Now we are into the new year and back to work, it feels like quite a while since our trip to Paris however I’m still thinking about it for many reasons. With the terror attacks happening during our stay, it was such surreal feeling – we literally didn’t know what to do with ourselves. However, after a couple of days hiding out in our hotel room, we decided to brave the outside world again and see some of Paris. Walking about, the city was a ghost town, most shops were closed, museums completely dark and closed for business, however the sun was shining and there were glimmers of hope that life was starting to begin again. Paris still looked just as beautiful. With the city mainly closed, the museums and the eiffel tower were out of the question, so we decided to go for Afternoon Tea at a beautiful, quaint tearoom called Angelina.
I later found out, that Angelina Paris was founded in 1903 by confectioner Antoine Rumplemayer and has since built a reputation in the city for being a place of sophistication and indulgence. It has since then been the place to be for Parisian aristocracy and some of the biggest names in fashion, such as Coco Chanel. Inside is lavishly furnished with elegant furniture, decorative watercolour murals, gold trimmings and afternoon tea served in delicate china.
We arrived around lunch time and luckily got a table straight away (I hear there can be quite a queue during busy times!). Sitting down in the Angelina tearoom was the first time we had truly relaxed since we heard the news of the terror attacks, it felt like a little piece of calm within the terrible storm we had been a part of. We sat down and promptly ordered a large glass of white wine each and it felt like my birthday celebrations had finally started to happen, albeit a little later than expected. Not wanting to over-do it on the sugar, we tucked into a lunch of fresh filled sandwiches and fries before moving on to the best bit….
I’d been told by numerous sources that Angelina is famous for their amazing ‘African Hot Chocolate’. I’m normally a coffee kind of girl, but I just had to give it a go. Mixed with three kinds of African cocoa, the famous hot chocolate is a secret recipe that has been served for over a hundred years and is the absolute peak of indulgence. The Angelina hot chocolate is the thickest, richest hot chocolate I have ever experienced, pouring it was like pouring liquid melted chocolate (with a shimmer of gold) into a cup and the smell, words can’t describe! If you are a chocolate lover it’s just absolute heaven. Taking a sip, the chocolate was rich, smooth and intense. There is a reason they serve you a carafe of water with your chocolate, it is just so rich you have to work at it slowly, however as hard work as it was…. I persevered 😉
If you didn’t think that was enough sugar for one day, we were also presented with a menu for the patisserie (including cute pictures of each of the delicate pastries to lure you in even further). How could we resist? So in the name of my 30th birthday I decided to take indulgence to another level and ordered a tart as well. Tart Au Citron for me, and another of Angelina’s delicacies the Mont-Blanc for Vee.
We sat and sipped our hot chocolates and nibbled at our cakes as we finally began to unwind from the sheer horror of the previous couple of days. It was the best moment of pure escapism and indulgence I’ve had in a long time. I literally savoured each bite and felt so grateful to be able to be there.
If you are ever in the Paris, make sure you visit Angelina – you won’t regret it!
I haven’t been to Paris in years but your post has me scheming on a return trip just so I can go to angelina’s.
You need to go back! If only just for the hot chocolate, it’s divine! xx
This looks like a great afternoon tea, I like the idea of having hot chocolate! x
I’m not a huge hot chocolate fan, but this was to die for! xx
I haven’t been to Paris in ages (went 3 times but last time was in 2009), beautiful pictures and now I really want a cup of that African hot chocolate x
Sounds like you need another trip, I’m already planning my next visit (mainly based on the hot choclolate, ha!) xx
I just adore Angelina! Such a luxurious little spot, as is only worthy in Paris! We’re actually partnered with them at work and have a tearoom hidden inside the beauty hall of one of our stores – I love heading there on a chill weekend. (: Looks like you had a perfect time despite the gravity of the situation! x
Aaah, thats amazing! If I were you I’d be tempted to eat there all the time 😉
Haha it’s SUCH an indulgence though!
This place looks lovely!
It’s good you was able to find light and joy during your trip with such dark things happening
I know, it was such a sad time, but going to Angelina was really like a little piece of calm in the storm and I’ll always remember that! xx
wow that looks fantastic and those cakes !!
The cakes were just delicious, I need to go back to try them all! xx
This sounds lovely! I definitely want to go here when I visit! 😀 xo
It is amazing, you must visit one day! x x
Literally my dream to visit here! That hot chocolate is just ridiculous!
It was just AMAZING. I did feel *slightly* sick afterwards though 😉 xx
Look at those yummy gorgeous cakes..it’s a dream come true lol x