When people visit Paris, they often think about our specialities and especially our delicate patisseries.
Well, it is true, we are lucky to have the best artisans of the world but they are not always obvious to find.
Chains like Ladurée or Jeff de Bruges are taking over the market because of their branding, packaging and location in Paris.
If you want to find the freshest, most original and small scale produced maracons and chocolates, here is the list of our top five places to have some sweets and take them home:
- Jean Paul Hévin
Meilleur Ouvrier de France, is an expert of chocolate and treats the product very simply, using minimum sugar to enhance the flavors of the cacao beans. He also makes delicious macarons and hot chocolate to take away. You can find his shops here.
- Une glace à Paris
So far the best ice cream in Paris, with some flavors you have never seen before like curcuma sorbet or smoked vanilla. The chef also makes wonderful pastries to have at their salon de thé or to take home. The two shops are well located if you are visiting the touristy areas, one in Le Marais and the other one in Montmartre.
- Pierre Hermé
You will see his shops in several locations of Paris, even in Asia or New York, because Pierre Hermé is a real business man but he is right because his maracons are very good and the costumer experience is very nice. The shops are so beautiful and the products are displayed in a way it is hard to resist…
- Le cacaotier Hubert Masse
Less popular than some other pastry chefs that are almost hanging out with other celebrities since they had their own television program, Hubert Masse is a humble chocolate master. His Irish wife and their daughter often help at the shop located in the 7th and 6th arrondissement, near the Seine, and they will kindly explain to you the story of each chocolate bonbon. Try the pralinés chocolates and take home some of the chocolate figurines for your kids, they are so cute!
- Henri Le Roux and his Salted Butter Caramels
You have to come from French Britany to put salt in anything eatable. That man created the most addictive taste ever made: salty caramel. The recipe has been kept secret for forty years and the lucky chocolatier is now famous in Japan where people appreciate the balance of flavors in food. If you are worried to lose a tooth by chewing to many caramels, the chocolates are also very nice. The main shop is located in Saint Germain quarter, very nice area to visit on a sunny day!
- À la mère de famille
Don’t be scared by the look of the shop, they are very cute and old and french. Very different from La curée gourmande shops that are tourist traps, A la mère de famille celebrates traditional biscuits and chocolates since 1761. A very nice success story that keeps on growing as the business is still in hands of a merry family. The macarons will take you back in time!
Of course, there are many more chocolatiers and pâtissiers to mention but we tried to make it easier for you as their shops are located in the city center.
We can organize a walking tour of chocolate and macaron tasting so you can try before you buy!