Paris is paradise for chocolate fans! Chocolate takes centre stage at Easter but it is an all-year-round event for gourmets, and for master chocolatiers, whose creativity knows no bounds – a feast for the taste buds and the eyes. Whether just a mouthful, a chocolate sculpture, a chocolate wedding dress … chocolate is a renowned Parisian product, not to be missed. And an art to discover … and taste!
Where to buy chocolate in Paris
Lafayette Gourmet Haussmann
All year round, the upscale food section of the Galeries Lafayette department store provides a selection of the biggest names in chocolate. Galler, Ducasse as well as L’Eclair de Génie offer a wide range of choice and créations!
Imagined and crafted in a traditional way (at Plaisir, 78), the recipes of the Maison Lenôtre are developed from carefully-selected products and offer exclusive chocolate combinations. Crafted by chefs who have inherited an expertise in patisserie and who have an acknowledged technical mastery, Lenôtre chocolates offer intense and surprising gourmet experiences.
The tea room Angelina, opened in 1903 by the Austrian confectioner Antoine Rumpelmayer under the arcades of rue de Rivoli, is one of the French capital’s must-visit places.
Elegant and refined, it has been delighting everybody who is anybody in Paris for more than 110 years with its famous old-style hot chocolate and its iconic pastry ‘Le Mont-Blanc’, combining whipped cream and chestnut cream.
La Maison du chocolat
In 1977, the Maison du Chocolat, created by Robert Linxe, became the first Parisian shop entirely dedicated to chocolate. In 1990, it reinvented the chocolate eclair, raising the bar for this delicious cake.
In 2000, the Maison du Chocolat joined the Comité Colbert along with some of the best French luxury houses.
World renowned chef Pierre Hermé comes from four generations of pastry makers from the Alsace region. Famed in France, Japan and the United States, Pierre Hermé, who has been called the Picasso of Pastry by Vogue, has brought flavour and modernity to pastry.
Un dimanche à Paris
A shop, restaurant, workshop, tea room and chocolate bar rolled into one! This concept store (the inspiration of Pierre Cluizel) will appeal to gourmet visitors. A unique place for chocolate enthusiasts!
In his 3 Parisian shops, this Belgian chocolatier offers refined and inspired haute-couture chocolates. Chocolate for every occasion, for ever-new gourmet expériences.
Internationally recognized for its famous macarons, Ladurée also offers assortments of high-quality chocolates. These refined creations with delicate motifs can be found in the shop located in the Rue de Castiglione.
A veritable artist chocolatier, Patrick Roger produces subtle and surprising creations. Refined taste, unexpected combinations and perfect textures make each tasting experience a unique moment. This master chocolate maker likes to surprise and constantly reinvent his creative world. Working chocolate like a raw material, Patrick Roger is also well-known for his monumental sculptures, which are fascinating and deliciously gourmet in equal measure.
Hugo & Victor
The Maison Victor & Hugo was opened in 2010 by two childhood friends Hugues Pouget and Sylvain Blanc, who shared the same dream and wanted to shake up the traditional rules of pastry cooking.
At Hugo & Victor, flavours are sublimely intensified. Their 3 star flavours, chocolate, praline, and caramel, are available all year round and 5 others change with the seasons.
A la mère de famille
Founded in 1761, À la Mère de Famille is the oldest chocolate shop in Paris. With its original 1900s decor, theM shop on rue du Faubourg Montmartre is itself a treat. And it is of course famous for its chocolate and sweet creations!
Choose from some 1,200 types of confectionary: chocolates, marshmallows, boiled sweets, candied fruits, marzipan, fruit jellies, Negus de Nevers, and Bêtises de Cambrai, etc.
An insight into chocolate
Alain Ducasse’s Manufacture du chocolat
In this chocolate-making factory (320 m²) with its authentic decor, cocoa is pampered and worked in a traditional way by the teams of the famous starred-chef. Discover the different stages in the making of gourmet creations, which are served in Ducasse restaurants, and enjoy this exceptional sensorial experience in the heart of Paris.
The Musée gourmand du chocolat – Choco-Story
Listen to the story of chocolate in this gourmet museum entirely devoted to the world of chocolate. A fascinating place retracing 4,000 years of history from the Maya civilization to the present day, and housing an exceptional collection of some one thousand objects! A visit is also the opportunity to discover different techniques of chocolate-making, attend demonstrations and, of course, taste a few squares of this star product! Note, the museum offers activities for children, as well as workshops.
The Salon du chocolat
This is the event that all chocoholics have been waiting for! For more than 20 years, this event has been an essential part of the gourmet cultural scene in France, attracting some 150,000 visitors every year. Over 20,000 m², chocolate is revealed in all its forms, from the most traditional to the most surprising. Grands crus, innovations, fashion cooking and tastings are all on the programme at this major annual event. An utterly delicious experience not to be missed!