Sometimes you have to take a break from the norm and do something fancy. After months of wanting to go, I finally made my way to La Maison Angelina, one of Paris’ finest tearooms. There are several locations around Paris, but my friends and I met up at the original tearoom on Rue de Rivoli, across from the Jardin de Tuileries. Go big or go home, right?
Established in 1903 by Austrian confectioner, Antoine Rumpelmayer, Angelina is a precious relic of the Belle Epoque with its elaborately decorated dining room that once seated members of the Parisian aristocracy. While you can treat yourself to a delightfully expensive meal there, the main attraction is dessert. Each of us ordered the world famous hot chocolate. Thick, creamy and ridiculously chocolatey, Angelina’s chocolat chaud lived up to the hype. As if we needed more sugar in our systems, we split a Saint-Honoré dessert as well. Sometimes to be classy you have to splurge, and we did just that. If you want a dose of true Parisian elegance – as cliché as it may be – stop by for hot chocolate at Angelina.