November 2016 France Short Trip Diary 4: Paris Chocolatier Tour

11 May France short-term travel diary 2016
11 May France short-term travel diary 2016

Here’s the conclusion of my short-term travel diary.

Recommended chocolatiers in Paris

Paris is a city of many things, but it is also a city of delicious chocolate. However, I have visited Paris mostly in the hot season, so I have never bought a lot of chocolate as souvenirs. No, I like chocolate, but it’s only recently that I’ve become as interested in food and drink as I am now. I think it was only after I started to visit the most beautiful villages in France.

Well, it’s been a long time coming, but on the last day of my short trip, I had decided to leave France on the 19:00 flight that night. In the end, I decided to visit some famous chocolatiers and buy some souvenirs.

But I don’t know much about it, so as usual, I asked Google Teacher. In French, of course. Because it would give me more local information.

Then I found a very good article. The translation is « The 12 best chocolatiers in Paris ».


Jacques Genin

First of all, this is Jacques Genin. I knew him for the first time this time.

Jacques Genin seems to be a master chocolatier who has been recognized for many years and has been supplying his chocolates to the Michelin starred guide in the city for many years.

Well, this chocolatier seems to have several shops in Paris, but this time I visited this shop located between Ambarides and Saint-Sulpice church.

I walked to this shop because I had seen Ambarides and the Arms Museum just before, but I think it took me about 10 minutes. In addition, there seems to be another shop in Paris, and this one seems to be the main shop, but it was hard to go there in this schedule, so I went to this shop in the 7th arrondissement.

There were not many customers when I visited, probably because it is a small shop in a back alley. There were a few female waitresses, and when I spoke to them in French, they seemed a bit indifferent, but the beautiful female waitresses responded politely.

Speaking of which, I’m not used to shopping in French at boutique type chocolatiers. It was surprisingly difficult. At first, I bought two 32-piece boxes of ganache. And I bought two sheets of chocolate.

First of all, there was a sample box of ganache at the counter, so I could understand « Je voudrais deux boîtes de trente deux ganache » to some extent, but when I bought a plate of chocolate, I couldn’t find the word « Tablet » at once. I had to choose between « Noir » and « au lait », but I couldn’t come up with that either. I’m still not very good at French…

Well, I bought the ganache and it was laid out like this!

I didn’t really know which one to choose, so they gave me a proper selection of Noir and au lait. They are all very delicious. Personally, I liked au lait and milk chocolate better. In addition, the box came with an instruction manual for ganache. I would like to refer to it in the future.

Tablet (chocolate board, I’ll call it tablet from now on so I don’t forget how to say it) As for the « au lait », I bought only au lait.

I think it was a little sweeter and milkier than Jacques Genin and Patrick Rogers which I will introduce later. As for the ganache, I preferred this one, but as for the tablet, I felt that Patrick Rogers had a more refined sweetness, so I preferred Patrick Rogers.

Patrick Rogers

The chocolatier has another thing going.

Patrick Roger is one of the most famous and popular chocolatiers in Paris. He won the first prize at the « La Coupe du monde de chocolat » in 1994 and the first prize at the « Le concours du Meilleur Ouvrier de France » in 2000. In 2000, it won the top prize at the « Le concours du Meilleur Ouvrier de France ».

There are several shops in Paris, but we chose the one facing the Place de Madrid because our hotel was located between Madrid and the Opera.

You can see the inside of the ganache. The green lentil ganache is a combination of refreshing citrus confiture (apparently made from Japanese sudachi) and caramel. It’s quite sweet but very elegant and robust. The cube type ganache in the foreground is a hazelnut flair bar, which is also very sweet and my favorite of the bunch.

Compared to the Jacques Genin I mentioned earlier, it was generally less sweet, except for the lenticular type. (Of course, Patrick Roger is sweet enough. In Ganache, I personally preferred Jacques Genin.

By the way, you can’t see it in the picture, but there is a thin chocolate board under the box like a bottom board. Of course you can eat this too. This one was a noir type with a little less sweetness.

In addition, Patrick Rogge also received a free copy of the Ganache catalogue. It is designed to be used as a notebook. It seems that there are more kinds of lenticular ganache as I mentioned earlier.

Here is the tablet. It’s hard to tell, but it comes in a metal box.

As I mentioned earlier, I’ve grown to like Patrick Rogge more when it comes to tablets.

Finally, about the price. Patrick Roger’s is more expensive. Or rather, Jacques Genin was cheaper than I expected and I was rather surprised. Both were excellent chocolatiers, but overall, I think I would recommend Jacques Genin more because of its reasonable price.