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:
La Paren(the)se Teat Time at Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme
Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme offers us a gourmet break by the fire with its La Paren(the)se tea time. Come and relax in a muted atmosphere with an abundant gourmet offer concocted by the chef Jimmy Mornet!
Teatime at Le Meurice Dali
Served every day between 3:30 p;m. to 6 p.m. this teatime will make you forget about the Parisian world. This teatime is a moment of comfort in a surprising setting and around the pastries created by the very talented Cédric Grolet. Between the honey Saint-Honoré, the caramel éclair, the coconut Paris-Brest or the fantastic revisited fruits, we don’t know where to start.
Ritz Paris teatime
What about a French style teatime? Welcome to François Perret’s biscuit heaven at the Ritz Paris. In the Hotel at the Place Vendôme, the discreet pastry chef offers tourists and stressed Parisians to have a seat and to enjoy a relaxing moment. Every afternoon, tea is served along with 16 French biscuits including the very famous madeleine!
Vegan teatime at Shangri-La Hotel Paris
Shangri-La Hotel Paris pastry chef Michaël Bartocetti regularly renews his afternoon tea with seasonal fruits as well as a 100% vegan afternoon break. Yes, the chef is now known everywhere in Paris to create pure delights without using eggs or cow’s milk, a genuine exploit to taste without any hesitation!
Caffè Stern teatime
This is THE good new all sweet-toothed readers were expecting. The lovely place hidden in Passage des Panoramas, Caffès Stern, launches its teatime every afternoon. On the menu: the famous Venetian cicchetti, revisited Parisian desserts and a hot drink to relax in Italy, in Paris!
Christmas teatime at The Peninsula Paris
In the Holidays, The Peninsula Paris afternoon tea becomes the Christmas afternoon tea. Scones, madeleine and cookies mix with savory treats and pastries revisited for Christmas.
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 by Senoble
Lovers of sweet treats and pastries, head over Senoble Parisian store to fulfill your taste buds thanks to the teatime of the famous family brand likely to make you melt!
Christmas teatime at Hôtel Scribe
Christmas teatime at Hôtel Scribe is the perfect place to warm up while waiting for Christmas. Chocolate marshmallows, hazelnut shortbreads and many other delights to eat alone or with your family, until January 7, 2018.
Teatime at Angelina
Among Paris major teatimes, there’s Angelina’s. Let’s go to the historic tea salon located rue de Rivoli for a gourmet moment.
Birthday present, careful gift, proof of love or a lovely outing idea for the Holidays, teatime is the occasion to gather together in a friendly atmosphere with your friends, mothers or with your loved one. How about a gourmet break, friends?