226 Rue de Rivoli, Paris, France
01 42 60 82 00
Handy for the Louvre, the Tuileries and the place Vendôme, the elegant tea room Angelina's has been a favourite with the fashionable for more than a century. In earlier times, Proust and Coco Chanel were among its customers. Today chic people park their designer carrier bags by its spindly chairs and take a tisane (herbal tea) while wondering which of its delicious pastries to order. Opened by Austrian pastry chef Antoine Rumpelmayer in 1903 and named for his daughter-in-law, Angelina's décor is original belle epoque – all chandeliers and mirrors – designed by the architect Edouard-Jean Neirmans. You can order a light lunch here or try a hot chocolate l'Africain and the signature cake – the Mont Blanc, a confection of meringue, whipped cream and chestnut cream. About 600 are sold here every day.