When the cold arrives in the City of Light there’s nothing better than cuddling up with a cup of hot tea and a few delicious pastries in the corner of a Parisian café.
After a summer of short summer dresses and light tank tops, it’s time to put on that knitted sweater, cozy scarf, and those leather boots… Which also means that a few extra pastries won’t really hurt that much… Well, at least that’s what I keep telling myself (yes, that’s my theory and I’m sticking with it).
After surviving cold autumn days and freezing winters in Paris before, I now know where to get my tea and pastry fix in this city. In a city like Paris the possibilities for indulgence are endless, so I’ve tried to narrow it down for you. Don’t forget to bundle up before heading out!
With something sweet
My favorite thing about having a cup of tea is ironically not the tea itself… My favorite thing is what goes with the tea. I mean, who could say no to a heavenly sliver of carrot cake with cream cheese frosting to go with their Darjeeling? So whenever I’m meeting up with friends for a cup of tea, I try to make sure we’ll end up at a place that does excellent desserts as well.
Two excellent places, if you want a little sweetness to go with your tea, are Rose Bakery Tea Room and Café Pouchkine. Even though both of them are located in department stores – Rose Bakery inside the elegant Le Bon Marché and Café Pouchkine inside the luxurious Printemps – they’re far from alike. Stop by Rose Bakery Tea Room on the left bank if you’re craving scones, lemon pound cake, or that sliver of carrot cake to accompany your green tea. But head to Café Pouchkine on the right bank if you’re looking for lavish pastries and some of the yummiest macarons I’ve ever tasted in Paris. The extravagant décor is not to be overlooked either — but be prepared to wait since the seating is limited and fills up quickly.
If Rose Bakery Tea Room or Café Pouchkine don’t sound exciting enough, some of my other favorites when it comes to pairing my tea with a tasty treat are Colorova, Mamie Gateaux and Carette.
Rose Bakery Tea Room, 24 Rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris, tel: +33 (0)1 42 22 60 00.
Café Pouchkine, 64 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008 Paris, tel: +33 (0)1 42 82 43 31.
Tea from Mariage Frères (jpellgen)
Focus on the tea
Despite how hard it is for me to believe, I understand that some people prefer to have their tea without sweet pastries on the side. And of course, that’s possible too. A shop I’ve always been in awe of every time I pass it in Saint-Germain is Jugetsudo. Jugetsudo – which means “the place from where one looks at the moon” – is a Japanese teashop with an amazing variety of teas. Buy their tea to-go or book a time to enjoy their dégustation of Japanese green teas inside the shop (warning, chocolates and Japanese treats might be included).
When I’m in the mood for something a little bit more classic I never hesitate to visit Mariage Frères or Ladurée. Yes, they’re very well known but they still serve some of the most delicious tea, in the coziest of settings, in Paris. I prefer the Mariage Frères tea salon in the Marais where you can choose between 600 types of different teas or Ladurée’s location on Rue Bonaparte in Saint-Germain.
Tea Thé Tcha and L’Autre Thé are two other tea salons in Paris well worth mentioning in this category as well, and don’t miss the newly opened tea shop called Lupicia in Saint-Germain.
Jugetsudo, 95 Rue de Seine, 75006 Paris, tel: +33 (0)1 46 33 94 90.
Mariage Frères, 30 Rue du Bourg Tibourg, 75004 Paris, tel: +33 (0)1 42 72 28 11.
Ladurée, 21 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris, tel: +33 (0)1 44 07 64 87.
If you have a little extra time – and money – on your hands, nothing beats an afternoon tea session at a luxurious Parisian palace hotel. When the temperatures get lower and the days darker, I sometimes need to spoil myself just a little bit to avoid complete depression, and a fancy afternoon tea always does the trick. This fall, when I need a pick-me-up, La Bauhinia at the Shangri-La or Hotel Daniel are at the top of my list.
Even though €39 for some tea and a couple of treats at the Shangri-La is a little steep, I would consider it well-spent money considering I’d probably get an excellent people-watching session in while enjoying my cup of tea. But if you feel that the price is a little bit too high (even though excellent service and a magnificent space are probably included) Hotel Daniel offers an afternoon tea for €28. I’m already dreaming about their finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and pastries from La Pâtisserie des Rêves…
Other classic hotels offering afternoon tea that are worth the detour include The Four Seasons George V and Le Bristol.
Shangri-La, 10 Avenue d’Iéna, 75116 Paris, tel: +33 (0)1 53 67 19 98.
Hotel Daniel, 8 Rue Frédéric Bastiat, 75008 Paris, tel: +33 (0)1 42 56 17 00.
Ladurée & Rose Bakery Tea Room (im.M & Carin Olsson)
To take home
Then there are always those kinds of days when you just prefer to cozy up on the sofa at home. And honestly, what could be better than a cup of delicious tea under a warm blanket in front of a good movie when it’s raining (or even snowing) outside?
I suggest filling up on your tea supply now before it gets too cold, and gets too hard to find the motivation to brave the icy weather outside. Yes, we all know about Kusmi Tea and their colorful jars by now but why not try something else this fall? I’m going to swing by Dammann Frères, which you’ll find right by Place des Vosges and George Cannon, located next to Jardin du Luxembourg, in the coming weeks.
Dammann Frères, 15 Place des Vosges, 75003 Paris, tel: +33 (0)1 44 54 04 88.
George Cannon, 12 Rue Notre-Dame des Champs, 75006 Paris, tel: +33 (0)1 53 63 05 43.
- Hotel Plaza Athénée is currently closed for renovation, but when they open up again you can enjoy an afternoon tea there as well. Not Just Another Milla shares her experience at this luxurious hotel.
- More of a coffee person than a tea lover? Check out TrotterMag’s list of the best coffee shops in Paris.
Written by Carin Olsson for the HiP Paris Blog. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.