A Visit to A l’Etoile d’Or (Video)




A place like A l’Etoile d’Or could not exist anywhere else in the world but Paris. In this charming shop up by Montmarte you find a carefully selected assortment of candies and chocolates from the best artisans across France. Darting from shelf to shelf, owner Denise Acabo charms patrons with animated descriptions of every sweet bonbon in her collection. It’s always a pleasure to chat with her in her shop, which I visited on a rather chilly day in Paris. (Hence the trouble I had wrapping my frozen lips around the word “Lorraine”.)

Every time I go into her shop, I am helpless against Madame Acabo’s charms and I always leave with something special tucked in my bag, whether it’s a Kalouga chocolate bar filled with gooey salted butter caramel from Bernachon, almond-rich calissons d’Aix from Provence, or bright jellies flavored with the tangy juice of the elusive bergamots made in Alsace.

Even if you can’t make it to Paris, I hope you enjoy this visit to her shop as much as I did.

-David

(You can watch the video here by clicking on the arrow. To view it in a larger version, click on the title, which will take you to Vimeo.)




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103 comments

  • Janice
    March 28, 2012 10:22am

    Espectacular, David. Merci.

  • March 28, 2012 10:24am

    David, she’s SO cute I can’t stand it. I’ve gotta get me some o’ them braids!

    What a lovely candy shop. I’m salivating.

  • March 28, 2012 11:06am

    I’ve been a silent reader for a year now and I’ve always been fascinated by your posts of places in Paris and the food! It is simply amazing. I couldn’t help but comment this time because I took my dream and finally arrived in France about 5 months ago. I can’t wait to explore the places you recommend! :)

  • March 28, 2012 11:57am

    So excited, I am heading up to Paris in a few weeks and I want to visit some off these places you recommend. I hate leaving the south down here with the beach and the weather but Paris is always worth it. Fingers crossed for good weather. Thanks David and I hope your place is moving along nicely.

  • March 28, 2012 12:02pm

    Denise Acabo is a force of nature. I had a bag of goodies thrusted into my hands within five minutes of being there. And was gracious enough to pose for a photograph with me…I think the best things about that photo are her smile and pigtails!

  • March 28, 2012 1:30pm

    This doesn’t look like a man who can’t find his ten whisks under a plaster dust-filled tarp!

    I’ve long wanted to hear Mme Acabo speak, after reading so many reviews of the shop, and seeing images of her infamous hairstyle and outfit. What a lovely video, she seems as welcoming as she’s been described to be:)

  • Annika
    March 28, 2012 1:45pm

    Great video! Wish I could have some of that chocolate!

  • March 28, 2012 2:28pm

    Not sure when my next trip to Paris is but this place is on my list!

  • Carol
    March 28, 2012 2:42pm

    How could I possibly have missed this place? I have to go back now. Thanks for taking us to this shop in person – it was a real treat. I second the comment above about how adorable that woman is with her long pigtails! And I am practically ashamed to admit that even though Earl Grey is my favourite tea (Mariage of course!) I never knew what a bergamot is.

  • Kate
    March 28, 2012 3:22pm

    Hello David,
    I think she says she owns the shop since 1903 and not 1993 as the subtitles said! Because then she adds that she’s been living there for 38 years. Did I misunderstand something?
    Have a nice day.

  • March 28, 2012 3:34pm

    I can’t wait to go there when I’m in Paris next month!

  • March 28, 2012 3:37pm

    great video. Thanx david for introducing us to this charming lady and herspectacular shop

  • Sarah
    March 28, 2012 4:27pm

    Thank you for sharing this video David. Madame Acabo is charming and the shop
    looks like a treasure trove sparkling with color.

  • Rebecca
    March 28, 2012 4:33pm

    Thank you so much for this video David. What a wonderful way to share the experience with us. More please?

  • john s.
    March 28, 2012 4:43pm

    Love her use of “metier”, her mother…wonderful view of what makes Paris/France special.

  • March 28, 2012 4:45pm

    Literally: SWEET!

