The Burgundy Paris serves one of the most affordable afternoon teas in the city. They recently overhauled their afternoon tea offer so I decided to do an update of this article:
Article updated on July 2023 (prices and service hours) – Pour la version française cliquez-ici
The 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.
The Veranda and the Bar Le Baudelaire
Afternoon tea is served in the Veranda or in the Bar Le Baudelaire. 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 4 or 5 people.
I have a preference for the Veranda as its relaxing atmosphere is more fitting for an afternoon tea, as it reminds me of a traditional English conservatory.
The bar seems more fitting for a cocktail or a snack but 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 offer is comprised of several teas from the Dilmah tea company, one of the few tea suppliers originating from Sri Lanka
The tea quality is good and the brew is done at the right temperature. Too bad 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. It’s also a pity that the tea isn’t brought with an hourglass nor with a recipient to place the tea bag in once the brew is over.
You may also order another hot beverage such as coffee expresso, latte…) or hot chocolate.
Classic tea offer: (9 black, 5 green, 1 white, 1 oolong and 5 infusions)
Brewing method: At the table; in a ceramic teapot containing a removable tea bag
Price for an extra teapot: 9-10€
The Savouries ★★★☆☆
The afternoon tea starts with 3 savoury bites, which haven’t changed much since 2016:
- Egg and chives Sandwich
- Avocado cream & smoked duck breast Brioche ♥
- Cucumber cream & smoked salmon Blini
These are quite tasty but too ordinary, as is often the case in Paris. Chefs who design French “tea time” often focus all their attention on the sweets at the expense of the savouries (the Crillon Paris being the most remarkable exception).
The Scones ★★★★☆
Each afternoon tea comes with one chocolate streusel scone served with several toppings. The scone itself is excellent and it can even be enjoyed without any jam, especially the chocolate streusel top part ♥♥.
The toppings come from the Mas des Confitures: strawberry, raspberry, orange marmalade and honey. I wish we would have had authentic clotted cream instead of the citrus mascarpone cream ♦ that is served. It doesn’t go very well with the scone and I even suggest you skip it.
The Cakes & Sweets ★★★☆☆
The Afternoon Tea Cakes
The cake offer is very generous, as expected of a Parisian tea time:
- Dacquoise with chestnut chips, Calamondin sour filling, hazelnut shortbread
- Spicy caramel”Religieuse”, praline almond, tonka bean
- Pineapple Shiso cake (Chef Pascal Hainigue’s signature cake)
- Chocolate tartlet made with Arriba 75% chocolate, caramel and vanilla filling
- “New Forêt Noire” (chocolate & cherry cake)
- Mango dome, crème brulée with vanilla on a Breton shortbread
- Alsatian Gugelhupf with raisins & almonds (one half per afternoon tea) ♥
The cakes and pastries are scrummy and original: none of them tastes ordinary, except the no less delicious Gugelhupf. Chef Pascal Hainigue seems to especially love complex combinations, especially those involving bitter and acidic flavours. Such flavours might prove to be overwhelming for some and the cakes will quickly become excessively sour if you were to bring them home.
Among a few other, the Calamondin and the chestnut cream are a rather surprising blend…
The Pastry Tray Cakes
Each cake served with the afternoon is available in a bigger version, except the chocolate cake ♥ which is not included with the afternoon tea.
The Service ★★★☆☆
The staff is courteous and efficient but a little too distant and not very often in the veranda. We had to wait for a while before ordering and the table often got cluttered.
Conclusion & Overall Mark ★★★☆☆
The Burgundy Paris afternoon tea does not take any risks as it delivers what is expected of an afternoon tea: a nice environment, good tea and original food.
At 55€ per person (Summer 2023 price), the Burgundy Paris Hotel serves one of the most affordable afternoon teas in the city. It’s a solid choice if you want to introduce friends to their first tea time experience!
It’s regrettable that the staff wasn’t a bit more forthcoming and attentive, which brings the score down by a notch…
Article updated on July 2023 (prices and service hours)
+: The Veranda
+: The Tea Selection
+: The Scones
+: The Cakes & Sweets
+: An “affordable” afternoon tea (55€/person) for a five-star hotel
-: The Veranda tables sit 4 people at the most
-: The tea service (no hourglass/recipient)
-: The nonchalant service
Official Website of the Burgundy Paris afternoon tea
The Burgundy afternoon tea was initially reviewed on December 2016, you may read the old article by clicking here: