If you adore chocolate, sweets, French pastries and macarons then your trip to Paris isn’t complete until you’ve treated your taste buds to a tour of the Paris chocolate shops and patisseries of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. In less than one square mile no less than fifteen of the sweetest Parisian establishments have set up shop in the chic 6th arrondissement – follow me to some world-class chocolatiers and confectioners for a foray into Paris’ sweet spot…
First stop is Ladurée a pastel coloured, picture postcard of a shop where you’ll discover a bewildering array of macarons, meringues and chocolates. Ladurée is famous for inventing the double-sided macaron – two delicate almond meringue biscuits in an array of colours and filled with creamy ganache. Salted caramel, rose, orange blossom and violet are just some of the myriad of flavours. There’s a difference between Macarons and Macaroons – the latter are much heavier, made with coconut and sometimes dipped in chocolate – not the same at all. So now you know. There is a small tea-room attached to the shop where you can also indulge your French fancies.
21, Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris – Métro: Saint-Germain-des-Prés
For Londoners there’s a Ladurée in Covent Garden
Henri le Roux
I always thought toffee was toffee – until I tasted a Henri le Roux soft, velvety, melt-in-the-mouth, sent from heaven, caramel. These silky, salted, butter caramels knowns simply as CBS (caramel-beurre-salé) are simply sublime. On walking into the Henri le Roux boutique-style shop, his first in Paris, you’ll be dazzled by the bright jewel coloured caramels in exotic autumn flavours of Saffron, Pear, Orange, Jasmine and Ginger. Flavours change with the seasons which is a good excuse to check back and see what delights the Spring collection holds. Pop through to the chocolate side of the shop and you’ll be enveloped in the rich, bitter aroma of cocoa. Be warned you may never want to leave this shop.
1 Rue de Bourbon le Château – 75006 Paris – Métro: Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Mabillon or Odéon
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Some Parisian chocolate isn’t actually from Paris. Top Belgian chocolatier Pierre Marcolini creates his chocolate from pure cocoa and travels the world in search of the best beans. Annual summer, winter and Christmas collections mean that Marcolini sounds more like an Italian designer than a Belgian chocolatier. More than 60 varieties displayed in neat rows of tempting deliciousness are a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. Fillings include violet and Earl Grey tea and more exotic flavours such as Moroccan pink pepper berries or bergamot infusion with fresh lemon and lime zest. My favourite was the four spice – a dark chocolate infused with flavours of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and ginger – all beautifully blended but each flavour standing out individually too. Chocolate covered marshmallows and macarons are available too and with Valentines Day coming up the white chocolate and raspberry hearts are sure to be best-sellers (hint!).
89, rue de Seine, 75006 Paris – Métro: Mabillon or Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Un Dimanche a Paris
Un Dimanche á Paris is a boutique chocolatier, patisserie, bar, restaurant and shop in-one – I thought I’d died and gone to heaven when I walked in here! Tucked away in an ancient little passage off Boulevard St. Germain this uber cool concept store offers chocolates, macarons, and patisserie perfection. There are shelves laden with caramel sauces and jars of spicy little chocolate-covered pink peppercorns, chocolates as far as you can see and of course the exquisite pastries. Of the above shops this is the one place I’d like to go back and spend some ‘quality’ time. Have a little drool over some of their creations…
4-6-8 Cour du Commerce Saint André 75006 Paris – Métro: Mabillon, Odéon, Saint-Michel
So there you have it, some of the best Parisian Chocolatiers, Patisseries and confectioners all in one sweet little hub.
I hope I’ve tickled your taste buds and if you’d like to visit any of the shops mentioned I’ve added them to a handy little map. Just for you. Sweet.
Saturday 19th of March 2016
How about Pierre Herme, Rue Bonoparte ? This is arguably even better than Ladurée. Not just the amazing macarons with flavours such as mogador or ispahan but their millefeuille praliné and ispahan croissants, oh la la !
Sunday 20th of March 2016
Oh la la indeed! I need to go back :)
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Tuesday 12th of March 2013
I recently returned from a trip to Paris,and I couldn't agree more with how beautiful the chocolates and confections are there! St Germain is an adorable little neighborhood!
Wednesday 13th of March 2013
Next time I visit I'm definitely going to stay in that area - I hope it won't be too long coming! Thank you for dropping by...
Tuesday 19th of February 2013
I'm going to be in Paris this spring and since I'm a chocolate lover I'll have to go there... It looks wonderful - excellent post!
Tuesday 19th of February 2013
I'm glad you like it! I want to go back soon :)