A tea time at Mariage Frères is perfect when you feel like a cosy and a yummy break from your chilly yet lovely walk around St Germain des Près in Paris.
People generally imagine Parisians at cafés chatting over coffee and wine (and maybe even absinthe à la Hemingway) rather than sitting down for afternoon tea. It’s true, Paris isn’t London, Beijing or Marocco, but tea has been gaining popularity in the City of Lights over the last few decades and tea rooms and afternoon tea services have been popping up all over Paris.
Mariage Frères is one of the oldest tea company in France and have expanded very quickly the past few years opening new salon de thé in different fancy districts in the heart of Paris. The Mariage Freres Tea Company supplied high-end tea to many of Paris’s finest hotels and tea shops throughout France for nearly 130 years.
In Paris, there are eight Mariage Freres boutiques and five additional high-end department store counters that offer some (and in a few cases all) of the more than 600 loose-leaf teas from around the world that the company sells .
Mariage Frères offer an amazing selection of tea in their shops. The shelves stretch up to the ceiling and they’re laden with huge black tea caddies. There are also some beautiful cups, teapots and tins. It´s almost impossible to leave the shop without purchasing one for your tea time at home.