Hot chocolate in Paris comes in many varieties, from ultra-dense and gourmet to frothy and creamy. The beloved chocolat chaud is more than just an indulging drink for the little ones; Parisians of all ages partake of this pleasure.
It is a serious endeavor to balance the bitterness and the sweetness in each cup of molten chocolate. And the attempt to make the perfect cup of hot chocolate is undertaken by all the best chocolatiers!
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Whether it’s an iconic tea room or a corner cafe, here is a list of the best hot chocolate in Paris – hot chocolates to die for!
A favorite meeting place of the gourmands, Angelina’s is probably the most famous hot chocolate in Paris. Located on Rue Rivoli across from the royal Tuileries Garden, the cafe transports you to the Belle Epoque era. With mirrors, marble tabletops, and crystal chandeliers, Angelina is a gorgeous setting to indulge in more than just a chocolat chaud.
This is my go-to spot and Mr. Misadventures never leave Paris without indulging in a cup of creamy hot chocolate.
Angelina’s hot chocolate is a dessert in itself! A thick concoction of some of the finest cocoa, it is known as l’Africain (the African) or Chocolat chaud a l’ancienne (hot chocolate made in the traditional way). Angelina has been using a special blend of cocoa sourced from Niger, Ghana, and Cote D’Ivoire for more than a century to create its signature flavor.
It is served in French style where a ceramic pitcher holds enough for two cups. You serve yourself and you can also add a dollop of unsweetened whipped cream if needed. Angelina is a must-try when visiting Paris!
[It was also a near-daily spot for Coco Chanel who adored this chocolate!]
Address: 226 Rue de Rivoli, 1st Arr. There are more locations throughout Paris, but this is the original spot.
Founded in 1927 by Jean and Madelaine Carette, this cafe is located right across the Eiffel Tower and serves a sublime cup of hot chocolate in Paris. One of the most iconic cafes in the city, their hot chocolate is a perfect blend of rich and sweet. Connoisseurs of this creamy hot concoction rate Carrette's as the best in the city.
Although the cafe has a laid-back bistro ambiance, it is an elegant bistro with scrumptious macarons and decadent hot chocolate with a velvety texture that will keep you coming back for more. They are also known for their amazing pain au chocolat, but that is too much chocolate for me to have at one time!
Un Dimanche à Paris
Nestled on a charming cobbled passageway near Odéon, Un Dimanche à Paris is a concept store dedicated to chocolate, and without a doubt, serves a great cup of hot chocolate! In the adjoining tea room, visitors can enjoy a creamy cup that is lightly flavored with vanilla and cinnamon and served with some cream.
To get the whole experience, ask to sit by the curved stone wall which was the base of one of the towers of the 12th-century defensive wall of the city.
Address: Cour du Commerce Saint-André, 6th Arr
As you probably know, Ladurée is a popular macaron store but it also has great hot chocolate! An elegant tea room straight out of the 19th century, Ladurée’s hot chocolate is a blend of bittersweet velvety chocolate that will leave you wanting more.
The tea room on Champs-Élysées reflects the Paris of the Art Deco era whereas their second tea room in the 6th Arr has gorgeous blue interiors as cozy as their hot chocolate.
Address: 75 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 8th Arr. There are several spots throughout the city.
Plaq is a temple of gourmet chocolates in Paris! Their chocolate is made with the most aromatic cocoa beans from Venezuela, Peru, and Belize, and paired with their no-nonsense packaging, Plaq is undoubtedly one of the best places to enjoy a cup of chocolat chaud (or two!).
With their motto ‘bean to bar’, Plaq makes an artisanal, velvety thick hot chocolate that has the right amount of sweetness without going overboard on decadence.
Address: 4 Rue du Nil, 2nd Arr
Another French chocolatier, Jean-Paul Hévin has been a creative confectioner for over 30 years! Each year, he chooses a theme to inspire his chocolate creations. The hot chocolate from this Maison comes with a generous serving of whipped cream to embrace the chills of winter.
His chocolate bar also offers a variety of different flavors, from banana chili-flavored hot chocolate to hot chocolate with iodized foam and oysters!
Address: 3 rue Vavin, 6th Arr
La Chocolaterie de Cyril Lignac
A paradise for all chocolate lovers, the chocolate factory of Cyril Lignac boasts a cozy environment offering chocolate delicacies. With artisanal bars handcrafted in the factory, the brand offers some of the finest cookies, muffins, and of course, hot chocolates.
With a creamy and full-bodied texture, their drinks have a tinge of vanilla essence, all for affordable prices.
Address: 25 rue Chanzy, 11th Arr
Alain Ducasse has been a beloved Parisian chocolatier for ages, and when he opened his chocolate factory in a former garage in Bastille with a mission to offer over 50 different varieties of chocolate!
The hot chocolate is one of the best blends as the chocolate is finely grated to match the texture of the milk. He also sells a special hot chocolate kit to make a comforting cup at home.
Address: 40 Rue de la Roquette, 11th Arr
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Take a trip to Japan with Toraya’s traditional Japanese patisseries. And if you love matcha, don’t forget to try their matcha hot chocolate- a delicious drink made with organic soy milk and matcha tea. The calm zen decor and gourmet pastries made by the book are sure to delight all your senses.
Address: 10 Rue Saint-Florentin, 1st Arr
Café de Flore
The quintessential French café on Boulevard Saint-Germain, Café de Flore has been a historical place since its opening in 1880. Popular amongst Parisian writers of the 20th century, it has retained its status as a literary cafe in Paris.
According to some, their hot chocolate is the best in Paris – a delicious serving of rich molten chocolate topped with whipped cream. The recipe is simple, made with warm cocoa and no extra fuss.
Address: 172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 6th Arr
Other Honorable Mentions
Paris is heaven for chocolate lovers so it is probably not surprising that the list of great hot chocolate spots could go on forever. I would be remiss in not mentioning these:
- Les Deux Magot (6 Pl. Saint-Germain des Prés, 6th Arr) across from Cafe de Flore, this equally iconic cafe also has great chocolate.
- Jacques Genin (locations throughout Paris) is a brilliant chocolatier so of course his hot chocolate with dark Valrhona chocolate is to die for.
Recipe: How to make French hot chocolate at home
After reading this, if you too are craving a sip of Paris but can’t hop on a plane on a whim, here’s a simple and easy way to enjoy a chocolat chaud chez vous!
1 ½ cups whole milk
½ cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons sugar (preferably powdered)
8 ounces of bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped (I know this sounds like an insane amount of chocolate but it’s the only way to get a creamy thick drink)
- Take a medium saucepan, and whisk the milk, heavy cream, and sugar over medium heat. Don’t boil it, we need to heat it until bubbles appear around the edges.
- Remove the pan from the heat and add the grated chocolate. Return to low heat to melt the chocolate easily.
- Serve it warm (better if it’s in a warm cup!) and top it with whipped cream if needed.
For an extra French kick, add in a pinch of fleur de sel for extra texture.
Remember to use high-quality chocolate as it will affect the quality of your drink. And please do not use water!
If you want to feel like you’re in a Parisian cafe, sit by the window and dig into your favorite book as the world passes by!
How about you? Are you a fan of hot chocolate? Have you had it in Paris? Do you have a favorite spot? Do tell!
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