The best way to start your morning is to have a hot chocolate drink at the ‘must visit’ Angelina, at 226 rue de Rivoli. The whole atmosphere of the place adds to the experience.
The service is also second to none. We visited the place on two consecutive days and the maitre immediately recognised us on the second day and sat us on a table in no time.
While enjoying another jug of the heavenly chocolate drink, another maitre brought a second jug of chocolate (!!!), compliment of the first maitre for us being regulars at the place.
Do not leave Paris until you visit this place.
Favorite Dish: We tried the signature products of this popular tea salon. ‘Le Chocolat Africain’ was a jug of real thick hot chocolate, served with a pot of whipped cream, so you can make your own cup. It tasted fantastic and as my friend said, it can make any woman forget her stress and her man!!
We also tried the ‘Fragilite Pistache’ which was a slice of dessert with pistachio flavour and another signature dessert of that place, ‘Mont Blanc’, a meringue base piled with chestnut puree and whipped cream. Bost fantastic.
You can also buy a box of their home made chocolates to take with you.
The line was out the door but we waited because we heard that we had to try Le Chocolat Africain.It was hard for our toddler to wait to fifteen minutes and we managed to avoid any meltdowns. We were seated towards the rear of the tea salon and the first thing I noticed is that the tables and floors were not clean. The table was still a bit sticky and the floor needed a cleaning. I suppose all of this is expected when there is so much traffic going in and out of this place! The waitress came quickly and took out order. We ordered the Le Chocolat Africain 6.20 E, Fragilite Pistache 5.70E , and Pain au Chocolat 2.60E. The hot chocolate lived up to its hype and we enjoyed sipping the thick, liquid. Angelina’s serves Teas (4.25 to 6E), Patisseries (2.50 – 6.20E), Ice Cream (6.20 – 7.70E), Salads (5.90 – 21.50E), Fish (14.80 – 27E), Meats (13.50 – 21E), Quiches (8.40 – 9.90E), Sandwiches (5.90 – 9.65E), and Cheese (5.75). Although I read that this tearoom was kid-friendly I only saw 1 other child and she was around 8 years of age. The atmosphere was very formal and my husband really didn’t want to go in because he felt uncomfortable. There were tons of other tourists as well as locals in there for tea and light lunch but they were all without children. Although the décor looked as if it demanded at least a button down shirt and slacks, and believe me there were quite a few people dressed in suits and dresses, but there were tons of tourists wearing jeans. The staff was very kind to us and even gave me a chair so I could sit while waiting in line because I was holding my son. We left the stroller in an area the Maitre’d created for us. Our son loved the hot chocolate and desserts and he was certainly accommodated but we felt uneasy. Overall, we did have a lovely time but the hot chocolate is best enjoyed slowly and it is close to impossible to do this if you have a toddler. We would do it all again and I would recommend everyone to go here because the food, drink, and service was excellent.
Favorite Dish: We only had 3 items and I would recommend the Le Chocolat Africain ( “the”hot chocolate) 6.20 E and Fragilite Pistache 5.70E. Both had rich and strong flavors that are unique and yummy! The Le Chocolat Africain is so thick and rich. Just sip it and let it settle. Drinking it too quickly might make you sick.
Make sure to order the Afrikan hot chocolate and mix lots of the whip cream in with it. The hot chocolate is so decantly thick and delicous its a meal in itself. But if you do have room order a Croque Monsieur.
I always seemed to miss this on my trips. I do remember a few times showing up way too early and peering longingly inside the windows. My trip in June however I made a point of going, with my guide. Oh my dear sweet Lord. How did I ever miss this place?
Favorite Dish: The rich and creamy hot chocolate. I don't remember the specific name, drat!
update: Beatchick informs me it was L'Africain. You cannot miss this. You may want to order a brioche with it, it is sooo rich and creamy, having something a little less "mouth-feel" is a good contrast.
Angelina's is located across from the Tuileries Gardens and the Louvre so it's got a really great location. It's a Parisian institution that has been in existence since 1903.
There is usually alot of people who frequent Angelina's, a mix of tourists and locals-usually the 'grand dames' of Paris.
The tearoom's decor is like the original Laduree tearoom: plush with mirrored walls and small marble tables.
Caveat: When we were there last (long time ago in 1991) they seated us upstairs. Wait for a table in the main salon instead! Upstairs was dark and empty. We eventually asked to be seated down in the main salon when a table became available.
Favorite Dish: Angelina's is famous for the chocolat africain which is like a chcolate bar (or a few bars) melted in a pot and served with whipped cream. Yes, it is good but overly sweet!
The best hot chocolate you will ever taste! Nothing like they have in the U.S. If you order the hot chocolate, it is actually called "le chocolat africain", I believe.
The atmosphere is very pleasant, and the decor is very beautiful. Dim lighting, antique looking furniture, and mirrors. A very romantic, yet busy setting.
Favorite Dish: It's all about the hot chocolate! This is what this cafe is famous for!
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Favorite Dish: the CHOCOLATE