Best hot chocolate in Paris: the 1st arrondissement

MyFrenchLife™ - hot chocolateTo start our series on the top hot chocolate spots in Paris, why not begin with the first arrondissement of Paris?

Rue de Rivoli, rue du Louvre, Boulevard de la Madeleine… Sure, you’ve already walked those streets a thousand times.

But do you know where they serve the best hot chocolates in the neighborhood? We’d love to share our favorites…

Bar 228 of the Hôtel Le Meurice

Best hot chocolate - 1st arrondissement - Bar 228 - Hotel Le Meurice -

In Bar 228, if you didn’t already know that you were in Paris, you would probably think that you had just landed in an old British club. Almost.

Welcome to the Bar 228 of the Hôtel Le Meurice. In the cozy and hushed atmosphere, choose a comfy leather chair or one of the wooden bar stools to enjoy the moment. And of course, the hot chocolate. It’s just delicious.

Bar 228 of the Hôtel Le Meurice
228 rue de Rivoli, 75 001 Paris
Métro: Tuileries

Le Fumoir

Best hot chocolate - 1st arrondissement - Le Fumoir -

After wandering the streets of Paris all day long, you’ll find difficult to say no to a hot chocolate at Le Fumoir.

Situated next to the Louvre, voted by Parisians as their favorite museum, the place is as elegant as it is convivial. And the icing on the cake: their hot chocolate is a real treat for the taste buds.

Le Fumoir
6 Rue de l’Amiral de Coligny, 75 001 Paris
Métro: Louvre – Rivoli


Best hot chocolate - 1st arrondissement - Toraya - www.MyFrenchLife.orgWho said that the Japanese didn’t know how to prepare a hot chocolate? Certainly not us.

At Toraya, the hot chocolate is flavored with matcha green tea and although the color may be disturbing at first, the mix works perfectly! The ideal drink to shake up your hot chocolate routine.

10 Rue Saint-Florentin,
75 001 Paris
Métro: Concorde



The measure of ‘real’ hot chocolate is Angelina, no doubt! An indulgence. An experience. And something one just ‘must-do’ at least once in one’s life! Angelina’s is an institution.

In 1903, the confectioner Anton Rumpelmayer founded Angelina with his son René, a tea house at No.226, Rue de Rivoli, named after his daughter-in-law. The location’s charm and the Rumpelmayer’s skill and expertise with pastries quickly made Angelina the place to be amongst the elite. Proust, Coco Chanel, and the biggest French fashion designers gathered in the famous tearoom.

Today, Parisians and tourists are queueing to taste the signature Mont-Blanc and the famous hot chocolate “L’Africain”.

226 rue de Rivoli
75 001 Paris
Métro: Tuileries


Have you got any favourite cafés to add to our list? Add your suggestions in the comment box below!

Find hot chocolate in other arrondissements…
2nd & 3rd // 4th // 5th // 6th // 7th
8th // 9th // 10th & 11th // 12th & 13th // 14th & 15th // 16th & 17th // 18th // 19th & 20th

Image credits :
1. Ladurée, by Robyn Lee on Flickr.
2. Le Meurice, by Maurice Michal via Flickr.
3. Le Fumoir, by Philip Sheldrake via Flickr.
4. Toaraya, by Robyn Lee via Flickr.
5. Angelina, via

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  1. Christina Guzman Sep 5, 2014 at 12:09 PM - Reply

    yuuuum! Hot chocolate!! This will be great for when I’m there in winter 🙂 The Toraya one with matcha green tea sounds amazing, I’ll definitely have to try that one. How do you find the best hot chocolate?

  2. Alexandria Rogers Sep 5, 2014 at 2:15 PM - Reply

    What an interesting selection! I think it’s really telling that you have a Japanese restaurant and a bar reminiscent of an old British club on your list. Paris is just filled with so many cultural backgrounds.

  3. Elise Mellor Sep 9, 2014 at 12:11 PM - Reply

    When I took French in high school, our teacher told us that for breakfast, the French often have a bowl of hot chocolate (or coffee) and they dip their bread/croissant into it. Can anyone confirm this for me?

  4. Jill Craig Oct 3, 2014 at 2:42 AM - Reply

    I’m so glad it’s Autumn now – perfect for hot chocolates! I really do miss having that excuse in the summer…

  5. Helen McKenna Sep 25, 2018 at 9:00 PM - Reply

    Besides Angelina’s I really enjoy the very dark liquid at Jacques Genin in the 3rd. Nice to see some more to try. I hadn’t heard of either.

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