The Best Hot Chocolate in Paris

As you wander the pretty cobblestone streets of Paris during the colder months of the year, you’ll probably wonder where you can find the best hot chocolate in Paris. Having a cup of hot chocolate in hand is a must during the winter months in Paris. I was in Paris in November, and it was cold, windy, and rainy (not my favorite month to visit Paris, but still fun!).

One of my goals on this latest trip was to try as many hot chocolate shops in Paris as I could. I also talked to locals about where to go, which made a big difference in where I went.

photo of hands holding hot chocolate on a cafe table in Paris
Photo by Katie Donnelly Photography

Here’s my list of the top places for the best hot chocolate in Paris (not in order), plus a few others on my list for my next visit.

Angelina Paris

It seems like you can’t hear “best hot chocolate in Paris” without Angelina Paris being mentioned. Angelina’s hot chocolate is thick and rich and is like drinking a liquid chocolate bar. Several locals told me they don’t go there because it’s very touristy and overpriced, but you’ll find many visitors who love their hot chocolate.

If rich, thick hot chocolate is your thing, then head to Angelina’s. This will definitely be a highlight of your trip.

Address:
Angelina Paris
226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

Chapon Chocolat

If you’ve ever gone to Chapon Chocolat, then it was most likely for their famous chocolate mousse. They sell all sorts of gourmet chocolates, chocolate bars, and chocolate mousse by the cone (so fun!). When I was doing a photoshoot in Paris, my photographer mentioned Chapon Chocolat as a place that might be worth trying. So, I added it to my list of stops to try their hot chocolate.

a cup of hot choclate from Chapon Chocolatier in Paris

The conclusion about Chapon is this: It was really fun to watch them make the hot chocolate! They make it fun and entertaining as they steam the milk and pour it dramatically into the cups.

Their dark hot chocolate didn’t taste much like hot chocolate, which was really disappointing. I kept waiting for the chocolate flavor to hit my tastebuds, but it never really did. However, their milk hot chocolate was wonderful. So, while they didn’t have the best dark hot chocolate in Paris, it still makes the list of good hot cocoa if you like milk hot chocolate.

Address:
Chapon Chocolat
69 Rue du Bac, 75007 Paris, France

Les Deux Magots

Without fail, if you search for famous cafes in Paris, you will come across Les Deux Magots. Steeped in literary history, Les Deux Magots in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighbors has been a favorite haunt of intellectuals and artists for decades. This cafe is famous for its coffee, but some say they have some of the best hot chocolate in Paris, offering a rich and satisfying experience in one of the prettiest areas of the city.

As a note, Les Deux Magots is quite expensive. You are paying for the opportunity to sit where many famous intellectuals and artists once sat instead of only paying for quality food, so keep that in mind when choosing this cafe.

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

Edwart Chocolatier

If you have been following me on Instagram for any amount of time, you know that I go to a lot of chocolate shops in Paris, and Edwart is a must every time I visit.

While I always go to Edwart to buy chocolates, I had never tried their hot cocoa until my last trip. Several people raved about Edwart’s hot chocolate in a French group I’m part of, so I quickly added it to my list (because, when in Paris, right?).

hot chocolate being poured at Edwart Chocolatier at the Rue de Rivoli location - some of the best hot chocolate in Paris

Here’s the conclusion for Edwart: The hot chocolate is warm and satisfying. It’s more on the rich side and less sweet. It’s not thick in consistency, but it’s not thin like standard American hot chocolate.

If you like your French hot chocolate sweeter, then this hot chocolate might not be your first pick. However, Edwart Chocolatier makes my list of the best hot chocolate in Paris because it’s made with high-quality chocolate, and you can taste the luxury! There’s nothing cheap about the quality of anything at Edwart.

If you want to try their hot chocolate, then stop by the Edwart shop on Rue de Rivoli (not too far from the Louvre). Not all of their shops sell hot chocolate, but this one does!

Address:
Edwart Chocolatier
244 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

Café de la Païx

I didn’t have time to go to this café, but it’s on my list for my next visit. But here’s what I know about this cafe.

Situated near the Opera Garnier, Café de la Paix is known for its historic ambiance and decadent hot chocolate. Served in an opera house-like setting, the hot chocolate is a perfect accompaniment to the grandeur of this iconic Parisian café.