  • Nimmi
    March 28, 2012 4:46pm

    Wow!! David..you are so lucky..you live in Paris..Can’t wait to go to Paris and especially to this candy shop and dig myself into those delectable stuff…Madame Acabo is so adorable and lovely..There is an old world charm to this shop…Magnificent!

  • March 28, 2012 4:48pm

    Um. Hellooo. You are so fun to watch! Her braids, personality and candy is amazing. I must go there one day!

  • Robynn
    March 28, 2012 4:52pm

    Oh, no, David! Why did you have to go and share this lovely little secret ;-) I live à deux pas from Denise Acabo’s shop, and I can confirm everything you said in the video. I recently told Denise that I was addicted to her salted caramel chocolate bars, and her face lit up as she shared with me her favorite (a dark chocolate bar with some sort of dried citrus fruit), saying that I won’t be able to stop eating it until it’s all gone, and that the entire bar will last just one hour and a half…and no longer. That’s what I love about Denise Acabo: she is absolutely crazy for chocolate and loves to share her chocolate secrets with other chocoholics, like a drug dealer with a particularly good batch of cocaine (only much less onerous).

  • March 28, 2012 4:53pm

    When are you moving? I have read your blog for a few years and I think your recipes truly work. But, you have captured my total attention about the move, so please settle in and I can relax.

  • Kelly B
    March 28, 2012 4:58pm

    What a lovely video. I will be visiting Paris at the end of May – and this little shop has been added to the top of my list of places to visit. Thank you for sharing this little slice of Paris

  • March 28, 2012 5:03pm

    Your posts are often opportunities to travel through Paris from afar but this video took us to a new level; you could not adequately relate the charm of that adorable women no matter how skilled a word artisan you are. So charming; her and the shop.

  • March 28, 2012 5:03pm

    We went here on your prior recommendation and spoke with Denise. The shop was not only wonderful, but also Denise wears the most delightfully quirky outfits of plaid skirts and ties — and the braids! C’est parfait.

  • March 28, 2012 5:11pm

    Oh how I love this place! I got all wistful watching this video. She is a treasure.

  • Mark Cohen
    March 28, 2012 5:13pm

    Thank you David !

    That was wonderful. Lovely shop thank you so much for sharing.

  • Sweetums
    March 28, 2012 5:17pm

    Thank you Daveed, for this most inspirational video … to sum it up, a little quote from Abraham-Hicks: “You never get it done, and you cannot get it wrong. Life is supposed to be fun: you are creator, you are a focusing mechanism, and you are here in an environment that is very conducive to that. When you get hold of an idea, play it out for the pleasure in it. If you are doing it for any other reason, then you are not connecting to your Source Energy.”
    — Abraham

  • Tim E
    March 28, 2012 5:41pm

    Well, there goes our travel budget. Our family will be visiting Paris in July and I’m sure my kids will be spending many, many euros in the shop after watching this video. Thanks again for sharing the many treasures in Paris.

  • Doukissa
    March 28, 2012 5:46pm

    Encore, please!

  • Mary Sanavia
    March 28, 2012 5:47pm

    I loved your video. I’ve always wanted to visit her shop after reading your stories, but I’ve missed it because I was staying for a short time. Next time I’n in town, I will definitely visit her shop….so many delicious candies! I hope to see many more of your videos.

  • Heatherly
    March 28, 2012 5:55pm

    Thank you again, David! It really was a treasured moment from our 9 days in Paris. I was just sad we waited until Day 9 to go here. What a treat! You are fabulous and so is Denise!

  • March 28, 2012 6:18pm

    I can’t wait to gooo!!!

  • March 28, 2012 6:24pm

    Creole Lady Marmalade woohoo! I would love to visit the Moulin Rouge, thanks for the video, David!

  • Carol McFarland, Arcata, CA
    March 28, 2012 6:41pm

    What a treasure, David. These video clips are wonderful and I didn’t notice any plaster on your shirt. Could you mention the Metro stop? My map is already packed and I arrive on Saturday! Thanks.

