Paris Chocolates -- ohhh yes another one of those please

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Patrick Rodgers Store front
Paris may have serious art, philosophy, architecture but they also have seriously good chocolates. So while your feeding you mind  here are a few suggestions for some of the best chocolates at the heart of the eternal city. The suggestions below are mostly within walking distance of each other:
 
You could do worse  that starting at  Patrick Roger - (108, blvd. Saint-Germain, Paris). Patrick Roger is probably one of the  most imaginative some say "craziest" chocolotiers in Paris right now.  Patrick Roger is a chocolate maker from the town of Sceaux.
Patrick Rodgers chocolates
  In his Paris store the  host stands like a chocolate DJ in the center of round sweeps of imaginative flavors and bold colors. You will know immediately this is not your grandmothers chocolate shop. There are too many varieties to mention but a few infused flavors are ginger root, quince, Sicilian mandarin orange, lemon thyme, jasmine, Szechuan peppercorns. His imaginative wit and nicely balanced flavors  earned him the distinguished title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France in 2000.

A short skip and hop from Patrick Rodgers on  Rue de Seine  is Gerard Mulot, (76 Rue de Seine) and Pierre Marcolini, (89 Rue de Seine).
Gerard Mulot has a large selection of macroons (if that is your thing) and his take on traditional chocolates. If you have the time you can even take a your of his workshop to see the chocolates and macroons being made. See the tours at Meeting the French.
Pierre Marcolini


Pierre Marcolini, is one of only two Belgian chocolatiers, and one of four in all of Europe, that have the true title of Chocolatier being bestowed  on them. These are the people who select their own beans, roast them and make their own basic ingredient, couverture. Pierre uses only the finest cocoa beans from Venezuela, Madagascar, Ecuador and Mexico. Products" Coeur Framboise -- A bitter ganache with raspberry pulp coated with white chocolate, wide selection of bonbon's from different origins, herbal infusions. The store is like an expensive jewelry store and I had to keep reminding myself we were only buying chocolates. But I think to Pierre Marcolini there is not such thing as only chocolates.

If you have the energy you can swing up to Debauve & Gallais, (30, Rue des Saints-Pères). The place is dripping with tradition and history. Allegedly Sulpice Debauve was the  pharmacist of the King Louis XVI, opened in 1800 with his nephew, Mr.
paris chocolates
Gallais, a chocolate factory who appointed supplier of the Kings Louis XVIII, Charles X and Louis-Philippe.

Alternativly you can head down to Christian Constant, (37 Rue D'Assas) where you can finally sit down in the little tea salon (12 seats) that is very simple, next to the main shop. Here you can pick a selection of  pastries and chocolates from the main shop, where these are then  brought to the tea salon for sampling. Christian varieties of pure chocolate  and the flavors are delicious and subtle. The sugar addition is just enough, so the texture is incredibly smooth. For the wet wintry days Constant also offers four different hot chocolates.

And there is more:
Also worth a visit is Michel Cluizel (201 rue Saint Honoré)  with their own selection of chocolates but also probably the best places to get a selection of chocolate bars from Dark Chocolate (60% +) to the amusingly weird Noir Infini 99%.
Patrick Rodgers wonderful colors


Richart - (258, boulevard Saint Germain, Metro: Solferino line 12) At this chic choc. boutique which looks modern but founded in Lyon in 1925,. Their packages look like jewel boxes.. You can get a small box chocolates infused with lime, violet, rose, jasmine, bergamot, thyme, clove, champagne or even curry!

Jean-Charles Rochoux tiny shop on 16 rue de Assas, again highly orginal and creative chocolotier.
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Patrick Rodgers Store front
Patrick Rodgers Store front
Patrick Rodgers chocolates
Patrick Rodgers chocolates
Pierre Marcolini
Pierre Marcolini
paris chocolates
paris chocolates
Patrick Rodgers wonderful colors
Patrick Rodgers wonderful colors
Michel Cluizel
Michel Cluizel
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