Isn’t Paris wonderful?! I find myself day dreaming about all of the delicious food and beautiful buildings on a regular basis. If you ever travel to Paris, the food is one of the greatest parts of the city that you can experience. As much as a trip to Paris is about seeing Paris, it should be even more so about tasting Paris.
There are several great chocolatiers in Paris, but it would be impossible to visit them all in one week. In fact, I found one of the best chocolate shops that isn’t mentioned on any “best” list on Pinterest, and this newer chocolate shop has some of the best awards in Paris. Even if you are not a huge chocolate fan, put at least 1 or 2 of these 5 chocolatiers on your list! It is an experience not to be missed!
1. Edwart Chocolatier Paris
One of the best chocolatiers in Paris is Edwart. Edwart chocolates are everything a good chocolate should be- delicate, creamy, silky, and balanced in flavor. Their chocolates are made with the highest quality cocoa beans from all over the world, which are tailored to the specific flavor combination needed for each piece of chocolate.
Edwart was started by Edwin and Arthur, and they have 2 shops in Paris. They have won many many awards for their chocolates too, as you will see when you walk up to one of their shop windows.
I got to meet Edwin during a food tour, and it was a delightful experience! He picked chocolates for each of us based on where we grew up, and we all really enjoyed his fun game.
Some of the best chocolates in the shop included the citronnade(lemon) chocolate and the mascarpone ganache. You can’t go wrong with any of the flavors though. They really know their chocolate
2. Patrick Roger
Sorry for the lack of picture here- I ate my chocolates before I even thought about getting a photo! Patrick Roger is one of the best chocolatiers in the world, and his flavor combinations are very unique.
His shops are dimly lit but bright enough to see everything, and they have a very high-end feel. The price tag matches the atmosphere as well, but when you taste one of his chocolates, you will see why!
They also put quality above profit. On one of my visits to a Patrick Roger shop, the woman working at the shop told me not to buy any chocolate that day because it was too warm outside. She said it would compromise the integrity of the chocolate, so it would be best to wait.
I don’t know many shops that would say come back another day, but they sure did because they care so much about their products! If I had one chocolate to recommend it would be the lime basil chocolate. Definitely not your normal flavor combination, but very fun and adventurous!
3. Pierre Herme
Pierre Herme is an all around genius. His chocolate is wonderful, his pastries are beautiful, and his macarons are to die for. At Pierre Herme, you can buy individual chocolates, or you can buy bars of chocolate. Opt for the bars if you want chocolate souvenirs because they have a much longer shelf life than the individual chocolates.
One of the coolest things about going to all of these chocolate shops is the employees. The people who work in the chocolate shops have such a deep knowledge and understanding of each product.
One of the best chocolate bars (in my humble opinion) at Pierre Herme is the chocolate with candied ginger. Such an amazing flavor combination, but you really can’t go wrong with any of their high quality chocolate bars. And don’t forget a macaron on your way out!
4. A la Mere de Famille
This chocolate shop is amazing! There are 14 locations, and the oldest shop, which is over 250 years old, is in Montmartre. They make splendid chocolate bars in many different varieties, and they also make specialty chocolates. A la Mere has a variety of candies and caramels, but their chocolate bars topped with nuts and dried fruit are amazing.
Don’t miss out on one of their 14 locations. You will feel like you are stepping back in time for a wonderful experience in an iconic Parisian chocolate shop.
5. Jacques Genin
I can’t say enough about Jacques Genin. His shops are beautiful, his chocolates exquisite, and his caramels are unreal. Seriously…I thought about his caramels from the day I ran out to the day I finally was able to get them again a year later. And now I have a cute little box sitting in my refrigerator that is empty, but I keep it there to remind me of Paris.
But back to the chocolates…The milk chocolate lime squares are subtle but really good, as are so many of his other flavors. Jacques Genin, like all the other great chocolatiers, uses high quality chocolate that tastes delicious whether you like milk or dark chocolate.
I always have this false notion that I only need to go back to Paris and to all of these chocolate shops just one more time. Just one last time…Just once more…but something about Paris keeps calling me back. I hope it does the same for you because it is a truly beautiful city with so much to offer!