G. Detou

michel_cluizelChocolate guru David Lebowitz calls G. Detou his epicenter of food in Paris. The store carries everything a cook or baker needs, with a particularly rich assortment of chocolates: they sell my favorite bars, by Michel Cluizel as well as other French chocolatiers including Bonnat and Weiss; tubs of Valrhona praliné; chocolate chips (hard to find and très cher in Paris) in kilo boxes.

Browse the tidy wooden shelves in this small shop, and you’ll find caramel bits, Medjool dates, true Dijon mustards, decadent canned fish (mousse de thon, mackeral in moutarde à l’ancienne); glass jars that gleam from the inside out with hand-picked fruit from Gascony.

The store is a bit off the beaten path, on the lovely, quirky rue Tiquetonne, near Les Halles.  A visit will fill your mind with dreams of decadent eating – and your shopping bag with treats and easy-to-pack souvenirs.

58 rue Tiquetonne, 75002, M: Etienne-Marcel