Ever wanted to meet a true traditional French chocolate manufacturer in Paris who started working in 1800 and used to bake chocolates for the French kings?
Maison Debauve & Gallais is the one. Mister Debeauve was the official chocolate supplier for Emperor Napoleon and of kings Louis XVIII, Charles X and Louis Philippe. In 1819, Napoleon’s official architects designed the new shop, which is now classified as a historical monument, still located at 30 Rue des Saints-Pères, on the Left Bank in Saint-Germain des Prés.
In 1823, Debauve took in his nephew Jean-Baptiste Auguste Gallais (1787-1838), also a chemist, as an associate in order to create and distribute his dietary chocolates; known then as “healthy chocolates” they were made with almond milk, vanilla and orange blossom water. Gallais published four years later in 1827 his Monographie du cacao ou manuel de l’amateur de chocolat which offered a scientific approach to chocolate. Over time they have built a cult following among gourmands, aristocrats, artists, writers and celebrities.
With more than 2000 recipes, Debauve & Gallais offers a wide range of dark chocolates whose cocoa percentage comes as high as 99%. With cacao seed originating from various countries in South America and Africa, they blend and mix them artisanaly once they arrive in France (in Picardie and Normandy regions).
From truffle to chestnut boxes and sweet mouthfuls, the choice is large. Have a look on their official website and order online.
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Second location: 33 rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris
Where: 30 Rue des Saints-Pères, Paris, France
Metro: Rue du Bac (line 10)