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Gourmet Chocolate Museum in Paris is Choco-Story

Chiara Cianciaruso, Chef chocolatier at Choco Story, the Paris chocolate museum

When a Paris museum offers a guide for children to follow, adults should take it. Whether it is the audio guide for children or a simple piece of paper with stickers, take it.

The Choco Story is told on three floors of le musée gourmand du Chocolat (Chocolate Museum) in Paris. It follows 4,000 years of chocolate history from its spicy variety of ancient civilizations to the modern sweet variety once it was introduced to Spain and developed for the palettes of Europe.

The museum demonstrations, panels and videos are multilingual. The special kitchen demonstration on how chocolate tablets are made invites a tasting after. The explanation panels in the museum are provided in French, English and Spanish. The video presentation is in either English or French.

The visit becomes very active when you have to look for specific items. The “Choclala is Fun” paper is available for children (and adults) to match a sticker with the number on the panel. At the end of the visit, a complete sheet equals a chocolate surprise.

Choclala is Fun - the fun way for kids to view the museum
Choclala is Fun – the fun way for kids to view the museum

On my visit, a grandmother was visiting with two grandchildren. They went to downstairs, but returned shortly; one of their panels was empty and before they could win their surprise, they had to find that panel. We helped each other solve the mystery of the missing numbered panel.

Seeing a museum from a child’s view is a great way to visit the Chocolate museum.  It forces the adult and the children to really look at many of the displays and makes the visit fun. The museum is full of objects and history.

As chocolate became an industry, machines were invented to make it available to the masses. Cups and saucers went through design changes. You had to be inventive to keep a mustache clean while drinking chocolate! Imagine your biscuits and cup sliding off the saucer! Thus, someone designed the  “trembleuse”. These and multiple other chocolate-related designs are displayed in this wonderfully lit and entertaining museum.

Choco-Story is a sweet museum and worth a visit for a consolidated history of chocolate and pralines, moulds, anecdotes, tools, recipes, advertising and collections of chocolatiers, cups and half-dolls (read more about half-dolls). Plan on one to two hours for your visit.

Le musée gourmand du chocolat The Gourmet Chocolate Museum – Choco-Story

Open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last entry is at 5 p.m.) – the visit lasts about 1 1/2 hours
The museum is closed on December 25 and January 1
28 bd Bonne-Nouvelle 75010 Paris
Telephone: 01 42 29 68 60
Métro: Bonne Nouvelle or Strasbourg Saint-Denis
Bus: lines 20, 39 or 48 (stop: Poissonnière-Bonne Nouvel or Porte Saint-Denis)
Handicap accessible

This Web site and and its blog articles are for travelers to Paris who are looking for advice from someone who lives in Paris. These tips are "for Parisians at heart". Many people would like to visit, some can and some cannot - so I will help you enjoy a glimpse of the city and its surroundings. This project has been ongoing since 2002. Prior to living in Paris (since 1992) my European history a few decades ago with three years in Wiesbaden, Germany. My next foray onto the Continent was after graduation from the University of Florida (where I met Erik): traveling around Europe and UK with my friend, Margie, hitchhiking around and working in Ireland. After living and working as a journalist in Sweden for four years, traveling on boats, the Trans-Siberian Railway, local trains and planes took Erik and I around the world. In 1990 for American Airlines I began working as a flight attendant, based in Chicago. We moved to Paris, France in 1992 where I commuted between Paris and Chicago for my flight attendant/stewardess job. Finally my inner voice said "Stop!" and I left American Airlines after 20 years. Now that is over and I am back working as a journalist and photographer full time on - My videos are posted on YouTube on the colleensparis youtube channel and I am active in Toastmasters. Enjoy!