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Patisserie Viennoise Paris photo Flickr austinevan

Pâtisserie Viennoise

 

This unassuming bakery and pastry shop offers Viennese specialties like sachertorte and strudel, but is also known for its extra-bitter chocolat chaud.

Practical information

Address: 8 rue de l’Ecole de Médicine, 75006
Nearest transport: Odéon (4, 10)
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-7pm; closed Saturday and Sunday
Telephone: 01 43 26 60 48

Reviews of interest

David Lebovitz (2006) “This dark, well-worn hang-out is one of Paris’ best-kept secrets, a favorite of nearby students from the Sorbonne. The hot chocolate is barely sweetened and not for the timid.”

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Jacques Genin Chocolaterie Photo Meg Zimbeck

Jacques Genin

Madman Jacques Genin crafts some of the city’s most exquisite chocolate, but he’s almost equally known for his caramels and pâtes de fruits. Visit his salon in the northern Marais to gain access to a made-to-order millefeuille or a pot of decadent chocolat chaud. Update: as of January 2013, Genin is no longer making individual-sized pastries to go (many of which are reviewed below), but you can still order a pastry of the day or a millefeuille in the salon.

 An absolute favorite

Practical information

Address: 133 rue de Turenne, 75003
Nearest transport: Filles du Calvaire (8)
Hours: Closed Monday; Open Tuesday-Sunday 11am-7pm;
Telephone: 01 45 77 29 01

Reviews of interest

David Lebovitz (2012) “Of all the desserts and pastries in Paris, there isn’t one better than Jacques’ Paris-Brest… The traditional pastry is pâte à choux (cream puff dough) split horizontally, then filled with rich hazelnut praline cream…This one has chunks of toasty hazelnuts embedded in the pastry and the filling is absolutely perfect.”

Le Figaro (2011) Ranked #2 in their test of the city’s best strawberry tarts.

Gilles Pudlowski (2011) “Ses mille-feuille, sa tarte au citron, son saint honoré, son paris-brest sont d’une finesse insigne. Et ses fameux éclairs, longs, fins, délicats, avec cette pâte briochée craquante, cette crème chocolat douce amère, fort peu sucrée, ce caramel à fondre, sont des chef d’oeuvre du genre.”

Camille Malmquist (2010) “…come for the chocolates, but consider staying for the tea and pastries, and don’t leave without a bag of caramels.

Barbra Austin (2010) “Order the millefeuille for which he is known and maybe an éclair as well…Try not to wince at the price of a pot of tea and sit back and relax, knowing that someone in the kitchen upstairs is assembling that famous napoleon to order (this is not one of those bricks that sits all day in a refrigerated case) and that soon it will be served to you, maybe by M. Genin himself.”

Caroline Mignot (2009) “Un café crème particulièrement réussi et ce millefeuille préparé à la commande, je vous assure que cela fait toute la différence… Le croustillant du feuilleté est à pleurer de croustillant et de légèreté, un nuage de feuilleté qui fait qu’on sent chaque feuille du “millefeuille” sous la dent, un parfum légèrement beurré, mais tout en subtilité et cette crème onctueuse et fraîche à la saveur de caramel bien équilibrée. Le meilleur millefeuille goûté à ce jour, d’ailleurs.”

David Lebovitz (2008) “I was completely wowed by his shop…I sampled plenty of chocolates, including ones flavored with fresh mint, pu er tea, and grapefruit zest…And those caramels. Oh yes…those heavenly caramels…”

Additional Images

Jacques Genin Chocolaterie Paris Photo Meg Zimbeck

Jacques Genin Chocolaterie Paris Photo Meg Zimbeck

Jacques Genin Chocolaterie Paris Photo Meg Zimbeck

Jacques Genin Chocolaterie Paris Photo Meg Zimbeck

Jacques Genin Chocolaterie Paris Photo Meg Zimbeck

Jean-Paul Hevin Photo Barbra Austin

Jean-Paul Hévin

Whether you go for a pastry and a custom-flavored chocolat chaud or a box of perfect bonbons and truffles, Jean-Paul Hévin is a must for any chocolate lover.

