Salon Proust

There is no ritual more refined than afternoon tea, that special late-afternoon moment of lingering conversations and secrets shared. The Ritz Paris is no stranger to this custom of refined living and offers two teatimes, each with a different style and setting.

French Tea time 2:00PM - 6:00PM
Champagne Bar 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Thé à la Française at Salon Proust

Inquisitive and Parisian to the end, a witness to the whisperings of his day, the author of “In Search of Lost Time” made this lounge-library his headquarters, a social observatory right in the heart of the Ritz Paris where no shred of inspiration could elude his keen eye.

Named in his memory, this wood-paneled sitting room where a fire crackles in the hearth in winter remains one of the hotel’s musts.

This is where our Head Pastry Chef, François Perret, offers "French-style teatime" daily, a special moment that nods to Proust’s beloved madeleines, which are served alongside other biscuits, and marble cakes.

Starting at 6pm, the Salon Proust transforms into a Champagne bar.

Afternoon Tea at the Bar Vendôme

At the heart of the hotel, the winter garden at the Bar Vendôme hosts a typically British ritual, served daily in keeping with the rules of the art: Afternoon Tea.

English-style service comes with little sandwiches, savory finger biscuits and scones, culminating with a pastry by our Head Pastry Chef François Perret, to choose from the tea trolley.

A repertoire of favorites evolves according to the season, featuring millefeuille, cheesecake, dessert madeleines, tartlets and more.

Get to know the Pastry Chef François Perret

A virtuoso of
flavor and color

A master in the art of making the classics contemporary, Chef Perret has transformed the Salon Proust into a place for a moment, and a moment in itself: that of a French-style tea that restores tea cakes to their rightful glory.

Sponge cake, Russian cigarettes, Florentines, sugar tarts, and chocolate chip buns with dry-roasted chocolate bean grué follow in the wake of an exceptional tea selection from the prestigious house TWG.

"That way, everyone can find their own Proust’s madeleine", the extraordinarily talented pastry chef says with a smile.

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A porcelain madeleine

Made of white Limoges porcelain, the tea service in the Proust Salon also pays homage to the writer down to the smallest detail.

Created by Haviland especially for the Ritz Paris and for this special time of day, every piece - from the plates to the teapot – honors Proust’s famous little madeleine, a recurring motif stylized for a new era.

Once upon a time

In Search of Lost Time

A guest at the hotel’s inauguration, Proust immediately made the Ritz Paris his second home and it proved an unparalleled source of inspiration.

Here, he hosted intimate salons where he gleaned secrets from literary and aristocratic sets and took great pleasure in using them in his writings.