Had Willy Wonka decided to launch a biscuit chain it may well have looked like La Cure Gourmande. There is something irresistibly over-the-top about the shop’s turn-of-the-century-style tins, boxes and baskets, brimming with cookies, bonbons and chocolates. From the moment the vanilla scent hits you, you’re hooked; then the seller suggests you try the biscuit of the day. Before you know you’ve polished off a couple and you’re leaving, guilty grin in tow, with beautifully-packaged boxes of shortbread, gingerbread and dark chocolate truffles – all presents for other people, of course. The Cure Gourmade in Bercy Village is the flagship Paris store, but temptation awaits at spots across the city:
55 rue St-Louis en L’Île, 4th; 10-12 Passage Jouffroy, 9th; 8 rue Steinkerke, 18th; 49 ave de l’Opéra, 2nd; 194 rue de Rivoli, 1st.