I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t like chocolate. Especially if they live in Paris, where some of the world’s best chocolatiers create cocoa masterpieces in their many variations, anything with praline being my top choice. Having tasted my way around Paris’s chocolate shops and even having met many of these masters in person, all for sake of research of course, I certainly have my favorites. Each one of these gurus is unique in his cocoa concoctions and is certain to make you a believer in French chocolates taking the cake. Ready to take your own sweet tour of Paris?
133 Rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris & 27 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris
This chocolatier is equally famous for his chocolates, caramels, and Paris-Brest pastry. His chocolat chaud merits a visit as well. Stop by his Haut Marais location for a taste of this heavenly hot chocolate and say hello to the master himself. His workshop is right upstairs so you may very well see him.
231 Rue Saint-Honoré (côté cour), 75001 Paris & 5 other locations around Paris
A chocolate artist also recognized for his pastries and macarons. In addition to his wide array of praline and ganache options, his chocolate bars are heavenly! His ‘Orangerie’ is made with dark chocolate from Madagascar and hints of orange.
244 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris & 17 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75004 Paris
Two young chocolatiers have taken to creating unique flavor combinations with inspiration coming from all around the world, including mango and saffron, pepper, Japanese whiskey, and Praline au Curry Madras. The latter even won the award for originality at the prestigious Salon du Chocolat! Stop by their Haut Marais or Concorde shops for a tasting.
45 Avenue Victor Hugo, 75016 Paris & 6 other locations around Paris
Stop by one of this artisan’s chocolate shops to discover life-sized sculptures (made of chocolate of course) in his always eccentric window displays. His signature flavors include lemon with basil, lime with caramel, and almond with pistachio. His classic ‘Marie Galante’ is composed of the finest in Caribbean cacao beans – a must taste!
26 rue Saint-Benoît, 75006 Paris & 4 other locations around Paris
This talented chef is also the first bean to bar chocolate manufacturer in Paris. His chocolates are available in ganaches, pralinés, and truffles, from traditional flavors to more exotic blends. Don’t leave without trying my favorite, his pralinés ‘à l’Ancienne‘ with almonds and hazelnuts.
If you love books, then you're in for a treat in Paris! Narrowing the best shops for book lovers down to just five is a difficult task, but to help my fellow traveling bookworms, I'm sure going to give it a try, probably cheating a little as I go.