The highlight of my recent trip to Paris was vegan afternoon tea with my mom at the Shangri-La Hotel. To give you a preview, my mom, a big tea and scone lover, declared that both the tea and (vegan) scones were the best she had ever had, and that the vegan whipped cream was on par with dairy whipped cream. I totally agree, but she’s very picky so it’s more impressive coming from her. Scroll down for details and more pictures.
Vegan Afternoon Tea Available in Paris Every Day
While planning my trip, I stumbled across a 2015 announcement from the Shangri-La that “Executive Chef Christophe Moret and new Head Pastry Chef Michaël Bartocetti are delighted to announce the launch of 100% Vegan Afternoon Tea, a guilty pleasure both sweet and savoury to be enjoyed without further ado.” I love the end of that sentence. The post went on to say that the chefs had “chosen to ensure that their afternoon tea is in tune with values dear to their heart.”
Located steps away from the (highly recommended) Musee d’Art Moderne in Paris’s fancy 16th arrondissement, the Shangri-La Hotel was once the palace of Napoleon’s grandnephew, Roland Bonaparte. Now it’s a very expensive and well-reviewed hotel. I was skeptical this vegan tea would still be going two years later in this not-particularly vegan-friendly neighborhood. But my brother, who speaks French, called the hotel and found out it’s still on — every day from 3 – 6pm!
The vegan afternoon tea is €45/one person or €80/two people. There are individual non-vegan items on the menu, but the only afternoon tea set is vegan. The tea is served at comfortable couches around coffee tables scattered throughout the lounges on the ground floor of the hotel. This is in the traditional style of afternoon tea, not to be confused with “high tea” which is served at a table.
When my brother called the Shangri-La to ask about the tea, he was told we didn’t need a reservation but he made one just in case, same day, for 5pm for my mom and me. When my mom and I eventually ordered the vegan afternoon tea, they asked if we had reserved it and we said we had. So, I’m a little unclear on whether a reservation is required or not. To be safe, I would recommend making a reservation and specifying that it’s for the vegan tea.
What You Get
You get your own pot of tea – you can choose from many different kinds and unfortunately I forgot to photograph the wonderful tea menu – three savory tea sandwich stand-ins, two half scones of different flavors with whipped cream and an assortment of jams, three beautiful dessert pastries, and and five cookies – all vegan of course. Here are some photographs of everything. It was honestly way too much for two people. It was definitely more than the recommended daily amount of sugar, but for once in a lifetime or a special occasion, why not?
I was just a little disappointed to not get any classic tea sandwiches. I would have loved a cucumber and vegan cream cheese finger sandwich. I did enjoy the savory items though. There was a pita pocket filled with something similar to guacamole, some sort of Asian style roll, and a piece of focaccia with tomatoes of different colors on it.
The servers were actually hard to find once our tea was delivered and we waited a very long time for the check. That being said, you might want to bring some tupperware in your purse since you’ll have plenty of time when no one’s looking to save what you can’t eat.
Where: Shangri-La Hotel (Lounges in the lobby) – 10 Avenue d’Iéna, 75116 Paris, France
When: Daily, 3pm – 6pm (call to double check and make reservations, +33 1 53 67 19 98)
What: Vegan Afternoon Tea – pot of tea, 10 vegan pastries with vegan whipped cream and jams.
Price: €45/person or €80/two people
Please contact me if you know of any other vegan afternoon tea or even vegan high tea situations.