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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 chocolat, 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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Henri Le Roux If you’re looking for salted butter caramels, a true Breton tradition that take their name from the region’s famous salted butter, look no further than Henri Le Roux. The chocolatier, originally trained as a pastry chef, established a chocolate factory in Quiberon, Brittany in 1977, and soon after started experimenting with the soft, savory-sweet treats, eventually creating and registering a unique recipe.

His CBS, which stands for caramel au beurre salé, are some of the best in the country, and though he produces over 80 other types of chocolates (for which he has won many awards), he remains best known for his caramels.

1, rue de Bourbon le Château, 75006. tel: +33 (0)1 82 28 49 80.

24, rue des Martyrs, 75009. tel: +33 (0)1 82 28 49 83.

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Jacques Genin

Jacques Genin Jacques Genin began his career making chocolates for luxury hotels and restaurants, eventually making a name for himself and opening his successful chocolaterie in the Haut Marais. Of course, he’s famous for his melt-in-your mouth chocolates, but many don’t know that Mr. Genin also makes some of the most sought-after pâtes de fruits in Paris.

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Interestingly, the pâte de fruit (fruit jelly) is one of the oldest-known candies in the world, thanks to its effective preservation of flavor and ease of transport. In France, it is the region of Puy-de-Dôme (in Auvergne) that is known for producing these candies – the most traditional flavors are apricot and cherry – but you’ll find variations of the pâte de fruit in other cultures as well (Turkish Delight, anyone?). Jacques Genin’s Parisian version certainly doesn’t disappoint—we love his more exotic mango and passion fruit iterations.

133, rue de Turenne, 75003. tel: +33 (0)1 45 77 29 01.

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Le Bonbon au Palais – The delightful Le Bonbon au Palais is a decidedly old-school candy shop on Paris’s Rive Gauche. Run by the imaginative Georges and decorated in the style of a mid-century elementary school room, it’s here one can find those cachous Lajaunie, cotignacs, and calissons, in addition to violettes (candied violet flowers) from Toulouse, négus (hard candy-covered chocolate) from Nevers, even delicacies from the Outre-Mer departments (Corsica, for example). You name it, Georges probably has it. His specialty is artisanal candies imported from all around France, so be prepared to taste your way through the country.

19, rue Monge, 75005. tel: +33 (0)1 78 56 15 72.

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Le Bonbon au Palais

Special thanks to Alisa Morov of Sweet Pea Paris, Jill Colonna of Mad About Macarons, and Cassandra Choi for their mouth-watering tips for this article.

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Written by Sara McCarty of Context Travel for the HiP Paris Blog. All photos by Isabel Miller-Bottome. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.

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Sara McCarty for Context Travel

A native of Philadelphia, Sara currently resides in Paris where she takes her passion for French food and culture very seriously. When not eating fromage and strolling in her neighborhood Montmartre, she works for Context Travel and contributes to Condé Nast Traveler among other travel-related publications. Context is a network of scholars and specialists—in disciplines including archaeology, art history, cuisine, urban planning, history, environmental science, and classics—who, in addition to our normal work as professors and researchers, design and lead in-depth walking seminars for small groups of intellectually curious travelers. The Context vision is to bring together local scholars and specialists with curious travelers to educate and impassion them; to allow them access to places and cultures that might otherwise remain out of site to the casual visitor; to invite them off the tourist track and into the real life of the people, history, and culture that makes these capitals, destinations. Context Travel also offers tours, like a shopping visit to the Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen. View Website
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Isabel Miller-Bottome

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Isabel has lived in Paris and travelled extensively around Europe and elsewhere. She currently studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she is Editor of the literary magazine, Spectrum, and Artsweek reporter for The Daily Nexus. Leveraging her network of student and business contacts, she always brings a fresh angle or an unexpected lead to transform an ordinary visit into a memorable adventure. Website: Isabel Miller-Bottome

2 comments on “In Search of Paris’ Sweetest Candy Shops

I couldn’t agree more! 🙂

WOW. I’ve always dreamed about visiting Paris and just go from Candy shop to Candy shop. Not very healthy, I know… but isn’t Paris all about indulgence?
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E.
http://www.theslowpace.com

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