Chocolate Walk 3 – Chocolatiers of the Right Bank
This walk takes you through one of the Right Bank’s most upscale areas. Rue Saint-Honoré is one of Paris’s most exclusive shopping districts, and home to some of Paris’s top chocolatiers and pastry shops.
A map of this itinerary appears below.
Michel Cluizel (201, rue Saint-Honoré)
Jean-Paul Hévin (231, rue Saint-Honoré)
Pierre Hermé (4, rue Cambon)
Ladurée (25, rue Royale)
Patrick Roger (199, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré)
La Maison du Chocolat (225, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré)
Total distance: 4.2 km (2.6 miles)
Duration: allow 2 to 3 hours, depending on how much time you plan to spend at each store.
This is a more ambitious walk than the first two. That said, Paris being such a compact city, the distance is really not that great. And, of course, the advantage of this walk is that you can burn the calories from the goodies you’re eating along the way!
1. Begin this walk at place Collette (A), just next to the Palais-Royal-Musée du Louvre Métro station.
2. Head west along rue Saint Honoré. Your first stop will be Michel Cluizel’s shop at number 201 (B). Cluizel’s speciality is single- origin chocolates.
3. Continuing west, at number 231, is Jean-Paul Hévin (C), whose salon de thé (above the shop) serves some of the best hot chocolate to be found in Paris.
4. Leaving Jean-Paul Hévin, continue west along rue Saint-Honoré.
5. At rue Cambon, make a left. Here, at number 4, is Pierre Hermé (D), aka the “Picasso of Pastry.”
6. Backtrack along rue Cambon and resume your walk west along rue Saint-Honoré.
7. At rue Royale, rue Saint-Honoré turns into rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. A short walk up rue Royale and you’ll find Ladurée’s flagship store, at number 25 (E). This is where the popular double-sided macaron was invented.
8. Walk back to rue Saint Honoré and resume your walk straight west. You’re now on rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. It’s a longish street, but the walk is worth it, as you’ll see.
9. At number 199, you’ll find Patrick Roger (F), known for his dramatic and unusual window displays.
10. And finally, at 231, you’ll reach La Maison du Chocolat’s very first store (G).
11. From here, make a right and another right onto Avenue Hoche, which will take you down to the Arc de Triomphe and the top of the Champs Elysées. Congratulations, you made it!
*Note: For those who find the complete walk too long there are two options: you can plan to finish at Ladurée, on rue Royale. Or, you can take the Métro from Concorde up to Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile to visit the last two chocolatiers on the itinerary.
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