A Parisian patisserie is a fine thing. Shop windows displaying a rainbow of macaroons, indulgent eclairs, and delicate individual tarts. What better way to take a break from seeing the city sights, than an afternoon sampling all of the above.
Teatime in Paris is a tasty way to spend your afternoon. From grand hotels offering silver-tiered towers of deliciousness, to cosier settings where the china is humble but the pastry just as good. Trawling Paris to find the best afternoon tea spots for you was our kind of chore.
Here are our top afternoon tea recommendations:
An authentic tea house originally opened in 1927, offering tea with a view in both of its beautiful locations. Its art deco inspired setting with pink marble and golden mouldings are the perfect canvas for the real star of the show…the patisseries. We highly recommend the award-winning macaroons.
Classic Route - Red, Stop: Trocadéro
Once a favourite of Coco Chanel’s, Angelina is the picture of pure indulgence. Paris’s most renowned tea salon, with a beautiful backdrop of gilded mirrors and poetic artwork. Perfect for the most special of occasions. The African Hot Chocolate is divine, so thick that you need a spoon to drink it!
Classic Route - Red, Stop: Louvre-Pont des Arts
Known for its delicate choux, Odette’s is a traditional tea house offering a peaceful pause from city sightseeing. Unassuming from the outside, take a window seat on the second floor and enjoy the perfect view of the Notre Dame, while sampling the many flavours of (almost) bite sized pastries. Heaven.
Classic Route - Red, Stop: Notre Dame
A unique fusion of French and Russian influence, world-famous pastry chef Emmanuel Ryon takes you on a culinary journey that tells a story of nostalgic grandeur. The décor is fairytale and the service very attentive. We highly recommend the vanilla croissant and several visits, as we're sure you'll find it difficult to choose!
Classic Route - Red, Stop: Opéra Garnier
Once you’ve ticked the perfect patisserie off your itinerary, you’ll be refuelled and ready to enjoy the rest of your day exploring beautiful Paris. Or perhaps you can just take the rest of the afternoon off and make it a delicious day to remember…