Since I was recently writing about Carette, we decided to go back to Angelina to have lunch and re-taste their chocolate chaud. This is their original flagship restaurant, located on Rue de Rivoli across from the Tuilaries gardens. As I mentioned in a previous post, Angelina was founded here in 1903 by Austrian confectioner Antoine Rumpelmayer and it was named for his daughter-in-law Angelina. The interior was designed by the famous Belle Époque architect, Edouard-Jean Niermans. It exudes elegance, charm and refinement and was the favorite of such notables as Marcel Proust and Coco Chanel.
As I stated in my last post, I am doing a series on restaurants in the Trocadéro. Really, Pâtisserie Carette belongs in a category of its own or perhaps with Angelina (see my post). For more than 80 years this cafe of tea and sweets has held center court in the famous Place du Trocadéro and now it has opened a second outlet in the Place Des Vosges. Carette was founded in 1927, established by Jean Carette and quickly became a Parisian favorite. Ten years ago, under the direction of Chef Frédéric Tessier, the decor and menu were “refreshed”. In addition to the macarons and other sweets, they have finger tea sandwiches and a good selection of teas. The menu is heavy on salads and sandwiches. I went there yesterday morning for brunch and today for lunch. TripAdvisor gives Carette #296 of 9,069 restaurants in Paris, one of the highest scores I have seen, I think mostly for the location.
If you are at the Louvre and feeling hungry after viewing the Dutch Masters and the Napoleon III apartments in the Richelieu wing, you might consider Cafe Richelieu. The indoor room is an unassuming small room, sometimes with long lines, but if you catch it right, you can just walk in. Cafe Richelieu is just a museum location for the famous Angelina’s, a tea room located on the Rue de Rivoli, on the side of the Tuilleries (not actually in the gardens although there is an entrance across the street). Although they serve decent albeit expensive food, the real reason to go is for the pastries shown above and below.