Summer is almost over, you're going back to work and your kids back to school! It is the time of year when you delightfully fall back into childhood. And childhood goes hand in hand with sweets! Air France Travel Guide roamed all around Paris to find the best addresses where your gourmand spirit will feel right at home. Yellow, red, pink, blue or green, it doesn't really matter as long as it's sweet! Caramels, chocolates, sweets, lollipops and pralines are waiting for you.
Papabubble, witness sweets in the making before eating them
The sweets that you eat, how are they made? If you want to know, go to Papabubble in the 2nd arrondissement. This confectioner has opened shops all over the world since 2004 and the concept is all the rage. It relies on 300-year old expertise in the craft of hard sweets of all colours: berlingot boiled sweets, lollipops and other round classics showcasing a lovely motif at the centre.
Craftspeople work in front of you, for the enjoyment of your eyes and nose. The different hot sugar colours are assembled into shapes and patterns, progressively reduced to reach perfect size, then cut into small pieces: here are your sweets! Your only job is to treat yourself!
36, rue des Petits-Champs
+33 (0)9 83 08 79 16
Traditional confectionery at Fouquet, for refined palates
Based in Paris since 1852, Maison Fouquet has seen a lot of food lovers over the years! Today, the French capital still counts two shops for everyone's enjoyment. Respectful of traditions, chocolatiers carry out their work and carefully choose raw materials in order to offer very high-end quality products.
During your visit, give proud of place to chocolates and other sweets like fruit jellies, caramels, marshmallows, acid drops, nougats and calissons, as they colour the shop windows.
Finally, load your basket with other groceries, jars of honey for instance, carefully aligned on the shelves. Young and old alike will get their share and one thing is certain: the child in you won't remain indifferent at Fouquet's.
23, rue François 1er
+33 (0)1 47 23 30 36
36, rue Laffitte
+33 (0)1 47 70 85 00
Scandinavian flavours at Käramell
While taking a stroll in Paris' 9th arrondissement, enter this lovely shop of Viking-sounding name: Käramell. Young Swedish Lena Rosen opened the shop in the heart of the capital to bring you a cool Northern breeze. In this charming jumble, you'll find a host of Swedish products, from wooden clogs and children backpacks to a whole variety of sweets. Multicoloured treats are everywhere to be seen, carefully ordered in delicate wooden boxes. Here, 158 varieties of sweets are waiting for you to pick them up. Straight from Sweden, here are hippopotamus eggs, Merlin pills and classic marshmallows and acid drops. Will you dare try salty liquorice? A rather surprising taste!
15, rue des Martyrs
+33 (0)1 53 21 91 77
Maison Boissier: back to childhood, as celebrated by Victor Hugo
Maison Boissier has been in Paris since 1827 and their reputation is firmly established. For that matter, Victor Hugo himself sung their praises in his Things Seen essay, writing that those little things in life make up for the loss and heaviness.
Boissier keeps on perpetuating traditional craftsmanship, brilliantly updated using trendy flavours. On the shelves, all sorts of sweets will convey a taste of childhood: candied chestnuts, marshmallows, caramels as well as the unmissable “fruit ball” candies. As for pastries, enjoy eclairs and macaroons. Chocolates are another house speciality that you'll find in large quantities. It's settled: once at Boissier, listen to the child in you and do not leave until your pockets are full of sweets!
184, avenue Victor Hugo
+33 (0)1 45 03 59 11
À la mère de famille, a family affair
In 1761, a young provincial grocer set up home at 35, rue du Faubourg Montmartre, at a time when the city was rapidly expanding. As years went by, the neighbourhood became fashionable and the grocery-confectionery shop remained a family business. Today, several shops can be found in Paris, all based on the first one's design, with green façades and golden signs. But if you're looking for genuine sensations, head over to the very first address!
Inside, you'll give in to multiple sweet temptations: fruit jellies, almond paste, toffee-apples, caramels, marshmallows, berlingots and other boiled sweets. Of course, chocolates are also a big part of the offer, complemented by ice lollies during summer.
À la mère de famille
35, rue du Faubourg-Montmartre
+33 (0)1 47 70 83 69
8 years old again at Bonbon au Palais
It is never too late to achieve a childhood dream. Georges is a living proof. Since the day he bought his first sweets when he was 8, he swore to open his own confectionery one day, selling only the very best.
A promise is a promise, concretised with Bonbon au Palais. The shop is entirely decorated like a classroom, with wood tables and vintage chairs, French map and blackboard. As sweet boxes take up much space, those varying colours will make your mouth water with envy. The shop is filled with the best of regional sweets: marshmallows, liquorice, Isigny caramels, calissons d'Aix, chocolate oranges, brown nougats, bêtises de Cambrai, pralines and candied fruits... the list goes on. More surprisingly, you'll be able to discover crystallised flowers. How old do you feel now?
Bonbon au Palais
19, rue Monge
+33 (0)1 78 56 15 72