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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. You might mistake his shop in the northern Marais for a luxury jeweler. The airy space is filled with stunning floral arrangements and white-gloved assistants assembling chocolate boxes. Favorite chocolates include the menthe fraîche (fresh mint), the noisette-feuilleté (crispy hazelnut praline) and fève tonka (tonka bean). The mango-passion fruit caramels are stunning, but we love his anything-but-plain nature version. Expect his pâtes de fruits to change with the seasons, but keep an eye out for orange sanguine (blood orange) in winter and berry flavors like fraise and framboise (strawberry and raspberry) in summer. 

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.

Genin & Ducasse to Open Left Bank Chocolate Shops

We used to say that “it’s impossible to be a top chocolatier and not have a shop in Saint-Germain. Except for Jacques Genin in the Marais.” That was later amended to add Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse when it opened near Bastille.

And now both of these outliers are opening shops in Saint-Germain.

The wonderful site Painrisien recently tweeted a picture of the storefront window at 26 rue Saint-Benoit, advertising the imminent arrival of Ducasse. That means you’ll soon be able to buy a box of bonbons and eat it while standing in line for Le Relais de L’Entrecôte.

The left bank outpost for Jacques Genin is more of a distant dream, but they confirmed that they are indeed looking for a space near Saint-Germain or Saint-Sulpice. He’s a bit busy right now painting several hundred chocolate eggs but hopes to return to the search sometime after Easter.

Just to recap, here’s a list of our favorite chocolatiers in and around Saint-Germain. Additional listings can be found in Our Guide to Chocolate Shops.

Saint-Germain

Henri Leroux
Jean-Charles Rouchoux
Jean-Paul Hévin
La Maison du Chocolat
Patrick Roger
Patrice Chapon
Pierre Hermé
Pierre Marcolini

Pretty Close to Saint-Germain

Franck Kestener (eastern side of Luxembourg Gardens)
Michel Chaudun (near Chez l’Ami Jean)

 

 

Mococha

Chocolate fanatic Marie-Hélène Gantois is selling the creations from not one but three master chocolatiers, including Fabrice Gillotte (an MOF from Dijon), Jacques Bellanger (an MOF from Le Mans) and Johann Dubois. You can fill a box with chocolates from all three if you want, or take a sachet to nibble on the go. In winter, there’s a bar for hot chocolate and in summer, ice cream cones. Follow her on Facebook to keep up with her wonderful schedule of seminars, ateliers and tastings.

Chocolate & nipples: a très Parisian pairing

We're leaving in just a moment for the Salon du Chocolat and wanted to give you a taste of the chocolate fashion show that we're hoping to see. Pay particular attention (or skip ahead to) the moment at 2:20 in this video from 2009 when a topless woman is blowing bubbles with her lover on a carriage made of chocolate.