If you’re considering France for your next vacation, be sure to visit Paris, the City of Lights. The French capital is bursting with a selection of new bars restaurants and plenty of fine luxury hotels. There are so many things to eat in Paris that it would take years to be able to actually experience them all. That’s why we’ve narrowed down the search for you and decided to focus on afternoon tea. You might not think that tea is very Parisian. However, tea is becoming more popular in Paris these days.
Afternoon tea is a ritual introduced in Britain in the early 1840s. It began as a mini meal enjoyed in the afternoon (served typically from 4 pm to 6 pm) to stem the hunger before the evening meal at 8 pm. In 1840, Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford, asked for a tea tray and cakes at 4 pm, as she found she was hungry at this time and had nothing to do.
She found this new pastime hard to break and soon invited other ladies in society to join her. The Duchess’s guests went back to their houses and initiated the ritual, thus spreading the new custom.
Traditional afternoon tea consists of a selection of dainty sandwiches including cucumber sandwiches, scones served with clotted cream and preserves. Cakes and pastries are also served. The tea is poured from silver tea pots into delicate bone china cups.
In Paris, the quintessentially British traditional afternoon tea has been taken to a new level with a Parisian twist, driven by local experimental pastry chefs. The local grand palace hotels have certainly upped the afternoon-tea game. No two afternoon teas are alike, and each hotel or tea room has its own unique style. It’s innovative and the sheer quality is outstanding.
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Enjoying a sophisticated afternoon tea always feels like a special occasion regardless of where and when you have it. It’s a perfect way to indulge your senses. Not only is it a great way to break up a long day, afternoon tea is the ideal way to enjoy quality time with your friends and family especially when on vacation. There are many options available to sample this afternoon delight in the capital. However, if you’re looking for the best luxury afternoon teasin Paris, with so many options available, where do you begin? We’ve compiled our five best spots for afternoon tea in Paris.
5.) Le Meurice
The prestigious palace hotel on rue de Rivoli is where artists such as Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol used to hang out. Le Dalí restaurant is Inspired by Dalí and designed by Philippe Starck. Eye-catching artworks include a canvas designed byPhilppe Starck’s daughter, Ara Starck. It hangs under the restaurant’s glass dome and works in perfect harmony with the surroundings.
Celebrated pastry chef Cédric Grolet is the undisputed master of his art. Afternoon tea here is so decadent and unforgettable that you won’t need dinner! Plus, it’s a great place to meet and relax with friends, or simply watch the world go by.
- OPENING TIMES: Monday – Sunday 3.30 pm – 6 pm
- PRICE: €62
- LOCATION: 228 rue de Rivoli, 1ER, Paris
4.) Prince de Galles
An English afternoon tea created by chef Stéphanie le Quellec and pastry chef Nicolas Paciello is served at the Les Heures Bar. Here you will find a traditional afternoon tea with classic scones and sandwiches served on a tiered silver stand. Nicolas Piacello’s refined delicious creations are presented on a chocolate base that holds three signature cakes. A right royal spread of pastries arranged on a board made of chocolate, a cup of tea and some sophisticated sweet treats – what more do you need?
- OPENING TIMES:Everyday 3 pm – 6 pm (except Sunday from 4 pm – 6 pm)
- PRICE: €52
- LOCATION: 33 Avenue George V, 8th, Paris
3.) Le Bristol Hotel
Le Bristol Hotel deserves its reputation for being among the best Parisian five-star hotels. The surroundings are definitely luxurious. Lavishly decorated with frescoed walls and crystal chandeliers, the restaurant holds 4 Michelin stars with its 3 Michelin Star Epicure Restaurant, as well as the 1 Michelin Star 114 Faubourg. Café Antonia reflects a more spontaneous side of Parisian life, where you can enjoy casual and elegant refreshments any time of day. Enjoy delicious creations from renowned pastry chef Laurent Jeannin. The chocolate macarons are as decadent as they come. Give them a try!
- OPENING TIMES: Everyday 3 pm – 6 pm
- PRICE: €60
- LOCATION: 112, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008, Paris
2.) Shangri-La Hotel
The Stunning Shangri-La Hotel is located in the heart of Paris and is the former home of Napoleon Bonaparte’s grandnephew, Prince Roland Bonaparte. Many of its rooms and its terrace have views of the beautiful Eiffel Tower.
A 100% vegan afternoon tea. Chefs Moret and Bartocetti chose to do away with all traces of animal fat and protein without forsaking the creativity and gourmet pleasure associated with the pastries. This truly is a guilty pleasure both sweet and savory to be enjoyed.
- OPENING TIMES: Monday to Friday, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm (Saturdays and Sundays from 4 pm – 5:30 pm)
- PRICE: €45
- LOCATION: 10 Avenue d’Iéna, 75116, Paris
1.) The Ritz
Sumptuous afternoon tea at The Ritz will set you back €68. Designed to be like a library The Salon Proust like a library is luxurious, relaxed and very comfortable. Indulge in the tasty delights of madeleines and exceptional teas, while sitting comfortably on a plush armchair and in the company of rare books, is surely bliss. Afternoon tea at The Ritz is truly exceptional, and it’s a perfect balance from the first to the last bite.
- OPENING TIMES: Everyday 2:30 pm – 6 pm
- PRICE: €68
- LOCATION: 10 Avenue d’Iéna, 75116, Paris
When you next visit Paris, be sure to check out at least one of these fantastic afternoon tea spots!
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