Angelina's hot chocolate called "L'Africain"

Angelina's hot chocolate called "L'Africain"Angelina and its hot chocolate

Angelina’s hot chocolate : what’s special about it ?

Angelina serve a renowned hot chocolate,  meant to be one of the best in Paris. It  is the “Chocolat chaud à l’ancienne”, an old fashioned hot chocolate called « L’Africain ». A sumptuous  thick creamy hot chocolate, made with quality raw ingredients, and served with fresh whipped cream

You will be served a cup and saucer along with a pitcher of steamy, hot chocolate thick and creamy. You almost need a spoon to consume it. Fresh whipped cream is served on the side along with a glass and a carafe d’eau.  Please, watch the video below : 

Angelina, Rivoli street

Angelina, Rivoli street

About Angelina :

The first Angelina tea room opened in Paris, is located  in the arcades of the Rue de Rivoli  (Rivoli street) in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, at a walking distance from Le Musée du Louvre, la place Vendôme and la Place de la Concorde. It’s  a very renowned  place so there is often a queue in front of the door.


There are several Angelina tearooms and boutique in Paris (For more details : see at the bottom of this page)


Best known for its signature dessert, le Mont Blanc (a meringue and light whipped cream covered in Ribbons of chestnut cream) and its chocolat chaud à l’ancienne, l’Africain, )

Pastries and light lunches

Angelina tearooms serve pastries,  breakfasts and light lunches too (salads, quiches…) 


The “Forêt Noire”

Paris-New York, Saint Honoré and Castiglione

From the left to the right : Paris-New York, Saint Honoré and Castiglione


Beets and crumble at Angelina Versailles

A rich history

When you dine at angelina, you don’t only  experience pastries and drinks , but a rich History

A bit of history :

Angelina was founded in 1903 by Antoine Rumpelmayer, an Austrian confectioner. The Rumpelmeyer family emmigrated from Austria-Hungry to settle in Nice, in the south of France in the late 1800s. They decided to open their own teahouse in Nice. It was a success and they followed with teahouse in Monte Carlo and Antibes. Such a salon du thé was rare at the time. Most of its clientele were aristocrats who lived in Paris but visited the French Riviera occasionally on vacation.


Soon, the Rumpelmayer family decided to relocate to the City of Lights. And in 1903, they opened the now-famous Parisian landmark Angelina, with a Belle Epoue style decor. The interior design was by French architect Édouard-Jean Niermans (1859-1928). Originally, this teahouse on rue de Rivoli opened as Rumpelmeyer tea house. However in 1930, owner Antoine Rumpelmeyer changed the name to that of his daugter-in-law, Angelina.

This historic tea shop has become a Parisian icon. Since 1903, the style decor has been kept exactly the same as it was before, refined and elegant, with mosaic floors, lots of mirrors, marble-topped tables, lovely French style chairs and armchairs, and soft lighting. 

And the Hot Chocolate has been a classic since the beginning !





Chic server uniforms : Stylish servers’uniforms were created by couture designer Alixis Mabille , who has worked with design names like Dior, John Galliano and Hedi Slimane.

Sebastien Bauer : Born in 1978 in Alsace, he joined the legendary Angelina as Head Pastry Chef. Sébastien Bauer was born in Alsace which gives him the perfect background to supervise the marvelous confectioneries created at Angelina.


Sébastien Bauer, Pastry chef at Angelina – In 2011 at Strasbourg – Photo @J. Binz

Coco Chanel : For years,Coco Chanel was a daily customer just for the hot chocolate. She lived in Hôtel Ritz Paris, at Place Vendôme in the 1st arrondissement. Everyday, she entered the glass doors of Angelina and she was regularly seated at table 10Coco Chanel in 1960

Chanel in 1936 by cecil Beaton in the Ritz

















Audrey   Hepburn : It was one of her favourite places when she was staying in Paris.Animated-GIFs-Audrey-Hepburn-Funny-Face-1







(Hot Chocolate according to Angelina’s style)



The hot chocolate “L’Africain” has been a classic since the beginning.

550 g whole milk
150 g dark chocolate than 70%
200 g whipped cream

Cut the vanilla pod lengthwise, remove the seeds.

Boil the milk with the vanilla and let steep, covered a few minutes, remove the pod.

Add the dark chocolate 70% using a whisk.

Depending on your taste you can cook or not.

More you cook, the more hot chocolate is thick and velvety.

Serve in the container of your choice with whipped cream on the side. 

