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elektra
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March 9, 2005 - 10:37 am
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I'm off to Paris for Easter, and would love to make a detour or two from the galleries and museums. Can anyone recommend the best chocolatiers? I'm into dark, strong bars, rather than itsy bitsy chocs & truffles. Thanks,

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A list of the best chocolatiers in Paris according to Chantal Coadys book "The Chocolate Companion":
Christian Constant
Fauchon
Jean-Paul Hévin
La Maison du Chocolat
Michel Chaudon

Here you can find dark truffles far from the sweet ones of the traditional "Godiva Style". I've heard Michel Chaudin is specialized in dark chocolate. I'm not sure where you find the best bars but La Maison du Chocolat have a few.
Here is an article about Jean-Paul Hévin and Robert Linxe (La Maison du Chocolat):
[url]http://www.ivillage.co.uk/travel/inspiration/hobbies/articles/0,,591294_572641,00.html[/url]

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March 16, 2005 - 4:27 am
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Here are some more:

La Fontaine du Chocolat
Gerard Mulot
Chocolats Puyricard
Patrick Roger
Dubauve & Gallais
Richart Design et Chocolat
Fouquet

Many, many more. If you're outside of Paris, I have an extensive list.

Btw, I know for a fact that Dubauve & Gallais and Richart have dark bars as well as pure ganache bon bons, but I'm not too sure about the others. Puyricard has some bars, but I forgot which kinds. Pralus and Bonnat are obvious choices too, but they're not actually located in Paris.

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Bonnat is located in Voiron, which is southeast of Lyon, and Pralus is in Roanne, northwest of Lyon. And then you have Valrhona, just an hour south of Lyon.

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by far, best in Paris is Michel Chaudun
Rue de l'universite
A true artisan, who decided to stay small and still works mostly
by himself.
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March 18, 2005 - 1:23 am
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Jacques Genin is another one, supposedly excellent.

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"Chocolate: A Bittersweet Saga of Dark and Light" is a new book from the American Mort Rosenblum. His favorite Parisian chocolatiers:
Chocolaterie Patrick Roger, Jacques Genin, Jean-Paul Hévin, La Maison du Chocolat and Michel Chaudun
[url]http://www.travelandleisure.com/invoke.cfm?ObjectID=A290689F-27B1-4CDA-8814FD9440ACBCC0[/url]

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March 24, 2005 - 5:43 pm
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Thanks for the advice, everyone. I'm off at dawn tomorrow, and will report back next week.

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Excellent. Don't forget to ask around for the best chocolatiers. It always helps to also ask the customers inside the chocolate shops because, after all, they obviously must have good taste if they're shopping there, right? Well, assuming anyway. Also, don't be afraid to ask the employees at the shops either. What do you care anyway? You're just a tourist and won't see them again anyway [;)]

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March 25, 2005 - 6:18 am
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A bit late but I've heard of a book from Parigrammes called ”Paris Chocolat”. Here you can find information about the chocolate world in Paris with a lot of useful addresses. You can buy the book for 6 euro in bookshops.

[url]http://www.parigramme.fr/Collections/Paris-est-a-nous/Paris-Chocolat.htm[/url]

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Maybe OT, but related to sources in France:

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Originally posted by legodude

Bonnat is located in Voiron, which is southeast of Lyon<...>



...and even closer to Grenoble, and at the foot of a nice auto tour of the Chartreuse mountains.

It's too late for the orig. poster, but thought the info would be of value for anyone travelling in the Rhône-Alpes area.

I used to live in Grenoble, and found Stéphane Bonnat very accomodating and kind, with very definite (surprise!) opinions. I visited on several occasions, and took the "tour & tasting" once. M. Bonnat speaks english, though at the time the rest of the staff did not. Sincere attempts at fracophonie (as opposed to franco-phony) are appreciated, like everywhere. For friends who are not ready for extremely dark chocolate, buy them some "pavés" which coat the mouth in a delightful way.

In Grenoble, other than the usual dept. store suspects, I would suggest two shops in downtown/Centre-Ville: L'Abeille D'or, which is like going back a century to an old-fashioned candy store (try some artisanlly made pâte de coings to go with your >85% chocolate). They have a dizzying selection. For equisite truffles I would suggest Bochard, who makes the famous "Mandarin." In Autumn, most of the confectioners also carry Marrons Glacés, a real treat if done well, even if very sweet.

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