Walking through Paris one rainy winter evening many years ago, a friend and I stumbled upon the prettiest shop window. Like some fantasy scene from the Nutcracker ballet, tea tins and crystal teapots danced alongside snowflakes and glittering diamonds. We were enchanted! Unfortunately, the shop was closed. We made note of the address and promised to come back before our trip ended. At the time, we didn't realize we had been staring in the window of Mariage Frères, one of the most renowned tea salons in the world.
We made it back to Mariage Frères Salons de Thé on one of the last days of our visit to Paris. We were exhausted from our adventures, and in desperate need of pampering. We were seated at a quiet table in the upstairs tea-tasting salon, and lingered over our tea and cakes.
I enjoyed my rich, vanilla crème brûlée and Marco Polo tea blend, though I admit I was a bit jealous of Teri's chocolate macaron! Marco Polo is one of the company's signature blends. It is a decadent black tea flavored with rich vanilla and sweet berries, perfect served with cream and sugar. I have been known to rave about this tea, and was even the lucky recipient of a tin one year for Christmas (Thanks, Mandy!). If you are looking for some, you might consider purchasing a tin through Dean & Deluca.
Mariage Frères Salons de Thé has many locations throughout France, Germany, Japan and a new London location in the Oxford Street Selfridge's. There is even a location by the Inverted Pyramid in the lobby of the Louvre. What better way to end a visit to the museum than with a fine cup of tea!