  • March 28, 2012 6:42pm

    hey david,
    i left little something for Denise to give you on your next visit. did she? :)

    maya

  • March 28, 2012 6:43pm

    What a lovely video and gem of a shop. My family and I am going to Paris for the first time very soon (super excited)!! I’ll be armed with my Paris Pastry App and I’m hoping to bump into this sweet shop. I’ve “seen” the shop owner before somewhere -maybe on a show or featured in a cookbook? It’s wonderful to see someone so passionate about what she does – and what a service she’s providing! : ) I’m wondering just how much chocolate a girl can legally pack away in her luggage to take back home!

  • Susan
    March 28, 2012 6:55pm

    What a charming shop. It’s exactly what I picture in my mind when I think of Paris. I guess I’ve been too impressed by movies of the Paris of the early 20th century. What a find.

  • Bernadette
    March 28, 2012 6:56pm

    I love your videos, David. The shop looks so enticing on many levels.

  • Laura
    March 28, 2012 6:58pm

    Thank you David! How wonderful. The only thing missing is the aroma and after looking at the video I can only imagine how heavenly that must be. It is fantastic to know that there are still people left like Denise who truly have a passion and that they are willing to so generously share that with others.

  • March 28, 2012 7:01pm

    We’re in Paris every other year and always drop by Denise’s shop. But our first visit 7 or 8 years ago was by far the most magical. We ended up chatting for over an hour and a half, and by then nature was calling so she let me use her flat’s restroom. I don’t want to “kiss and tell” about her private space but there were so many subtle little details that delightfully amplified her charm. That visit is one of our top 3 ” Paris kodak moments”.

  • Kathleen
    March 28, 2012 7:10pm

    Beautiful!

  • cptexas
    March 28, 2012 7:26pm

    Daveed, you look so French! I love the scarf. So handsome.

    Thank you for the video, I felt I was right there for a moment. I want a tin of violet candy, that all.

  • stephanie
    March 28, 2012 7:29pm

    1903 is the year she says in the video…big difference from 1993.

  • Terra Vizzini
    March 28, 2012 7:45pm

    Love the video – thanks for sharing the experience! More videos please….such a nice escape to Paris – if only for a few minutes. The shop is on my must-go list next time I’m in Paris. Thanks again!

  • Loel
    March 28, 2012 8:00pm

    Such a delight to hear your voice and that of Ms. Acabo and to see the energy and beauty of her shop. Definitely at the top of the list on my next trip to Paris–which I hope is sooner than later!

    And you looked poised and not at all ready to crack from your renovation, which is a fascinating part of your blog lately, btw.

  • March 28, 2012 8:03pm

    Another place on my list!! thanks for sharing

  • Elena
    March 28, 2012 8:26pm

    On your previous posts I made Ms Acabo’s shop one of my first trips when I was in Paris last year. I visited the store twice more in the 3 weeks I stayed. I barely speak any French, however, it didn’t matter she was just so incredibly wonderful chatting to me as if I understood every word. I’m embarrassed to say how many chocolate bars I brought back to the states and equally so to say how fast they disappeared. That and one of the most amazing caramel-nut sauces I’ve ever had, Henri Le Roux…I still have 1 jar of that left!! Thank you so much for introducing this amazing store to me. I am planning a trip to Italy next year, but must make a stop over in Paris just for a trip to her shop.

  • Ricardo
    March 28, 2012 8:32pm

    The last time I was in Paris, I was taking a walking tour of the Montmarte. I accidentally ran into Denise Acabo as she was crossing the street in front on her shop. We had never met, but since reading your previous posts, I immediately recognized her and called out. She greeted me like an old friend and ushered me into her shop. I speak very little French, but did remember to mention your name. Her eyes widened and she gave me a brief tour of her shop (in French). She gladly posed for a photo after adjusting her braids and putting her arm around me. The tour guide stared in amazement. Thank you for bringing that memory back.

  • wm. laBelle
    March 28, 2012 8:59pm

    DAVID SPEAKS! Woody Allen has nothing on your skills. Such a sweet valentine .Paris as she is and is so rarely caught on film Merci…..

  • Susan Marcus
    March 28, 2012 9:04pm

    But have you ever visited La Mere de Famille in the 9th? Semblable.

  • March 28, 2012 9:09pm
    David Lebovitz

    Susan: Yes I have! They’re listed in my Paris Pastry Guide. I like poking around their shop, although the folks who work there aren’t nearly as much fun.

