Paris is already well-known for its museums, bakeries and (of course) the Eiffel Tower, but how about for its hot chocolate?
Here are four places that you must visit in Paris just to sample their incredible hot chocolate:
A Paris institution, with a hot chocolate recipe so in-demand that they’ve even bottled it and put it on sale. You can buy it in their cafés, from their online shop or in Galeries Lafayette.
I visited the café on the Rue de Rivoli, where all of the other customers around me were also asking for ‘un chocolat chaud, s’il vous plaît.’
It’s rich, it’s velvety, and will leave you wanting to come back to Paris to try another as soon as possible. You have been warned…
Location: 226 Rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris (and other branches in Paris)
Metro stop: Louvre-Rivoli
Already famous (for good reason) for its tiny and perfectly formed macarons, Ladurée also has another attraction for foodies: its smooth, deer hot chcoatw, which feels almost like you’re drinking warm chocolate sauce.
If you visit the Champs-Élysées branch, try and get a window seat – good for people-watching, and for admiring the Christmas lights and decorations in winter.
Location: 75 Avenue des Champs-Élysées 75008 (with other branches in Paris and worldwide)
Metro stop: Franklin D. Roosevelt
Café de Flore
Yes, it’s touristy and ever so slightly overpriced…. but it’s right in the middle of the Saint Germain des Prés.
Great for people watching and for pretending you’ve stumbled back in time to the Paris of Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre and Juliette Gréco.
And the hot chocolate’s not bad either! Thick and deliciously rich, enjoy it in the winter months in the café’s heated porch, and have a browse in nearby bookshop L’Écume des Pages afterwards.
Location: 172 St Germain des Prés 75006
Metro stop: St Germain des Prés
Hands down, the BEST hot chocolate I had in Paris (in my humble opinion)!! It’s bittersweet, and perfect with one of the café’s cakes.
The hot chocolate comes in a small china jug, and if you order a ‘chocolat viennois’ – plain hot chocolate with looooads of sweet whipped cream- you get a huge glass bowl filled with mounds of cream delivered to your table. Have I convinced you yet?
Location: 2 Place Edmond Rostand 75005, and other locations in Paris
Metro stop: Luxembourg, Cluny La Sorbonne or Odéon
What are your favourite places to have a hot chocolate in Paris?
Bon week-end !