- Amanda Brovich
Best Teatime Places in Paris
The afternoon tea tradition originated in England and has been one of the favorite upper-class daily activities for centuries. Even though it’s common to serve light cakes, scones and sandwiches, this posh habit had to eventually morph into different variations, depending on the country in which it is practiced. We admit we are a little biased, so we’ll definitely opt for a slightly more chic version of the afternoon tea, one that includes croissants and eclairs. To make it easier, here are LFA’s top 5 Paris locations to enjoy the French twist on the afternoon tea.
Salon Proust at Ritz Paris
Starting the list off with a classic, the combination of the French art de Vivre and Belle Époque elegance creates the ideal setting for a Parisian afternoon tea right in the heart of Place Vendome. This evocative salon merges beautifully iconic design elements such as an elegant fireplace and royal armchairs, allowing visitors to dive deep in time while enjoying the creations of Chef Francois Perret. After all those sweet treats, the only thing left to do is go for a stroll down Rue du Faubourg Saint Honore to catch up with all the newest additions to luxury designer boutiques.
If the classic French setting is not your cup of tea, and you prefer modern establishments but still love that refined touch, we have just the right place for you. Bvlgari hotel on Avenue George V breaks up the traditional French architectural style with its signature, contemporary style. Marble tables, leather seats, and a gorgeous interior terrace are all you need for a relaxed but stylish afternoon tea, where you can enjoy the simplicity of the chocolates from Il Cioccolato or the fullness of the pastries by Chef Niko Romito.
The lobby at the Hoxton is by far the star of the hotel chain’s Paris location, and it has SoHo house written all over it, as their team was appointed to design the public spaces at the Hoxton in Paris. The contemporary and highly Insta-worthy aesthetic graces us with heavy Art Deco references, perfect for nibbling on some signature French snacks.
This one is an absolute must on our list, as you might have already guessed. Draped in class and opulence, and topped by the astonishing view of the Tour Eiffel, tea time at the Shangri-La Paris should be on your itinerary. What is truly unique about this location is the Japanese x French fusion, welcoming you to indulge in a sweet-based tea time created by the pastry chef Maxence Barbot. And if you’re feeling extra, you can upgrade to the champagne version.
La Galerie at the Four Seasons George V
Ending the series with an imposing option, embark on a lavish, 19th Century journey through the grandiosity of La Galerie at the Four Seasons. After an intense shopping session on Champs-Elysees, there’s no better way to relax than with the infamous sweet creations of the hotel’s pastry Chef, Michael Bartocetti, while surrounded by the astonishing decor and artwork in the salon.