When my mom and I visited Paris back in January, I knew I wanted to take a trip to Angelina's. After hearing so many wonderful things about their drinks and pastries - in particular their famous le chocolat chaud (hot chocolate) - I was eager to indulge.
We'd booked in for the 'Angelina Breakfast' which includes a hot drink, an assortment of rolls/pastries, fresh juice, eggs and fruit salad. We arrived and were shown promptly to our table. I wish I'd gotten more pictures of the interior as it was beautifully furnished - I felt like I'd stepped straight into a renaissance painting!
The waitress bought our drinks first, along with a plate of croissants and pain au chocolat. They were warm, moist and flaky - everything I'd expect a Parisian pastry to be.
My chocolat chaud arrived in a jug, accompanied by a small pot of whipped cream. Thick, rich and velvety, it's practically a dessert in itself. I consider myself to have a sweet tooth but unfortunately this was way too overpowering for me! The first few sips were amazing but after that it got very sickly. I think it would have been better paired with savory food rather than the croissants and sweet pastries - I felt as if I was going to fall into a sugar induced coma.
The waitress seemed to read my mind and bought our eggs. You are given the choice how you'd like them prepared and my mom and I went for scrambled. They were amazing - fluffy and bursting with flavour - the best eggs I've ever had! I'm dying to know their secret.
The fruit salad was mainly made up of kiwi, grapefruit and pineapple. It was much smaller than I expected, although that may have been a blessing in disguise as we were both fit to burst by this point. We asked the waitress if we were able to take away the pastries we'd left - perhaps not the best etiquette but we couldn't bear to waste such delicious food! Luckily she had no problem boxing them up for us.
If you don't have to time to enjoy a sit down meal in Angelina's, you can purchase one of their beautifully crafted patisseries to take away. They also have their hot chocolate for sale if you fancy recreating your own chocolat chaud at home.
Overall my mom and I really enjoyed our morning here - it was such a wonderful experience and something I'd love to do again (although I'd be more sensible next time and order tea). It's very touristy and pretty overpriced but perfect for an indulgent treat or if you're wanting to go somewhere special for breakfast/brunch.
226 Rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris, France