An Introduction to French Tea

French Tea
Afternoon tea at Marriage Frères.

From Paris, I love to take easy day trips to Giverny, Chartres, or Versailles. Longer weekend journeys into Rouen, Nantes, or Reims can be equally rewarding. Good tea can be had in all these locations, and after tasting so many beautiful plates of fresh pastries and gateaux, you may be tempted to give up scones forever! 

Tea lovers must be patient because France, like any delicacy, should be savored in petite bites so that you don’t satiate your appetite too quickly. There will be more salons de thé during a future visit. They’ve been doing tea correctly here for 385 years, and you know it’s only going to get better! 

TeaTime contributing editor Bruce Richardson is the author of The Great Tea Rooms of Britain and The Great Tea Rooms of America, published by Benjamin Press, available at

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