Breakfast at Angelina’s


Not sure how wise it was to have thick delicious hot chocolate PLUS a mille-feuille à la vanille Bourbon (vanilla slice) after two soft-boiled eggs with brioche toast at Angelina’s in rue de Rivoli this morning. I didn’t add any fresh cream to the chocolate though.

Perhaps I should have stuck to the basic breakfast of hot beverage (I could have sensibly chosen tea), mini pâtisseries, toast and jam that I had last time. But I felt duty bound to accompany my 22-year old cousin from Australia who’s living and working in London at the moment and assuage her guilt feelings about eating something so sweet for breakfast. She had the same except for a mouth-melting all-chocolate concoction called Choc-Africain (dense chocolate cake, rich chocolate mousse, 100% African dark chocolate glaze)  instead of the (plain) mille-feuille which made me feel slightly more virtuous.

Mille-feuille is my favourite French pâtisserie and they’re particularly good at Angelina’s. The décor is pure 1900s and very popular with tourists, though I did see a few French businessmen just finishing breakfast when we arrived. It was founded in 1903 by Austrian confectioner Antoine Rumpelmayer and named after his daughter-in-law. It’s a wonderful afternoon tea spot as well. There’s often a queue but it usually goes quite fast. You can sit in their comfortable armchairs and be served by waitresses in black dresses and little white lace aprons and imagine Proust and Coco Chanel walking by and greeting their friends. There’s also a shop where you can buy all the goodies.

And don’t forget to check out the ladies and gents upstairs!

Rationnel and I were pleasantly surprised to discover a little open air Angelina’s at the Petit Trianon in the gardens  of Versailles last summer – a just reward for our hours of cycling! I’ve learnt since that there are others in the Louvre Museum, the Luxembourg Museum, the Galeries Lafayette, the Palais des Congrès and the Jardin d’Acclimatation.

http://www.angelina-paris.fr/en/

Angelina
226 rue de Rivoli
Open every day from 7.30 am till 7pm
Open weekend from 8.30 am till 7pm
 
Breakfast time
Everyday until 11 :30 a.m.

 

Parisian breakfast                    20 euro
Tea, coffee or Angelina hot chocolate
Fresh juice – Orange, grapefruit or lemon
Mini viennese pastries – Croissant, pain au chocolat, pain aux raisins
Moisan organic bread roll with butter, Angelina honey & jam

 

Angelina breakfast                   32 euro
Tea, coffee or Angelina hot chocolate
Fresh juice – Orange, grapefruit or lemon
Mini viennese pastries – Croissant, pain au chocolat, pain aux raisins
Moisan organic bread roll with butter, Angelina honey & jam
Seasonal fresh fruit salad
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11 Responses to Breakfast at Angelina’s

  1. karlfest says:

    On my list of places to see.

  2. Maple Leaf says:

    Oh! I noticed this restaurant in the Chateau de Versailles park while I was jogging. I had no idea it was so good! Sounds like something I’ll have to try once I’ve taken up running again…if I take it up again, which I should if I want to eat some of the delicious cakes you’ve described.

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  6. Jane Gardner says:

    There is no crime in spoiling yourself once in a while or not following the norm. I am so green with envy! xx

    • Rosemary Kneipp says:

      Thank you Jane! I didn’t like to mention the steak tartare and French fries for lunch and the Indian meal for dinner … We’re having a fast day today!

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