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Le Valentin

30-32 Passage Jouffroy, 75009, Paris, France

Visited on: Thursday 22nd October 2015

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A view of the cake counter at Le Valentin.

Another Lonely Planet recommendation, I’d been looking forward to going to a proper French patisserie the whole time we’d been in Paris. Le Valentin, which is situated in a covered shopping arcade, did not disappoint.

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Chocolate eclair, chocolate cake, fancy sugar sticks and pots of tea.

The waitress seated us and then came to take our order. R only wanted tea, but the waitress and I managed to persuade him to try a chocolate eclair as well. I asked for something that was chocolate and the waitress pointed out a particular cake in the cabinet. It had a special name, but I’m afraid I couldn’t quite catch it.

The tea was loose leaf and came in metal teapots. R had chosen a sencha green tea and I had chosen rooibos, neither came with milk and I didn’t ask for milk as I felt I should try it without. In the end, that turned out to be a good idea as the cake was very rich and the tea was more refreshing without milk.

 

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My glowing rooibos tea.

Each of us were served a fancy sugar stick with the tea – a wooden stick with crystallised sugar on it. Neither of us take sugar with our tea but as they were so fancy I folded a napkin around them and took them home with me to give to someone who did take sugar in their tea. R found this highly amusing.

R’s chocolate eclair was light and not too heavy on the cream. My chocolate thing was rich but not cloying and I especially appreciated the little piece of silver on the top of it. The tea was good too.

 

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My chocolate cake thing in all its shiny glory.

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The cake and mousse interior of my chocolate cake thing.

We were sat next to the cake counter, so could see what everyone else was ordering and I enjoyed watching everyone come and go. Good tea, great cake and a nice experience overall.

  • Teapot? Yes.
  • Leaf tea? Yes. Not only that, there was a very wide choice of tea on their tea menu.
  • Milk jug? No, but neither needed milk.
  • Price? €5.10 for the rooibos tea, €5.50 (I think) for R’s sencha tea, €4.40 for the eclair (eat in price) and around €6 for the chocolate deliciousness that I had (eat in price).
  • Cake? Yes! And lots of it. Plus pastries, breads, savoury tarts and pies.
  • Go again? Yes.


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Little Breizh

11, rue Grégoire de Tours, 75006, Paris, France.

Visited on: Thursday 22nd October 2015

Little Breizh crepe and tea

My marvellous crêpe, the delicious citrus rooibos tea and R’s bowl of cidre.

Little Breizh was recommended in the Lonely Planet as somewhere good to go for lunch and so off we went. I wasn’t expecting to drink tea here, but when I saw that rooibos tea was listed on the menu I happily ordered it.

R had a bowl of cidre (cider) and I had a citrus rooibos tea. There was a French name for it, which I noted down, but now I can’t read my handwriting and so can’t tell you what it was. Apologies.

The crêpes were delicious and very filling. My tea was a good accompaniment to the richness of my crêpe and R was so taken with the cidre that he ordered another bowl.

  • Teapot? Yes.
  • Leaf tea? No, but it was a very nice teabag.
  • Milk jug? No, no need for it with this type of tea.
  • Price? €4 for a bowl of cidre, €4.50 (I think) for the citrus rooibos, €11 for R’s crêpe (ham, egg, bacon, cheese) and €11.50 for mine (bacon, mushrooms in cream, fried egg and cheese), €2 for a side salad. There were also set lunch menus that (if I remember rightly) included a savoury crepe, a sweet crepe and a drink for around €12/€14.
  • Cake? No, but there were sweet crêpes, which looked amazing. Sadly I was too full to try one when we were there.
  • Go again? Yes.
Crepes at Little Breizh

Both crêpes and side salads and drinks. Note that R is ignoring normal blog photo protocol and continuing to eat – that’s how tasty the crêpes were.


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Buffet Tour Eiffel

La Tour Eiffel, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France.
Visited on: Wednesday 21st October 2015

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The Eiffel Tower, as seen from below.

R and I were in Paris and what do you do when you’re in Paris? Why, go and drink tea up the Eiffel Tower of course.

The Eiffel Tower is pretty recognisable and I wasn’t expecting to be that impressed by it, but wow is it big. It’s definitely worth a visit. I’d recommend taking the time to read and watch all the information about the history and how it was made as I found that really interesting.

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Note how I’ve artfully arranged the cup and teabag tag so you can see what’s what.

We had our cup of tea after we’d been round the two highest levels. The Buffet Tour Eiffel is a standard queue up at the counter and get your takeaway food type place. You could then drink or eat standing up at high tables, or like us, wait for a bench outside to become free and then go and sit on that. It was quite brilliant sitting on a bench looking out over Paris and drinking a hot cup of tea. My photos really don’t do the views justice.

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This is my ‘Look, we’re really drinking tea up the Eiffel Tower’ shot.

Teapot? No.
Leaf tea? No, a Liptons teabag. I have stopped drinking caffeinated tea, but there was no non-caffeinated option available and I badly wanted to be able to say I’d drunk tea up the Eiffel Tower.
Milk jug? I don’t think so. We didn’t have milk because it cost more (something I’ve never seen in the UK) but I imagine it would just be added to your cup for you.
Price? €2.50 for the nature (tea without milk) or €3 for the au lait (tea with milk).
Cake? No, but they did sell frites (skinny chips), pretzels, lollipops shaped like the Eiffel Tower and baguettes. There was a shop next to the Buffet that sold macaroons if you really wanted something cake-like (and it had a display of them in the shape of the Eiffel Tower).
Go again? I would go up the Eiffel Tower again and I would have tea up there again because, really, it’s quite nice to have a cup of tea when you’re halfway up a large metal structure. But I wouldn’t bother going here specifically for the tea. Especially not when you have to pay to go up the Tower in the first place. There are posher restaurants on the lower level of the tower though, I guess they might have better tea. Anyone been?

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An Eiffel Tower made of macaroons. Obviously.

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I don’t think this is the view from where we drank the tea, but it looks nice and it gives you an idea of how high up we were.