Whoever never dreamt of falling for all pastries while entering in a bakery casts the first stone! Yes, when I go in a restaurant, the first thing I read is the dessert-part! Yes, I’m one of those hesitant persons who’d like to taste all desserts of all patrons. And my biggest guilty pleasure is teatime.
A genuine institution in Great-Britain, teatime delights gourmets in France as well. If we consider it as an afternoon break, in London, it equals dinner. I must explain, teatime means a three-course dinner served on a tea 3-tier serving tray. Each tier displays a bunch of petits-fours and small pastries to enjoy with a hot drink, a fruit juice and even a glass of champagne.
Generally, we start with the savory level that contains 4 to 5 finger sandwiches, including grilled cheese, salmon blinis, foie gras toast, according to hotels. We continue with the “so British” scones, small brioche bread with cream and jam spread on, that perfectly pair with a hot drink (of your choice!) offered for the teatime… As you may think, we end with the “sweet” part with cookies, financiers, cakes from abroad and other French pastries in mini size.
Most hotels and palace offer a pastry in addition to this tray, check if this pastry is included in the offer because the price can dramatically change (between €12 and €20 par pastry). It goes the same for the drink of your choice, don’t choose a simple expresso if you want a delicious cappuccino, it’s included in the offer!
From €15 per person, or more if you take the “à la française” offer (with a glass of champagne), but it usually costs about €45, the teatime is the occasion to treat yourself with a privileged sweet break in the afternoon and in a lovely setting. It’s a breath of fresh air, and we let the staff take good care of us. It may seem expensive at first, but don’t forget that you don’t need to have dinner after it!
We selected you the best teatimes in Paris:
Teatime by Nicolas Guercio for Lutetia Hotel
It’s tea time! Let’s head to Hotel Lutetia and restaurant Le Saint-Germain to discover the mischievous and tasty teatime created by Nicolas Guercio.
Teatime by Nicolas Paciello for Fouquet's Paris
Pastry chef Nicolas Paciello came up with a teatime for Fouquet's Paris and already revolutionize the hotel's desserts with his pastries. Served at Le Joy restaurant, this teatime is provided in two steps: crazy viennoiseries, scones and sandwiches followed by 3 pastries in small sizes for an XXL teatime.
Plaza Athénée gourmet teatime
All year long, Plaza Athénée serves a delicious teatime created by Angelo Musa! The pastry chef has come up with 12 pastries including his Papilio, a revisited tiramisu and a strawberry tartlet. We’re drooling already!
Gourmet teatime at the Burgundy Paris
A gourmet break in a boudoir, this is the offer provided by the Burgundy Hotel in Paris with its teatime. Guillaume Goupil’s finger sandwiches and Pascal Hainigue’s mini-pastries are to be enjoyed with a hot drink and a glass of champagne. What a perfect way to unwind and tell secrets…
Teatime at Le Meurice by Cédric Grolet
A gourmet teatime by Cédric Grolet? Let's run to Le Meurice teatime, one of the most coveted in Paris. Served daily, it's a moment you don't want to miss with the sculpted fruits, delicious pastries and scones to die for. A moment of delight that will make you forget about your worries for the afternoon!
Pavillon de la Reine Anne restaurant launches its teatime
Feel like discovering a new delicious teatime in a green setting safe from the Parisian hustle and bustle? Head now to restaurant Anne terrace set a stone’s throw from the Place des Voges.
Teatime at Angelina Paris
Among Paris major teatimes, there’s Angelina’s. Let’s go to the historic tea salon located rue de Rivoli for a gourmet moment.