Many things I will miss from our Paris days, of which tea-time is high on the list. It is an afternoon ritual I’ve picked up during this year of sabbatical, where idleness is a virtue, decadent french patisseries rites of passage, and meaningful discussions amongst friends or quiet self reflection rewards at the end of the afternoon.
There are a thousand and one places to drink tea in Paris, the café in Musée Jacquemart-André merely one of many distinguished locales. But it is certainly one of the most picturesque. In tony 8eme, the tearoom (salon de thé) is set in the original dining room of Monsieur and Madame Jacquemart’s hotel particulier, now a private museum named after these two art collectors.
The entire compound exudes elegance and money-ed tastefulness, the red and chrome accented dining room notwithstanding. One talked-about piece of artwork in this bijoux of a museum is located in the salon de thé itself, the ceiling fresco painted by Tiepolo.
It is under this ceiling depicting King Henri III’s visit to Venice en route to Paris where one can sit and sip, to eat in the gorgeous setting and the equally good-looking patisseries sourced from Stohrer and A La Petite Marquise. The selection while not wide covers most bases, so there are rich chocolate tarts, raspberry filled macarons and flaky millefeuilles on a single day to cater to every sweet craving. At less than the price of a museum ticket (10.20 euros), the tea formula buys one a dessert, a tea or coffee and the right to linger and daydream of the day one becomes master of a mansion.
Café Jacquemart-André: 158 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008 Paris, France