In just forty-eight hours, my thirteen-year-old son and I climbed and tasted our way through Paris. My mission was to visit as many chocolate shops and patisseries on my list as humanly possible and James’ goal was to climb to the top of the Arc De Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Sacre Coeur, take a ride on the Grand Carousel, visit the Jardin des Tuileries, the Louvre Pyramid, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Musee de L’Orangerie. We agreed to set out early Saturday and Sunday mornings in an attempt to meet our goals. By Sunday evening, our feet ached but our bags were full with sweet bites from Paris and James marveled at all the photos he took on his whirlwind tour of the monuments on his list.
Here are our favorite sweet and savory stops along the way:
Le Clos des Gourmets, 16 Avenue Rapp, 75007, +33 (0) 1 45 51 75 61. This was our favorite neighborhood restaurant when we lived in Paris and nothing has changed. The prix fix menu is one of the best deals in town and their wine list is superb.
Maison Chaudun, 149 Rue de l’Université, 75007 Paris, +33 (0) 1 47 53 74 40. This is my favorite chocolate shop to buy chocolate covered almonds and although I am always open to taste chocolate covered almonds anywhere I go, they are just not the same.
Francois Pralus, 35 rue Rambuteau, 75004, +33 (0) 1 57 40 84 55. I fell for the praluline, a brioche with pralines. It is a flavorsome, light, sweet treat I enjoyed so much we packed one to bring home.
Les Fees Patissieres, 21 Rue Rambuteau, 75004, +33 (0) 1 42 77 42 15. The fairy Noisettella and Religious Chocolate cakes were divine. My mistake is I bought them to share. Next time, I will buy my own!
Poilane Bakery, 38 rue Debelleyme, 75003, +33 (0) 1 44 61 83 39. No visit to Paris is complete without visiting Poilane Bakery. The traditional sourdough loaf and the raisin bread are what bring me back time and again along with the pain au chocolats.
A la mere de famille, 35 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 75009,+33 (0) 1 47 70 83 69. A beautiful store with plenty of chocolate treats to choose from for yourself or a gift for someone special. The Beggar Black bar is my favorite.
Popelini, 44 Rue des Martyrs, 75009, +33 (0) 1 42 81 35 79. This small boutique was packed when we visited as customers eyed the various pate a choux. Rose, Caramel, Citron, Chocolat Noir, Chocolat Au Lait to name a few.
Henri Le Roux, 1 rue de Bourbon le Château, 75006, +33 (0) 1 82 28 49 80. He is a “Master Chocolatier – Caramélier® maker” having created the salted butter caramel.
Patrick Roger, 3, place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris, boutique.patrickroger.com. The chocolate sculptures are a sight to be seen.
Laouz, 136 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001, +33 (0) 1 42 86 85 23. A patisserie and cake shop with a nice café in back and tables outside. No website.
Breizh Café, 111 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003, +33 (0) 1 42 72 13 77. If you like crepes and you don’t mind waiting, this is the spot. Sweet or savory, there are plenty of choices. There is also a boutique around the corner to browse as you wait to be seated.
Cafe Constant, 139 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007, +33 (0) 1 47 53 73 34. The scallops in butter and foie gros appetizers did not disappoint and the apple tart was one of the best I have ever had considering it did not have one bit of chocolate in it!