Article submitted by Cécile Zarokian
In the arcades of Rue de Rivoli, Paris where the first Angelina tea house opened its doors, a slow queue is observed from a distance. Founded in 1903 by renown confectioner Antoine Rumplemayer, after immigrating from Austria in the 1800s to settle for Nice, south of France. Such a salon du thé was quite rare at the time after it ’s success they followed with Monte Carlo and Antibes.
This Parisian landmark ‘Angelina Tea House’ named after the daughter-in-law of the confectioner has grown to become the Parisian icon. The interior décor by a French architect Édouard-Jean Niermans “1859-1928”, remains intact with an elegant, refined atmosphere, classic soft lighting, mosaic floors, expensive French style armchairs, and marble top tables.
The Parisian icon has a classic skilled service brigade, and their grooming is second to none. Their stylish uniforms were created by Alexis Mabille, a couture designer who has worked with big names in design history like, John Galiano, Dior, and Hedi Slimane.
Legendary French fashion designer Coco Chanel, the official name ‘Gabrielle Bonheur’ walked through the glass doors of the tea room every day for years and was regularly seated at table number 10. It gets crowded a little bit after 12.00 noon. Seated at table number 10, Mont Blanc on the justify as you sip down L’Africain, you can be sure to consume that with pride of history!!