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Allow me to introduce you to chocolatier and pâtissier Jacques Genin, a man of many sweet skills. In addition to his diverse array of chocolates in seasonal flavors including praline and ganache, it’s easy to become seduced by his other specialties, such as caramels with mango-passion fruit and pâtes de fruits in a rainbow of flavors.
I suggest a sampling at his Haut Marais boutique and workshop, opened in 2008, where you might even run into Jacques Genin himself. I’ve often passed him taking in a ray of sun outside the shop and smiled in gratitude for sweetening up the neighborhood.
The master chocolate maker also has quite the reputation for patisseries, from chocolate eclairs to tartes au citron vert made with fresh limes, each one selected by the chef himself. His Paris-Brest, a choux pastry filled with hazelnut praline cream, is widely known to be the best in town, but I’ll let you decide for yourself. Pastries are now available on order only, so be sure to ask for them when you stop in.
Jacques Genin has 2 locations in Paris:
Haut Marais Boutique & Labo, 133 Rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris
Saint Germain Boutique, 27 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris