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la Tournée de Chocolat à Paris

Chocolate Tour in Paris
Based on an article in Hemispheres Magazine
A Tour of Chocolate Shops in Paris and a Chocolate Map of Paris
Also check out chocolate tours in New York and Washington, DC

Basic Information

In most chocolate shops you can create your own selection. You can ask for a written guide in English. Chocolates sell by the gram; one hundred grams is about 4 ounces and should be about 12 chocolates, or bonbons in French. If you don't want that much, ask for a small bag (petit sac) because the smallest boxes usually hold 200 grams. Be sure to keep your chocolates from melting after you buy them.

Many of these shops have multiple locations around the city.

Chocolah! Chocolate Tours in Paris.
A great chocolate tour in Paris for small groups or private tours. You will be guided to the best chocolateries, the best chocolate makers, and the most reknown chocolate places. These places are chosen because of their outstanding quality and friendliness.

Debauve & Gallais

Gallais

Debauve & Gallais

30, Rue des Saints-Pères - Paris VII arrondissement

Appointed chocolate makers of the Kings of France
A mythic site for true chocolate connoisseurs, the shop of the 30 Rue des Saints-Pères is inscribed on the French Historic Monument List. It is the work of Percier and Fontaine, the architects chosen by Napoleon to carry out the construction of La Malmaison, residence of Impératrice Joséphine.
Sulpice Debauve, pharmacist of the King Louis XVI, opened in 1800 with its nephew, Mr. Gallais, a chocolate factory whose reputation quickly made of it the appointed supplier of the Kings Louis XVIII, Charles X and Louis-Philippe.


This shop began dispensing chocollate as a drug over 200 years ago. Whether or not your ills will be cured by their chocolates, you will feel better after eating them.



Christian Constant

Christian Constant website

37 rue Assas - Paris (at the Luxembourg Gardens)
There is a second shop near the opera
Telephone: +33 (0)1 53 63 15 15

From the website:
Welcome to a new world of fresh, handmade chocolates, made in one of the finest Parisian chocolate shops. Here you will discover the potency of real chocolates and understand why the Mayans, the first user of this food, call it "food of the great gods."



La Chocolaterie Joséphine Vannier

La Chocolaterie Joséphine Vannier website

4 Rue du Pas de la Mule - 75003 Paris
Telephone: +33 01 44 54 03 09

The website is in French only.
Also offers ice cream.



Pierre Hermé

Pierre Hermé Pâtisseries Macarons & Chocolats Pierre Hermé

Several locations in Paris (and many other locations around the world)
Telephone: +33 01 43 54 47 77
Bonaparte
72 rue Bonaparte 75006 Paris (6th arrondissement)
Cambon
4 rue Cambon 75001 Paris (1st arrondissement)
Paul Doumer
58 avenue Paul Doumer 75016 Paris (16th arrondissement)
Opéra
39 avenue de l'Opéra 75002 Paris (2nd arrondissement)
Galeries Lafayette
40 boulevard Haussmann 75009 Paris (9th arrondissement)
publicisdrugstore
133 avenue des Champs Elysées 75008 Paris (8th arrondissement)
Galeries Lafayette Maison
35 boulevard Haussmann 75009 Paris (9th arrondissement)
Vaugirard
185 rue de Vaugirard 75015 Paris (15th arrondissement)
Telephone: +33 01 47 83 89 96



Richart

Richart

Richart

258, Boulevard St Germain, Paris

This is a more contemporary store which includes aromatic chocolates as well as sweet ones.
Michel Richart is know for his bite-size bonbons, so you can add more varieties into the same size 200 gram box.
Be sure to try the caramels beurre sale -- chocolates filled with caramel and sprinkled with sea salt.



Michel Chaudun

Michel Chaudun

149, rue de l'Universite, Paris

His pavés are particularly worshipped. They're sugar cube-size squares of cocoa-dusted ganache that you deftly spear from the box with a toothpick and then allow to melt a little on your tongue before biting into the rich creaminess.

This is a more classic chocolate shop with intricate chocolate sculptures in the windows and chocolate Fabergé eggs. Michel also has his own watercolors on the walls.



Chocotruffle

39, rue Cherche-Midi, Paris


How about Cacaotine -- whole roasted cocoa beans coated with caramel and covered with chocolate?
Or Tressorange -- a slice of chocolate with bits of candied orange?

Chocotruffle has a large selection of chocolates to choose from.



L'Atelier du Chocolate

89, rue de Rennes, Paris

This is an outpost of a chocolate shop in the Basque city of Bayonne, which once was the hot spot for chocolate production in all of Europe.
Try a block of Chokana, a combination of chocolate and caramel.
Or the bizchocoa, a buttery Basque cake.
The bouchées is spiced with piment d'Espelette, a smoked red-pepper powder.



Pierre Marcolini

Pierre Marcolini

Pierre Marcolini website

89, rue de Seine, Paris

Originally from Belgium, he opened an ultra-chic shop on the Left Bank.
Almond pralines -- thin sheets of caramelized almonds with a glaze of diark chocolate; pistachio marzipan; champagne bonbons; chocolates with jasmine tea; Tonka Bean infused bonbons; and much more.



Patrick Roger

Patrick Roger

Patrick Roger website

108, boulevard St-Germain, Paris

Désir -- layered with praline
Mélodies -- fruit-infused caramel domes covered with chocolate
At the bottom of the box -- a cushion of pure chocolate flecked with ground cocoa beans



La Fontaine au Chocolat

La Fontaine au Chocolat

La Fontaine au Chocolat website

201, rue St-Honoré, Paris

There is a chocolate fountain inside but it is out of reach.
However, there is plenty of chocolate here for you.
They have Les Nuanciers, tasting kits, with disks of different chocolate so you can compare cacao from different origins.
The Infiniti Noir is 99% cacao solids with a hint of citrus, spices and sweetness.
They also have 1st Cru Plantation chocolate bars from Saõ Tomé, Madagascar and New Guinea



Jean-Paul Hévin

Jean-Paul

Jean-Paul Hévin website

231, rue du Faubourg-St-Honoré, Paris

Unassuming, tidy, contemporary counters. Dark, warm woodwork. Designer display cabinets and furnishings. Inside Jean-Paul Hévin's stores, you'll find a taste reflecting modernity and perfection, combined with an atmosphere of elegance and comfort.

Aperitif chocolates made with cheese -- for example, a blend of roquefort and walnuts



La Maison du Chocolat

La Maison du Chocolat

La Maison du Chocolat website

225, rue du Faubourg-St-Honoré, Paris

The oldest patisserie in Paris.

Try the Brésilien infused with coffee, or the Zagora with fresh mint.



Lenõtre

Lenotre

Lenõtre website

48, avenue Victor Hugo, Paris

As the inheritors of a traditional art, Lenõtre's master chocolate makers carry on in the craft tradition, constantly seeking perfection.
By selecting and skillfully mixing the finest cocoas the world has to offer, they create the delicated yet complex blends that have become the hallmark of Lenõtre chocolates.



A l'Etoile d'Or

A l'Etoile d'Or

30, rue Fontaine, Paris



A l'Etoile d'Or has an ethereal selection of artisan confections and chocolates



More Chocolate

Here are some links to more chocolate shops in Paris:



Chocolate Map

Here is an interactive map I created in google maps with the locations of the shops listed above, along with a few other Paris attractions: The Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, l'Arc de Triomphe and the E. Dehilleran store where Julia Child bought all of her cookware.

You can move the map around, zoom in & out and click on the icons to see information about them. Click on the link below the map for a larger version.


View Paris Chocolate Tour in a larger map







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