In my opinion, the undisputed queen of hot chocolate can be found at Angelina Tearoom on the Rue de Rivoli in Paris. It’s an extremely lovely tea room with gold walls and murals. It was founded by an Austrian confectioner Antoine Rumpelmayer who named it after his daughter-in-law in 1903. It was a fashionable place for the fashion giants, including Coco Chanel.
However, it usually has an impressive line to sit down and eat. Fortunately, if you don’t need to sit down to enjoy your hot chocolate, there is a little side shop that sells the hot chocolate for take away. Now it’s not cheap but it is totally worth the price. It’s simply brilliant. It’s velvety and thick. I don’t know the chocolate content but it’s sweet enough for my taste without overdoing it. It’s certainly strong, and if consumed in its entirety, it can serve as an entire meal. While Paris is a culinary capital, it’s a fair substitute of a proper meal.
And again, nothing like wandering the streets of Paris with another form of hot chocolate. However, if you do have the opportunity to eat at Angelina, their pastries are incredible too. Also, the hot chocolate is allegedly served with fresh whipped cream too if you elect to drink it there. (I admit that I’ve not had the opportunity).
Another hot chocolate of note on this trip was in Aix-en-Provence’s Deux Garçon, a lovely café frequented by many greats in French history. Notably, artist Paul Cezanne and writer Emil Zola allegedly frequented the establishment every day. Other patrons included Jean Paul-Sartre, Edith Piaf, and Albert Camus.
However, the café/restaurant does not rest on its laurels. They offer nine different types of hot chocolate flavors in the Italian style. I chose the orange flavor since I’ve never seen it as an offering for hot chocolate before. And I was well rewarded. It was sturdy hot chocolate (not reaching the heights of Angelina’s or Katherine Anne’s) with the delightful addition of orange. It was pleasant and worth the taste.