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Easter is the perfect time in Paris to taste and discover our French chocolate flavors!

Paris hosts some of the best chocolate makers in the world, each of them making delicious and creative home-made chocolate sweets. Here is this year’s selection of the French gourmet makers we vouch for, for little pleasures during your stay in Paris or for the perfect foody gifts to bring back home.

Ladurée

Champs Elysées -Castiglione

A bit of history: Parisian tea rooms’ history is intimately tied to the history of the Ladurée family. It all began in 1862, when Louis Ernest Ladurée, a miller from the southwest of  France, founded a bakery in Paris at 16 rue Royale. In 1871, while Baron Haussmann was giving  Paris a «new face», a fire in the bakery opened  the opportunity to transform it into a pastry shop. Then, Jeanne Souchard succeeded in combining  the style of Parisian cafés and the delicacies of  French patisserie, giving birth to one of the first of the capital.

Is Ladurée making chocolate as well? Decorated with emblematic Ladurée colours, their new Chocolate Collection is finally unveiled. Discover this prestigious initiation from milk to dark chocolates with your favourites macaron chocolates, (Two locations: 75 Elysées and 16 Royale, details below).

Why chose Ladurée for Easter? Enjoy the delicious almond eggs garnished with chocolates as well as the four garnished chicken set or the colorful egg box (the same used for the macarons). A beautiful present to bring back home. You can also enjoy their Easter brunch in their magnificient venues (like the Castiglione location, photo above)

Chocolate Makers Easter Paris, by the tourist in paris

More on the official website and the Facebook page.


Chocolats Benoit

Chocolate Makers Easter Paris, by the tourist in paris

A brief history: Benoit is a family business. Benoit Chocolats, a family of chocolate makers listed among the 100 best chocolate makers in France, has been perpetuating its skilled craftsmanship since 1975. In Angers, Paris or Lille, rediscover the authentic taste of chocolates and macaroons, and sample our new speciality, genuine Caramandes ® (picture below).
Benoit owns a special store for these Caramandes, on the Left Bank (location below).

boites caramandes composition

Why is it so good? Chocolates are made from cocoa beans that come straight from the sun (Ecuador, Brazil, Venezuela). Ranging from deliciously sweet to very bitter their chocolates are available in more than 70 varieties. And don’t forget the macarons and sweets! The quality and prestige of our Produits is the result of more than 35 years of know-how and experience. So, sink your teeth into a Benoit chocolate and enjoy a moment of rich, dark pleasure: unique melt-in-the-mouth chocolate!

Chocolate Makers Easter Paris, by the tourist in paris

More on the official website and Facebook Page

When? Open Sunday to Saturday 10am -12:45pm / 2:15pm – 7pm / Opening on Easter Sunday from 9h30 to 1pm / Easter Monday from 10am to 1pm – 2:30pm to 7:30pm

Where? 75 rue St-Antoine 75004 Paris
Metro: Saint-Paul (Line 1)

Second location: Boutique Caramandes Paris: Caramandes’ In /5, rue de l’Ancienne Comédie 75006 Paris. Subway : Mabillon ou Odéon. Monday : 13h30 / 19h30 From tuesday to saturday : 10h30-13h30 /14h30-19h30 Sunday : from 14h00 to 19h00


Chocolaterie Puyricard

Chocolate Makers Easter Paris, by the tourist in paris

A brief history: Since its creation in 1967, Puyricard has been the true chocolate institution from Provence, the sunny region in South France. Good thing they opened stores in Paris then!

Why is it so good? All the chocolates prepared by this artisanal chocolate maker are hand-made in their factory near Puyricard in Provence with natural products. The freshness of their chocolate is their strenght. Hence, you have to eat your chocolates within three months. Also, while it takes them about 1 minute and 10 seconds in average to make one small piece of chocolate, it takes you 10 seconds to eat it and the taste stays in your mouth for about a minute!

Chocolats - Chocolaterie de Puyricard

Moreover it’s the extreme variety of chocolates that you’ll find at Puyricard that makes the difference: from refined pieces, to truffles, to tablets, calissons, citrus and colorful chocolates, nougats, chocolates enrobed almonds, nuts and hazelnuts or candied chestnuts. In order for you to taste all of them, Puyricard gives you the possibility to make your own box and has no prepackaged boxes (except gift baskets if you’d like).

Chocolate Makers Easter Paris, by the tourist in paris

More on the official website and Facebook Page.

When? From Tuesday to Saturday, from 10am to 1pm and from 2pm to 7pm (non-stop at the avenue Rapp location below)

Where? Three locations
Right bank: 6, rue Pont Louis Philippe, 75004 Paris (Metro: Pont Marie, Line 7)
Left bank: 24, rue du Cherche-Midi, 75006 Paris (Metro: Sevres-Babylone, Lines 10, 12) & 27, avenue Rapp, 75007 Paris (RER: Pont de l’Alma, Line C)


La Cure Gourmande

Chocolate Makers Easter Paris, by the tourist in paris

This artisanal chocolate maker has been cooking and baking its French chocolates, sweets and cookies since 1989. Stores of La Cure Gourmande, literaly meaning The Gourmet Treatment, look like children heaven from the past, like a magical and colorful candie store from the early 20th century.

Why go to La Cure Gourmande for Easter? For their traditional looking boxes and their large collection of cute chocolate eggs, chicken and rabbits, your kids are going to love (the perfect chocolate for your Easter hunt). All the chocolates are hand-decorated and embrasse the colors of Provence, the region in South France where La Cure Gourmande originally comes from.

More on the official website and Facebook Page

When? Open 7 days a week. Check out the opening hours of each store on the related links below.

Where? 5 locations Right Bank
Cours St Emilion: 26 cours St Emilion, 75012 Paris
Rue St Louis: 55 rue Saint louis en l’ile, 75004 Paris
Passage Jouffroy: 10-12 Passage Jouffroy, 75009 Paris
Rue Steinkerque: 8 rue Steinkerque, 75018 Paris
Avenue de l’Opéra: 49 avenue de l’Opéra, 75002 Paris

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Where: Ladurée Paris Le Macaron, Rue de Castiglione, Paris, France
Metro: Tuileries (Line 1)