If you’re looking for the late afternoon place to be in downtown Dijon look no further than the Comptoir des Colonies. A cafe specializing in tea and hot chocolates and if you’re looking to cool off some rum based cocktails. The look is colonial – dark wood beams and old paintings, decadent chandeliers and silver teapots. It is warm and cozy and the perfect escape from the cold, or the perfect place to see and be seen outside on the terrace next to the Merry-go-round in the popular Place Francois Rude.
The first time I went, I was escaping the cold for a pre-Christmas treat. I tried the thick chocolat a la ancienne with whipped cream served in a tall mug with a few inches of cream and a spoon on top. My friends got the original chocolate, served in a shiny silver pot. Since then, the Comptoir has become the place to meet for French conversations with new friends as we work our way through the endless lists of Mariage Freres teas and hot chocolate flavors. I love the Esprit de Noel and the Imperial Wedding teas – spicy and delicately sweet, and the cinnamon hot chocolate reminds me of my days in Mexico.
If you don’t have time to sit down for a drink (the service is really slow and one pot of tea or chocolate will take at least an hour to drink- they are huge!) you can get loose leaf tea to go from the old canisters that line the back wall and enjoy you tea at home.
Comptoir des Colonies, 4 Place Francois Rude, Dijon