Paris Hot Chocolate Address Book

People come from all over the world to sip le chocolat chaud in the busy and cozy cafés in Paris. Here are some of the top addresses in town to warm up.

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Angelina
226, rue de Rivoli
Métro: Tuilleries

This famous hot chocolate salon is getting a well-deserved makeover. But no matter; the place is always packed-full of French society women and tourists side-by-side spooning up their gloriously rich, and impossibly thick, le Chocolat Africain. The service has taken some knocks, but most chocophiles forget any glitches in exchange for the priviledge of sipping the world’s most famous hot chocolate.

Berthillon
31, rue St. Louis-en-Î’le
Métro: Pont Marie or Sully-Morland

Pair a mug of frothy hot chocolate with a scoop of Paris’ best ice cream for a decadent afternoon snack. Their salon de Thé next door to the ice cream shop has terrific desserts, including perhaps the best, and most perfectly caramelized, tarte Tatin in Paris. Pair it with a scoop of caramel ice cream making it a wedge of heaven. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

Cafe de la Paix at The Grand Hotel
12, boulevard des Capucines
Métro: Opéra

Overlooking the extraordinary Opéra Garnier, this is the most picturesque (and expensive) spot in Paris to sip hot chocolate. Be sure to request fort en gout (strong flavor), unless you prefer your hot chocolate touché delicate, with a delicate touch. Open late in the evening for those after-the-opera chocolate cravings.

Charles Chocolatier
15, rue Montorgueil
Métro: Les Halles

Revitalize in this tiny, modern chocolate shop near bustling Les Halles on the trendy rue Montorgueil with a cup of their dark, bittersweet brew which gushes from their well-polished copper cauldron.

Hotel Meurice
228, rue de Rivoli
Métro: Tuileries

Unwind in fabulous gilded splendor at this chic address across from the Jardin des Tuileries. The ultimate luxury here is ordering your hot chocolate according to the cru (tropical origin), including fruity Manjari chocolate from Madagascar and intense Guanaja from South America.

Jacques Genin
133, rue de Turenne (3rd)
Tél: 01 45 77 29 01
Métro: Filles du Calvaire

The master of chocolate makes a dark, less-sweet hot chocolate, using French chocolate in his modern laboratory. The desserts are works of art as well, and don’t leave without getting a bag of his outstanding caramels.

Jean-Paul Hévin
231, rue Saint-Honoré
Métro: Tuilleries

Divine hot chocolate is served in the upstairs tearoom. I challenge any die-hard chocoholics not to resist one of the rich, elegant chocolate cakes as well.

La Charlotte de Îsle
24, rue St. Louis-en-Î’le
Métro: Pont Marie or Sully-Morland

This funky tearoom serves their ultra-thick le chocolat chaud in tiny Japanese cups, encouraging you to savor it one chocolaty dose at a time. La Charlotte got a boost from a favorable write-up in The New York Times a few years back, so the cluttered shop can get a bit cramped on weekends.

La Maison du Chocolat
8, blvd Madeleine
Métro: Madeleine.
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Only a few locations of La Maison du Chocolat have tasting ‘bars’ where you can sit in the summer, slurping down a chocolate frappe or during the winter, treat yourself to a steaming mug of hot chocolate made from the world’s finest chocolate. The exotic Caracas hot chocolate is not for the timid, nor is the Bacchus, with a rather adult shot of dark rum.

Ladurée
75, avenue Champs-Elyées,
Métro: George V
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Ladurée was Paris’ first tearoom, offering unescorted women a place where they could socialize. Nowadays everyone, single or otherwise, male or female, can indulge in a silver pitcher of chocolate chaud Ladurée while overlooking the lively promenade of Parisians and tourists on the Champs-Elyées. The original location, on the rue Royale, is a must as well.

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Pâtisserie Viennoise
8, rue de l’Ecole de Méecine
Métro: Odéon

This dark, well-worn hang-out is one of Paris’ best-kept secrets, a favorite of nearby students from the Sorbonne. The hot chocolate is barely sweetened and not for the timid. Most visitors customize their cups with the packet of sugar offered alongside. Warning: If you ask for whipped cream, you’ll have to plow through a luxurious cloud of whipped cream to unearth the unctuous, barely sweet, chocolat Viennois hidden below. Closed weekends.

(This place, and their hot chocolate, were featured in my book, The Sweet Life in Paris.)

Puerto Cacao
2, rue Théophile Roussel
Métro: Ledru-Rollin

Featuring fair-trade chocolate, this chocolate bar will custom your cup with everything from cinnamon to Aztec-inspired spices. Right next to the Marché d’Aligre, this is a good spot to warm up and take a break from shopping

SIP Babylon
46, Boulevard Raspail
Métro: Sèvres-Babylon

This corner cafe whips up pleasant lunches, but the real treat here is the hot chocolate with a scribble of creamy hazelnut paste oozing over the top. Located just near the Bon Marché department store, it makes the perfect respite after a hectic afternoon of shopping.

Un Dimanche à Paris
4-6-8 Cour de Commerce Saint André (6th)
Tél: 01 56 81 18 18

This mini chocolate empire in a passage off the place de l’Odeon is a sleek hommage to all things chocolate. The brew is rich and served in an individual pitcher. Available with a selection of bite-sized desserts.

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Can’t make it to Paris? Here are my recipes for Parisian Hot Chocolate and Belgian Hot Chocolate.

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8 comments

  • Nice list of addresses. Merci ! Glad to know though that there are many other places too, in the US also and Boston for my delight.

  • Oh. mon. Dieu. I’m getting a theobromine rush just reading this! Merci mille fois–I leave for Paris next Wednesday and this is the perfect list!

  • Merci for the wonderful wish list. Perfect for fantasizing on a Columbus holiday when one should be cleaning closets…

  • I love chocolate and that picture looks sooo good.

  • loving the photography david….mmmmmmmmmmm

  • Why go to the tourist cafe Sip Babylone for hot chocolate when just across
    the street at the Hotel Lutecia is one of the best hot chocolate served with extra hot cream and dark hot chocolate to blend as you like. There is more … experience it.
    Paris
    28 April 2009

  • I haven’t seen that many tourists at Sip Babylon. The few times I’ve been, it’s usually full of people who work in the neighborhood. But perhaps that’s changed.

    Interestingly, I’ve never considered that if you want to avoid tourists, going to a hotel would be a good place to avoid them.

  • My son and I recently had to MISFORTUNE to stop in Cafe Babylon for lunch- – mon dieu! We were staying at the glorious Hotel Lutecia across the street, which was superb. However, since our French isn’t as fluent as it might be (but at least we tried!) , we were treated incredibly rudely and arrogantly at Babylon. The hostess immediately waved us to the very rear of the restaurant, near the kitchen. Uh, OK Next, I was trying to order a sandwich for lunch (they were on the menu) but the waitress made believe she had no idea what we were speaking of, feigned ignorance and walked away. This in spite of my pointing to the item on the menu! When my 17 year old took too long to place his napkin i his lap, the waitress grabbed it quite dramatically with two fingers and actually placed it in his lap FOR him. Unbelievable. Was she having fun yet? We had not yet received our food, and he certainly has been raised with manners, as well as the importance of respecting others. About which this waitress clearly was totally ignorant. Worst part was that she seemed to be enjoying this ordeal, at our expense. Horrible, horrible experience. And the food was only so-so. NEVER go there. Other than this, we LOVED Paris.