    Stephanie + Kate: She speaks so fast, I had to get Romain to help me translate. And even he had a hard time, so I’ll let him know.

    Tim E: One of the things that she carries that is less than €5, if you’re on a budget, is the L’Atlantique – am amazing bar of chocolate with a crisp brown sugar cookie and caramel in it. It’s great.

  • Janette Horsnell
    March 28, 2012 9:34pm

    Dear David

    Your video is a delight – when I visit Paris again this chocolate shop will be first on my list of places to visit. Thank you so much.

    Janette

    PS I enjoy your blog posts and await them eagerly. JH

  • March 28, 2012 9:44pm

    Thank you, David-very sweet video!

  • Jasmine
    March 28, 2012 9:45pm

    Hi David,
    Please keep the videos coming! One gets so much the feeling of “being there”. Who’s the videographer? Is it Romaine? Does he plan on being on the other side of the camera anytime? :)

    Regards,
    Jasmine

    • March 29, 2012 8:47am
      David Lebovitz

      The videos was produced by Flow Films, and I’m trying to get the filmmaker in front of the camera because he’s rather knowledgeable about food (and wine!) himself.

  • March 28, 2012 9:48pm

    Delightful journey into Madame’s candy shop. I love traveling through Paris through your blog, love the video’s even moreso. When I get to Paris in Sept. (for 6 weeks) I plan to visit my favorite “David Lebovitz” places.

  • Anthony Alicastro
    March 28, 2012 9:48pm

    David,
    Thanks for the video. In order to help people find the shop its at 30 Rue Pierre Fontaine just down the street from the Moulin Rouge.
    Anthony

  • March 28, 2012 10:32pm

    I love the video! Please make more! I also heard you on Martha Stewart radio the other day! Great to put a voice with the blog! Love your blog, love your site!

    Cel

  • Sarah B
    March 28, 2012 10:33pm

    Hi David,
    Thanks for the post! My husband and I are on a “David Lebovitz” tour of Paris, and ran into another couple (also from California) also on a “David Lebovitz” tour of Paris. We hit Laduree, Eric Kayser and Fouquet today, ending the night off the Blanche station and completely missed this shop. Tomorrow! Thanks for sharing, you’ve made this trip fun.

    A bientot!

  • Gavrielle
    March 28, 2012 11:41pm

    Always love your videos, and this is a gem! Also, you looked amazingly chic for a man whose every possession is in a plaster-covered limbo!

  • March 28, 2012 11:43pm

    What a lovely video- I felt like I was right there at the shop with you!

    Plus, it was fun hearing your “speaking voice” for the first time!

    I hope there are many more videos to come!

  • Susan Marcus
    March 29, 2012 12:16am

    You’re right about the people at Mere de la Famille. Kinda glum. Video: where did you exit the metro, Abbesses? What ligne? Going to Paris tomorrow de Chicago.

  • Sue McKenney
    March 29, 2012 12:33am

    Oh dear, David, my daughter and I are visiting Paris from Far North Australia in two weeks, they are going to have to roll us off the aircraft upon our return! Divine destinations!

  • March 29, 2012 1:05am

    My girlfriend and I couldn’t wait to visit A l’Etoile d’Or during our first trip to Paris last year (based on your recommendation, bien sûr), and it was certainly one of the highlights of an amazing week. Unfortunately I felt like une vache américaine when I accidentally touched the glass guard that covers the truffles (and was swiftly scolded), but it was a great visit nonetheless. Loved the video!

  • Michael Duffy
    March 29, 2012 1:12am

    I watched the Vimeo version of the visit, and then I watched all of your other films from over the years. Amazing. You really need to do more of these! I loved watching you explore Patrick Roger’s chocolate company, for example. And I’ve watched your trip to the public market multiple times.

    Please, please, please. Continue to go on these little adventures and bring us all along via these short films. I love them.

  • March 29, 2012 1:56am

    Oh, such wonderful memories of our last trip there! What a treasure of a shop, thank you for bringing it all back.

