Paris chocolate tour
Ah, chocolate! The great city of Paris is known for many marvelous things, and its irresistible chocolate is one of them. The Parisians have truly raised the humble cocoa bean to a place of high distinction, displaying chocolately confections like so many choice jewels.
Obviously, during your vacation in Paris, you’ll need to devote a day to the exploration and experiences in the world of Parisian chocolatiers. Extend your stay if you must and indulge a little in the decadence that is Paris.
If you’re a first-timer in Paris, you may want to join one of the chocolate tours available in the city. These delicious walking tours will guide you to some of the very best of the Parisian chocolatiers. You’ll have the opportunity to sample a wide variety of confections and learn a little about the process of making really great chocolate.
If you’re the adventurous sort of person, however, you might just want to strike out on your own. You can set out on foot if you want, or if you’re feeling frisky, hop on the city’s Vélib’ bike system to get from one sweet treat to the next just that much quicker (while hopefully burning off some of your intended gluttony!)
Since there are way too many chocolatiers to visit in one day, here are some of the very best you’ll find in the city of lights.
Address: 108 blvd St-Germain
Patrick Roger is both a traditional chocolatier and an amazing innovator, and as the winner of the title of best French Artisan in 2000, his shop definitely deserves first place on your list. His rochers are an absolutely divine contrast between crunchy hazelnut bits and smooth praline filling, and his palet d’or – a dark chocolate ganache wrapped in thin couverture and garnished with gold leaf – will leave your tongue tingling with its lingering spicy notes.
Address: 37 rue Assas
World renowned and adored by food critics, Christian Constant creates some of the finest chocolate delicacies in the world. Make sure to sample his raspberry ganaches and chocolate covered orange peel. Of note, here you will also find a tantalizing selection of pastries, cakes and hot chocolates.
La Maison du Chocolat
Address: 225, rue du Faubourg St. Honoré
Any place with a name like this (The House of Chocolate) is worth a visit, especially in Paris. Robert Linxe opened shop in 1977 and soon became known as a “ganache magician”. Obviously, then, the ganaches are a must-try, but don’t skip over the decadent truffles and delicate mendicants (chocolates topped with dried fruit).
Address: 201, Rue St. Honoré
This old-school chocolatier has been one of the top chocolate makers since the mid-20 th century, and are one of the few chocolatiers who process their own hand-selected cocoa beans from scratch. Because their beans are so carefully chosen, Michel Cluizel makes chocolates known for an amazingly balanced flavor palette. After you’ve sampled to your heart’s content, you can buy some of their special cocoa beans to take home with you.
Aw, and in case this would not be enough, how about the Chocolate Festival in Paris? :)