Teatime in the heart of the Parisian winter
Publish on Tuesday, 14 December 2021 in Flavours and Gastronomy
As the days grow shorter and the chill sets in, we all crave the opportunity for a touch of indulgence. So, it’s the ideal season for discovering Parisian teatimes! Teatime treats are now offered in prestigious places throughout the capital, inviting you to enjoy delicious and comforting moments. Boasting creations by great pastry chefs, they reinvent the English teatime tradition by giving it a very French flavour. Follow the recommendations of the Ouest Hotel team and find your perfect teatime experience.
The teatime ambiance
Much of the charm of teatime comes from the setting in which it is savoured. Cosy, convivial and exquisitely designed, the tea rooms of Paris envelop you in an atmosphere which invites you to relax, succumb to temptation and forget the passing of time. That’s what you can look forward to when you visit the Joy du Fouquet’s. This renowned hotel restaurant welcomes you on the Champs-Elysées, but its lounge opens onto a verdant interior terrace, well sheltered from the noise and bustle of the street. At the Café Antonia of the Hotel Le Bristol, the emphasis is on classic French furniture. Louis XV stylings, complemented by warm colours, evoke the era of Marie-Antoinette and gives an impression of timeless elegance. Finally, for a delightful change of scenery, meet under the beautiful dome of the Bauhinia, where lush green plants flourish.
Great chefs offer an unforgettable teatime experience
Tea is not the only essential part of teatime. Sandwiches and pâtisseries are a big part of the charm! The great pastry chefs have wholeheartedly embraced the reinvented teatime concept. You can, for example, relax beneath the glass roof of the recently reopened Samaritaine department store and taste the creations of the pâtisserie L’Exclusive of the maison Dalloyau. With tea on hand, you’ll savour masterpieces of taste and aesthetics. At the Café Antonia du Bristol, chef Frechon devotes himself to sandwiches while Pascal Hainigue, chef pâtissier, devotes himself to the sweet side of the experience. Finally, at the Bauhinia, Maxence Barbot offers a teatime menu that will take you back to the scents and flavours of childhood, accompanied by the finest teas.
Teatime and more in Paris
The best teatime addresses recommended by your Ouest Hotel team are in particularly well-known neighbourhoods where it’s a pleasure to wander. Le Bristol, less than a quarter of an hour's walk from our hotel, is just minutes from the Elysée Palace and the Champs-Elysées. Le Fouquet’s and its Joy tearoom can be found on the latter prestigious avenue. As you stroll there, you’ll be charmed by the luxury shop window displays and Christmas illuminations. Or, amidst the newly restored splendour of the Samaritaine department store, which has integrated contemporary design into a magnificent Art Deco structure that is listed as a Historic Monument, you can enjoy the teatime treats of L’Exclusive.
During a cultural visit or a shopping spree, step inside these enticing places and taste the creations of great pâtissiers. Your Ouest Hotel team will be happy to share their favourites with you...
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