When I left for Paris, I had two items on my agenda: chocolate and cheese. A rather simply agenda, if you ask me. Pastries are a given – with near daily jaunts to bakery down the street for warm croissants, pain au chocolat, and fresh baguette. But cheese and chocolate I seem to never get enough of.
Armed with these simple requests, I researched the Paris food blogs I frequent most and found both profoundly helpful. After reading the esteemed Mr Lebovitz write the loveliest words about Denise Acabo and her fantastic shop, A l’Etoile d’Or, I couldn’t think of any place better to get my chocolate fix.
And I got it…just by walking in the door. The shop smells delightfully of chocolate and is jam packed with deluxe goodies just ready to be savored. While the shop stands out on its own, it truly is Denise that makes the experience. Her exuberance and passion for chocolate and candies is near tangible. While I don’t speak more than two words of French, C had the great pleasure of speaking to her as she showed us chocolates, caramels, and bon bons – all the while regaling us with stories of David Lebovitz (we told her that his blog was how we found her shop).
We spent our sweet time delicately picking out the box full of chocolates pictured above, while Denise told us stories about each one, particularly the history of the chocolate’s makers. All in all, we left with a box full of chocolates, a bar of Bernachon Kalouga, and a few bags of salted butter caramels.
The joy didn’t stop with the chocolates, as Denise asked us if we’d ever been to the Musee de Romantisme. Having not been, she enthusiastically gave us directions, telling us to continue down the street we were on until we saw a tree growing out of the building. Off we went.
The Musee de Romantisme is a quaint space, housed in the former home of Ary Scheffer, a court painter. The space features a large collection of personal effects belonging to George Sand and her family. I enjoyed the tour through the old home and slightly slanted spiral stairs. Outside, there is a tea salon with a garden area. The Museum itself is tucked back from the street, lending a feeling of secluded paradise. Entrance to the permanent collection is free, just don’t sit on the furniture!