Chocoholics from the nearby Assemblée Nationale pop into Michel Chaundun’s cavern of cacao throughout the day. But whether you’re a famous politician or not, everyone gets the same treatment – a welcome smile and an enthusiasm for chocolate so communicative that you can’t help but want to try a square truffle, a Fidgi (a dark chocolate filled with passion fruit ganache) or a Veragua (a heavenly chocolate, praline and caramel layered bon-bon).
Then there’s the setting: Chaudun’s chocolate shop has to be the most atmospheric of them all; a wooden panelled 19th-century affair, covered from floor to ceiling with hand-made chocolate sculptures. There are dark chocolate busts of 18th-century ladies, abstract shapes and milk chocolate animal trophies that wouldn't look amiss in Willy Wonka's hunting lodge. There's also a sugar-free range for diabetics.
|Venue name:||Michel Chaudun|
149 rue de l’Université
|Opening hours:||Mon 9.30am-6pm, Tue-Sat 9.15am-7pm|
|Transport:||Métro La Tour-Maubourg; RER Pont de l'Alma|