I live about a 15 minute walk from the Louvre and the Jardin des Tuileries, but more importantly home of the world’s best hot chocolate, Angelina’s. Although there are other parks and gardens that rank among my favorites, I have to say the Tuileries has found a special place in my heart being the closest garden to me. Oh and how typically French it is! Perfectly manicured gardens aligned in a linear pattern, sprinkled with tourists and locals alike. I love walking by the squares of fresh-cut grass guarded by tiny barriers and through the lines of trees. The are pieces of art found throughout the garden which always makes exploring interesting. I find my feet leading me here when I need a pick-me-up or a “hey, I really do live in Paris” moment.
One one end of the garden, you have the Louvre and on the other the magnificent Place de la Concorde. This happens to be the spot I first bring all of my visitors because once you step out of the Concorde metro stop, you are sure you are in Paris–views of the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, the exemplary French garden behind you, and marks of Napoleon with Haussmann’s wide boulevards and the giant Egyptian obelisk. Even after living here, I still find the magic in this place.
But another thing I love so much about this place, is that fact that it is right next to Angelina’s. Angelina’s boosts the best hot chocolate in the world and I have to agree. The thick, creamy, chocolatey goodness is the perfect drink for a cold day. The dark, African chocolate creates a rich and velvety taste. Just one sip sends me into a cocoa craze of goodness. I carefully portion my drinks so I can linger in this state of deliciousness as long as possible. While the line is usually out the door to dine in the restaurant, I prefer to pop-in to the quick shop and get my hot chocolate and some sweet treats to go.
The combination of the Tuileries and Angelina’s hot chocolate just seems to do it for me. This is a must-do on any trip to Paris. I can spend hours wandering the gardens and getting lost in the chocolate splendor of Angelina’s. It something that actually makes me look forward to Paris’ gray and gloomy days of winter.
226 Rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris
Metro: Tuileries (line 1)
Tel: 01 42 60 82 00
Hours: 8h to 19h
Have you been lucky enough to have Angelina’s hot chocolate and agree with me? If not, where do you think the best hot chocolate is in Paris?