The Burgundy Paris serves one of the city’s most affordable afternoon teas, at 35€ per person.
Le Burgundy Paris Setting ★★★★☆
The Burgundy is located rue Duphot, in the neighbourhood of Place Vendôme. The hotel decoration is very modern, with a strong focus on art and fashion.
Afternoon tea is served in the Veranda or in the Bar Le Baudelaire. I have a preference for the Veranda as its relaxing atmosphere is more fitting for an afternoon tea. The Veranda is like a modern version of the traditional English conservatory.However, the choice of venue may depend on the number of guests since the Veranda’s tables are not convenient for groups of more than four people.
The Tea & Beverage Selection ★★★★☆
The beverage selection is quite generous, with several teas of each kind as well as coffee and hot chocolate. I strongly recommend the Black tea litchi and rose, which is delicious and fragrant.
The tea quality is good and it is brewed at the proper temperature. It is a pity that the hotel uses tea bags: the tea leaves do not expand properly which may result in a suboptimal infusion, especially for the white tea’s more subtle aromas. You may tear up the bag to let the tea leaves steep, even though you will not be able to stop the brew.
The Savouries ★★★★★
There are three savouries: Sandwich with egg and chives, Brioche with avocado cream & smoked duck breast, and Blini with cucumber cream & smoked salmon.
The avocado & duck brioche is my favourite: it is scrumptious and original!
The Scones ★★★★☆
Each guest is served with a single dried fruit scone, which may be the only downside of this afternoon tea.
It is mainly due to the rather odd clotted cream. Fortunately, the selection of Alain Milliat jam, marmalade and honey from is delicious, so I recommend eating the scones without clotted cream or perhaps with butter instead.
The Cakes & Sweets ★★★★★
There are several delicious cakes such as the Mini rum baba with soft vanilla cream and the Soft chocolate fondant with Whiskey chantilly cream.
I especially enjoyed the traditional and yet tasty Chocolate-hazelnuts Eclair; as well as the Orange-chestnut Mont-Blanc which cleverly combines the soft flavour of meringue with the strong taste of orange.
The cakes are beautifully presented on a tree-shaped cake stand, which matches the hotel’s modern design.
You may also order individual pastries for a price of 12€ each.
The Service ★★★★☆
The staff is efficient and accessible, even when the veranda is empty. The booking team is also very responsive, including via email.
Conclusion & Overall Mark ★★★★★
The Burgundy afternoon tea does not take any risks as it delivers exactly what is expected of an afternoon tea: a nice environment, polite staff, good tea and some delicious, original food.
At 35€ per person, the Burgundy Paris afternoon tea is among the best in the city in terms of price/performance ratio. It’s my favourite venue, along with the Hotel Daniel, whenever I want to introduce friends to their first tea time experience, at a reasonable price.
+: The Veranda
+: The delicious food
+: Efficient service
+: Excellent price/performance ratio
-: The Veranda tables sit 4 people at the most
-: The use of teabags instead of loose leaf tea
-: Extra teas are too expensive