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Practical informationsAngelina

Angelina, Rue de Rivoli : First Angelina opened in Paris – 226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France – Mon – Friday 07:30–19:00 – Sat Sun 08:30–19:30    –     +33 1 42 60 82 00

A lovely pastry counter near the entrance 

Watch the video (made by Angelina cie) below and visit Angelina rue de Rivoli      –     Web site :

Additional Locations : Nine other locations  throughout Paris (tearooms and shops)


Angelina at Versailles

  • Rue du Bac : Address: 108 rue du Bac, 75007 Nearest transport: Metro : Rue du Bac (line 12) – Open every day – 01 42 22 63 08


  • Palace of Versailles : Pavillon d’Orléans – 1st Floor at Pavillon d’Orléans  – 78000 Versailles01 39 20 08 32 – Closed on Mondays


  • Musée du Louvre – Aile Richelieu, Café Richelieu  – 75001 Paris – 01 49 27 93 31


  • Musée du Luxembourg – 19, rue de Vaugirard  – 75006 Paris  – 01 46 34 31 19


  • Galeries Lafayette – 40 boulevard Haussmann – 75009 Paris – 01 42 82 82 93



My advice : 

Another great Hot chocolate : 

Taste the hot chocolate at Le Cafe de Flore too : very similar to Angelina’s hot chocolate

Le Flore is an iconic cafe in Saint Germain neighborhood. And the welcoming is generally excellent.

At Le Flore, you can have a gorgeous Millefeuille by Hugo et Victor. It’s probably my favorite Millefeuille with the one of “Le Nôtre” pastry shops


Angelina’s Millefeuille


Angelina’s shop at Versailles


Jacquemart André


A wonderful 19 th century mansion


Jacquemart André Museum

The outside itself is worth coming to the place : a large and beautiful mansion house, XIX century style, built by the architect Henri Parent.

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Nélie Jacquemart

The Jacquemart-André museum was named after its owners : Edouard André (1833-1894) and Nélie Jacquemart (1841-1912). It’s was the couple ‘s private home.


a grand and gorgeous 19th residence.and a wonderful collection of Italian art.

The Museum display the art they collected during their lives. Thus, they devoted a considerable fortune to buying works of art especially in Italy where they use to go frequently.

Though it’s in France and it gathers mainly Italian art, I felt during all my visit a type of British touch in the air… Strange.



an exquisite place to have a break, a meal or a 5 o’clock tea


I had a very nice break in the café which is located inside the museum. Such an exquisite place…! I loved it as much as the welcoming and the food. It’s not a restaurant run by a great chef, but the food is really nice. If you are vegetarian, you’ll surely be pleased too. And a great choice of delicious pastries.


I enjoyed being in such a  beautiful and luxurious as intimate and relaxing place.





















My advice : 

  • You’ll surely enjoy this place. And don’t miss the Café/restaurant which is really worth it. It’s gorgeous.
  • If you come when the weather’s fine, experience the terrace of the Café.
  • If you plan to go the “Printemps” department store (either for shopping or for the view over Paris from the rooftop), you can plan the 2 visits on the same day : the Museum Jacquemart André is about 20 minutes on foot from Le Printemps department store (on the same Boulevard Haussmann).


Jacquemart AndréPractical informations :

  • Museum : 7/7   
  • L – V : 11.45 am – 17.30 pm  (L : 7pm) Sat.and Sunday :  11 am to 3 pm
  • 158 bd Haussmann – Paris 8     Metro stops : St Augustin; Miromesnil; St Philippe du Roule
  • (Le Printemps department store : 64, boulevard Haussmann – Paris 9)







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The World’s Best Pastry Chef 2016

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On the 13rd of June, Pierre Hermé received  the title of World’s Best Pastry Chef, in New York. It was awarded by the World’s 50 best Restaurant academy (= 972 gastronomy experts across 5 continents). Each expert submits, by secret ballot, their own personal list of 7 restaurants from around the world. (


During the ceremony, in New York

The picture on the left : The moment Pierre Hermé received the title of World’s Best Pastry Chef  in New York during the The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 award ceremony (13rd of June 2016). (

VIDEO :  Interview with P. Hermé – With English subtitles :

“I consider patisserie as an Art, with capital A. It is a way to express sensitivity the same way music, painting and sculpture do” – Pierre Hermé


