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Where Foodies Shop in Paris: Jacques Genin for Chocolate and Caramels

A beautiful tray of chocolates from Jacques Genin in Paris

Jacques Genin makes some of the finest chocolate and caramels in Paris. Unlike other masters of the craft, he is self-taught chocolatier who has mastered the craft outside of the traditional French system with impressive results. When my foodie friends led me into his zen like chocolate shop in the Marais, I felt temporarily transported to Tokyo’s Ginza district.

It’s like being an adult in a very posh candy store

Jacques Genin’s exquisite store is a temple to chocolate and candy for the adult palette. Everything comes in “fun size.” It’s all about the caramels here. They come in a variety of flavors from the traditional (salted, unsalted, salted butter) to the unexpectedly delicious flavors like ginger, tonka, and mango-passionfruit.

Caramels at Jacques Genin

You can even order a flight of caramels for 7 €, which sounds steep– until you’ve tasted the caramels. Unfortunately the caramels I purchased at Jacques Genin did not make it all the way home. They have a way of disappearing once you’ve tasted them.

The jewel case designs at Jacques Genin

Jacques Genin chocolate Bonbons are served in some of finest hotels in Paris

The Pâtes de fruits (fruit jellies) case at Jacques Genin

Going to the Candy Shop: The Zen space at Jacques Genin has tables for tea service and a flight of caramels

The Menu at Jacques Genin

Foodie tip: buy more than you think you want. Jacques Genin caramels are a great gift and travel well (if they don’t disappear mid-flight).

Jacques Genin

133 rue de turenne – paris 3ème
+33 (0)1 45 77 29 01

27 rue de varenne – paris 7ème
+33 (0)1 53 71 72 21