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La Chocolaterie de Jacques Genin

La Chocolaterie de Jacques Genin

Address 133 rue de Turenne; 75003 Paris
by rue Charlot
Neighbourhood 3rd Arrondissement – Marais, République | See on map
Metro Filles du Calvaire [M8], République [M3, M5, M8, M9, M11]
Telephone + 33 1 45 77 29 01
Website http://www.jacquesgenin.net/
Hours Tue-Sun 11-19 (Sat until 20)

By training and reputation Jacques Genin put the hot in chocolate. Having secretly provided the after-dinner treats for more than one eminent establishment (though names won’t be named), the celebrated pâtissier’s own shop finally gave fans a place to sate their candy cravings without forking out for a full-on meal.

Now the cool Marais space (so pretty it’s been likened to a jewellery box) has begun carving a name for itself in caramel. Of course we’re not talking bog-standard chewy sweets to keep grandma worrying over her dentures for hours, rather an extraordinary assortment of over 40 flavours.

A lot of hard work and experimentation has gone into mixing up traditional caramel with the likes of cinnamon, ginger, tonka (poisonous in large quantities and banned in the States) and fruits (the passionfruit is a firm favourite), with production taking place upstairs by a team of overnight Wonka wannabes so the sweets are extra fresh when they hit the shop floor.

Choose to take a box of assorteds home (though at EUR 100 a kilo you might think twice), or grab a seat in the terribly chic tearoom and match that caramel with a little éclair, legendary mille-feuille or a cup of Genin’s famous hot chocolate, and leave the worrying to Werther and his ‘Originals’.