During my three days in Paris in January I stopped by the world renowned bakery Angelina twice and neither visit disappointed. The first was to warm up on my way to Musée d’Orsay where I got a small hot chocolate to go (or takeaway as the like to call it in Europe) which I had finished by the time I made it across the Tuileries Garden but this review is about my second visit where I enjoyed a proper afternoon in the tea room.
On that particular morning I had spent nearly three hours in the freezing and slightly raining morning shooting fashion looks with an incredible photographer and this was my treat to myself for enduring and not getting frostbite. (Though the pictures came out quite well – here, here, and here). The tea room is more than 100 years old and just oozes old school glamour and splendour. Because I was by myself it was only a 15 minute wait on a Monday afternoon to get a table for two (though they do take online reservations). I knew immediately upon sitting down I would want more hot chocolate but studied the menu of Angelina Rivoli to make sure I experienced it fully.
I ended up opting for the Parisian breakfast which included Angelina hot chocolate, a fresh pressed juice of my choosing (I picked orange though grapefruit or lemon were also options) and then a beautiful platter of Mini viennoiseries, a croissant, a chocolate-filled pastry, and a raisin bun. This assortment of delicious baked goods was served with butter, jam, honey, and chestnut cream and I decadently tried everything. It was an extremely delicious afternoon and it was almost as if someone needed to roll me out of there!
Besides the hot chocolate I think the highlight of my experience was stumbling upon the crème de marrons or chestnut cream- it was so good I bought half a dozen jars to bring home!
Would you try the Hot Chocolate at Angelina?