Wednesday, 14 December 2011

'Haute' Chocolate: L'Africain at Café Angelina

Earlier this year, I took a trip to Wondrous Paris! Besides all the 'tourist-y' things to do (like The Louvre and The Eiffel Tower), a friend of mine, who I met earlier on my trip, suggested that we go for a cup of Hot Chocolate (called chocolat L'Africain) at a spot called Angelina, assuring me that they are famous for their 'sinful hot chocolate'. Stepping inside the Café, it felt like we were transported to the Belle Époque and I presumed that this would be an experience I would never forget (Ever!) ...

After ordering Angelina’s decadent 'chocolat chaud' (and some macaroons), with an epitomized French Waiter, we sat and marveled at the interior of this little architectural gem. 

Our order arrived on a silver tray and the events that followed are too delicious to describe in words; but I will try my best: 

Chocolat L'Africain served with whipped cream 

Pouring the thick chocolate into the 2 cups we each added a dollop of cream and embraced the unforgettable gastronomical journey (All cares of Calories were forgotten). The 'chocolat chaud' has an unbelievably velvety texture, an incredible chocolatey taste and is honestly the best and most delicious thing I had ever tasted. This was Ambrosia!

The cup of chocolat L'Africain 
The Macaroons were also delicious, but the chocolat L'Africain was the star of the show!

However, be warned that once you try Angelina's Hot Chocolate, nothing else compares (I went back there the next day and even got a bottle to take home to my sister!) 

Me with a Sinfully Delicious Cup of chocolat L'Africain ... Yum! 
A bit of Info:
Angelina was once known as Rumpelmayers (Named after Austrian confectioner Antoine Rumpelmayer) and was first established in 1903. This Café was once a favorite of celebrities like Audrey Hepburn, Marcel Proust and Coco Chanel! 

Angelina is situated near to the Jardin de Tuileries and to the West of The Louvre next to the Hôtel Meurice on the Rue de Rivoli and is open daily from 8am through to 7pm. The chocolat L'Africain will cost you ± 6€ if you sit down and ± 4€ if you order it to go.

Address & Contact Details: 


226 Rue de Rivoli 

Telephone: 1 42 60 82 00 
Fax: 1 42 86 98 97

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