La Maison Angelina

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Angelina Tea Room was founded in 1903 and is somewhat of a Parisian institution loved by locals and tourists alike. It happens to be one of those hyped up places which usually deters me. When a friend hosted her birthday party at the main rue Rivoli branch last October, I took the opportunity to check it out. What a fun afternoon but to be honest, I don’t care for the décor; it’s tired and in need of renovation. The service was very good and our waitress was friendly and seemed interested in our gathering. Due to the Indian Summer of 2011, I didn’t get a chance to try Angelina’s hot chocolate.

Upon hearing news that a branch had opened in my favourite Rive Droite department store – Galeries Lafayette – I promptly took myself off for a wee bit of shopping and dessert. Discreetly nestled amongst high-end designers, the classic Angelina style with a fresher look is much more inviting and yes, I finally tasted the famous chocolat chaud, which is rich, delicious and worth every calorie. If you find yourself in France, don’t even think of leaving without trying it. Well worth the hype. The macarons were also very nice and not too sweet, though they only have a small selection.

Angelina Tea Room
226 Rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris
+33 (0)1 42 60 82 00

Galeries Lafayette
38 Rue de la Chaussée d’Antin
75009 Paris
+33 (0) 1 42 82 34 56

29 Comments

  1. 12 March 2012 / 15:57

    this place looks fantastic milla! and everything looks delightful including those macarons 😉
    bises, k

    • 13 March 2012 / 10:17

      Dessert and champagne = PERFECTION!

  2. 12 March 2012 / 16:31

    Oooh, you lucky girl! I’ve heard so much about their delicious chocolate … it looks divine pouring into that cup! It’s on my wish list! This looked like more than a wee bit delightful!!! 😉 Have a great week, Milla!

    Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou

    • 13 March 2012 / 10:19

      The hot chocolate is Angelina’s trademark and one of the best in the city.

      I’d love to see that list…

  3. Sarah
    12 March 2012 / 21:30

    Loved the hot chocolate! The one inside Galeries Lafayette was somewhere we ended up visiting twice haha. The choice of desserts is just amazing! Loved it.

    • 13 March 2012 / 10:22

      Did you prefer it to the one at Un dimanche à Paris? I did but maybe that’s because there was more of it…

      • Sarah
        14 March 2012 / 11:32

        We actually didn’t get to try the hot chocolate at Un Dimanche a Paris 🙁 We just had a (long) shop in the boutique. It just didn’t work into our schedule. Next time!!

        • 16 March 2012 / 06:44

          STOP THE PRESS!!! Clearly a return trip is vital. Get planning!

  4. 13 March 2012 / 11:34

    I would go miles for a proper Italian Hot Chocolate like that!

    • 16 March 2012 / 06:47

      Really worth the calories. I’ve never found hot chocolate like that in London… If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear!

      • 17 March 2012 / 00:28

        Well, I may actually post a piece covering all the recipes I’ve experimented with. The most successful is actually a recent discovery from a local farmers market, but it’s never quite the same…

        • 21 March 2012 / 11:35

          Oh, do! I’d love to read about it.

  5. 13 March 2012 / 11:34

    taste the famous chocolat chaud … got it
    consider this bookmarked 😉

    • 16 March 2012 / 06:46

      If you only allow yourself one ‘bad’ drink, this is it!

  6. 16 March 2012 / 17:49

    One more bookmark to make. I would have to take several trips to Paris to try all these wonderful cafes and restaurants you’ve been writing about. 🙂
    Ada

    • 21 March 2012 / 11:35

      Hello Ada! Several trips to Paris is never a bad thing 🙂

  7. 17 March 2012 / 17:58

    We are so saturated with chain coffee shops here in Manhattan I have found it difficult to get a good hot chocolate too. It should be a bit of an event to drink this kind of thing done well, and I loved the photo of the drink being poured 🙂 Nice that you had the experience in the end – now, where can I find the best hot chocolate in London??