  • Pierre Hermé was born in 1962, in Alsace (region of Eastern France). He is heir to four generations of Alsatian bakery and pastry-making tradition.
  • He started his career at the age of 14, as an apprentice to pastry chef Gaston Lenotre and became a pastry chef by the age of 20.
  • At the age of 24, he was heading pastry production at Fauchon ( upscale Parisian food merchant).He worked at Fauchon during 10 years
  • Then he worked at Ladurée where he played a key role in turning the company into a global brand. Over his career, Hermé has redefined the macaron, with new techniques and creation of flavor combinations.
  • In 1996, he founded Pierre Hermé Paris with Charles Znaty.
  • His first boutique opened in Tokyo in 1998, then a Salon de Thé in 2000.
  • In 2001, Pierre Hermé opened his first boutique in Paris at 72 rue Bonaparte in the Saint Germain des Prés neighborhood.
  • In 2004, Pierre Hermé opened a second shop in Paris at rue de Vaugirard and established a training workshop in coopération with the reputed Ecole Ferrandi run by the Paris Chamber of Commerce.
  • In 2005, he opened a chocolate bar in Tokyo and in 2006, a new boutique in Shinjuku Isetan
  • Since 2010, his company has been expanding strongly  with several boutiques located in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
  • And he now oversees 2 restaurants in the Royal Monceau hotel (Paris)

Named “the Picasso of pastry” by Vogue US, or “the Dior of desserts” also “the Kitchen Emperor” (New York Times), “the King of Modern Patisserie” (the Guardian) or the Dior… .

He has got his statue at the Musée Grévin (Paris) and his name is in the Larousse dictionnary

pierre_herme_envie_individuel_3The creative process : 

He has revolutionized pastry -making : he has invented a totally original world of tastes and sensations. Two collections a year. He is known for his unusual mix of flavors. He marries ingredients such as olive oil and vanilla, wild rose hip. He uses sugar as a seasoning and not a principal ingredient. He is always on the hunt for fresh tastes and tops end products. He finds new ways to blend the sweet with the salty. He creates a dessert like a nose creates a perfume. Like a fashion designer, Pierre Hermé draws his ideas on paper before he creates them. 

Getting the recipe just right can take months.

“I need to write them, to make a design, but the drawing is a sort of blueprint it lets the other chefs set the thickness for the icing, the structure and the actual building of the cake.”  – Pierre Hermé                                     Below : an interview in English

Camille, Assistant Pastry Chef, said, “We have up to a couple of appointments a week when he tastes what we’ve done, to tell us if he likes it or if he doesn’t like it or if certain things need to be changed.”

The Pastries

  • Pierre Hermé Macarons : The so-called “Picasso of patisserie” has elevated the simple but delicate French macaron into an art form. Here are some of the numerous Pierre Hermé Macarons. Some belong to “temporary collections”. 
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    • Pistachio macaroons
    • Mosaic Macaron : pistachio, cinnamon, cherry
    • Madarin :  Olive Oil and vanilla Macaron
    • Infiniment caramel macaron : salted caramel
    • Infiniment Rose macaron : rose flavored macaron
    • Infiniment Vanilla macaron : with pure vanilla beans, rich in vanilla flavor
    • Celeste macaron : passion fruit, rhubarb and strawberry macaron.
    • Envie Macaron : vanilla,  violet, blackcurrant.
    • Macaron Frivolité : salted butter caramel and apples
    • Macaron Mogador : milk chocolate and passion fruit
    • Ispahan Macaroons : Litchi, raspberry and rose : fresh rasppberries with rose buttercream inside. A rose petal on top as garnish.
    • Jardin secret macaron :
    • Montebello macaron : Macaron biscuit, pistachio cream and raspberry compote: (temporary creation)
      • ————————————-  The price of one macaron : 2,10 euros each
  • Pastries : éclairs, tarts, cakes, babas, millefeuilles…

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    Here are a few of the Pierre Hermé’s pastries

    • Ispahan : created when he was working at Ladurée. An oversize macaron, filled with Raspberries, light perfumed and dense rose crème and litchi and macaroon shells.
    • Ispahan cheesecake : unctuous cream flavored with rose.
    • Millefeuille Infiniment Vanille
    • 2000 feuille crisp caramelized pastry layers with a rich praline pastry cream and a chocolate layer
    • Citron tart : lemon and  candied lemon zest
    • Tart Infiniment Vanille : a vanilla pie with a sweet shortbread crust topped with a rich dense white chocolate ganache infused with vanilla and mascarpone.
    • Surprise : the superficial aesthetic is a moon rock-like dome of crusty meringue
    • The Rose Croissant Ispahan : a buttery croissant baked

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      with a crunchy outside and a buttery inside. The outside is covered in a rose-flavored almond cream with candied rose petals sprinkled on top.  The inside is filled with a raspberry flavored litchi paste.

