05 Jul The Best Hot Chocolates in Paris
Paris is famous for its pretty cafes and yummy croissants, but you cannot miss its hot chocolates either! You will find here the most delicious creamy hot chocolates. And it’s even better when they are topped with fresh whipped cream, isn’t it?! As I have a sweet tooth, I have looked for the best hot chocolates in Paris, and I’m happy to share them with you!
I know it’s usually recommended in fall or winter to warm you up, but there is always a good excuse to have a hot chocolate in Paris, even when it’s not cold! In fact they taste and smell heavenly and they are very comforting. So, grab a cup of hot cocoa, and discover with me the list of the best “chocolats chauds” in Paris (as we say in French).
Angelina is one the cutest cafes in Paris. Created in 1903, it has always been a temple for gourmets and is still nowadays one of the best places to eat desserts in Paris. Its famous hot chocolate “l’Africain” is one of the signatures of the house and is a must-try when in Paris! The name was given after its composition of three carefully selected kinds of African cocoa from Niger, Ghana, and Ivory Coast. Its secret recipe will please your taste buds for sure!
Therefore, L’Africain from Angelina is number 1 on my list of the best hot chocolates in Paris!
My secret tip: you can book a table in advance at Angelina on their website. But if you are unsuccessful, don’t worry they have table always available for walk-ins! You will probably wait in line for a while except if you come early in the morning. They open at 8am from Monday to Thursday, and at 8:30am from Friday to Sunday.
Price: Old-fashioned hot chocolate 8,20€
Café de Flore
Café de Flore is one of the historical cafes in Paris. Since its opening in the 1880s it has always been very popular amongst the Parisian and especially writers and philosophers at the beginning of the 20th century. They serve a delicious hot chocolate, one of their specialties, that should taste topped with whipped cream as “chocolat viennois”. The hot chocolate from Café de Flore is for sure one of the best hot chocolates in Paris!
My secret tip: I recommend pairing the hot chocolate with their giant croissant in the morning or one of their yummy pastries like the millefeuille for dessert in the afternoon.
Price: Special Flore hot chocolate 7,80€ – Chocolat viennois 8,90€
Location: Café de Flore
Carette is one of the most iconic cafes in Paris: it was opened in 1927. It’s very popular amongst locals as well as amongst tourists. In fact, they have 2 restaurants ideally located in Paris: one on Place du Trocadéro near the Eiffel Tower, and one on Place des Vosges in the heart of the district of Le Marais. And Carette also has a third location in Montmartre: it’s a bakery where they serve their pastries, desserts and also their hot chocolate to go.
The hot chocolate of Carette is one of my favorite ones in Paris! It’s the perfect place to stop for a sweet fix (as well as savory) if you are in one of these touristy places.
My secret tips: you should go to Carette for a full brunch, they have delicious scrambled eggs. And if you have lunch or dinner, try the desserts too!
Price: Chocolat Carette 9,10€ – Chocolat viennois 11€
Four Seasons Hotel George V
The Four Seasons Hotel George V is one of the most beautiful Palace Hotels in Paris. If you want to try one of the best hot chocolates you have ever tasted in a luxurious environment, you should definitely go there! You will be welcomed in their stunning dining room for breakfast or the afternoon tea. It’s a pricey but exceptional experience! That’s the reason why I didn’t hesitate to place it amongst the best hot chocolates in Paris.
My secret tips: order the signature tea-time to get the full experience (the savory selection of Alan Taudon, the pre-dessert, the sweet signature selection of Michael Bartocetti, and Guillaume Cabrol’s piece to share). It’s 75€ with a choice of hot beverage, so I advise you choose the hot chocolate 🙂 .
Price: Hot chocolate with vanilla whipped cream, chocolate beads, and marshmallow 28€
Location: Four Seasons Hotel George V
Bontemps is one of the best places to get a dessert in Paris! You can enjoy here a very good hot chocolate and some scrumptious cakes. This tearoom will host you in the most adorable room with comfy velvet seats, marble tables, and flowers. It’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon in Paris and one of the best places for hot chocolate in Paris!
My secret tips: you might have to wait a bit to get a table (especially on the weekend) but it’s worth it!
Price: I don’t have the price of the hot chocolate itself, but they have a special tea-time formula “À l’heure du thé” with a hot drink (hot chocolate), a dessert or an assortment of mini desserts and a slice of lemon cake for 20€
Les Deux Magots
Les Deux Magots is another of these iconic cafes in Paris. It was built here in 1873. You will find it located right close by Café de Flore in the district of St Germain des Près. They used to be rivals at the beginning of the 20th century to attract all the intellectuals and writers. These 2 can also compete for the best hot chocolates in Paris!
Les Deux Magots is a great place to enjoy the typical Parisian vibes and typical Parisian cuisine.
My secret tips: the best places to watch people as you are sipping your hot chocolate are on the terrace: it’s one of the favorite activities of the Parisian!
Price: Chocolat des Deux Magots à l’ancienne 9€ – Chocolat viennois 12.50€
Location: Les Deux Magots
La Jacobine is a charming Parisian restaurant located in a little cobblestone paved alley in the district of St Germain des Près. All its decoration is about the French Revolution at the end of the 18th century. You will find here French traditional cuisine and yummy homemade desserts. Besides that, their hot chocolate is fantastic, and many people come here to try it! Bonus point: it’s the least expensive of this list of the best hot chocolates in Paris!
My secret tips: take the time to wander in the neighborhood! The area of St Germain des Près is vibrant and chic, with many boutiques, antique shops, art galleries, bars and restaurants.
Price: Chocolat chaud Aztèque 5.80€ – Chocolat chaud viennois (the same with whipped cream) 6.30€
Location: La Jacobine