One of my friends grew up in Paris, and had purchased some of Mariage Freres tea for me to try as a Christmas present. I fell in love, and put it on my to do list to check this place out upon my next visit. I was not disappointed. This location is one of the original shops, and you can definitely sense the history of tea when you walk in, and provides an additional charm to the atmosphere. The tea shop is on the first floor, and you just need to climb the stairs in order to access the tea room.
The tea shop is a bit overwhelming, as you can choose from many different types of tea, sold in different ways. You can buy tea in bags, tins of just the leaves, or go the front and ask for your choice of tea by weight, and they will open up a canister and make a bag for you.
The tea room was historically charming and cosy. I could have spent hours here. They provide you with a food/tea menu, a tea only menu, and a book describing the different teas, and tea etiquette. The food here looked amazing, especially the pastries. I wish I had come with more room in my stomach. My friend and I each selected a tea and a macaroon. I loved that you get a full pot of your selected tea. The tea of course was amazing. The macaroon was OK. It was everything I had hoped for and more. I ended my stay of course by purchasing some of the amazing tea leaves to take home with me.
Beautiful tea shop! Unfortunately nothing has price labels and the tea is very expensive. My Christmas tea cost 23€ and the Paris Breakfast (like English breakfast with a little orange) was 14,50€. Still, it was very tasty.
My wife and I had just finished exploring the Louvre and decided to stop in to Mariage Freres for some tea with brunch.
This is a quaint little shop, nestled behind rows of apartments just South of 'Les Bouquinistes' restaurant. The atmosphere is exactly what I would expect an 'old school' tea shop to look like. The main floor is where they sell tea to customers, along with the assortment of gifts and tea supplies. There is a small staircase with a menu next to it leading upstairs to where the tables are.
While the tables are a little crowded together, we were able to find a corner to ourselves, and enjoyed a nice spinach salad with duck foie gras, salmon, and prawns (there were other ingredients, be I wasn't able to write it down in time). Served with green tea toast, and a piping hot darjeeling tea.
I would recommend this place to anyone who is near the Louvre, Notre Dame cathedral, and wants to enjoy a lite lunch with tea.
Classic and over the top tea salon. The ground floor is the tea shop where you can purchase hundreds (yes hundreds) of various teas from around the world. The second floor is the tea salon - classic white linen tables and old wood floors.
The selection can be a little daunting, but the attendant will lead you toward a country or region, perfume or spicy, green or dark or white or...yes hundreds of choices. A limited selection of small plates is available as well.
What else can you get? Well, tea accessories and books on the history of tea. You can get one of the special individual tea pots they use upstairs for 140 Euro or a set of Mariage Frères tea cups.
This is worth the experience at least once - or over and over. Try Mariage Frères and your view of all that is Paris will shift just a bit.
At my friend's suggestion, we went here to have afternoon tea at the tea salon. One of my favorite places in Paris! We were there during a hot summer, but inside, it was cool and elegant. We had a pot of tea and shared a plate of mini desserts. The desserts were so-so, but the tea was excellent.
Afterwards, we went to the store to buy some loose leaf tea to take home. A man at the counter suggested buying Marco Polo, which is their most popular tea. I was quite surprised yet pleased by my purchase after I tasted my first brew of it back home. Its fragrance reminds me of chocolate, yet it has a subtle taste of flowers.
I love that they have a website where you can order their teas from abroad and learn about how to brew tea. I can't wait to come back one day!
- Marco Polo Tea
- Tea Salon Service
- Tea Selection
Just returned from Paris last night and I spent many afternoons in Mariage Freres. It was as fabulous as ever!!!!
I don't drink coffee unless it's 100% Kona coffee from Hawaii because it's low in acidity, so I had to find a good place for some tea. A friend recommended me Mariages Frères because they serve a large variety of tea with the option of having a traditional afternoon tea meal. I was a bit skeptical, because afternoon tea is more of a British tradition, but the French are famous for their breads and pastries, so I had to give it a try. I ordered their loose leaf green tea which was as good as the ones I have at home! I ordered a blueberry scone, a variety of macaroons, and a chocolate cake. Everything was fresh and very delicious! The macaroons didn't taste as amazing as the ones they have at Ladurée, but I don't think there is a single place in Paris that beats Ladurée for their macaroons.
One of my favorite places in Paris- their tea is superlative, the ambiance, perfect. Everything tea from fruity (ever famous marco polo blend) to fine (japanese yame gyokuro) is here in abundance. The salon upstairs is a perfect place to relax after a day of aggressive walking.
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