On a cold or rainy day, there's nothing better than enjoying a delicious cup of 'chocolat chaud' in a cozy setting. There are plenty of great cafés in Paris where you can pause and enjoy a nice hot chocolate, but these are our picks for the best in town.
When it’s chilly outside, the wind is blowing, and you’ve already walked some 25,000 steps around Paris before noon, a break for a hot chocolate feels like a warm hug and perks you up to no end. Settle in at one of our picks to enjoy a delicious chocolat chaud and then, with a warm tummy, rested feet, and a sugar high, you can head out and explore once more.
226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
Created by a family of Austrian-Hungarian heritage, Angelina is the epitome of a grand tearoom. Think lovely ceilings, plenty of mirrors, exquisitely-painted walls, and delicate china sitting on marble tables. The old-fashioned hot chocolate (called l’Africain) served with whipped cream is so rich, your spoon nearly stays upright, and so gorgeous that Coco Chanel drank it daily while sitting at table no. 10. And you can even try and recreate the experience at home with their bottled hot chocolate.
10 Place de la Concorde, 75008 Paris
Extensively renovated over the last few years, the Hôtel de Crillon is one of the historic grand hotels of Paris. Entering through its doors alone is a special treat. The sumptuousness of the décor and furnishings and the attentiveness of the staff are, alas, mirrored in its prices. But, considering that you’ll be sitting in the winter garden admiring its stunning floral displays while sipping a rich, sweet, and thick hot chocolate, it can double as lunch, right?
56 Rue de Bagnolet, 75020 Paris
Miles from the grand and the old, this cozy café in the hip 20th Arrondissement is easy-going, colorful, modern, and serves a mean hot chocolate. So sweet that it lets you forget the winter chills. It’s fluffy and oh-so drinkable! Sit back with a book, or stay for lunch, L’Abribus is a fabulous place to linger after visiting Père Lachaise without racking up too much of a bill.
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