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What a concept! Pierre Cluizel, accomplished chocolatier, and son of maître chocolatier Michele Cluizel, has opened the world’s first ‘chocolate concept store’ in the heart of St. Germain des Près.  If you have even a slight interest in fine chocolate you should go... as soon as possible!

Un Dimanche à Paris truly vaut le voyage.  Beautifully designed and artfully imagined, Un Dimanche à Paris offers numerous tempting opportunities to eat, drink, taste and to learn to cook with chocolate.  The complex includes a gorgeous shop, bien sûr, that sells a delicious selection of chocolates and chocolate pâtisseries. You can also buy rich and unusual jars of caramel (how about one made with goat-milk butter?) There are other temptations for crafting your own dreamy chocolate creations such as single-origin premium chocolate tablets, edible gold leaf or bits of crêpes dentelles for crispy flavor notes. Packaging is elegant and the possibilities for delicious gifts for yourself or fortunate ‘foodie’ friends are numerous.

choco_3And there’s more…there is an open pastry kitchen where you can watch chefs creating pâtisseries for sale in the shop or enjoyment in the restaurant. There is an attractive dining room with an enticing menu dégustation  where you can enjoy serious gourmet cuisine, each dish inflected with complimentary high-quality single-origin chocolate.  In the afternoon, you can settle in for decadent chocolat chaud or one of twenty plus fine teas and some of that delectable pastries.  The restaurant also serves lunch daily and brunch on weekends.

On the second level you will find a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen where you can take classes in making chocolate pâtisseries. There is also a comfortably hip lounge and bar area where drinks are crafted individually to your taste and often include a hint of chocolate.  

Then, there is the wall… in a perfect marriage of traditional and contemporary design, Un Dimanche à Paris incorporates an intact multi-story column from the 13th century Philippe Auguste walls that once encircled the small city straddling the Seine that was then Paris.  The wall is artfully worked into the shop design, providing a stunning architectural element that is the perfect centerpoint for an establishment that carefully honors tradition but is also utterly modern.  As their mission statement says “L’art de vivre autour du chocolat”.   Go and enjoy. This is one amazing place.

choco_1PRACTICAL DETAILS: 

4-6-8, Cour du Commerce Saint André, Paris 6th 
Tel: 01 56 81 18 18
Métro: Odéon
Web site: Un Dimanche à Paris 

Hours: open seven days a week
La Boutique: 12-8PM Monday; 11AM-8PM Tuesday-Saturday; 11AM-7PM Sunday
Le Restaurant: 12-2:30PM and 7-10:30PM Monday-Saturday; closed Sunday (reservations advised)
Le Salon de Chocolat: 3-6PM daily  
Le Chocolate lounge: 4:00PM-midnight Tuesday-Saturday

Sally Peabody

Sally Peabody is a Paris Specialist. She works with independent travelers to optimize their time in and around Paris on their own or with private guides. She also leads engaging foodie tours in Paris, Lyon and the Pays Basque. www.yourgreatdaysinparis.com

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