Over and above the wonderful dining that Paris offers (see below), the city has some wonderful gastronomic shops, from the larger ‘Grand Epicerie’ and ‘Lafayette Gourmet’ to a host of specialist boutiques selling honey, mustard, truffles, foie gras and even snails.
Parisian chocolate shops are a must. Usually small, family-run businesses, the recipes are often a closely guarded secret. Head for the chocolate boutiques on the Left Bank – for a real treat, go to Debauve & Gallais or Tanrade.
For delicious hot chocolate, try Chez Angelina, Viennese cafe, or for a chocolate visit with a difference, head to the Chocolate Barge moored on the Seine by the Bibliotheque Nationale.
Paris is also particularly renowned for its wonderful patisseries and the city has some outstanding boulangeries. Maison Kayser in the Latin Quarter, for example, sells some 60 varieties of speciality breads whilst the bread at Poilane (sixth arrondissement) is still baked in a traditional wood-fired oven.
If you have a sweet tooth, perhaps you’ll be tempted to visit Boulangerie Bechu (sixteenth arrondissement) to sample their pains au chocolat orange or coco-banane.