Maison Bonnat, one of the most highly-respected names in chocolate worldwide, announced today the opening of its first new location in France outside its hometown Voiron (Isère)§.
The new shop is situated at 189 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré in Paris’ 8th arrondissement within easy walking distance of the Arc de Triomphe, and features a complete selection of bars as well as signature bonbons and cakes.
The Bonnat family has been making chocolate from the bean since 1884.
§ Bonnat’s first store outside of Voiron, located in Tokyo, was closed after a series of earthquakes rocked Japan between March and August, 2011.
Michalak, Herme, Café de Flore (hot chocolate), Marcolini, Lahrer, Mulot, Chapon, and Roger – and more – within a hundred meter or so radius are worth visiting. Within easy striking distance are Richart, Aoki, Masse, and many others, in addition to Le Roux which you’ve already pointed out.
While you’re in the neighborhood you’re not far from one of my favorite museums in all of Paris: the Musée Rodin. On a warm spring day the house and gardens are simply magical, I find.
Since I’m a pastry chef and a chocolatier, I’ve included a couple of pasties shops where you can find chocolate pasties:
Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse
Angelina for hot chocolate
Le Bon Marche for a wide variety of chocolate bars.
Chocolat Michel Cluizel
La Maison du Chocolat
Henri Le Roux- the original creator of THE sea salt caramel! Try their salted caramels but don’t miss their chocolates.
Pierre Herme- the “it” place for French macarons. Skip the traditional flavors and go for whatever the weirdest sounding seasonal ones are. He’s a master at savory sweet macarons.
Walk down the street on Rue du Bac and you’ll hit a bunch of chocolate and patisserie shops within two blocks of each other.