Paris is filled with excellent spots for enjoying a cup of tea accompanied by sweet treats. Here is a look at some of the French capital’s iconic, ideal places for a well-needed break. After an exhibition or an adventurous stroll, what better than a garden in Montmartre or a prestigious hotel’s luxurious salon for a teatime?
Le Café Renoir at the Musée de Montmartre
The Musée Montmartre by the Sacré-Cœur basilica is home to the Renoir Gardens. Its eponymous cafe was named after the renowned, once-resident painter himself. Away from the City of Light’s crowds, this peaceful spot is perfect for admiring the breathtaking views of the Montmartre vines. But also for indulging in a delectable break amidst the fruit trees and climbing hydrangeas. Don’t miss out on the exclusive lime and mint iced tea with a delicious patisserie!
Le Mini Palais
The Mini Palais restaurant-bar-lounge is hidden behind the imperial columns of the Grand Palais near the Champs-Élysées. When in need of a snack, head to the terrace and order a “thé complet” while soaking up the chic, elegant atmosphere. While your tea is infusing, you can admire the Ancient Egyptian frieze above with its sphinxes, temples, and depictions of gods.
Le Café Jacquemart-André
The Jacquemart-André couple were avid art enthusiasts and collectors. So much so they would store their purchases in a sumptuous private mansion on the Boulevard Haussmann, which is now a museum. Café Jacquemart-André is now in the former dining room, offering a charming mix of wood paneling, fine upholstery, and a beautiful terrace. The establishment is particularly renowned for its teatime and is a must-visit spot for foodies looking for sophisticated patisseries and delicate teas.
The Le Dalí restaurant
The restaurant’s interior is inspired by the extravagantly-mustachioed Spanish artist’s unique style and designed by Philippe Starck. The result is a precious showcase for teatime by Cédric Grolet, a young chef recently elected the world’s best pâtissier by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Here he lets his genius run wild in exquisite creations to accompany each cup of tea. From homemade scones to astonishing desserts, his pastries guarantee an enchanting experience.
Le Salon Proust at the Ritz Paris
A patron of the Ritz, where he once lived, Marcel Proust naturally inspired the name and atmosphere of one of the salons. This intimate, timeless place offers book-laden shelves, comfortable armchairs, and a return to childhood memories. The renowned madeleine cake is of course featured in a cheeky nod to the author of In Search of Lost Time. Expect it to be served either on a sugar-bowl lid, or in a cup covered with flavored milk. This institution is one of the finest for enjoying a well-earned tea, whether prestigious, “semi-oxidized,” or as a latte.