Chocolate, Macarons and Patissiers in Paris
Chocolate and macarons - not macaroons - are found
everywhere in Paris. Trying to decide which is the best is as challenging as
finding the best chocolate factory or the best
bar of chocolate.
favorite chocolate factory is "à la Petite Fabrique"
à la Petite Fabrique
is located at 12, rue Saint Sabin in the Bastille area (Metro Bastille
Open Tuesday - Saturday 10:30 am - 7:30 pm, closed Sunday - Monday,
The chocolate is home made and you can actually
see them make it !
They close for summer holiday the last week of July and first
three weeks of August.
During December, the factory is open the three Sundays before
Christmas from 9:30 a.m. until 8 p.m.
À la Petite Fabrique have tablet-style chocolate -
not bars of chocolate and
provide gift wrapping as well.
- my personal favorite
chocolate bars: "Orange Fondant", "Praline Noir", "Amer"(bitter) "Amer noisette"
- lait (milk chocolate) 1,68€, praliné 2,26 euros, amer 2,29 euros, fondant noisettes
(hazelnuts) 2,24 euros (prices may change)
Say hello to Jean--Claude from Colleen. Anna works behind the
counter as well. You will see Bruno and David working behind the glass.
Preparing "ganache" - chocolate pieces filled with
different flavors and covered in chocolate
Bruno putting on
the coffee beans
ganache with liquid chocolate
working at a
Fresh off the
Made in Paris
Jadis et Gourmande
While walking past their window, we had to back up because it was the first time
that I had seen a box of chocolates say "Paris" and beckon me within.
When not preparing for the holidays, Easter and Christmas, you will probably
find cute little gifts to take back home or give as gifts while staying in
Their pencil box or reed containers, bottles or large crayons can be filled with
balls of chocolate candy . Or you can find them already made up.
The Jadis et Gourmande print
shop is located behind the desk and the staff speak English. If you would like
something spelled out in English, beware! The "w" and "y" letters are more rare
since they are are not as widely used as in French.
The letters are composed of Gianduja Ivoire (Ivory Coast) chocolate (72%),
grilled and crushed hazelnuts and praline (a mix of hazelnuts and almonds,
caramelized sugar and chocolate).
During the Easter holidays, the worded souvenirs are largely displaced by the
bells, chickens and eggs -- no bunnies. If you wish to have a souvenir during
this period, make a "command" (place an order) which allows them
to prepare it for you within 24 hours.
It is a fun and busy shop -- be sure to "die and go to heaven" with the
ganache nature (chocolate covered chocolate).
Jadis et Gourmande
39 rue des Archives, 75004 Paris
Metro: Hôtel de Ville
Open: Monday 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday to Friday: 10 a.m. to to 7:30 p.m.;
Saturday: 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and soon Sunday: 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Telephone: 01 48 04 08 03
Additional Jadis et Gourmande
are located at:
88 boulevard Port-Royal 75005 Paris
49 bis avenue Franklin Roosevelt 75008
27 rue Boissy d'Anglas 75008
"The printing press"
L'Atelier du Chocolat Bayonne
Bouquets de Chocolats
109, rue Saint-Antoine 75004 near Metro Saint-Paul
Their bouquets are sold by weight: 220 grams for example is
11,40 euros; 1 kilo (kg) or 2 pounds is 51,85 euros.
The bouquets come already assembled or you can pick and choose.
My experience shows that the first time an already-assembled provides a taste of
everything; but if you have specific tastes, choose your own.
The slabs of chocolate are made at their shop.
Chocolatiers & Confiseurs de France has a website that lists a select number
of shops around France and their specialties (in French).
information such as an address, website, e-mail address, what their activity is
and their specialties, click on the phrase "en savoir plus".
Marquise de Sévigné has been
around since 1898. In October 2005 at the Salon du Chocolat 2005, this company
won first prize in the category Praliné (sugared almond taste) along with
8 other awards for their their chocolat fourré pur ganache, chocolat fourré
praliné, chocolat alliance and tablette de chocolat.
