This walk through Saint-Germain-des-Prés (6th arr.) takes you to some of Paris’s most famous chocolate and pastry shops. A map of this itinerary appears below.
Pierre Hermé (72, rue Bonaparte)
Gerard Mulot (76, rue de Seine)
Pierre Marcolini (89 rue de Seine)
Chocolat de Neuville (29, rue de Buci)
Ladurée (21, rue Bonaparte)
Debauve & Gallais (30, rue des Saints Pères)
(Note: Pascal Caffet was originally included in this walk, but the shop at 40, rue Jacob has closed. Buy Pascal Caffet luxury chocolate online here.)
Total distance: 1.9 km (1.18 miles)
Approximate duration: allow 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on how much tasting you plan to do.
1. Start this walk in front of Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Prés (A).
2. Cross over to the south side of boulevard Saint-Germain and go down rue Bonaparte to number 72, where you’ll find Pierre Hermé (B) aka “The Picasso of Pastry.” This is your first stop.
3. Leaving the shop, turn right along rue Bonaparte, then turn left onto rue Saint-Sulpice.
4. Keep going straight on rue Saint-Sulpice until you reach rue de Seine. Turn left on rue de Seine.
5. Gérard Mulot (C) is at 76 rue de Seine (corner of rue Lobineau). Mulot’s store is a combined boulangerie, pâtisserie and chocolate shop.
6. From there, simply cross the street and you’ll find Belgian chocolatier Pierre Marcolini (D), at 89, rue de Seine.
7. Leaving Marcolini’s shop, go right along rue de Seine.
8. Cross back to the north side of boulevard Saint Germain and go left until you reach rue de Buci. Turn right on rue de Buci. Chocolat De Neuville (E) is at number 29 (where Cacao et Chocolat used to be found).
9. From there, continue just a few yards along rue de Buci and take the first left, at rue de Seine.
10. Go along rue de Seine until you reach rue Jacob and turn left. Keep going along rue Jacob until you reach rue Bonaparte.
11. On the corner you’ll find Ladurée (F), both a pastry shop and a chocolate shop (the chocolate shop entrance is next door to the pastry shop). Ladurée is famous for inventing the double-sided macaron.
12. Leaving Ladurée, go right along rue Jacob until rue des Saints-Pères. Turn left.
13. Debauve & Gallais (G) is at number 30. This is Paris’s oldest chocolate shop, operating in the same place since 1818.
14. Leaving Debauve & Gallais, go right until you reach boulevard Saint-Germain.
15. Make a left and continue along until you’re back at Eglise Saint-Germain.
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