C’est La Vie at the Angelina Tearoom

Article submitted by Cécile Zarokian

Angelina was founded in 1903 by a confectioner from Austria named Antoine Rumpelmayer. Since then, the Angelina Tearoom on rue de Rivoli has become a popular meeting place among Paris’ high society. Its frequent patrons included Proust, Coco Chanel, and many renowned French couturiers. Today, it is known among tourists as one of Paris’ must-visit places. And while Angelina has salons all across Paris, the Tearoom on Rivoli still offers the best experience.

The luxurious setting of the Angelina Tea House is complemented by their sumptuous menu. If you’re here for a meal, try the Semi-Cooked Duck Foie Gras Salad which comes with button mushrooms, green beans, tomatoes, pecans, and lettuce heart. For something heartier, you can’t go wrong with the Scandinavian Club Sandwich which includes smoked salmon, hard-boiled eggs, fresh goat cheese, and matchstick potatoes.

While it’s easy to indulge in any one of their savory meals, make sure you leave room for dessert. End your meal with the renowned Old-fashioned Hot Chocolate “l’Africain” which is exceptionally thick and rich-tasting. Enjoy that with a serving of either their classic Mont-Blanc or the newer speculoos version. Both treat you to the same meringue with light whipped cream and chestnut cream vermicelli, but the speculoos version is enhanced by speculoos hearts and shreds.

Very few French gourmet institutions can top the exceptional dining experience the Angelina Tearoom has to offer. As the Parisians say, c’est la vie!