The Marquise de
Sévigné factory and museum
is located just south of Strasbourg. In Paris their shops are at 62, rue de
Seine in the 6th arrondissement and at Bon Marché.
Other chocolate places:
Everywhere you turn, there seem to be chocolate shops in
Paris. Make sure that they are not industrial and are made of butter (beurre).
201, rue Saint-Honoré 75001
Learned about la Fontaine at the Salon du
Chocolat, visited their shop. Truffles made on site, the rest
manufactured outside Paris. The assortment
is 8,30€/100g. Chocolate bars in different percentages of cocoa. I like their dark chocolate from
rue Montorgueil, On the north side of Les
Halles (Metro Les Halles), along my walk from
Montorgueil to Notre Dame.
For macarons that melt in your mouth,
go to Benoit Chocolats near the Saint Paul metro stop. This is a family run business;
the parents are in Angers and the children have been spread over the land (Paris and Lille)
to bring the joy of sweets to the masses!
I bought a box of twelve for the crew on one of my flights. Needless to say,
these were the best macarons they had ever tasted! The interior sweet is "au naturel".
The chocolate is a ganache which is perfect because Benoit makes chocolate.
The fruit fillings are made with real fruit.
75, rue Saint Antoine, 75004 Paris, Metro: Saint Paul
Telephone: 01 49 96 52 02
76 rue de Seine
Metro: Odéon or
Open: 6:45 a.m. to 8
p.m. Thursday through Tuesday
Closed: Wednesday, ten
days in April and 4 weeks in August
Telephone 01 43 26 85 77
Magasin La Glacière
93 rue de la Glacière
Open: Tuesday through
Sunday 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Closed: four weeks in
Telephone 01 45 81 39
The store at rue de
Seine is larger and has a wider range of products. La Glacière is more
neighborhood intimate and handles the regular and seasonal macarons and
New York Times carried an article on the Gérard Mulot's attractions.
Cacao and Macarons
120 rue Saint-Dominque
Metro: Ecole Militaire
Telephone 01 47 05 19
Gregory Renard Cacao and Macarons.
"To be honest, I have
never eaten the chocolates in his shop, but I have become a macron maven and I
think his are the best I have tasted so far. I especially love the Pommes et
Cannelle (apple and cinnamon)."
If you haven't tried them and you
like macarons, stop by. He's on rue Saint Dominique in the 7th.
Washington Post carried an article on Mr. Renard's shop.
Francesca wrote an
interesting commentary comparing Gregory Renard and Pierre Hermé macarons that I
would like to share with you:
"Just an update on the macaron situation. Since my last email to you, I have
been to Pierre Hermé twice and, while I still prefer the pomme et cannelle chez
Gregory RENARD, I must say that the macarons I had at Hermé were divine and they
are definitely more original and varied than any place that I have been so far.
The first time I went there I took my Parisian landlady, Helene, who,
surprisingly, didn't know of this place, even though she knows every nook and
cranny in the city. We both had the caramel which will probably be the taste
tester since everyone seems to have that one. In Helene's opinion it was the
best she had ever eaten. The next day she insisted we go back since she had
dreamed of macarons all night and when it comes to things sucreé, I'm easy. She
bought another caramel and I bought a selection of four of the tiny ones. They
were original and sublime and, I might add, expensive. Four of tiny ones cost
It is easy to find the shop near Saint Sulpice on Rue Bonaparte because there is
a line that goes out the door and down the block. You wonder if it will be worth
it. When you finally get in the door, you can't see the selections very well
because there is always someone in front of the case and they take your order
before you actually get to that section. So, from a distance, I just pointed to
the ones that looked the prettiest. I couldn't tell you what they were. On both
occasions it was worth the wait and ordinarily I don't wait in line for
anything." -- Francesca