A Priori Thé
35–37, Galerie Vivienne, in the 2nd. 01 42 97 48 75. Set beneath the beautiful Passage (kind of a 19th-century mall), this is a spectacular setting for a respite from an afternoon of shopping.
226, rue de Rivoli, in the 1st. 01 42 60 82 00. For over 100 years mothers have been bringing their daughters here for hot chocolate with whipped cream (chantilly).
56, blvd de Port Royal, in the 5th. 01 45 35 36 80. This remarkable patissier brings an Asian sensibility to classic French patisserie. The tiny shop is drop-dead gorgeous. The green tea éclairs will stop you in your tracks with their brilliant matcha-infused icing and delicate cream inside. A worthy stop indeed for a first go at “eating your tea.” Dine in with a pot of tea, or take the pastries with you for a picnic at the nearby Luxembourg Gardens.
Chajin—La Maison du Thé Vert Japonais
24, rue Pasquier, in the 8th. 01 53 30 05 24. Mon–Fri, 12:30–6:30 p.m.
Chajin offers superb first flush, organic Japanese green teas and serves selected tea-infused Japanese dishes at lunchtime. Try the white chocolate bar infused with matcha. Call ahead to reserve a seat for an authentic tea ceremony. Classes in the history of the tea ceremony are available in English.
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6, rue des Barres, in the 4th. 01 42 71 09 69. Tues–Sun, noon–10. Just off the cobbled pedestrian street behind the St.-Gervais-St.-Protais Church (closest metro is Hôtel de Ville or Pont Marie). They serve a large selection of teas, pastries, fruity cocktails, coffees, salads and light meals in a casual and bright, whitewashed dining room with large windows. Brunch available weekends, and a sprawling terrace in fine weather (see the pic on the website).
16, rue Royale, in the 8th. 01 42 60 21 79. There are several other locations, on the Champs Elysées and on rue Bonaparte in the 6th, near Deux Magots. They are famous for their macaroons, but we like the Palmiers (Elephant ears) the best. Rue Royale is the original location, near the Madeleine church, and is great for people watching.
Le Loir dans la Théière
3, rue des Rosiers, in the 4th. 01 42 72 90 61. On one of the most ancient and historic streets in Paris lies a perfect ladies’ tearoom with sofas and divine desserts. You might have to wait, as this place is popular post-shopping.
Mad Vicky’s Tea Gallery
3, rue Nicolet, in the 18th. An art space and a clothing store, with several chairs for tea.
Maison de la Chine
72, rue Bonaparte, in the Asian Cultural Center, in the 6th. 01 40 51 95 17.
This Asian-style teahouse is a lovely spot where you can sample Sadaharu Aoki’s pastries and chocolate. Aoki is currently one of our favorite chocolatiers in Paris.
30, rue du Bourg-Tibourg, in the 4th. 01 42 72 28 11. 13, rue des Grands-Augustins, in the 6th. 01 40 51 82 50.260, rue du Faubourg St.-Honoré, in the 8th. 01 46 22 18 54. A true classic—some call it the best tea in the world.
La Mosquée de Paris
39, rue Geoffroy-St.-Hilaire, in the 5th. 01 43 31 38 20. A very special place for mint tea: a historic mosque from the 1920s. The outdoor patio is sublime and the Moroccan pastries aren’t bad, either.
76, rue de Seine, in the 6th. 01 43 26 85 77. 93, rue de la Glacière, in the 13th. 01 45 81 39 09. Come teatime, try Monsieur Mulot’s famous macaroons in flavors of green tea, tea-mango and coffee. These macaroons are known for being the plumpest and most colorful. Not to mention very delicious!