I’ve been trying to write this post forever. Like since early 2009, shortly after the place opened. I went as soon as I had a chance, and tried not to touch anything in the pristine shop. I bought a sleek brushed steel box of nine chocolates for ten euros, and of course gobbled them up savored them all before thinking to take any pictures. (For the record, though, their pralinés are some of the most amazingly smooth I’ve ever tasted, and I find the tea ganaches a tad too subtle for my tastes, but are very obviously of the highest quality.)
Jacques Genin’s unassuming storefront on rue de Turenne, in the northern Marais, belies the modern luxury on the inside. The shop is one enormous room, with a staircase spiraling up to the workshop. Behind the stairs are several tables, at which you can sit and enjoy house-made pastries like the sublime lemon tart or made-to-order millefeuille with a pot of exotic or vintage tea. Along the windowed street-side wall is a cash register flanked by a pastry case and the array of chocolates. Right by the door – to catch you coming or going, I guess – is a counter devoted to Genin’s celebrated caramels. I managed to resist until my most recent visit, when I sat down for tea and sweets, and was brought a free caramel with the bill. Let me tell you, those caramels are perfection. Chewy, buttery, and rich with dark caramel flavor, they are an absolute delight.
So by all means, come for the chocolates, but consider staying for the tea and pastries, and don’t leave without a bag of caramels.
On this day in 2008: Le Bastringue (Still one of the best lunch deals in Paris!)
Originally published on Croque-Camille.