wall seats and worn leather armchairs give the place a whimsical atmosphere. Finally, the L’Heure gourmand, tucked away at the end of an alley in the Latin Quarter, boasts several tables in a soft atmosphere with ochre tones and subdued lighting. Averitable haven of peace.
LAFOURMI AILÉE 8 rue du Fouarre, Paris 5th Tel +33 (0)1 43 29 40 99 Daily, 12-noon-midnight
L’APPAREMMENT 18 rue des Coutures-Saint-Gervais, Paris 3rd Tel +33 (0)1 48 87 12 22 Monday to Friday, 12-noon-2am Saturday, 4pm-2am Sunday, 12.30pm-midnight
L’HEURE GOURMANDE 22 passage Dauphine, Paris 6th Tel +33 (0)1 46 34 00 40 Daily, 11.30am-6.30pm
LE LOIR DANS LATHÉIÈRE 3 rue des Rosiers, Paris 4th Tel +33 (0)1 42 72 90 61 Monday to Saturday, 11am-7pm Sunday, 10.30am-7pm
LE ROSTAND 6 place Edmond-Rostand, Paris 5th Tel +33 (0)1 43 54 61 58 Daily, 8am-1am