In the eyes of many adorers, Mariage Frères is perfection incarnate. Anthropomorphically speaking, she is conservative in dress, liberal in sentiment, and most importantly, fanatical about tea. With more than 500 hand-picked teas scientifically steeped at your request and carefully crafted food, her bon goût is indisputable.
Delicate palettes will enjoy a classic jasmine blend, while those keen on a bit of adventure should try the smoked teas—often difficult to find in Paris. We particularly like the lapsang souchong, a complex black brew with a hint of campfire.
The scones at Mariage Frères can compete with England’s best, and their impeccable salads, albeit a bit pricey, will certainly satisfy those weak from a morning on their feet. Their colonial chic decorating scheme—the mustard colored walls, dark teak furniture and lilting palms—can bring a bit of balm to even the grayest Parisian day.