As you all know, my family LOVES easter. We have our traditions of going to church, hunting for easter eggs, and having a yummy brunch of bacon, eggs, and a whole bunch of chocolate way too early in the morning! In France, the Easter celebrations look just a little bit different. The French do not have Easter egg hunts (as OuiPlease founder, Jessica puts it “we don’t have the space!”). Instead, the French enjoy giving and receiving a gorgeous (and huge) chocolate egg.
Usually given to the youngsters from the grandparents, the Easter egg is a delicious tradition. French people will purchase the best chocolate egg from the best chocolatier. Mind you, this is no Kinder egg – the egg is the size of a football and is decorated with ornate detailing. The whole family breaks into the egg and shares it together!
In the spirit of this French Easter celebration, I have compiled a list of the most amazing chocolatiers in Paris. There are so many amazing chocolate stores in Paris that this list could go on forever! Did I miss your favorite? Comment below any additions!
OuiPlease’s Easter Egg Picks
Patrick Roger has been an award winning chocolatier for years. The prestige of this house is well known, especially for their praline bonbons, almond and hazelnut stones and graphic semi-circles! They have the cutest easter chocolates that you can shop here. Side note: Patrick Roger is most famous for his chocolate sculptures that can be seen in museums. Some of these include life sized gorillas and reconstructions of pieces of the Berlin wall. And yep, it’s all made of edible chocolate.
One of Patrick Rodger’s sculptures – two baby bears covered in melting “ice”
La Maison du Chocolat
La Maison du Chocolat is a huge piece of the history and allure of Paris. Founded by Robert Linxe in 1977, it was one of the first place to offer chocolate exclusively. Before that, chocolate was usually sold in bakeries and pastry shops. The black truffles are a must-try but the champagne-flavored ganaches are simply divine!
Pierre Marcolini sources an amazing rare cocoa that comes from all over the world. With over 20 years of experience, this chocolatier has perfected the art of chocolate. The hot chocolate is positively decadent! Getting that sweet chocolate itch? Check out this blog post to see how to make your own hot chocolate – the French way!
La Chocolaterie du Bristol
La Chocolaterie du Bristol is a brand new chocolate palace! Inside this dreamy building is the amazing chocolatier Julien Alvarez who makes 100% home-made and 100% artisanal chocolates. Everything that Julien makes is gorgeous, including this beautiful nest sculpture.
This chocolatier is a little different than the others on this list – his main bread and butter of chocolate are chocolate bars! There are so many flavors that are just as beautiful as they are delicious. My tip? His dark chocolate-caramel spread combined with a soft slice of baguette is the ULTIMATE Parisian desert.
How cool is this building!? Visiting Alain Ducasse’s chocolate atelier is almost as fun as your first bite into one of his truffles. The storefront is a super cool old converted garage. Check out those windows! Everything that comes from this store is so delicious, you really cannot choose wrong. Might as well try one of each!
Hugo & Victor
What kind of chocolatier list would this be without mentioning Hugo & Victor?! Founded by Hugues Pouget (Founder and longtime owner of Ladurée), Hugo & Victor has created some of the finest chocolates since 2010. Flavors include salted caramel, tangerine, passion, pear, and hazelnut-vanilla. Hugo & Victor have several store locations, each more beautiful than the last.
À La Mère de Famille
The oldest chocolatier in Paris, À La Mère de Famille was founded by the Dolfi family in 1761. This dreamy antique store is also a beautiful photo spot while you are in Paris. Bring a friend and take some photos while you are there and make sure you try the almond truffles! If you want to shop for easter goodies from this historical store, check out this link.
The entire creation process of the chocolate at Maison Bonnat is truly an art form. Stéphane Bonnat has perfected this process, overseeing everything from the harvesting to the grinding of the beans. The whole endeavor takes four years from planting the seeds to the final product. You may have seen these adorable chocolate bars before, and you have to try all of the flavors – I can’t pick a favorite!
Yummy Chocolate Favorites
I know I know, I have prattled on about chocolate stores and now you have a craving for it! Check out my new favorite chocolate here. This 70% dark chocolate is the perfect combo of rich velvety chocolate without being *too* bitter.
If you are lucky, there may be a top rated chocolatier in your area! Here is a link to see some of the most amazing stores in the US. All of their creations are divine! Let me know if I missed any of your favorite chocolatiers in the comments below or on instagram @Ouiplease!
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