With Easter upon us, I wanted to write about three wonderful chocolate shops that I have enjoyed recently. Each celebrates chocolate in their own unique way.
Meaning Chocolate Factory in Swedish, this chocolate house definately has a Scandinavian aesthetic. Smooth finished chocolate bars and simply formed truffles with minimal packaging are the appeal. Opened in 1997, this is the top chocolate house in Stockholm.
Jacques Génin, Paris
With his store opening this past December in The Marais, Jacques Génin has established himself as one of the premiere chocolatiers of Paris if not the world. The store is sleek and very design, but the real highlight is the chocolate which is out of this world. The café also lets you sit down, relax and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate after all the Paris sightseeing.
Les Chocolats de Chloé, Montréal
No article on chocolate would be complete without a nod to my hometown favorite -- Les Chocolats de Chloé. Recently moved into a larger space on Duluth (next door to Au Pied du Cochon), this is tops in terms of quality and originality in Montreal. One of my favorites -- Piment D'Espelette. Another big plus is the packaging which does not take itself too seriously.