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Bringing chocolate home from France

The French have had a love affair with chocolate since 1615, when Anne of Austria (confusingly, actually Spanish) married Louis XIII of France and packed cocoa beans for drinking chocolate in her Paris-bound valise. 400 years later, French chocolates are some of the finest in the world and among the best souvenirs to take home. >> Read More

Patrick Roger chocolate atelier in Paris suffers a major fire

Big Fire at Patrick Roger Workshop

Purveyors of fine chocolate in Paris are suffering major losses this year. Back in February, Denise Acabo’s beloved chocolate shop L’Etoile d’Or was rocked by an explosion. Then yesterday, Patrick Roger’s atelier in Sceaux suffered a major fire.

There were no (human) casualties in the fire that broke out on around 3pm, but production of those delicious pralines and bonbons has of course ground to a halt.

To more fully grasp how awful this is, check out David Lebovitz’ video documenting the delicious work that took place in (and hopefully will return soon to) this atelier.

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Patrick Roger

The clean lines of Roger's shop show off his bold style and playful displays. Contemporary flavors like lemongrass and Sichuan peppercorn mix with classic pralines, dark ganaches, and caramels. A Meilleur Ouvrier de France.

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Debauve & Gallais

Sulpice Debauve was the chocolatier to Marie Antoinette, and you'll pay a queen's ransom for a box of her preferred pistoles. She ate them as medicine, and this shop retains its original apothecary display case. A Paris chocolate landmark.

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Christian Constant

Not to be confused with the guy with several restaurants on rue Sainte Dominique, this Christian Constant is a chocolatier and full-service traiteur. In warm months, this is a good shop for ice cream; the glaces here are freshly made, with no stabilizers or additives.

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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.

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Hugo & Victor

Pastry chef Hugues Pouget gives classic and seasonal flavors dueling personalities – the innovative Hugo and more classic Victor – in this sleek boutique. Macarons, chocolates, and breakfast treats are on offer, too.

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