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Patrick Roger

5 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
Patrick Roger
(c) Vincent Queguiner

Roger is shaking up the art of chocolate-making. Whereas other chocolatiers aim for gloss, Roger may create a brushed effect on hens so realistic you almost expect them to lay (chocolate) eggs.

Other locations: 91 rue de Rennes, 6e; 199 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 8e;45 avenue Victor Hugo, 16e; 12 cité Berryer, Village Royal, 8e.


Venue name: Patrick Roger
Address: 108 boulevard Saint-Germain

Opening hours: 10.30am-7.30pm daily
Transport: Metro: Odéon
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If there's one chocolate shop you have to visit while in Paris, make it Patrick Roger. After discovering his store in the 16th arrondissement when I was living in Paris several years ago, I've never regretted buying his chocolate. 

I'm particularly amused by his window displays (made from chocolate!) each season, as they're rather grand. I'll always remember the giant pencil sculpture he made around September for la rentrée (the return of school children after the summer holidays). He's rather creative in this respect and it definitely shows with his flavour combinations for the pralines. Although I prefer the classic flavours (eg. dark chocolate, hazelnut, pistachio, etc.), I've come to enjoy tasting his alternative combinations. He once had an Asian inspired range, which I found was well executed - each praline managed to capture the flavours described without tasting too unusual. 

He also has a range of bar chocolates, if you prefer solid and pure chocolate, as well as some candied options. My personal favourite from these are the Orangettes - candied orange peel covered in dark chocolate. Once you start, it's hard to stop!