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Angelina Paris: An Irresistible Experience - The World's Famous Mont Blanc!
Le Mont Blanc D'Angelina, Paris
The one and only pastry shop in Paris, serving the best Mont Blanc cakes on earth.
I started my trips to Paris a long time ago and make it a point to go there at least twice a year; and each time I’m there I make it a point to go to Angelina - Rue de Rivoli (next to the Hotel de Crillon) for the the typical French brunch composed of croissants, omelet or scrambled eggs along with butter, honey and jam. You would think that's enough to satisfy my craving, but I manage to find place for an extra Mont Blanc and a hot chocolate specialty called "Chocolat Chaud a L'ancienne".
Let me start by describing the place. It is an extraordinary venue located on Rue de Rivoli, one of Paris's biggest and longest streets. This branch is the main one ever since Angelina existed back in 1903. I would say it’s my favorite one considering it's ancient decor and high ceilings. The atmosphere is typically Parisian; you can feel that most people here are French, which makes it better. I tend to think that a place where you mingle with locals is always a good one, don't you?
The waiters are probably as ancient as the place with that typical French attitude but are not devoid from politeness. The service is quick and effective and their advice about the specialties is precious.
The brunch is exquisite; eggs are cooked just as needed, the viennoiseries are delicious and the French "marmelade" is very tasty. As for the Mont Blanc it is a pure fantasy. This absolute must-have cake is a wonder combining meringue, light whipped cream and chestnut cream vermicelli for the delight of your taste buds. Up to 600 are sold every day in the historical tearoom, Rue de Rivoli. A little advice about that: Order the original one as it is better than their chocolate creation.
Regarding the hot chocolate it is simply marvelous but so heavy that you could consider having it as a meal itself. The richness of their famous old-fashioned hot chocolate, served with its small pot of whipped cream, has always delighted the young and old alike. The chocolate used is very pure and dark for its consistency, it is extremely thick. But really, you should taste it! If you ever go to Angelina at lunchtime do not miss their signature club sandwich. Next time you are in Paris do not skip Angelina, it is as important as the Eiffel Tour, perhaps more to some of us. My wife and I tried their other location in the historical Chateau de Versailles.
The Austrian confectioner Antoine Rumpelmayer established Angelina named after his daughter-in-law, in 1903. For over a century, the Angelina tearoom has established itself as a high point of Parisian gourmet pleasures, Angelina became a must-not-miss venue for the Parisian aristocracy. There, Proust, Coco Chanel and the greatest French fashion designers were to be found… The decor designed by the famous Belle Epoque architect, Edouard-Jean Niermans, combines elegance, charm and refinement. Angelina is a genuine romantic poem, a quiet and voluptuous venue, between serenity and gourmet pleasure.