February Featured Restaurant: Angelina

Located under the arcades of the Rue de Rivoli, in the heart of Paris, is Angelina. A restaurant decorated in Belle Epoque style, named for the daughter in law of the founder Antoine Rumpelmayer, and a celebrated eatery in Paris. 

This restaurant is just a stone’s throw from the Louvre, and is the absolute perfect place to stop in for a sweet gourmet treat. They are absolutely famous for their decadent ‘African’ hot chocolate – a velvety, sweet, and thick hot chocolate that you almost want to eat it with a spoon. They are also well known for their Mont Blanc – a dessert made out of meringue, whipped cream, and sweet chestnuts.

The restaurant was originally opened in 1903 and have served many a Parisian aristocrat, including Proust, Coco Chanel, and Francais. The te room style restaurant doesn’t just offer sweets, however that is their specialty. You can also grab some lunch while you’re there – a silky omelette, satisfying club sandwich, or a bite of quiche lorraine. All food is fabulous, but the price can be a bit hefty.

On the way out of the restaurant, you’ll pass through its bakery – serving up some of the most scrumptious desserts in all of Paris (and some of the most beautiful!). This is the perfect place to grab some treats for later, and a hot chocolate to wash down lunch.

Here’s what some reviewers are saying about Angelina (courtesy of www.TripAdvisor.Com):

“We had tried cakes and coffee at the Angelina in the Louvre, all tasted fantastic!! But didn’t have hot chocolate that day, so we rushed to Angelina 15 minutes before closing time on the night before we left Paris, just to have the amazing hot chocolate..and it was so worth it! They let us in with no problem even though they were about to close, but only warned us that we must order as soon as we sit, and we did, so much richness in this hot chocolate dream come true! We bought a bottle to take home and enjoyed it almost a month later…Amazing how they bottled the exact same taste!”

“I read about this place and it’s hot chocolate before going to Paris, so we made a stop here after discovering that Louvre is closed on Tuesdays. Even though they only served the brunch until 14:00 and we got there 13:50, we got to order it. And oh my god what a pleasant meal! And so much! The hot chocolate was just too good! I have never ever had anything like it! The juice was fresh, my omlett very good! The pasteris was good! It was just too much. By the time we got to the salamon we were full. But we had try to drink up the chocolate and taste the macrones. I would come back here any day. Especially it it’s a bit cold or rainy outside. It’s not the cheapest brunch, but you’re in Paris! Just go for it!”

“I had my birthday brunch here and it was an absolute treat. The hot chocolate is to die for! A charming stylish restaurant with a real Parisian feel. A must for all tourists who want to experience old fashioned service with lovely food. Not cheap but a treat.”

“Yes, it’s touristy. Ok, it’s also pricey if you’re on a budget. 
But the hot chocolate (Chocolat L’Africain) is truly to die for; melted-chocolate thick, it is served with a glass of water, just in case you choke or experience a sweetness overdose. By the way, even in Winter, I think it’s impossible to drink it all, so you can always order one and share it.
I also ordered a Mont Blanc, so I was at risk for an overdose. 
The waiter was surprisingly attentive (considering the large amount of customers) and as said before, it is not cheap (I spent around 20 euros), but the decor and great desserts make it worthy of a few extra euros.”

The restaurant is open for Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner. You can also order takeout or grab a late night dessert. For more information, visit the site’s website at: http://www.groupe-bertrand.com/angelina.php

January: Our Top Five Restaurants in Paris

Le Comptoir Du Relais
L'Avant ComptoirAddress:  9, Carrefour de l’Odéon

You definitely need to call ahead, way ahead, for a reservation at Le Comptoir du Relais, but it’s so very worth it. They have a very creative menu with spins on traditional French food offered by Chef Yves Camdeborde. If you came to Paris for the food, you probably already have your reservations for this delectable restaurant, but if you just want to try something unique and authentic – make your reservations for this restaurant quickly! We highly recommend the fois gras and haricot vert salad, the brandade, and the charcuterie and beef cheek.

Bistrot Paul Bert

Bistrot Paul Bert

 

Address: 18, rue Paul Bert, 11e, Paris, 75011

The chef at this quaint and classic French cuisine restaurant came from a Michelin star restaurant called La Regalade. You can choose from a wide menu that changes very often, so if you are able to go multiple times – definitely do! However, if you can only dine once, choose from the three course menu.

Le Chateaubriand

Le Chateaubriand

Address: 129 Avenue Parmentier, 75011

In 2010 this bistro made the list of world’s best restaurant, and not without reason. You can order La Carte, but we highly recommend trying one of the chef’s daily creations off the fixed six course menu. Make sure to call ahead for reservations and dine in this friendly and warm Parisian restaurant.

L’as Du Falafel

L'as Du Falafel

Address: 34 rue des Rosiers

If you’re looking for the best falafel in Paris, nay in the world – definitely check this place out. It’s closed Friday and Saturday, but any other day you can drift up to the window and order or go inside and eat (just 2 eu more than eating outside). We highly recommend trying the falafel with everything: HUmmus, 2 types of cabbage, tzatziki, eggplant, spicy sauce, and falafel of course.

Berthillon

Berthillon

Address: 31 Rue St Louis en l’ile

If your looking for something sweet after all that good Parisian food, don’t miss the Berthillon – Paris’s best ice cream! Located near the Notre Dame, stop in and choose from over 60 flavors. You can’t go wrong!