Address : 226 rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris
Phone : 01 42 60 82 00
Last visit : : October 2015 – Atmosphere : With friends –
Price : € 7.5 Teas, Hot Chocolates at € 8.20, Pastry around € 9
Founded in 1903, Angelina is a real institution in tearooms, as evidenced by the long queue that forms every weekend before the shop (more than a half-hour wait on Saturday, around 6pm). It is true that the Belle Epoque setting is worth seeing. It looks like the Paris high society of the early twentieth century. The tables and chairs are comfortable, well spaced and the atmosphere cozy. In a nutshell, the ideal place to spend an afternoon in autumn or winter.
On the cooking side, the house specials are living up to their reputation. I tried the Mont-Blanc, the legendary pastry made of a meringue covered with whipped cream and chestnut cream sprinkles. It was perfect: not too sweet, not too rich and crunchy meringue was to perfection. The marriage with the tea Mont-Blanc, subtle and sweet, is also very successful. Too bad the Mont-Blanc variations (passion fruit / coconut) are sold out in the evening.
A friend tries the blackcurrant cheesecake, modern and elegant, it is also delicious. Her L’Africain hot chocolate however seems a little common.
Angelina is really a nice place for a gourmet break in a pleasant setting and at an acceptable price (starting at around € 17 for a pastry + hot drink). Only small downside: service below the expected level for such an institution but this may be explained by the end of the day (the tea room and the shop close at 7:30 pm).