10 Best Chocolate Shops and Makers in Paris

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    High-Grade Bars, Creamy Ganaches, and Perfect Pralines

    Paris is a major destination for gourmet chocolates.
    ••• Paris is a major destination for gourmet chocolates. Marcaux/Photographers Choice RF/Getty Images

    As one of the great culinary capitals of the world, Paris counts an honorable roster of artisan chocolate-makers among its residents:  cocoa experts who bring genuine artistic flair to their chocolates, and concoct the finest in both traditional and eclectic recipes.

    Dark chocolate is a real specialty among French chocolate artisans, as are ganaches: chocolates made with cream, yielding rich, silky, intensely creamy centers.

    Read related feature: Best Hot Chocolate in Paris

    With this complete guide to the best chocolate purveyors in Paris, you'll have no trouble finding an excuse to indulge. Many of these shops are recommended by Mort Rosenblum, a veteran Paris correspondent and former editor who is also a chocolate expert.

    One word of advice: A surprising number of these chocolate maestros have their flagship boutiques in and nearby the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district, making a self-guided tour of the area's best shops entirely possible. Get off at metro St-Germain or Odéon, both on...MORE line 4 of the Metro, and get your best chocolate testing tastebuds ready...

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    Chocolate Maestro #1: Patrick Roger, Cocoa Iconoclast

    Patrick Roger is admired for his light, creamy chocolates with inspired notes.
    ••• Patrick Roger is admired for his light, creamy chocolates with inspired notes. Meg Zimbeck/Some rights reserved under Creative Commons

    The award-winning and famously quirky chocolate maker Patrick Roger opened a flagship store in the St. Germain neighborhood a few years ago, expanding from his original base is in the south Paris suburb of Sceaux. As good at tradition as he is at innovation, Patrick Roger won the title of best French artisan (meilleur ouvrier) in 2000. He is well-known by food connoisseurs like David Lebovitz for his rochers (featuring a contrast of smooth praline filling and crunchy hazelnut flecks), ganaches, or dark chocolate complemented by flavors like lime or hot pepper. Don't miss his seasonal, and always whimsical, store windows featuring all-chocolate polar bears and other sculptural creations.

    Read More: My Interview With Patrick Roger

    Address: 108, blvd. St. Germain, 6th arrondissement
    Metro: St.-Germain-des-Près
    Tel.: +33 (0)1 43 29 38 42

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    Chocolate Maestro #2: La Maison du Chocolat

    La Maison du Chocolat is a favorite address for gourmets in Paris.
    ••• La Maison du Chocolat is a favorite address for gourmets in Paris. Greg Elms/Lonely Planet Images/Getty

    Opened in 1977 by Robert Linxe (who was once referred to as a "ganache magician"), La Maison du Chocolat has several stores in Paris, and the house's world-renowned chocolates can also be ordered online. For those of you who aren't crazy about bitter chocolate, this is your shop-- La Maison du Chocolat never uses more than 65% cocoa in their confections, to avoid a bitter flavor. World-famous for their ganaches, this shop also specializes in truffles, mendiants (slices of chocolate topped with dried fruit) and bars with fruit or herbal notes.

    Address (Flagship Store): 225, rue du Faubourg St. Honoré, 8th arrondissement
    Metro: Place des Ternes
    Tel.: +33 (0)1 42 27 39 44

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    Paris Chocolate Maestro #3: Michel Chaudun

    Michel Chaudun is famed for his creative chocolate creations, including these couture-inspired sculptures.
    ••• Michel Chaudun is famed for his creative chocolate creations, including these couture-inspired sculptures. Remi/Some rights reserved under the Creative Commons license.

    The former head of La Maison du Chocolat, Michel Chaudun is, hands-down, one of the world's best artisan chocolatiers. Known for his whimsy as much as his mastery of the classics, you can expect to find anything from simple dark or milk bars and truffles to chocolate crafted to look precisely like sausages, couture bags or vintage heels at his flagship shop near Invalides.

    Chaudun is also a talented chocolate sculptor-- he once cast a chocolate mold out of performance artist Laurent Moriceau, which was then devoured by spectators at the Palais de Tokyo. This shop is simply de rigueur for chocolate lovers.

    Address: 149 Rue de l'Université, 7th arrondissement
    Metro: Invalides
    Tel.: +33 (0)1 47 53 74 40

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    Chocolate Maestro #4: Jean-Paul Hévin

    Jean-Paul Hevin's chocolates and pastries are known to be heavenly (pun intended.)
    ••• Jean-Paul Hevin's chocolates and pastries are known to be heavenly (pun intended.). Masutsu/Some rights reserved under Creative Commons.

    Another renowned chocolate artisan is Jean Paul Hévin, whose chic boutique and upstairs tearoom in the heart of the Rue St Honoré fashion district merits a visit. At the boutique, high grade solid chocolate bars and beautiful chocolate pastries lie in the counter in addition to a large collection of ganache and whimsical chocolate sculptures. Hévin has a particular talent for using Asian-inspired ingredients such as ginger and green tea. His macarons are also renowned.

    Read related: Best Macaron Makers in Paris

    In the tearoom, I recommend trying one of Hevin's signature gourmet hot chocolates; and his chocolate cakes are also sublime. See more about Jean-Paul Hévin in our guide to the best hot chocolate in Paris.

