Creamy and sweet: one of the best winter warmers you could hope to drink in the French capital is that of the ‘chocolat chaud’. So whether you’re looking for an extra tasty treat or a lazy way to spend a rainy afternoon, here’s your ultimate guide on where to find the best hot chocolate in Paris!
Many people cite Angelina as their favourite chocolat chaud spot in the city… And it’s certainly not hard to see why! After all, the rich drinking chocolate is like a liquid meal in of itself and comes with a hearty portion of chantilly cream (sweet whipped cream that’s said to have originated in the town of Chantilly).
Angelina can be found at several points across the city, including on the first floor of the Galeries Lafayette flagship department store (i.e. the one with the Grand Cupola) and another of the more important locations being at rue de Rivoli. Set against the backdrop of a Belle Epoque dining venue, the tea house dates all the way back to the early 1900s.
Set at several different locations across the city (one being at the illustrious Place des Vosges and the original being located at Place du Trocadéro in the 16th arrondissement of Paris), Carette well and truly has some of the best hot chocolate in Paris.
Founded in the 1920s by a husband-wife duo, this tea house also serves a variety of hot and cold dishes (which change seasonally) and from its outset, has prided itself in fantastic service and a great quality of foodstuffs. For the ultimate people watching experience to accompany your hot chocolate, I highly recommend heading to the Place des Vosges Carette location!
Though not so much of a ‘quintessentially’ Parisian experience as some of the other hot chocolate houses listed here, there’s no denying that the hot chocolate is delicious and dreamy at Lindt, not to mention that it’s less expensive to purchase in comparison with some of the other hot chocolates listed here.
When it comes to enjoying a hot chocolate at Lindt in Paris, my venue of choice would be the store close to the Palais Garnier Opera House. Lying in the shadow of the Grands Magasins department stores, you’re also always offered a complimentary Lindt chocolate on arrival into the store!
Chocolaterie Cyril Lignac
Cyril Lignac is a bakery and patisserie shop that’s present throughout several locations across Paris. But what you may well not know is that the French chain also boasts its own sit-in chocolate house. Selling a variety of hot drinks as well as sweet treats, the chocolat chaud costs €5 and is well worth every centime!
Though this Parisian institution may be best-known for their dreamy macarons, Ladurée more than deserves its place as one of the best places to find chocolat chaud in Paris. Set across several locations in the city, most notably along the Champs Élysées (i.e. where you’ll find the Arc de Triomphe), you can’t go wrong by heading to this tea room to sample some of their hot chocolate!
If you’re a fan of extra sweet chocolat chaud, then you should know that the recipe for hot chocolate at Charles Chocolatier is particularly traditional, and so not so sweet at all! With this being said, sugar is provided at no extra charge at this café which has been in business since the turn of the 20th-century!
Set along the ever so chic rue Montorgueil (a largely pedestrianised street which boasts the likes of the oldest Patisserie in Paris), step inside during opening hours and you’ll soon be greeted by friendly service and a beautiful backdrop against which to sip your chocolat chaud.
Though perhaps not the most ‘authentic’ chocolat chaud experience to be had in Paris, there’s no denying the sheer popularity of the gelato chain of Amorino, which boasts boutiques across the city. Some of the best places to grab a hot chocolate from Amorino in Paris include the location at Place des Vosges and that in the Middle of Le Marais, not far from rue des Rosiers.