Winter days in Paris can be magically enchanting but like most cities they also can get pretty bleak. It is always nice having a few stellar coffee stops scattered around the city up your sleeve, so you can pop out of the wind for half an hour and enjoy a hot cuppa.
Finding good coffee or tea in any capital city full of cafés is harder than you think. It seems the bigger the city, the more choice and more room to choose a dud!
Here are five of my favourite spots in Paris to take five and watch the world float by.
I know, I know it’s a little touristy but there is something pretty special about this place and it is a ‘must visit’ when in Paris. There are lots of Ladurée salons in Paris but the Champs-Elysees is my favourite. I love the epic building and the colour scheme which is full of pale pastels and gold. Sit outside on the terrace and indulge in a tarte framboise or my absolute fave – a vanilla mille-feuille or of course some classic macaroons. Afterwards walk up the hill and climb the Arc De Triomphe.
Ladurée Salon de Te’, 75 Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris
This little gem has a variety of good beans and does a fantastic espresso. Also have a great selection of sweet treats. Slightly off the grid so it allows you to miss the crowds.
Ten Belles, 10 Rue de la Grange aux Belles, 75010
3. Mariage Frères
They make the best tea in the world. The best.
The salon in Marais is divine and filled with antique tea jars. You have to buy tea, drink tea and chat to the staff who know everything there is to know about tea.
Mariage Frères, Maison de Thé à Paris, 30 Rue du Bourg Tibourg, 75004
Just near the Place de la République, this is a proper old French café. The interiors are full of original features – a zinc topped bar, tiled walls and leather booths. It’s very French, full of locals – perfect for people watching. Nice for a glass of vino in the evening too.
Le Petit Château d’Eau, 34 Rue du Château d’Eau, 75010
5. La Maison Angelina
Yes this is another touristy one but they make the best chocolat chaud.
Liquid chocolate in a pot with warm milk – it’s a Bucket List drink.
The room is divine – make sure you sit in the old (not the new) section. This is a great stop after a trip to Musée des Arts Décoratifs or Musée du Louvre. Lovely for breakfast during the week (never weekends – you’ll have to queue) and a gorgeous place to take the kids.
The original is across from the Tuileries but a new one has opened at the bottom of Le Jardin Du Luxembourg in the 6th and I prefer it.
La Maison Angelina, 226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001