  • Janet
    March 29, 2012 2:30am

    How have I missed this jewel of a shop? Thanks David for this video – really LOVE your videos – keep them coming!

  • Janice Wacha
    March 29, 2012 4:00am

    Denise Acabo and her shop are the perfect Parisian time capsule confection! I first went to her shop 12 years ago and was immediately charmed by her, the unique chocolate assortment and those pigtails! It’s good to know she is still going strong . Thank you David for you delightful video!

  • Maria
    March 29, 2012 4:25am

    It was so nice too see , I love stories like this, please please do more, they are very charming.

  • Denise
    March 29, 2012 4:25am

    Such a charming shop with a charming proprietor-will have to visit the shop in June. And please more videos, including one of your new place once it rises from the ashes!

  • shari
    March 29, 2012 4:45am

    Ooooooh, I love that she only carries the Best of what’s available in France. My husband and I run a little cafe in the states, and we work very hard to procure the finest ingredients and pre-made products, and they’re getting harder to come by every year. I wonder if your lovely blonde and braided friend has mentioned having the same problems?

    • March 29, 2012 8:43am
      David Lebovitz

      Interestingly, in the states, there’s the whole “artisan” food movement and so many people want to know where their products are sourced. So I would think it’d be easier to find many things in the US (although it likely depends on where you live..and, of course, good ingredients cost more than industrial stuff.) France is going through a similar conversation, where local and quality ingredients cost more than industrial stuff, so it’s easier to find mixes and pre-made items which a lot of restaurants are using.

      Fortunately in Paris, there’s a resurgence in people seeking out good food and the restaurants (and sweet shops!) that offer them, are quite busy – which is a good sign.

  • david
    March 29, 2012 5:35am

    Un peu de culture des sixties…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ts5c4l9IhqM&feature=related
    ” Lorsque le sucre d orge coule dans la gorge d Annie, elle est au Paradis!!! ” C est pour toi Denise, un jour j irai te voir juste pour tirer sur tes couettes coquines ….et sucer un Negus, un bonbon de mon pays….

  • Zan
    March 29, 2012 3:14pm

    Thanks for posting this. I just sent it to a friend who is in Paris for her birthday. It looks like the perfect treat.

  • March 29, 2012 5:46pm

    Ah! My sweet tooth is causing me to drool as I watch this video! Thank you for sharing.

  • Duncan Macpherson
    March 29, 2012 7:52pm

    David,

    Down in the depths of the 16eme there is another not unlike what you describe.
    It’s called Servant and I even think they wear white gloves but I can’t be sure of that!
    Nice clip..

  • tarte vaudoise
    March 30, 2012 1:21am

    M. Lebovitz,

    You break my heart. We went there, and there was a little note saying that she was on vacation. I understand that even goddesses need a break, but…

  • March 30, 2012 2:39am

    Please stop tormenting me forthwith! Bergamont candy? There really exists bergamont candy?………… Yours in abject deprivation, Karen

  • Viviana
    March 30, 2012 6:02am

    Hi David,

    This shop reminded me of the huge window at my grandfather’s store full of candy and incredible treats! I believe I have a genetic desire for chocolate, thanks to my Mom. She tought me how to savor them, save them and whip them out in times of need! As right NOW…after watching that wonderful video! The video reminded me of some VALRHONA chocolate my Boss brought me from her vacation in France…in 2009!!! I had a piece of Alpaco…and now I am smiling! Thnx for sharing!

  • Dot Allen
    March 30, 2012 7:27am

    I visited her store on my 60th birthday with a group of friends (this was almost eight years ago). I had read about her in another blog, and she saw me looking at the printout while I was in the shop … in French I tried to explain to her that it was a blog, but she heard only blague, or the French word for joke. All finally became clear, and, after a few more moments of conversation, she smiled and gave me some wonderful chocolates as a birthday gift. A treasured memory….

  • March 30, 2012 7:47am

    I also heard 1903, but maybe she misunderstood your question. I doubt that she personally has owned the shop for the past 109 years… de toute façon she was so cute and eager to stuff you with chocolate, loved the video! It was well done, too; good cuts, perfect music… keep it coming!

