There is nothing better than a rich, velvety, steaming hot chocolate on a cool Parisian afternoon. These are my favourites:
La Maison Du Chocolat
This gorgeous little chocolate haven was established in 1977 and has not only fabulous hot chocolates, but the most decadent, detailed rich sea of chocolates to select from, as well as macaroons and eclairs. This is a great hot chocolate to grab on the run.
There are several of these stores dotted around Paris and not all serve hot chocolates every day. I love them as they are not too rich, but rich enough!
La Maison du Chocolat, 52 Rue Francois 1er, 75 008 Paris
Hôtel Plaza Athénée Paris
If it is luxe you are after and you want to escape the pace of Paris shopping for an hour or so, this is the ultimate place to indulge.
The setting is a dreamy, creamy rich but comfortable array of chairs filled with well dressed and well heeled Parisians and tourists. The service is exceptional, the setting is one of Paris’ best and the hot chocolate is delicious.
On a cool afternoon when you want the very best service, ambience and hot chocolate in Paris, this is it. Served in a unique hot chocolate pot, the chocolate comes separately to the milk, so you can have it as strong or weak as you like, and there are always complimentary sweet bites with it or you can select from a gorgeous designer dessert trolley filled with fresh gateaux.
Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris 25 Avenue Montaigne, 75008, Paris.
In a lane near Odeon (left bank), this modern concept store serves rich, thick hot chocolate in two sizes. There are so many cakes, chocolate bars and other decadent accompaniments to choose from, but the drink itself is sensational, and the place is well lit and pleasant. The feel here is modern, which may be a welcome change if you’ve been inside galleries and museums for a few days.
Un Dimanche A Paris, 4-6-8 Cours Du Commerce Saint Andre, 750006, Paris.
Hotel Lancaster Bar
This small but gorgeous little spot is a favourite with the fashion set during fashion week, and also a favourite place for the Vogue magazine staff to stay when visiting Paris from around the world.
As far as hot chocolates go, these guys know their stuff, they even call it Grand Cru, after the wine, and serve it in the bar of the hotel. There’re 5 to choose from, including spicy, traditional and red fruits.
Hotel Lancaster: 7 Rue de Berri, 75008, Paris