La Galerie, Four Seasons Hotel George V
The Four Seasons Hotel George V is a Paris landmark, offering guests a truly luxurious stay in the French capital. It also provides a sumptuous afternoon tea experience in its La Galerie lounge, which is the perfect spot for intimate conversation and people watching. Surrounded by beautiful Flemish tapestries and19th-century paintings, guests can order tea from 3pm to 6pm, indulging in finger sandwiches, scones and an assortment of pastries and cannelés (pastries flavoured with rum and vanilla). Those wishing to elevate the already enticing experience can add a glass of champagne.
Four Seasons Hotel George V, 31 avenue George V, 75008 Paris, +33 (0)1 4952 7000
Salon Proust, Ritz Paris
Named after the author Marcel Proust, Salon Proust at the Ritz Paris is a tranquil escape from the city. The cosy wood-panelled room, complete with fireplace and ornate décor, is the ultimate setting for afternoon tea. Le Thé à la Française is served from 2.30pm to 6pm and offers a distinctly French twist to the classic tea. Sponge fingers, tuiles ‘cigarettes’ (delicious rolled wafers), florentines and madeleines are just some of the treats to choose from, while the extensive choice of teas is sure to inspire even the most discerning of tea drinkers.
Ritz Paris, 15 place Vendôme, 75001 Paris, +33 (0)1 4316 3030
Le Dalí, Le Meurice
Located on prestigious rue de Rivoli, Le Meurice is the epitome of elegance and style. Everyone from Salvador Dalí to Andy Warhol has stayed at the Le Meurice, all wishing to soak up the hotel’s 18th-century grandeur and heritage. While Le Meurice pays homage to the past, its afternoon tea is surprisingly innovative. Chef Cédric Grolet is a master of pastry and has brought his signature talents to the hotel, reinterpreting traditional afternoon tea with artistic flair. Mini sandwiches, warm scones and beautiful pastries are included in the sumptuous line-up.
Le Meurice, 228 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, +33 (0)1 4458 1010
La Galerie, Hôtel Plaza Athenée
Located on elegant, tree-lined avenue Montaigne, Hôtel Plaza Athenée is one of the most revered hotels in Paris. It stands proudly on the street that is home to haute couture, and with its views of the Eiffel Tower it offers a perfect pit stop after a morning of shopping. La Galerie has long attracted the fashion crowd, enticing guests with its renowned afternoon tea, served from 2pm to 7pm. Visitors can indulge in a selection of pastries from world pastry champion Angelo Musa or choose from three set tea menus, including Le Goûter de la Galerie served with a cocktail.
Hôtel Plaza Athenée, 25 avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris, +33 (0)1 5367 6600
Café Antonia, Le Bristol Paris
Adorned with frescoes and crystal chandeliers, Café Antonia at Le Bristol Paris offers a sumptuous setting for very civilised afternoon tea, which is served from 3pm to 6pm. Guests can choose from classic high tea that includes tea, mini sandwiches, homemade scones, muffins and petits fours, or Le Bristol high tea which also features a glass of champagne. In the warmer months be sure to take tea amid the greenery and roses in the hotel’s exquisite garden.
Le Bristol Paris, 112 rue de Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris, +33 (0)1 5343 4342