It’s tough to come by cheap eats in an arrondissement where shops like this are the norm:
In the block or two that I walked between the FDR Métro stop and La Maison du Chocolat, I passed Dior, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel, Jimmy Choo, Chloé, and a number of other shops with security guards and salespeople better dressed than I was. Fortunately, all this scenery makes chocolate look like a positively affordable luxury, and paying 5 euros for an éclair seems like a bargain. (Really, though, when it’s hands-down the best éclair I’ve had in Paris, 5 euros IS a bargain. Caramel éclair fans, get yourselves to La Maison du Chocolat ASAP.)
I have a picture of the storefront, as viewed from the Cartier shop in the previous photo, but for some reason WordPress doesn’t like it, so I’ll have to send you over to Flickr if you want to see it. Or the unopened box of chocolates.
Since I’m on their mailing list, I had a good reason to go over there. (Ok, there are several locations throughout the city, but there are two in the 8th, and when else do I have such a good excuse to go window-licking* on the Avenue Montaigne?) I had a certificate for a free box of birthday chocolates! Yay!
Of which I seem to have greedily eaten one before remembering to take a picture. But let me tell you, that coconut praliné (lower right in the photo) is out of this world. That comes as no surprise though, as La Maison du Chocolate delivers consistent high-quality, whether it’s ganaches, pastries, or service. It’s vexing, then, that they don’t allow photography within the shop, which is always beautiful and clean, with neat stacks of chocolates and other goodies lining the case and even a few seats for enjoying a coffee or treat on the spot.
Even the bottoms of the chocolates show their exquisite attention to detail. So if you happen to find yourself hungry in the 8th arrondissement, I highly recommend stopping by a La Maison du Chocolate for sustenance, and then heading off to cheaper climes for lunch or dinner.
* faire de la lèche-vitrine – literally, “window licking,” this is the French expression for “window shopping,” which I totally love.
On this day in 2008: Reubenesque
Originally published on Croque-Camille.