Le Chocolat by Alain Ducasse

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Recently I boldly stated on Instagram that Patrick Roger is my favorite chocolaterier in Paris. Perhaps I should have been a bit more precise in saying he is one of many chocolate masters in Paris whose creations leave me with little more to be desired. And while Paris has no shortage of some of the worlds best, they’ve had to make room for one more.

Le Chocolat - Alain Ducasse

Le Chocolat - Alain Ducasse

This time, it’s Alain Ducasse who has me captivated with his works of art. The chef (decorated with 19 Michelin stars from his empire of world-renowned restaurants) opened late February the first bean-to-bar chocolaterie in Paris – yet again astonishing the culinary world with his passion for coloring outside the line. Partnered with torréfacteur Nicolas Berger, Le Chocolat is a 300m² space just of Place de la Bastille where raw cocoa beans from select regions around the world are transformed into some of the most luxurious chocolates.

I had the honor of meeting Nicolas Berger when I went to investigate Le Chocolat for myself. And though I made the mistake of going on a Saturday afternoon (I could make my way from entrance to chocolate!), Berger was happy to share his recommendations after asking a few questions to uncover my preferences. Of course, I would have taken every single tablette off the wall just to discover the diverse flavor profiles. But from my modest selection of four, I was not to be disappointed! A lover of both milk and dark chocolate, if it’s superior in quality, rich and delicious I’m fairly easy to please. While I’ve even been known to go straight for the 85%, my favorite was the cocoa-rich Pérou Lacté 45% (45% milk chocolate from Peru) which made no attempts to cover up the cocoa with too much sugar and milk. I will be back for more, and soon.

Le Chocolat - Alain Ducasse

Le Chocolat - Alain Ducasse

As for boxes of chocolates, there is plenty of selection for those too. For the time being, the chocolates are divided into boxes based on your coup de coeur – Ganaches Origines, Ganaches Gourmandes or Pralinés (yes, yes and yes). If you’re like me and want to try a little of everything, the Boîte Découverte (Discovery Box) is the way to go. I about died when I bit into the Lait-Amande éclats (almond praliné enrobed in milk chocolate) – I could have stopped there. But that was just the first one I tried out of the box. Like I said, Berger is about to become my best friend.

Le Chocolat - Alain Ducasse

Le Chocolat - Alain Ducasse

Le Chocolat - Alain Ducasse

It’s a beautiful thing to enjoy such delicious chocolates knowing that every single element was created on site – and on view. But I think the real beauty is in the organic process, the trial and error, the authenticity of the product and the quality – each monitored by an attentive master. Though with all I just said, I might as well be talking about an artist.

Le Chocolat
40 rue de la Roquette
75011 Paris
Metro: Bastille

9 comments… add one
  1. TheWanderfullTraveler March 5, 2013, 6:45 pm

    The chocolate looks architecturally gorgeous let alone delicious.
    It’s always refreshing when you taste something that you can tell was made by a passionate person striving to be the very best in their field and in Paris I imagine that’s a tough accomplishment to achieve.

    Delicious and don’t forget to submit this to my #WTFrance2013 giveaway.


    1. Stephanie March 6, 2013, 11:33 am

      I added it! 🙂 You’ll love it!

  2. Susan March 12, 2013, 12:54 am

    Yet another amazing place in the 11th, wow! Adding it to the list!

    1. Stephanie March 12, 2013, 7:59 pm

      The 11th is def a great arrondissement that merits many days of exploration! Looking forward to hearing of your adventures there!

  3. Not Just Another Milla March 12, 2013, 6:54 pm

    Your photography is so breathtakingly skilled that I can almost feel the texture of the chocolate on my fingers as I gobble it up. Really Stephanie, great photography. Added this to my April-in-Paris list.

    1. Stephanie March 12, 2013, 8:00 pm

      That is so sweet Milla 🙂 I really enjoyed taking the shots and know you will love checking out his creations for yourself! Delicious chocolates!

      What is this I hear about April in Paris?

  4. Virginia March 19, 2013, 2:20 pm

    Your photographs are so divine, I think I gained a few pounds just looking at them!

  5. Melanie May 27, 2013, 4:47 pm

    This all looks fabulous.

    I think we are truly spoiled here in Paris with access to THE most amazing high quality chocolates I’ve quite possibly ever indulged in (that’s a lot of superlatives I know, but they’re all genuine!). I’m a dark chocolate fan -and not just because it’s healthier 😉 The French just really know how to produce the smoothest dark chocolates that maintain an impressive depth of flavour. mmmm….

    I haven’t had the pleasure if trying Alain Ducasses chocolate, will definitely try his next! Thanks for the heads up!

    1. Stephanie June 3, 2013, 2:25 pm

      I agree! Their dark chocolate is amazing. But even their milk chocolate retains that rich cocoa flavor. We’re delightfully spoiled and with Alain Ducasse even more so!


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