    • The Montebello: pistachio dacquoise cake, pistachio mousseline cream, topped with strawberries or raspberries.(temporary creation)
    • The Chou Montebello : Choux pastry with roasted pistachio slivers and sugar crystals, pistachio mascarpone cream, strawberries and pistachio shortbread pieces (temporary creation)
    • ——————————————————- The average price of an individual pastry : 7 €
  • Chocolates 
    • “I believe that chocolate bonbons should have an outer coating that is neither too thin,nor too thick. The resulting texture contrasts with the tender moistness of the ganache or the crunch of the pralines. I enjoy a special relationship with chocolate, a substance that is not easy to domesticate. it’s a particularly complex, sensitive ingredient”. Pierre Hermé

Miscalleanous :

  • First and only pastry chef to have been decorated as a Chevalier of Arts and Letters
  • Awarded “Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur” by Jacques Chirac on 3 May 2007, just  before Nicolas Sarkozy’s election.
  • Crowned best Pastry Chef 2016 by the World’s 50 restaurants



Reglisse and violette Macaron by Pierre Hermé – Image :

Pierre Hermé’s boutiques : Numerous boutiques from London to Tokyo.

The pastries are sold in 2 boutiques only : Bonaparte and Vaugirard

72, rue Bonaparte Paris 6 [Saint Germain des Prés neighborhood – First boutique opened in Paris in 2001]  – Metro Stop : Saint-Sulpice  – Open every day 10am-7pm  –  Telephone: 01 43 54 47 77  [You often have to wait in line to enter the shop].

185, rue de Vaugirard – Paris 15 – Second Parisian boutique opened in 2004 – Metro Stop : Pasteur (6, 12)
Open Monday-Wednesday 10am-7pm, Thursday-Saturday 10am-7:30pm, Sunday 10am-6pm – Telephone: 01 47 83 89 96

4 rue Cambon, 75001 – Macarons and Chocolates only
Nearest transport: Tuileries (1)
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 10am-7pm, Thursday-Saturday 10am-7:30pm; Closed Sunday  Telephone: 01 43 54 47 77

Avenue de L’Opera – Macarons and Chocolates only
This location near the Opera Garnier offers a complete range of Hermé’s  macarons, and an assortment of chocolates. You can buy a box, or choose individual chocolates to take in a bag.
Address: 39 Avenue de l’Opera, 2nd arrondissement
Tel: +33 (0)1 43 54 47 77

The Ispahan by P. Hermé – Image :

58 avenue Paul Doumer, 75016 – Macarons and chocolates only
Nearest transport: La Muette
Hours: Monday 1pm-7pm, Tuesday-Thursday 10am-7pm, Friday-Saturday 10am-7:30pm, Sunday 11am-7pm
Telephone: 01 43 54 47 77

Tokio : The first Pierre Hermé boutique opened in Tokyo in 1998

89 boulevard Malesherbes, 75008 – Macarons and chocolates only
Nearest transport: Villiers (2,3)
Hours: Open every day 10am-7:30pm
Telephone: 01 43 54 47 77
18, rue Sainte-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie (Paris 4 – In the Marais neighborhood – The last shop opened) – Macarons and chocolate only.      Hours: Open every day from 10:30am-10:30pm
Tél: 01 43 54 47 77
Métro: Saint-Paul or Hôtel de Ville

Galeries Lafayette : Pierre Hermé products are also available at Galeries Lafayette – Macarons and Chocolates only



Metissé Macaron (carrots,cinnamon,orange) by P Hermé – Image

Pierre Hermé’s books Pierre Hermé Macarons

Some of his books available in English :


  • Desserts by Pierre Herme (on
  • Pierre Hermé Macarons : the Ultimate Recipes from the Master Pâtissier”(on
  • Pierre Hermé Pastries (revised Edition)
  • Pierre Hermé, Secrets Gourmands, Larousse, 1993
  • Le Larousse des Desserts de Pierre Hermé, Larousse, 1997
  • Plaisirs Sucrés, Hachette, 1997
  • Desserts by Pierre Hermé, Little Brown, USA, 1998
  • Chocolate Desserts by Pierre Hermé, Little Brown, USA, 2001 (on
  • Macarons by Pierre Hermé (on



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Litchis rose Framboise

Litchis rose Framboise by P. Hermé – Image :


Saint Germain des Prés

Café Le Flore

The “grand classic” private walking tour in Saint Germain des Prés with Ann Jeanne in Paris

On the left bank, Saint Germain des prés is renowned for its famous cafes, its narrow streets and antique shops.. After World War II, Saint Germain des Pres became synonymous of intellectual life, centered around bars and cafes.

