There is chocolate – and then there is Chocolate, with nuanced flavors, delicate exteriors, and mouthwatering presentation. Jacques Génin, off the beaten path in the Haut Marais, makes Chocolate.
The shop, with vaulted ceilings, stone walls, and long, low, glass display cases, reminds me of a jewelry store. The cases contain meticulously crafted, gleaming ganaches. Flavors are refined and subtle, with sweet and savory equally accounted for: Chinese teas, Tonka beans, raspberry, cinammon, Espelette pepper, violet, basil, ginger, vanilla from Tahiti. Tucked into slim, silver metal cases, they make elegant gifts.
In the spacious boutique, tones are hushed, even when the place is packed on Sunday afternoon, and a line forms for a table in the café. Exquisitely flavored ganache is not your only choice here – add the address to your list of places that serve a wonderful chocolat chaud.