Café Rallye Tournelle, Paris

Looking at the steam and bubbles from the cup of chocolat chaud before me, it was beyond any doubt the best hot chocolate I had in Paris so far. Of course, it did not rival Angélina’s famous chocolat chaud africain. But when my fingers turned to icicles and my brain froze from the cold snap in November, our unhurried stroll along the Seine past Notre-Dame de Paris turned into a race for the closest café.

Café Rallye Tournelle Paris
Chocolat chaud

Café Rallye Tournelle is located opposite Pont de la Tournelle, in very close proximity to the renowned restaurant, La Tour d’Argent and the Institut du Monde Arabe.

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Interior of the café – Through the mirrors

Inside the colourful café that sells tobacco and displays pre-loved books, you feel as if you have ventured into a setting for a French movie. One occupied table soon vacates and we are the only customers left. Le patron, a convivial man is chatting to someone who is either a habitué of the café or a friend. Occasionally, a person of character drops in to buy cigarettes or ask for a café noir at the bar.

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Edith Piaf by Grace Jones poster (L) – Menu ardoise (R)

Le Café Rally-Tournelle is also un café de Jazz, hosting soirées and performances by Jazz artists in the evenings. I can only imagine how lively and boisterous this tiny space can become.

For now, I am content with the warmth of the hot chocolate while watching the cute jeune homme through the mirrors serving customers .

Café Rallye Tournelle Paris
Café Rallye Tournelle

Café Rallye Tournelle
11 Quai de la Tournelle
75005 PARIS

Closest Métro: Jussieu or Cardinal Lemoine


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Café Rallye Tournelle, Paris was last modified: December 20th, 2015 by Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.


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  2. I love that they have BOOKS inside! That would win me over in an instant. 🙂 Your hot chocolate looks so delicious and frothy. I’m craving such things on this cold morning. 🙂

  3. Oh this looks so wonderful! I walked right past this place over the weekend. Next time, I’ll know to stop in. It would have been perfect. Love your photos, too.

    • Thanks Cathy. It’s a little out of the way but a good find along the Seine. I hope you pop in next time and enjoy the place!

  4. How did I miss this place? Chocolat chaud AND books…this nerdy chocoholic would be in heaven here. It’s on the list for the next trip. BTW Corinne, the Carnevale/March trip includes some time in Paris. I can definitely make room for you in my suitcase. 🙂

    • “Nerdy chocoholic” made me laugh! Just remember to glance up every so often, the view is worth it 😉
      Oh goodie! I’m only tiny and don’t take up much room in a suitcase 🙂

  5. That chocolat chaud just looks divine – whatever the weather! 🙂 Cafe Rallye Tournelle looks like our sort of place – it’s the books that do it!

    • It’s just the thing to do in winter. With places such as these, no wonder the Parisians don’t stay home no matter what the weather is!

  6. Love that fact that this little rather anassuming place has so much going on for it: the fun bright colors, the books and the jazz! I’ll have to give it a try when i’m in that area.

    • If you do go during a Jazz session, I’d love to know what the ambience is like. I have seen photos on their Facebook page and it looks like a lot of fun!

  7. We need more places like this in the world. You found a gem, Corinne! 🙂

    • Indeed we do! Although my memory of it is coloured by the weather, I could easily spend more time people watching…

  8. Gorgeous, could do with that hot choc right now, brrr, brass monkeys here in Edin tonight! Reminds me, had the most preposterous cappuccino near Grenelle. Horse for courses I guess. I do love the Latin Quarter. Stayed on Rue Monge, near the roman arena, much better than it sounds!

    • Easy. Hop on the Eurostar et voila! But seriously, sometimes the best finds are those one just stumbles upon. The Quartier Latin has such charm, and that’s what I like about Paris, different places have their own signature ambience!

  9. Best hot chocolate? Noting this down for sure!

  10. That hot chocolate looks right!A bit of eye-candy doesn’t hurt either 😉

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