Chocolate in France is an obsession. In Paris, chocolate is an art form, an entire food group! There are hundreds of artisan chocolate shops found throughout the city.
Debauve & Gallais, the first chocolate shop, opened in 1818 and is still found at the same location.
Then there are the modern masters, like Patrick Roger, Pierre Marcolini and a dozen others. And we haven't even left Saint-Germaine-des-Prés yet!
To be in Paris is to be surrounded by chocolatiers, each one with their own distinctive touch. It's easy to hook up with a tour that gets you inside the best of the shops, sampling and learning all about chocolate.
So strap on your walking shoes. Allons-y !
Combine your passion for The City of Food with your love of chocolate and fabulous French pastries.
Spend an afternoon tasting your way through the best Parisian chocolate shops, patisseries and boulangeries in this small-group walking tour.
The tour is limited to 8 people so you can feel like a real Insider. A food expert will lead you through charming neighborhoods as you learn how to choose the best chocolates, how they are prepared and even the history of the Paris gourmet world.
Want to focus on chocolate?
Take your sweet tooth on the trail to some of the best chocolate shops – all found on the trendy Right Bank, in the historic First Arrondissement.
As you savor the mouthwatering chocolates, your local guide will point out landmarks like the Louvre and Place de la Concorde, and talk about the history of Paris, including the delicious history of French chocolate.
The group is small and the pace is leisurely as you visit five of the most exclusive chocolate boutiques. Did we mention the free chocolate tastings at all chocolatiers?
Stroll with your guide through one of the most famous parts of the city, Saint-Germaine-des-Prés.It's hard to imagine that in the early days of the city these were open fields, with the church sitting in the middle.
Along the way you'll stop and sample of four of the top Parisian chocolate shops, including the oldest chocolatier in the city. When we did this tour we took a few minutes to stop in the park honoring the great Ukrainian poet, Taras Shevchenko, right near Debauve & Gallais.
• Praline: ground roasted hazelnuts and almonds simmered in caramelized sugar.
• Ganache: chocolate blended with cream and butter.
• Nougatine: roast almonds in caramelized sugar.
• Caramel: a mixture of caramelized sugar and butter and milk or cream.
• Pate d'amandes: almond paste – almonds ground together with sugar.
• Gianduja: An Italian specialty of chocolate ground with roasted hazelnuts.
• Nougat: frothy egg whites mixed with almonds, honey, sugar, and pistachios.
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