Saint Germain des Prés reached its heyday in the 50s

Philosophers, writers, actors and musicians used to meet and stay in cafes, clubs… : Hemingway, Miller, Picasso, Jim Morrison, Sartre; Beauvoir… Literature, poetry, and Jazz perfumed all the lifestyle in the area.

Among this neighborhood’s regulars (random list) : Hemingway, Picasso, Miller, Sartre, Beauvoir, Ellington, Hampton, Miles Davis, Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Delacroix, Gertrude Stein, Boris Vian, Verlaine, Rimbaud, Mallarmé, Cocteau, Duras, Prévert, Johnny Depp, F F Coppola, Camus, James Joyce…

The leading figures of the time have now gone, but you still feel the special atmosphere of this quarter of Paris. In Saint Germain des Pres  : lots of restaurants, cinemas, antique shops, galeries… Though today, you’ll find haute-couture, and fashion shops too (Vuitton, Armani, Dior…)

Saint Germain des Prés : the Kingdom of iconic cafés : 

The most famous cafes of the area are : Le cafe de Flore, les Deux Magots, Le Bonaparte, La Palette, the café Procope (the oldest Paris’ café, actually a restaurant nowadays) the Brasserie Lipp

Nice XVIII century buildings, cobblestone streets…And  the Saint Germain des Pres Church which is one of the oldest church of Paris.

Today, a very classic, elegant and trendy area.

My advice : 

  • No specific monuments except Saint Germain des Prés church, but in my opinion a great area to feel what Paris life is. Very liked by Parisians, and great cafés for cafés lovers. A neighborhood to stroll in. In Saint Germain des Prés, everything is a classic. And so much History.
  • Don’t miss “Le Flore” or its sister “Les 2 Magots” nearby the church, two classics. And if you’ve some time left, either carry on to the river Seine (northern Saint Germain des Prés), or to Saint Sulpice church (southern StGermain des Prés) and Pierre Hermé for a gorgeous pastry (nearby Saint Sulpice – Rue Bonaparte).


Some addresses :

  • Capture d’écran 2016-05-17 à 03.03.56Laduré (pastry very well know for its macarons) : pastry shop and tea room : rue Jacob (100 meters from Saint Germain church)
  • Pierre Hermé (pastry – maybe the best in France) : rue Bonaparte – Métro Saint Sulpice or Odeon (both line 4)
  • Gerard Mulot (pastry) : 76 rue de Seine (on your way to Saint Sulpice)
  • Le Flore and Les 2 Magots (iconic Paris cafés)  : boulevard Saint Germain des Prés – Métro Saint Germain des prés (line 4)
  • L’Avant Comptoir : place de l’Odeon – Metro stop Odeon – for a snack, a crêpe or a gaufre. Métro Odéon (line 4)



The Saint Germain des Prés private walking tour with Ann Jeanne in Paris. 

l1008109A private  tour in one of the most classic and elegant part of Paris. Saint Germain des Prés is synonymous with chic and Parisian culture. 

Along our way : 

One of oldest church in Paris, Hemingways favorite restaurant, where Sartre used to live, one of the oldest church in Paris, a chocolate shop which opened more than 250 years ago, a strange art gallery which exhibits only one work of art at a time, the favorite café where Fine art students still use to meet, the café where Sartre and Beauvoir used to philosophize and write , you’ll taste among the best macarons in the city of light, and if you choose to, some beautiful cream puffs too from a shop specialized in this pastry. You’ll see (and visit if you’d like to) the studio where Delacroix used to live and paint, the oldest café in Paris, the exact place where the guillotine was first tried, you’ll walk in a charming cobblestone alleywayetc 

A tour with Ann Jeanne in Paris is also a way to meet a Parisian and to know more about Paris culture and everyday life, and to experience Paris as a true Parisian. And I will answer your questions to help you to get the most of your stay in Paris (tips, informations…)

Half day or whole day private tour to experience Paris and Saint Germain des Prés as a true Parisian contact me

Henri Leroux - Saint Germain des Prés

The oldest café in Paris


Eugène Delacroix used to live in Saint Germain des Prés