For the finest French chocolate in the city, check out Paris for Kids' recommended top five chocolatiers promised to satisify every craving!
1. Patrick Roger: 3 place de la Madeleine, 75008 // 43 rue des Archives, 75004
The award-winning and famously quirky chocolate maker 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.
2. La Maison du Chocolat: 225 rue du Faubourg St. Honoré, 75008
Opened in 1977 by Robert Linxe (who was once referred to as a "ganache magician"), La Maison du Chocolat has several stores in Paris. 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 flavour. 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 and the best hot chocolate in France.
3. Maison Henri Le Roux: 52 rue Saint-Dominique, 75007
While he makes chocolates as well, it’s the caramels that draw locals and foreigners alike into the signature orange and black shops. An array of the sweets, some infused with matcha powder, chocolate and apple cinnamon, are available individually or in pre-bundled sachets. With several locations around the city, make sure to pop-in and treat yourself when you see one.
4. Pierre Hermé: 72 rue Bonapart, 75006
Though he’s most associated with his vast array of macarons, it is chocolate that has been the enduring thread throughout his work. He incorporates chocolate in any number of his preparations: cakes, ice creams, bonbons and, of course, traditional chocolates. Among his latest creations are the rectangular bonbons with a tiny macaron wedged in its centre: two birds, one stone. Don’t be afraid to try one of the outrageous macaron flavours like fig and foie gras!
5. A la Mère de Famille: 35 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 75009
The oldest chocolaterie-confectioner in Paris, a Parisian fixture since 1761, specializing in chocolate bars, mendiants, caramels and candies. Each of their 11 boutiques are overflowing with chocolates but you need to try the Palet Montmartre, a razor-thin chocolate disc filled with a veil of praliné or ganache that melts in your mouth. The heritage boutique on the rue du Faubourg Montmartre, with its 19th-century interior, is the one to seek out.