Guide to the Best Hot Chocolate in Paris
Relax with a hot chocolate in Paris
Angelina Hot Chocolate Paris
Once you’ve finished your designer shopping on Rue de Rivoli, head over to Angelina for the best chocolate chaud in the city. Order a cup of l’Africain, their creamy hot chocolate you have to literally drink with a spoon - and if it’s not decadent enough, it comes with a pot of fresh cream on the side for you to step things up a notch.
Planning to visit the Champs Elysee? Before you jump back into the metro, make a little diverse to Laduree - a gorgeous French patisserie with a cosy parlour feel. Renowned for their rainbow macarons and some of the best patisserie in Paris, their chocolate chaud certainly gives the joints on this place a good run for their money.
This famed chocolatier used to work behind the scenes at some of the best kitchens in Paris, but luckily for French hot chocolate lovers he’s opened his own shop. Featured on our best chocolate in Paris guide, it’s no surprise the chocolate chaud here is a real contender and crafted from real Araguani de Valrhona chocolate.
For something truly experimental, Jean-Paul Hevin is a great shout and luckily there’s a number of branches in the city. You can tell they’re serious about the beverage as they literally have a dedicated hot chocolate bar in Saint Honore where you can try everything from a traditional French hot chocolate to something a little different: matcha, chilli, ginger...
Un Dimanche a Paris
This charming Saint Germain chocolate shop is the ideal place to spend a weekend relaxing with friends over a Paris hot chocolate. Aptly named ‘a Sunday in Paris’, this velvety chocolate chaud is a great shout and nestled amongst forward-thinking chocolate recipes you’ll want to take home. If you really want to jazz things up a bit, they also serve up some chocolate cocktails.
Les Deux Magots
The hot chocolate at Les Deux Magots attracted the likes of Picasso, Hemingway, Verlaine and Rimbaud to this beloved establishment. This classic French cafe is a big favourite amongst both locals and tourists alike, with a smooth hot chocolate to die for. If it’s a sunny winter’s day, grab a table outside with your piping hot drink to keep warm.
Cafe de Flore
There’s nothing more classic than Cafe de Flore’s chocolate chaud. Thick, rich and served in a silver teapot for second helpings, it’s no surprise that this establishment has been a favourite dating back to 1887. Be warned that it can get busy as it’s a big tourist favourite - given that the likes of Apollinaire, Simone de Beavoir and Ernest Hemingway used to frequent the place and attract crowds.
Le Grand Colbert
Look familiar? That’s because this cafe was the filming location of the Diane Keaton classic Something’s Gotta Give. Since then, people have filed in over and over again for the famed roast chicken that Jack Nicholson tucks into but you should definitely stop by for a French hot chocolate. Besides tasting delicious (don’t forget to top your chocolate chaud off with chantilly cream), it’s definitely the most atmospheric with brass fixtures and scarlet lush interiors.
Maison de Chocolat
What’s in a name? Everything at this boutique, apparently. For a place with a name like the ‘house of chocolate’, you’re right to have high expectations and they absolutely live up to them. A few of their locations like Jean-Paul Hevin have a chocolate chaud bar and you’ll be able to sip on the traditional stuff or get a little boozy with it, as their creation Bacchus (literally named after the Roman god of wine) has a hit of rum in it.
Besides serving up one of the best hot chocolate in Paris, this gorgeous little Trocadero spot also boasts a stunning view of the Eiffel Tower. While locals favour its charming Place des Vosges location more, one thing’s for certain - their hot chocolate really hits the spot. Not too sweet and not too decadent, it doesn’t fill up quite as quickly as some of the more popular spots on the list.