I love going into this cramped, little shop near Les Halles, filled with boxes and bags of Valronha and Callebaut chocolate in pastilles in a range of cacao percentages and flavors, and bricks of pure unsweetened chocolate, too, which I use for my brownies, along with some of the 70 % Callebaut.
You can barely squeeze past the people that come here, all searching for that something that they need to make a cake or a pastry that day, and it’s always fun to watch what other people are buying. I come for the chocolate, the vanilla beans, the almond powder on occasion, and the piment d’Espelette. They’ve got a great selection of dried mushrooms and all sorts of oils, from pistachio to hazelnut, that would make a dull salad stand up and dance.
On my last trip here, I found the organic dried figs and peaches that quickly made their way into my Sticky Toffee Puddings. So you just never know what you’ll find to inspire you here.