Stop by the Palais Garnier opèra house, buy some perfume at Fragonard next door, and then get yourself some hot chocolate at Cafe de la Païx to complete your experience. The Opera district is one of the most beautiful and fun areas of the city, so don’t miss it.

Address:
Café de la Païx
5 Pl. de l’Opéra, 75009 Paris, France

Jacques Genin

Nestled in the Marais district and 7th arrondissement, Jacques Genin is a master chocolatier known for his exquisite chocolates and caramels. The mango passionfruit caramels are to die for!

The hot chocolate here is a divine experience, as one would expect from one of the best chocolatiers in the world. And what’s more, you can order a delicious pastry or buy some caramels to go along with your Paris hot chocolate. Plus, they have a cute seating area inside where you can enjoy your hot chocolate and pastries.

FYI, don’t go on a Monday because the shops are closed. Shops in Paris don’t follow the Monday – Friday or Monday – Sunday schedule that we expect in the States.

Address:
Jacques Genin (Marais)
133 Rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris, France

Jacques Genin (7th Arrondissement)
27 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris, France

Le Saint Régis

I didn’t plan to visit this cafe, but I was there for a photoshoot. I also didn’t expect to try their hot chocolate, but it’s now on my list of places to go for dreamy hot chocolate in Paris. Hands-down, Le Saint Régis, also known as Café Saint Régis, makes some of the best hot chocolate in Paris.

a cup of hot chocolate at Le Saint Regis Cafe in Paris

I’m guessing this isn’t on the list for most people because they don’t even know about this neighborhood café. Aside from the fact that Le Saint Regis is one of the cutest cafés in Paris (it’s my dream aesthetic for a cafe), their French hot chocolate is to die for.

It’s a little thicker than your standard hot chocolate, but it’s not so thick that it feels like pudding. The flavor of the hot chocolate is not too rich, not too sweet, and not too bitter.

Le Saint Régis is on the Île Saint Louis, which is a breathtaking area of Paris at the very heart of the city. In addition, the cafe is open seven days a week, making it easy to get a cup of hot chocolate any time.

Address:
Le Saint Régis
6 Rue Jean du Bellay, 75004 Paris, France

Pierre Hermé

store front of Pierre Herme in Paris

Renowned for his exceptional pastries and macarons, Pierre Hermé also offers a delightful hot chocolate experience at many of his shops.

The hot chocolate Hermé’s commitment to using high-quality ingredients, resulting in a velvety and flavorful treat. You can try some of the best Paris hot chocolate at one of his many locations in the city.

Find one of the best locations below.

Address:
Pierre Hermé
72 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris, France

Carette

Without a doubt, Carette has the best hot chocolate in Paris. I’ll admit I was skeptical at first. After seeing so many influencers on Instagram showing their fancy hot chocolate at Carette, I thought it was for show. I also thought this café was a tourist trap.

I was wrong.

While in the city, I met up with Jane from La Cuisine Paris for breakfast. She told me that Carette was her favorite place for hot chocolate. I figured if Jane (who has lived there for years) says it’s good, it must be good.

a cup of hot chocolate at Carette Le Marais with a pomme chausson in the background - best hot chocolate in Paris

And she was right. Their hot chocolate is neither too thick nor too thin. It’s sweet but not too sweet. And it really tastes like chocolate (definitely important).

If you order Carette’s hot chocolate, make sure you also order the giant bowl of chantilly cream because it’s heavenly! Carette is the cutest café, and you can sit outside across from the beautiful Place des Vosges. Even on a cold day, it’s still enjoyable to sit outside because the seating area is partially covered.

They also have wonderful Chausson Pomme pastries filled with apples, and it’s the perfect treat to eat with a cup of French hot chocolate!

Address:
Carette Paris (Le Marais)
25 Pl. des Vosges, 75003 Paris, France

Undoubtedly, there are several good places for hot chocolate in the city of love. What you decide is “the best hot chocolate in Paris” depends on your tastes and preferences. But hopefully, you can take this information and put it to good use on your trip! If I could recommend just one place for hot chocolate, I’d recommend Carette. But you’ll still have great hot chocolate in many places in the city.

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