Trust us when we tell you, a cup of hot chocolate is not just for kids!
Let’s be honest, a hot chocolate in Paris is unlike any other hot chocolate in the world. People from all over, travel to the city of love to sip on the famous chocolat chaud. Whether it’s a cold winter night or even a chilly afternoon in the city, there’s no better way to warm up than with a hot cup of cocoa. But, an artisanal cup of a rich, velvety and smooth hot chocolate with the right balance of bitterness and sweetness is not easy to come by. We’ve done all the hard work for you and made a list of our favourite spots around the city but just remember: please drink responsibly 😉
Angelina, 226 Rue de Rivoli, Paris (more outlets across France)
Photo credits: Angelina Paris
If you’re looking for the luxurious, high-end version, Angelina is the place to go for a fancy chocolat chaud. Famously known as the L’Africain, the intensely rich and sinfully thick hot chocolate is made of four different cocoa beans from Africa. Add to the decadence a pot of fresh whipped cream, it is certainly a taste not to be missed. Let’s just say Angelina is a must-do on your trip to Paris next time!
Paris Ladurée Royale, 16-18 Rue Royale, 75008 Paris, France (more outlets across France)
Photo credits: Maison Laduree
It might be famous for its macarons, but their hot chocolate is serious business too. Chocolat Ladurée is almost like a thick, velvety and smooth drinkable chocolate sauce with just the slightest hint of bitterness. We know you won’t be able to resist a cup of this good stuff, of course with a couple of macarons on the side!
Photo credits: aparisianmoment –Café de Flore
If you’re looking for an authentic experience, this is the place for you. Café de Flore is a cute, quintessential French café that was once popular with famous authors and painters such as Ernest Hemingway and Picasso. Steaming hot, a little creamy with the right balance of sweet and bitter and just a bit thinner than the usual decadent hot chocolates around Paris, this chocolat chaud has just the right flavour.
Photo credits: Un Dimanche à Paris
This is a must-visit for all chocolate lovers. Un Dimanche à Paris is a concept store dedicated to chocolate, housing a pâtisserie boutique, a restaurant, a chocolate bar and of course, a tea salon. In the afternoon, the tea salon serves a luxury hot chocolate served with a little indulging cream and enhanced with added flavours like vanilla and cinnamon. A couple of petit fours on the side doesn’t hurt!
Jacques Genin, 133 Rue de Turenne, Paris (more outlets across France)
Photo credits: Jacques Genin
A modern tea room with an exciting laboratory upstairs where Jacques Genin experiments with chocolate. If you’re looking for a simple yet luxurious chocolat chaud in Paris, this is the address for you. Made simply by melting Araguani de Valrhona chocolate in whole milk, it is served with a bowl of vanilla-infused whipped cream and a small plate of ganaches on the side. What more could you ask for?
Jean-Paul Hévin, 33 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris (more outlets across France)
Photo credits: Jean-Paul Hevin
Ready to experiment with the staple hot chocolate? We’ve got the place for you! This chocolatier spices things up at his chocolate bar in his flagship store. From the traditional hot chocolates to inventive, often whimsical flavours like a banana and chilli hot chocolate, you can always try something new here as they serve over ten different types. Hevin has also invented a menu for different hours of the day, with some energizing and other relaxing flavours. We know you’re tempted!
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