Baby, it’s cold outside. Falling temperatures call for a mug of chocolat chaud. But where to find the real deal? When it comes to hot chocolate, Paris generally isn’t a cocoa powder town; a true chocolat chaud tends to be real melted chocolate blended with warm whole milk, which is often deceptively creamy, or, for further decadence, a mixture of milk and cream. Here are five of our favorites for hot chocolate in Paris. Continue reading Five Great Spots for Hot Chocolate
This unassuming bakery and pastry shop offers Viennese specialties like sachertorte and strudel, but is also known for its extra-bitter chocolat chaud.
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.”
Photo via flickr from austinevan
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.