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Since 1854, Mariage Frères have been the reference point for French afternoon tea in Paris. With salons in the City of Light, Tokyo, London and Berlin, they pride themselves on an unrivaled collection of globe-spanning teas. Hand-selected from gardens across 30 countries, the harvest blends to create an imaginative tea-based menu. Sample over 600 flushes and concoctions prepared with precision and served with tea-infused confectionery. Indulge in green tea toasts, Carre D'or, a dark chocolate mousse flavored with Black Magic tea or Nostalgie De Pondichery, crostinis with tea-flavored curry crème, among delicious sweet and savory treats. Antique furniture and oak counters exude a charming vibe for connoisseurs as well as amateurs to discover the art of tea-drinking.
It would almost be a crime not to enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee in cafe-rich Paris. La Caféothèque, located in the Marais district, treats coffee as a near art form. Owning somewhere around 1000 varieties of coffee from various countries, this is not your average coffeehouse. Temporary exhibitions, courses for beginning coffee makers and themed coffee meet-ups all make it clear that coffee is taken very seriously here. Come enjoy a cup of your favorite brew and learn how to make one or just enjoy trying new varieties.
Set in one of the most typical little back-streets of the Marais district, this delightful salon de thé has everything to satisfy the most ardent café-culture enthusiasts, including sumptuous canapés, elegant surroundings with tasteful decor and a relaxed atmosphere. Tasty hot dishes, like spinach quiche, Spanish omelet, or spicy oriental tart, are served daytime and evening. And as for the desserts, they are to die for. Choose, if you can, from Tarte Tatin (apple tart), apple and cinnamon cake, or chocolate pavé accompanied by a wonderful selection of house teas.
Step into this tea parlor with intrepidity if you possess a fondness for tea. The insides of this Mariage brothers' enterprise are an interesting combination of stone and wood. The vintage tea collection from all over the world will overwhelm you and the brews will impress your taste buds. At Mariage Freres a long tea drinking legacy lives on since the establishment of the tea house in 1854.
The quintessential bakery on the corner of Rue Jacob and Rue Bonaparte in the 6th has a lovely tea salon in the back. A popular breakfast place for the locals, Ladurée's tea room actually goes against the grain to create a spaced-out and colonial setting rather than a traditional French setup. Under a canopy, the room is interspersed with faux palm trees, red and green chairs with murals adorning the walls. Tea is accompanied by croissants, eclairs and the likes- just the good old fashioned way. And since you'll be picking something from the macaron emporium on your way back, ask them to pack those for you in one of the boutique boxes- perfect Parisian souvenirs for keepsakes.
Les Deux Magots legendary terrace has long been the meeting-point for great writers and thinkers in Paris. Ernest Hemingway regularly popped up at the bar, and it's no wonder that Paris's best bookstore set up shop next door. The legend lives on, as the café it's often full of people sipping a Kir Royal after shopping at the nearby stores. A novel addition to the typical Parisian café-restaurant menu, there are mixed platters of salad and cold meats as well as a dish of the day like rustic chicken ratatouille and cold salmon.
Warm and welcoming, Maison des Trois Thés is one place where you can just shut out the cacophony of the touristy side of Paris and relax with refreshing teas. The owner, Ms. Tseng knows her teas well and the only brews to touch your lips are the exotic ones, handpicked from China and Vietnam. The decor is a mix of subtle nuances and ethnic elements such as the countless tea jars in the cabinet behind the counter that catch your attention the moment you step in. The staff is friendly but not overbearing and will happily suggest if you are undecided. So head to the leafy neighborhood in the 5th for some quality tea time at this cozy tea-room.
Télescope is a charming coffeeshop in the heart of Paris' 1st Arrondissement. Patrons frequent this cafe for its warm vibe and great brews. Sip on a hot cuppa with cake, sweet treats and bake goods in a laid-back and cozy ambiance. Skilled baristas offer their friendly service, while fresh flowers in the decor add a touch of home appeal to the place.
After strolling through the Jardin du Luxembourg, keep right on walking to Bread & Roses, a wonderful bakery and deli-café just west of the gardens. Bright and modern yet unmistakably French, this friendly café is the perfect place to unwind and taste some of the finest breads, savories and patisseries the city has to offer. Try the spinach-ricotta quiche or artichoke salad, and afterwards, go for the banana Crème Brulée tart or pear-ginger cake. And definitely don't forget about the breads. No matter whether it's an olive loaf, dried fruit bread, or an organic multi-grain baguette, you'll love its flavor and quality.
Angelina has been appeasing sweet teeth since 1903. This quintessential Parisian patisserie prepares and offers innovative versions of classic French confectionery like eclairs, macaroons and brioche, as well as savory items like salads, sandwiches and quiches. A visit is incomplete without a cup of their famous hot chocolate. Served with a scoop of whipped cream, the Chocolat African is another favorite on the menu.
Toraya serves renowned pastries baked in Japanese style, the recipes of which date back to the Japanese Imperial court days. You will just marvel at the characteristic fusion of design in the interiors. The people behind Toraya also happen to be pioneers who brought the Wagashi to France when this traditional tea room opened in Paris back in 1980. And if you are curious about the Japanese tea culture, you will have to venture out yourself.
Inventor of the traditional French macaron, Ladurée's Rue Royal pastry shop is the original flagship store in Paris. And if you happen to be in Paris then take out time for a lovely breakfast or an afternoon tea at this macaron cafe. The archetypal pastry shop has a cozy tea room in the back where they will fix you up with a cup of hot tea and sandwich. The setting is reminiscent of an 18th century teahouse with its Victorian fixtures, gilted mirrors and intricate detailing on walls and ceiling, perfect for those intimate tête-à-têtes. If you're dropping in just to pick up sweet somethings then they will gladly wrap them up for you in the most elegant boutique boxes, ones you'd want to keep safe in showcases for admiration. And the Marie-Antoinette, Caramel with Salted Butter and Orange Blossom are three varieties you must definitely try!