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