Easter: the holiday that provides the perfect excuse to buy and consume chocolate in the name of tradition. Whether you’re planning an Easter egg hunt for the children, want to discover the best hot chocolate in Paris or looking for the finest Easter egg money can buy, Paris is home to some of the best chocolatiers in the world, so you’ll certainly be able to find what you need here. With Easter 2019 just around the corner, it’s time to discover the best places to buy chocolate in Paris.
For dark chocolate
Debauve & Gallais is the oldest chocolate shop in the city, said to have been the official chocolate supplier for Napoleon! Their selection of chocolates features one that is 99% cocoa, making this boutique a must-visit for dark chocolate lovers. This Easter you can find a huge variety of Easter egg flavours from dark chocolate to praline milk chocolate filled with different types of ganache. Not to be missed!
Address: 30 Rue des Saints-Pères, 75007
Opening hours: 9am – 7pm Monday – Saturday, closed Sunday
For milk chocolate
The Maison du Chocolat started out in Paris, but these days has many branches in France and beyond. They specialise in milk chocolate, never using more than 65% cocoa in their bars to avoid a bitter taste. This Easter you can find a new collection, including a ‘build your own bunny’ kit which lets you build your own 3D chocolate model! You’re guaranteed to find something original to buy for both children and adults here in time for the big day!
Address: Carrousel du Louvre, 99 Rue de Rivoli, 75001
8 Boulevard de la Madeleine, 75009
61 Rue de Caumartin, 75009
19 Rue de Sèvres, 75006
225 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008
52 Rue François 1er, 75008
120 Avenue Victor Hugo, 75116
Opening hours: usually 10am – 8pm every day
For chocolate sculptures
The famous chocolatier Jean-Charles Rochoux takes things to the next level by carving incredibly intricate chocolate sculptures, which he displays in his shop of the same name in Saint-Germain-des-Près. Alongside these edible masterpieces, there are other smaller, less elaborate (and rather more affordable) chocolates to buy, including a vegan dark chocolate. So whether you’re looking for a chocolate sculpture of the Eiffel Tower or just a simple chocolate bar, this boutique is worth a visit.
Address: 16 Rue d’Assas, 75006
Opening hours: 10.30am – 7pm every day
For hot chocolate
If you like your chocolate in drinking form, and don’t mind spending slightly more than is reasonable, head to Angelina. Just steps from the Louvre, this place is famous for its array of decadent hot chocolates, some of which are so thick you need a spoon! Whether you’re a milk, dark or white chocolate lover, the whole family are sure to enjoy a French gourmet experience at one of these tea rooms.
Address: 226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001
19 Rue de Vaugirard, 75006
Musée du Louvre, 75001
108 Rue du Bac, 75007
19 Rue de Vaugirard, 75006
Opening hours: varies according to location
For luxury chocolate
Once voted the best pastry chef in the world, French-born chef Pierre Hermé‘s talents extend beyond patisserie. At one of his several stores across Paris, you will find luxury Easter eggs, boxes of the finest creations, and bars of gourmet chocolatey goodness, as well as, of course, his famous macaroons. Why not buy an exquisite ‘cracked’ Easter egg with gold detail, or a limited edition ‘Mood’ Easter egg made in collaboration with designer company Christofle to really impress the family.
Address: 4 Rue Cambon, 75001
39 Avenue de l’Opéra, 75002
72 Rue Bonaparte, 75006
18 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004
4 Rue de Bretagne, 75003
185 Rue de Vaugirard, 75015
133 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008
89 Boulevard Malesherbes, 75008
Opening hours: 10am – 8pm every day
For something a bit different
For a journey back in time to the era of traditional sweet shops, visit À l’Étoile d’Or. Owner Denise Acabo supplies some of the finest chocolates and confectionery in Paris at this boutique, but it’s her own charming personality that has kept so many coming back for the last half a century!
Address: 30 Rue Pierre Fontaine, 75009
Opening hours: 10am – 7pm Tuesday – Saturday, 3pm – 7pm Monday, closed Sunday
These are some of our favourite chocolate shops to visit in Paris this April. From milk and dark chocolate to luxury eggs and other confectionery, you’ll be able to find something for all tastes in Paris, just in time to celebrate Easter Sunday this year. And if you’re not in Paris and are feeling a bit jealous of all this choice, most of these shops have websites so you can order your chocolate online too.
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