Tea in Paris? Mais oui! The tea houses of Paris take many shapes but each has its own particularly Parisian charm. Here’s our list of top five places for tea in Paris where imbibing becomes a chic, affordable luxury.
Toraya Paris 10 Rue Saint-Florentin, 75001
This outpost of the Japanese tea brand Toraya is in one of the most populated shopping areas of the city. Open the door and you’ll enter a sea of calm elegance. The interior is Japanese, minimal, and simply gorgeous. Toraya, known for its fine teas and delicate wagashi (Japanese seasonal pastries) fits Paris perfectly.
Nina’s Marie Antoinette 29 rue Danielle Casanova, 75001
Nina’s Marie Antoinette is . . . well, there’s no other way to say it. This place is a trip. Tucked into an unexpected space on rue Daniele Casanova, this all-pink, gold and white tea house has a relationship with royalty. They are a “French tea house since 1672, specialist of fragrance and aromas. Original Tea of Marie-Antoinette with rose and apple from King’s Kitchen Garden in Versailles,” and yes, it’s all true. The proprietor is friendly and eager to tell the story of how royalty and tea come together in this truly instagrammable place. The tea and pastries are fabulous, by the way.
Mariage Frères 35 rue du Faubourg Tibourg, 75004
Mariage Frères is French tea history. Perhaps the largest and most renowned of the French tea houses, it was founded in 1854. Their menu of teas truly resembles an encyclopedia — it would take many visits to try each tea — and the atmosphere of this tea house is completely Parisian, refined, and elegant.
boutique yam’Tcha 4 rue Sauval, 75001
This bao and tea shop is part of what some call “The New Paris.” Here you can taste some unusual teas made with care and attention and take away some baos to nibble on. They also offer tea pairings by reservation.
Betjeman and Barton 24 boulevard des Filles du Calvaire, 75011
Tea on the terrace is always a good idea when the weather permits, but whatever the weather Betjeman and Barton is there for you. As they say, “This high place of the Parisian chic with fancy British tasting welcomes insiders and novices of the tea time.” They even offer bubble tea — which breaks all the usual rules of a tea house founded in 1919!