Some people dream about love and others dream about money. But me? I dream about chocolate… chocolate vacations in Paris to be precise. And that dream came true several months back when my partner, Joan and I, took a 7-day tour of the “Parisian Chocolate Strip.” If you’re planning a trip to Paris, you must check out the Chocolate Doctor’s Guide to Paris Chocolate Boutiques—it’s my list of the best chocolates Paris has to offer. Don’t miss even one on the list! And be sure to let me know of any new discoveries.
La Maison du Chocolat
225 Rue du Faubourg St. Honoré
The scrumptious chocolates sparkle in the shop window like precious jewels, delicately wrapped in cocoa-colored diaphanous cellophane…above, emblazoned in bold lettering: La Maison du Chocolat. La Maison in Paris could well be regarded as the Hermès of the chocolate world. Company founder Robert Linxe—The Wizard of Ganache—pioneered the approach of bringing the production principles of haute cuisine to the world of chocolate making.
37 Rue d’Assas
Mr. Constant is a master chocolatier who travels the world to garner the best ingredients for his creations. He makes the chocolates from the finest cocoa liquor and cocoa butter. The flavors are delicious and subtle. The sugar addition is just enough, so the texture remains incredibly smooth and never too sweet.
4 Rue du Pas De La Mule
A delectable chocolate shop with incredible chocolate sculptures in the window and the latest theme is a collection of chocolate boxes. Once inside you are assailed with an intense scent of chocolate and amused by the other sculptures of musical instruments, cell phones, Eiffel Towers, and globes. Try the exotic flavored chocolate bars with combinations of salt and pepper, dried raspberry, spice bread, curry and pimento spice, and dried apple & pear.
201 Rue St. Honoré
Michel Cluizel chocolates have been renowned since the mid-20th century, when Cluizel first opened a family-run shop in Normandy. One of the rare chocolatiers to process their own carefully-selected cocoa beans, Michel Cluizel’s chocolates are known for their distinct, balanced flavors. At the famous store near the Tuileries Gardens and the St. Honoré fashion district, visitors can indulge in delicious dark or milk bars, each produced from a distinct blend of cocoa beans in Cluizel’s chocolaterie.
72 Rue Bonaparte
Pierre Hermé is widely considered the greatest pastry chef in the world and has some of the most interesting chocolate in Paris. Hermé is the “Picasso of pastry”, in the words of fashion magazine Vogue. Try his version of “Death by Chocolate”, a moist chocolate biscuit base layered with smooth chocolate cream, frothy chocolate mousse and fine leaves of crunchy chocolate for an explosion of textures.
231 Rue St. Honoré
Jean-Paul is an extraordinary confectioner/chocolate and ice-cream maker. He spent seven creative-packed, discovery-filled years perfecting his craft alongside Chef Joël Robuchon. He created outrageous, offbeat cheese-flavored chocolates (with tastes like Camembert, goat cheese, and Roquefort) and a variety of flavor-enhancing dried fruit, herb, or spice: époisses cheese/ cumin, Pont l’évêque cheese/thyme, goat cheese/hazelnut, and roquefort/walnut chocolates. In 1988 Hevin opened his first shop (“Le Petit Boulé”) on Avenue de la Motte-Picquet, Paris. He then opened a second shop on Rue Vavin in 1990 and a Tea House rue Saint Honoré in 1997.
Girard-Dragées de Verdun
4 Rue des Archives
A 40 year old family business has developed three generations of producing upscale chocolates in the heart of Paris. arrange visits to their chocolate laboratory within a gastronomic and cultural context.
134 Rue du Bac
There are quite a few places in Paris where you can buy and eat great chocolate and Chocolat Foucher is definitely one of them. Even though they have two stores in Paris (one on Avenue de l’Opéra and one on the left bank, on the Rue du Bac) it’s anything but a chain store and it’s still a family operated business (founded in 1819). If you come to Paris, visit the store on the Rue du Bac because you can also have tea there.
108 Blvd. St. Germain
A sculptor of flavors, he treats chocolate like a raw material which he transforms into giant 150 pound creations or wrapped sweets in yard-long boxes. The subtlety of flavors, the combination of textures and the sublime aesthetics of the creations are what makes the gourmet world of Patrick Roger so fascinating.
149 Rue de l’Universite
A former employee of La Maison du Chocolate, Michel Chaudun set out on his own just a few years ago, opening a little corner shop on Rue de l’Universite. According to one well-known Parisian food critic, Chaudun’s product now equals that of his mentor, Robert Linxe, in both quality and creativity. His base chocolate, a blend of chocolates from nine sources, is rich and complex. Products: includes over twenty-five creations, the latest of which is a crunchy, dark chocolate (70 percent cocoa liquor) flavored with toasted, crushed cocoa beans.
258 Blvd. St. Germain
Richart is fond of using exotic spices and herbs and likes to make tiny chocolates that are just one mouthful. You can always count in inventive flavors—with an accent on fruit, spice or flower-flavored ganaches.
Debauve & Gallais
30 Rue Saints Pères
A national treasure closely guarded by the French savvy travellers flock to the legendary D & G on Paris’ Left Bank. Established in Paris in 1800 and appointed the official chocolatier to the French court, Debauve & Gallais has since built a cult following among chocoholics, gourmands, and connoisseurs all over the world.
133 Rue de Turenne
3-Star Michelin Chef Alain Ducasse selected Jacques Genin his chocolatier for his restaurants. After years of jumps and starts the most elusive chocolatier in Paris opened up his own boutique in December 2008.