Practical information

Address: 231 rue St. Honoré, 75001
Nearest transport: Tuileries (1)
Hours: Shop Monday-Saturday 10am-7:30pm; Chocolate Bar Monday-Saturday 12pm-7pm; Closed Sunday
Telephone: 01 55 35 35 96
Website Facebook

Additional locations

Address: 23 bis avenue de la Motte-Picquet, 75007
Nearest transport: École Militaire (8)
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-7:30pm; Closed Sunday and Monday
Telephone: 01 45 51 77 48

Address: 3 rue Vavin, 75006
Nearest transport: Notre-Dame des Champs (12)
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-7pm; Closed Sunday and Monday
Telephone: 01 43 54 09 85

Reviews of interest

Time Out (2012) “His creations are as much art as they are confection. Chocolate shoes, guitars, and diamond rings decorate the dark wooden counters, prompting dropped jaws among passersby. And they taste as good as they look, which is remarkable. For the adventurous, Hévin specialises in the beguiling combination of chocolate with potent cheese fillings, which loyal customers serve with wine as an aperitif.”

France Today (2012) “At all of them you’ll find some of the city’s finest chocolate—Hévin is a fanatic for the quality of his ingredients—transformed into some of the most imaginative shapes in town. It’s hard to beat the charm of his coeur en dentelle, a lacy webbing of chocolate in two parts that forms a heart-shaped box for filled bonbons.”

Paris Pâtisseries (2010) “…a highlight of my dessert and chocolate romp around the City of Light…I don’t think I ever had any chocolate mousse or chocolate gateau at Hévin that ever came up short…”

Bruno Verjus (2010) “Ici, les envies chocolatées se voient comblées de chocolat apéritif, chocolat snack, chocolat dessert, chocolat énergisant, aphrodisiaque, zen, cocktail et de grands crus de cacao. L’on y déjeune  de salades, de plats diététiques et de jus de fruits énergisants.”

Figaroscope (2010) “Pralinés élégants, éclairs d’anthologie, crus subtiles…depuis vingt ans, ce grand chocolatier marie humour et exigence. Craquant.”

Francois Simon (2008) “…une mousse au chocolat au lait diablement légère, aérienne mais joliment chocolatée ; un superbe travail dans la reconstitution du goût des fèves…Un grand moment. Quant à la tarte au chocolat (qui devrait arriver en nouvelle version d’ici peu), il ne faut surtout pas hésiter à la demander chaude. Là, on perd tout contrôle…Le chocolat est en vous aussi puissante qu’une intravéneuse. Aussi bon que l’opium.”

Angelina Paris Photo Barbra Austin

Angelina

Many people believe that this aging tea salon and pâtisserie serves the best chocolat chaud in Paris, but Angelina is also known for its Mont Blanc and other pastries.

Practical information

Address: 226 rue de Rivoli, 75001
Nearest transport: Tuileries (1)
Hours: Open every day, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Telephone: 01 42 60 82 00
Website Facebook

Reviews of interest

Time Out (2012) “Epicurean delights include the Mont Blanc dessert, a ball of meringue covered in whipped cream and sweet chestnut, and, for those with a waistline to watch, a brand new sugar- and butter-free brioche aux fruits rouges.”

Dorie Greenspan (2011) “Over the years, Angelina has refreshed the look of their signature dessert [the Mont Blanc] — this current version is from pastry chef Sebastien Bauer — but they’ve always kept its elements…”

Barbra Austin (2009) “…most everyone else is there for one reason and one reason only: The chocolat chaud,…They are famous for it and it’s easy to see why. It’s served in a cup, it’s pourable, and you can drink it, but to call this rich, chocolaty concoction a beverage in the same category as coffee or tea is stretching it. This is a dessert, really.”

Dorie Greenspan (2009) “The richest chocolat chaud is at Angelina’s.”

David Lebovitz (2006) “…the place is always packed-full of French society women and tourists side-by-side spooning up their gloriously rich, and impossibly thick, le Chocolat Africain.”