I was sixteen when I first visited Paris. My francophile parents had planned a two-week long adventure and I was more than happy to tag along. We stayed in a small hotel that served a just-as-small petite dejeuner: a croissant with jam or butter, coffee and either orange juice or hot chocolate. Young, naive, and unaware of calories, I took my chocolate chaud happily, every morning.
Six years later, I'm still downing chocolate chaud any chance I can get. Any good travel guide book or Parisian-themed blog will mention Angelina's: a famous Parisian maison that refuses to be defined as a tea house or patisserie, but a dining experience. Since 1903, it's been offering delicious and tres chic meals and lies only inches away from the Louvre and the Jardin de Tullieries.
Over the years, Angelina's has become famous for two specific delicacies: the Mont Blanc pastry, and le chocolate chaud L'Africaine. Paris is currently suffering from a terribly cold winter, so I made a pit stop to enjoy a warm cup of delicious hot chocolate and to enjoy the view.
Smiling waitresses greet you as you enter into the main hall, covered in gilded decoration and ornate framed mirrors. A strategically placed patisserie bar offers visitors the chance to browse through the many choices while they wait in the inevitably long line that seems to be a permanent fixture at Angelina's
While you can't expect to walk in and be seated immediately, especially on freezing cold days that seem to be made for chocolate chaud, there is the patisserie bar just next door that offers you a chance to browse the goodies while you wait.
Being the only child/princess/self-absorbed creature that I am, I pretend that the chocolate and gilded A's that atop each treat stand for Alyssa and not Angelina....
Angelina's is located at 226 rue de Rivioli, 75001. Metro: Tulleries.