Did you know that the world’s best hot chocolate is made in Paris! Okay, okay that may be a huge overstatement, but I have to say, I never really had hot chocolate until I had my first magical mug in good old Paree. I remember the first time I experienced it as if it happened just yesterday. My colleague at the time noticed I wasn’t having the best day and suggested we go for some delicious hot chocolate at Angelina’s. I had no idea just what I was in for, but I’m so glad I accepted the invite. Up until that very point I honestly was satisfied with a cup of cocoa from Dunkin Donuts, or adding a pack of Swiss Miss with marshmallows to some hot water and bam some good old cocoa…I know, I know, that isn’t saying much, or it may just be saying a lot. Either way, I finally understood what the hype was about concerning this lovely treat known as Chocolat Chaud and I gotta say, it’s more like a dessert than hot drink. If you wanna know more, I actually made a video of my top three locations to find the delicious, warm, hearty delight and you can view it here. Otherwise keep reading for more in depth knowledge of my top spots!
My first stop during my chocolate adventure landed me on the wonderful Champs Elysées at Ladurée. Now this place is known more for their macaroons and pastries than their warm beverages, but they definitely provide patrons with some delicious hot chocolate. Not only that, but the history of this esteemed establishment is very interesting, as it was Paris’ first tearoom to allow women a place to enjoy one another’s company without a male escort. Very progressive actions at the time.
After leaving the most beautiful avenue in the world I headed to my next location, La Maison du Chocolat. If you couldn’t tell by the name, they are well known for their chocolate and for good reason. While it’s hot chocolate is not as thick as the other two locations I visited, the flavor was perfect and made up for it’s lack in consistency.
Last but definitely not least was Angelina. Founded in 1903, the wait staff still dresses in attire very typical of someone in their occupation at the time. The wardrobe definitely adds to the Vienna style tearoom’s charm. To be fair the whole establishment looks like it’s remained in early 20th century and never left. However, I’ve come to feel this way in many locations in Paris, but it’s nevertheless still an alluring trait of the establishment. Since Angelina was the first location that I ever had the delicious hot chocolate, it manages to stay my top choice for some molten lava-like chocolate chaud.
All in all, if you ever happen to be hankering for some hot chocolate and end up in Paris, definitely check out these locations. Or if you’re visiting the City of Lights during the winter, it will definitely be worth your while.
Please also be sure to check out my video below!