Best hot chocolate in Paris: the 19th – 20th arrondissements

MyFrenchLife™ - Paris hot chocolate - chocolat chaudIn the East of Paris, the 19th and 20th arrondissements are a mosaic of picturesque landscapes.

From the large lawns of the Buttes Chaumont, to the charming neighborhood of Ménilmontant, and the convivial atmosphere of the Canal de l’Ourq, we love the ambiance of this area.

To complete the postcard, we just need a few pleasant spots to relax with a hot chocolate. Oh wait! We just found some. And here they are.

Le Pavillon du Lac

MyFrenchLife™ - Paris hot chocolate - Pavillon du Lac

Le Pavillon du Lac (opened in 1868) is hidden in one of the most bucolic and peaceful parks in the French capital: the Buttes Chaumont.

Out on the terrace, or inside the luminous restaurant with large glass doors: we can never say no to their creamy chocolat chaud à l’ancienne. Perfect on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Le Pavillon du Lac, Parc des Buttes Chaumont
4 Place Armand Carrel, 75 019 Paris
Métro: Laumière or Bolivar

Le Rosa Bonheur

MyFrenchLife™ - Paris hot chocolate - Rosa Bonheur

Like Le Pavillon du Lac, Le Rosa Bonheur was opened at the end of the 19th century, and has since been turned into a guinguette.

Today, Le Rosa Bonheur attracts people (us included!), looking for a friendly and relaxed atmosphere in a beautiful setting. Settled around a large wooden table next to chatty Parisians, we can’t go wrong with a hot chocolate.

Be careful not to come too late though, the place is often crowded from 7pm on; especially on the weekends.

Le Rosa Bonheur, Parc des Buttes Chaumont
2 allée de la Cascade, 75 019 Paris
Métro: Botzaris or Buttes Chaumont

MyFrenchLife™ - Paris hot chocolate - La LaverieLa Laverie

We love pretty much everything about La Laverie – a small café/restaurant located on the heights of the neighborhood of Mélimontant. With a cozy setting, vintage decoration, colorful deckchairs, a warm welcome, and of course, a delicious hot chocolate – ca c’est Paris !

Café La Laverie
70 rue de Ménilmontant, 75 020 Paris
Métro: Belleville or Ménilmontant

Where are your favourite hot chocolate spots in the 19th and 20th arrondissements? Add any reccomendations to the comment box below!

Find hot chocolate in other arrondissements…
1st // 2nd & 3rd // 4th // 5th
6th // 7th // 8th // 9th // 10th & 11th // 12th & 13th // 14th & 15th // 16th & 17th // 18th

Image credits:
1. Paris, France, by Paula Marttila, via Flickr.
2. Le Pavillon du Lacby Jean-Michel Villanove, via Flickr.
3. Le Rosa Bonheurby Rodrigo Sepulveda Schulz, via Flickr.
4. La Laverieby Alexandra L., via Yelp.

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Judy MacMahon

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