    • 21 March 2012 / 11:32

      Are people still on a constant coffee buzz over there? I found it near comical that people always complained about being grumpy because they hadn’t had their morning coffee, yet would drink this awful, watery Americano and be caffiene-high. Odd.

      I hear The Wolseley does good hot chocolate but the testing will have to wait until the temps go down in a few months. London is very warm right now.

  8. 19 March 2012 / 12:53

    How did I miss this post?

    Oh, the little pastries look almost too pretty to eat! Wow, seeing the prices of the pastries, I will need to save up a whole lot more before I get to visit Europe! 6 euros is enough for a main dish at the restaurants I’m always blogging about.

    • 21 March 2012 / 10:48

      6 euros for a main dish!? Holy smokes, I’m moving to Malaysia! Angelina’s is quite an upmarket place so it is expensive but at a regular patissiere in Paris, you could get a lemon tart for 3 euros compared to 9-12 euros at Angelina. That said, it is not expensive compared to, Plaza Athénée for example. A glass of champagne at Angelina’s is around 12 euros. At PA, it is 26…

      • 22 March 2012 / 14:29

        My mom met some British expats (from Standard Chartered/Citibank or something) when she was working in Indonesia and they told her how much they loved Malaysia (especially the food).

        With 12 euros, I can get a nice steak and dessert at Victoria Station (the BEST place to have steak here, and their service is so impeccable that you’ll feel like a queen): http://www.onceoverlightly.com/2011/12/victoria-station.html

        Kuala Lumpur so much cheaper than the UK since expats will get higher salaries, free housing, car + driver, school/medical fees are borne by the company etc.

        In fact, their colleagues would fight for positions based in Kuala Lumpur! In their words, it’s paradise 😉

        • 23 March 2012 / 06:12

          12€ for a steak and dessert?! Most good places charge dessert alone from 9€! That’s it, Malaysia here I come! That’s the good expat life, isn’t it? Shame for the local employees though. Do you plan to work abroad?

          The UK is crazy expensive but I love it, public transport aside.

  9. 23 March 2012 / 07:07

    Somehow there’s no ‘Reply’ link under your comment so I’ll reply here.

    Locals here are pretty comfortable, most can’t afford luxury items now and then (unlike this particular silly bimbo Malaysian celebrity who appeared on Oprah via satellite and said the middle class here could afford a Jimmy Choo all the time). Some of my fresh graduate friends and I have a little more disposable income as we still live with our parents and siblings. You know how expensive property can get around the capital and major cities.

    Others who are from other states will have to fork out more for rent and bills.

    As for me, I’m shopping now before major commitments kick in (rent/mortgage when I start living on my own, kids etc.) and I have a pretty funny way of saving money so I’ve squirrelled away quite a lot!

    No plans to work abroad now because I’m happy here 😉 I’m working for a huge company (whose parent company is Norwegian) The staff benefits and working environment are great so I’ll be staying for a long time (hopefully)

  10. 4 April 2012 / 12:03

    I visited Angelina’s a couple of years ago and the hot chocolate is just amazing !

    • 6 April 2012 / 14:01

      Clearly a woman of taste!

  11. 29 April 2012 / 03:57

    I never went to Angelina on rue de Rivoli but did go to their tea salon in the Château de Versailles. Their hot chocolate is hea-ven-ly.

    • 1 May 2012 / 20:42

      I must try the one at Château de Versailles – what wonderful surroundings to enjoy the delectable hot chocolate in.

  12. brianscoffeespot
    27 November 2012 / 21:58

    Angelina is a must visit for me when I go to Paris. I used to stay around the corner from the rue de Rivoli one and have now found the one in the Louvre, which is ideal for me since I tend to spend all day in there (the museum, not the cafe!). I’ll have to hunt down the one in Galeries Lafayette and try that too.

    Thanks,
    Brian.

  13. brianscoffeespot
    27 November 2012 / 22:03

    PS Next time you go, have a Mont Blanc. They’re divine.

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