    Address: 231 Rue Saint Honoré, 1st arrondissement
    Metro: Tuileries or Pyramides
    Tel.: +33 (0)1 55 35 35 96

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    Chocolate Maestro #5: Michel Cluizel

    Michel Cluizel is particularly attentive to the conditions under which cocoa beans are manufactured.
    ••• Michel Cluizel is particularly attentive to the conditions under which cocoa beans are manufactured. Michel Cluizel/Official Facebook page

    Michel Cluizel chocolates have been renowned since the mid-20th century, when Michel Cluizel first opened a family-run shop in Normandy. One of the rare chocolatiers to process their own carefully-selected cocoa beans, Cluizel's chocolates are known for their distinct, balanced flavors. At the famous store near the Tuileries Gardens and the St. Honoré fashion district, visitors can indulge in delicious dark or milk bars, each produced from a distinct blend of cocoa beans in Cluizel's chocolaterie. Whole cocoa beans can also be purchased at the shop.

    Address: 201, Rue St. Honoré, 1st arrondissement
    Metro: Tuileries
    Tel.: +33 (0)1 42 44 11 66

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    Chocolate Maestro #6: Christian Constant

    A chocolate bear sculpture graces the Christian Constant boutique in Paris.
    ••• A chocolate bear sculpture graces the Christian Constant boutique in Paris. Christian Constant Official Facebook page

    Christian Constant has two shops in Paris, one close to the Luxemburg Gardens. His chocolate is rated by food critics worldwide as some of the world's finest, and he is particularly applauded for delicacies like raspberry ganaches, chocolate-covered orange peel, chocolates with spicy or herbal notes, or his famous "palet d'or", confected from fresh cream and dark chocolate. Christian Constant also offers a dazzling selection of cakes, pastries, and five-- count 'em, five-- decadent varieties of hot chocolate.

    Address: 37 rue Assas, 6th arrondissement
    Metro: St. Placide or Rennes
    Tel.: +33 (0)1 53 63 15 15

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    Chocolate Maestro #7: Joséphine Vannier

    This chocolate egg creation from Josephine Vannier in Paris is inspired by surrealist Salvador Dali.
    ••• This chocolate egg creation from Josephine Vannier in Paris is inspired by surrealist Salvador Dali. Josephine Vannier/Official Facebook page

    This is a lesser-known gem of an artisan chocolate shop nestled in the fashion-conscious Marais district on the right bank. Offering a dizzying array of creations, from chocolate masks, mini-grand pianos and all-chocolate replicas of vintage ads, to classics like crispy nougatine, truffles, or nutty mendiants, the Joséphine Vannier shop is guaranteed to seduce adults and kids. Vannier is also well-known for elaborate and artistically inspired easter eggs and other creations in chocolate, like this sculptural egg creation dedicated to surrealist Salvador Dali and his famed melting clocks.

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    Gourmet ice cream is also served here, including a flavor called "Groove", described on the shop website, cryptically enough, as "pipes of Sri Lanka". Only a visit will unveil the mystery...

    Read more: David Lebovitz asks "Who is Josephine Vannier?"

    Address: 4, rue du Pas de la Mule, 3rd arrondissement
    Metro: Bastille
    Tel.: +33 (0)1 44 54 03 09

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    Chocolate Maestro #8: Pierre Hermé

    If you're a chocolate cake/pastry fan, Pierre Herme is a must.
    ••• If you're a chocolate cake/pastry fan, Pierre Herme is a must. Jun Seita/Some rights reserved under the Creative Commons license.

    Undoubtedly the world's most celebrated pastry chef, Pierre Herme has also won accolades for his line of gourmet chocolates. At the main shop in the St-Germain district, chocolate aficionados will find an incomparable selection of chocolate cakes, pastries, and macaroons, as well as unclassifiable confections like the famous "Death by Chocolate"--the name speaks for itself. You can also sample varieties of chocolates sure to stimulate the palate, such as pralines with caramelized sesame seeds or ganaches with orange and balsamic vinegar.

    Read Related: All About Pierre Hermés' Shops in Paris (find locations and opening hours here)

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    Chocolate Maestro #9: Patrice Chapon

    Chapon chocolates in Paris: the single-origin bars are especially prized.
    ••• Chapon chocolates in Paris: the single-origin bars are especially prized. Everjean/Some rights reserved under the Creative Commons license.

    Yet another chocolatier whose main shop graces the chic streets around St-Germain and the 6th arrondissement, Chapon is especially prized for its single-origin dark bars. They also sell a tempting variety of pralines, ganaches, and other creations. 

    The food writers over at Paris by Mouth especially recommend Chapon's melt-in-your-mouth, single-origin chocolate mousse bar. 

    Address (main shop): 69, rue du bac, 6th arrondissement
    Metro: Rue du Bac
    Tel.: +33 (0)1 42 22 95 98

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    Chocolate Maestro #10: Un dimanche à Paris

    Un dimanche à Paris is an all-chocolate concept store from Pierre Cluizel.
    ••• Un dimanche à Paris is an all-chocolate concept store from Pierre Cluizel. Francois Durand/Getty Images

    To the delight of chocolate aficionados, a new cocoa-centric concept store opened its doors in Paris in 2011, "Un Dimanche a Paris" (a Sunday in Paris). The brainchild of Pierre Cluizel (son of the aforementioned chocolate maestro Michel), the store has made the St-Germain-des-Prés district even more of a center of gravity for chocolate.

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    The vast space comprises a boutique offering signature chocolates and bars, macarons and other pastries, foie gras with chocolate, and other gourmet creations; a teahouse and restaurant, chocolate lounge, and atelier where amateur cooks and chocolate makers can attend classes and workshops covering French cuisine, pastry, and more. 

    Address: 4-6-8 Cours du Commerce Saint-Andre, 6th arrondissement
    Metro: Odeon
    Tel.: +33 (0)1 56 81 18 18

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