If you live in Paris and you’re a lover of quality chocolate and are not afraid to dress up a little then I suggest heading to the fanciest address in town, Rue Saint-Honoré.
On Rue Saint-Honoré fashionistas bump elbows over scented candles in Colette while tourists flock into Goyard to make their signature print purchases – but I prefer to escape into the dark, sensual and tranquil boutique of Jean-Paul Hévin. Here I’m greeted with a perfume of chocolate, the boutique is uncrowded so I have time to appreciate what I would describe as a runway of chocolate cakes displayed down the length of a glass case, the view pleases both the chocoholic and shopaholic in me.
Jean-Paul Hévin is a real person (not just a boutique), in fact, he’s a very highly regarded chocolatier. And I appreciate his chocolates more than ever after myself having gone through the challenging period of grasping the techniques of chocolate making at Ferrandi. Jean-Paul Hévin was often used as a reference for high quality chocolate and during our 4 week chocolate making frenzy (between bonbons and sculptures) we were encouraged to visit his shop.
There are of course other edible things than chocolate, there are: macarons, confiture, caramels and even teas. I actually was hoping to try le cheese-cake, Mazaltov, made of 0% fromage blanc, unfortunately I was too late to grab the last piece. But, I’ll leave that for another excuse to return to Jean-Paul Hévin and the fashionable street of Rue Saint-Honoré.
Jean-Paul Hévin boutique and salon de thé
231 rue Saint-Honoré, 75001
Metro: Concorde, Tuileries, Opéra
The above chocolate cakes are just a tasty sampling 😉