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In Search of Paris’ Sweetest Candy Shops

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Le Bonbon au Palais

French desserts would make almost anyone’s mouth start to water. Beautifully lined on bakery shelves, they are a heavenly wonder for sweet-tooths. But in addition to pastries, macarons, and mousse au chocolate, France is abundant with sweet regional specialties: Toulouse has its cachou lajaunie (licorice); Orléans its cotignac (quince hard candy); Aix-en-Provence its calisson (marzipan).

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Henri Le Roux

Île-de-France may not boast its own traditional bonbon, but that doesn’t mean that quality Parisian candy makers and suppliers are not putting their flair on other regions’ specialties. Here are some of our favorite artisanal candy shops in Paris:

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Le Bonbon au Palais

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La Rentrée

In North America, it’s “back to school,” when classrooms fill up and families slip into familiar routines, or start new ones as the youngest step into kindergartens and the oldest fly the nest for college. In France, it’s La Rentrée and each September, almost the entire population faces their regular routines after a long holiday season.

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Huîtres de Cancale

On a clear day, the ghostly meringue swirl of Mont Saint Michel is just barely visible across the bay from Cancale. This plucky little seaside town has been famous for its oysters since the Roman occupation of Gaul, and continues to be a top destination for ostreaphiles the world over.

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Loches

On a hill overlooking the Indre in the heart of the Loire Valley, Loches remains one of the best-preserved medieval cities in France today. With its shadowy, cobblestone streets, sweeping views of the enclosing forest landscape, and lively marketplace and cuisine, Loches has a particular authentic charm difficult to find elsewhere.

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La REcyclerie

Up until recently the only reason people passed through Porte de Clignancourt, on the outskirts of the 18th arrondissement, was the famous Marché aux Puces antique market in St. Ouen. The abandoned train station overlooking the gardens is now home to the neighborhood’s newest addition, La REcyclerie.

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September Events in Paris

Jazz at la Villette, Festival d’Automne, Fete de l’humanite, Sneakerness, Sinkane, Techno Parade, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Park(ing) Day, les Journées Européennes du Patrimoine, Duchamp, Les Sept Soirées Ensembles

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Paris' Best Mexican Restaurants

When I spent a semester abroad in London in college, I desperately missed Mexican food. I remember asking a local if you could get it anywhere in the city. He replied “You mean like Doritos?” Obviously Mexican food was a long ways from catching on. But not in Paris.

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Luxury Lingerie

There is nothing more Parisienne that underwear that oozes sexy attitude with understated elegance and there is no where better for a decadent splurge on intimate underthings than the area around the Carrefour de la Croix Rouge on the the Rive Gauche.

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La Table de Cybèle

It’s seems that Boulogne, a relatively staid suburb of Paris, is becoming spunkier as a different breed of establishment seems to be seeping into the area. Concept stores, pizza joints with NYC aspirations, a combo cookie shop/tattoo parlor and the like are making a bit of a buzz that has caused some to liken the area to the “Brooklyn of Paris.”

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