When you think of Paris, you likely imagine the Eiffel Tower, croissants, world-class museums, and lots of romance.

But did you know that the City of Lights is also home to some of the best hot chocolate?

From traditional Belle époque tearooms to contemporary chocolatiers, Paris offers lots of delicious hot chocolate experiences that you won’t forget.

In fact, it’s basically a sin to be in Paris in the winter and not stop for at least one cup.

When I was in town a few weeks ago, it quickly became my afternoon routine to grab a cup of Angelina’s hot chocolate to enjoy while strolling around the city.

It seriously is heavenly how decadent and creamy they make it.

If I had to bet, I’d guess most readers are craving some chocolate I know I’m starting to.

Lucky for you, I’m about to tell you all about where to find the best hot chocolate in Paris.

The History of Hot Chocolate in Paris


Hot chocolate, known as ‘chocolat chaud’ in French, has a rich history in Paris. 

In the 17th century the French were first introduced drinking chocolate after their discovery of cocoa beans in South America. 

Naturally, it was reserved for the aristocrats because it was delicious and hard to get and soon all of Paris began embracing chocolate as the new luxury.

As time went on, the production of hot chocolate improved, and it became easier for everyone to get. 

Parisian cafes and chocolatiers eventually became the epicenter of hot chocolate culture, and the city became famous for its indulgent concoctions. 

Fun Fact: The philosopher Voltaire was a regular hot chocolate drinker, even mixing coffee and hot chocolate to fuel his thoughts (basically the original mocha).

Where to Get the Best Hot Chocolate in Paris

1. Angelina


At Angelina, you can indulge in the famous chocolat chaud dit l’Africain while surrounded by a Belle Époque ambiance.

This delightful spot is just steps away from the Louvre, making it the perfect place for a cozy break while exploring Paris.

Local’s Tip: Skip waiting in line and buy your hot chocolate to-go from the stand outside the location a few blocks from the Louvre, then enjoy it in the Tuileries.

You can also skip the line and still get treats by hitting up their inside cafe counter.

Though I’d recommend skipping the macarons. I wasn’t impressed with the one I got.

Fun Fact: Coco Chanel and Marcel Proust used to hang out here!

Address: 226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

2. Jacques Genin

Head to the Marais to find master chocolatier Jacques Genin, and his signature hot chocolate that has attracted a cult following recently.

Obviously, while you’re there, you should absolutely indulge in a few other chocolate creations alongside your cup of hot cocoa.

Address: 133 Rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris, France

3. Les Deux Magots

Explore the historic neighborhood of Saint-Germain, then stop for some of the best hot chocolate in Paris at Les Deux Magots.

This elegant spot offers more than just hot chocolate, so take your time browsing their dessert menu for a perfect pairing.

Their tarte tatin and coupe de framboise are both excellent choices!

Address: 6 Pl. Saint-Germain des Prés, 75006 Paris, France

4. La Fontaine de Belleville

For a charming café experience, head to La Fontaine de Belleville.

You can savor their delicious hot chocolate or coffee, which they’re also well-known for, on the terrace or inside if the weather is less than desirable.

Either way, this place is adorable and has some of the best hot chocolate in Paris.

Address: 31-33 Rue Juliette Dodu, 75010 Paris, France

5. La Chocolaterie de Cyril Lignac

Your hot chocolate adventure wouldn’t be complete without a visit to La Chocolaterie de Cyril Lignac.

This chic spot offers a truly decadent hot chocolate experience, combining rich flavors and high-quality ingredients.

Treat yourself to a sumptuous hot chocolate as you enjoy the elegant atmosphere at this premier establishment.

Local’s Tip: This place also makes amazing chocolates. Buy some to take on a Parisian picnic!

Address: 25 Rue Chanzy, 75011 Paris, France

What Makes a Great French Hot Chocolate?


When you’re in Paris, you’ll come across many places serving hot chocolate, but what makes one stand out from the rest?

You should know that quality ingredients are a must when making great French hot chocolate.

Choosing chocolate with a higher percentage of cocoa solids ensures a more satisfying experience, especially if you love dark chocolate.

Consistency and texture also help create the perfect hot chocolate.

For the best texture, skip powdered hot chocolate mixes and opting for melted chocolate always.

Parisian hot chocolate is achieved through a balance of finely chopped chocolate and whole milk, with whipping cream added to enhance the luxurious mouthfeel.

Another essential factor to consider is flavor and sweetness.

Parisians are known for making hot chocolate with just the right amount of sweetness, without being overpowering.

Adding a hint of powdered sugar or even a touch of vanilla extract can add extra depth and a more enticing aroma.

Last but not least, never underestimate the importance of ambiance in the hot chocolate experience.

Many renowned cafes in Paris, such as Les Deux Magots, boast rich history and a cozy atmosphere, which significantly contributes to enjoying their hot chocolate.

Are there Vegan and Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate Options in Paris?


While exploring the best hot chocolates in Paris, you can also try asking for non-dairy milk substitutes like almond, soy, or oat milk in the various cafes you visit.

Many establishments will be more than happy to accommodate your request, ensuring you can enjoy a satisfying cup of hot chocolate in “the City of Lights”.

How to Enjoy French Hot Chocolate Like a Parisian


While you may have your favorite hot chocolate spots, there’s something truly unique about sipping a cup of decadent hot chocolate in Paris.

To fully immerse yourself in the Parisian hot chocolate experience, follow these tips:

First, pick a cozy and charming café to enjoy your hot chocolate. All the ones listed above are delightful.!

When ordering, ask for “un chocolat chaud” (pronounced: shoh-koh-lah shoh).

Keep in mind that Parisian hot chocolate is richer and thicker compared to what you might be used to. Specify your preferences to the server to get the perfect cup.

You should absolutely enjoy your hot chocolate with a traditional French pastry or snack, like a buttery croissant or a slice of tarte Tatin.

Embrace the Parisian café culture by taking your time to savor your hot chocolate.

If you’re solo in Paris, use this time to do some people watching, read a book, or strike up a conversation with someone nearby.

Parisians value the art of conversation and leisure, so don’t feel guilty for lingering over your drink.

Final Thoughts


Well, I’m off to track down ingredients to attempt to make my own version of Paris’s best hot chocolate, since I’m currently in New York and dying for a cup.

Let me know in the comments below which spot you’re most looking forward to checking out during your trip to Paris!


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