Chocolate Walk 1 – Saint-Germain-des-Prés

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.

Shops visited:

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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11 thoughts on “Chocolate Walk 1 – Saint-Germain-des-Prés”

  1. I stumbled upon your website by accident when I was looking for information on chocolate walking tours in Paris for my blog. You have some great articles. I really like your itineraries (mentioned chocolatiers I hadn’t heard of yet) and also the map of the arrondissiments where you can find the location of shops. Thank you. I’ll find this all very useful when I’m in Paris in December and January.

    1. You’re welcome, Pauline. Glad to hear you like the site! Enjoy your stay in Paris, and let me know how you made out with the chocolate walk itineraries 🙂

  2. I am in Paris I will like to enjoy one of your chocolate walking tours, I dont know how to make a reservation, do you have tours tomorrow or sunday at what time?

    I am passion for chocolate!!!

    Please write me back!1

    1. Hello Ana,

      ChocoParis chocolate walk itineraries are free and require no reservations. Just print out, follow the directions and enjoy! 🙂

  3. We are going to Paris in two weeks and my daughter wants to do this. Thanks for the information! I’m happy that you posted how to do this without paying the tour fees. Since we are going to Paris, Bath and London on our 11 day trip, saving money sounds great to me! Thanks again for the information.

  4. Coming to Paris in May and would really love to try this. What operating hours do these chocolate shop have. We are thinking a late afternoon tour but want to make sure everything would be open.

  5. Thank you for providing the walking tour information. My wife and I followed the tour this last week and enjoyed it immensely. I will say/recommend 2 things. First, you should add Patrick Rogers to the list as you pass the shop when you walk in front of Saint Suplice Church. His shop certainly doesn’t have the history that many of these shops do and I know he has many shops around Paris now but it’d be a good addition to the walk and doesn’t deviate the course at all. He does some really fascinating good things with his chocolates, in my opinion. Secondly, unfortunately I’d remove the new deNeuville shop from the list. They appear to be more of a candy shop than a world class chocolatier. The best I can say is that their shop, filled with chocolate mustaches and gummy sweets, reminded me of home in the states and the quality of their products made us appreciate all of the other stores that much more.

    Thank you again, it was such a wonderful time and we got to eat so many amazing chocolates and sweets!

  6. I think I may try to do the chocolate walk on a Friday night. How late do you think the chocolatiers will be open?

  7. A good friend gave me a copy of this chocolate walk before I left for Paris. As it turned out, my husband and I were staying in Saint-Germain de Pres, so we decided to check it out. We enjoyed a delightful couple hours visiting these different chocolatiers and sampling some of the best chocolate I’ve ever had. Thanks for taking the time to make this information available to all. I’ve written a post on my blog about our chocolate adventure and linked back to you, too!

  8. Thank you for these wonderful itineraries.
    My family and I will definitely do one of them.
    Just needed some help.
    How does one actually start tasting or maybe ask for help in these shops. I fear they might be snooty and think we may have come for freebies 🙁
    Is buying mandatory in all shops?
    Thank you!

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