  • March 30, 2012 11:24am

    what a little treasure. i love to find shops like this and it is wonderful they still exist with all the big chains taking over everywhere. great video {with lovely music} and now i’m craving sweets and chocolates and pralinés and… and… thanks for sharing this.

  • Pauline
    March 30, 2012 12:04pm

    This is such a fabulous video! I visited the shop this morning and Denise greeted me like an old friend, although it was my first time there. I told her about your post and showed her the video on my iPhone, which she found just incredible, even though she hates seeing herself on film….don’t know why since she’s the cutest person alive. Thanks for sharing this – we are lucky to have someone as down-to-earth about good chocolate as Denise.

  • March 30, 2012 3:21pm

    I am in love. Period.

    I’m not sure which of you is sweeter, but to find the two of you in such a sweet place, well…..you have made my day. :)

  • Steve
    March 30, 2012 6:03pm

    Quelle belle visite!

  • March 30, 2012 7:16pm

    My favorite place in Paris!
    I should try to get there again before leaving..
    What a fun visit.
    I didn’t know caramel came enrobed in caramel!

  • March 30, 2012 7:22pm

    David, I love your videos!!! They must be a lot of work, but please keep them coming. They transport me to Paris and it’s a lovely experience!

  • Kara Keaney
    March 30, 2012 8:44pm

    Wonderful, quick escape to an incredibly charming shop!

  • March 30, 2012 10:22pm

    Greetings from Paris, David,
    I,m sorry I didn’t get to visit the lovely Denise on this trip but for the past eight days, I have been squeezing in as much as I possibly can. Thanks to you and your suggestions, we have had an incredible visit.Unfortunately, we leave tomorrow, but not without a few baguettes, madeleines and macarons.BTW, I was a bit disappointed wth G. Detou. I imagined a huge shop( possibly because of the name) and was surprised to see how miniscule it is!Nevertheless, I want to thank you again for everything you do.Good luck with your new digs!

  • Maria S.
    March 31, 2012 2:39am

    One word, yummy, describes that shop, the chocolates and candies, her delightfulness and the video. Merci! Enjoy your blog and good luck with the renovation. Can’t wait to see the finished results.

  • March 31, 2012 5:38am

    ooo i love people like that. charming, passionate, motivated, so involved in something outside of herself. thank you so much for sharing.

  • Michelle
    March 31, 2012 2:30pm

    We fortunate to visit L’Etoile D’Or on a very quiet day and had the great pleasure of a long, leisurely visit with M. Acabo. Such a bea beautiful little shop. We came away with many treats including Henri Le Roux caramels and Bernachon chocolates.

    Thanks for bringing back some wonderful memories.

  • March 31, 2012 4:07pm

    Very tempting! Paris is actually not that far from where we live in the Netherlands and I see the last time we went we totally wasted time by visiting museums and gardens :-)

  • Jessie Kanelos
    April 2, 2012 10:28pm

    You’ve got to love a soixante-dizaine with pigtails! :)

  • Patrick Robichaud
    April 3, 2012 3:53pm

    David – Thank you so much for this lovely video of my absolute favorite place in Paris! Each year when i return to see Mlle. Acabo and I purchase my assortment of “Toute la France”, which she packs so perfectly, I learn a little more about her. Never mind my French is not perfect, she is always welcoming and sweet and blesses me with a caramel or two to eat…plus, we had a spirited conversation last year about Harry Belafonte (whom she adores!).

    Love your blog,

    Patrick

  • April 4, 2012 6:11pm

    Great video, you should do more of them! I remember that shop…wish I spent more time there!

  • April 8, 2012 8:42pm

    I don’t know if I’ll have a chance to go back to Paris (drat, the last time I went, I visited Sacre Couer and didn’t know this was so close) but thanks for giving a virtual tour.

  • Fatima
    April 11, 2012 7:14am

    Hi David!
    Just trying my luck… you think it’s possible for you to share your coconut tapioca recipe with me??? il be forever grateful!!!! thanks in advance :) all the best to you always!!!!:)

  • Jean
    April 14, 2012 7:11am

    Two years ago I made a solo trip to Paris. I managed to try chocolates from many noted chocolatiers in Paris but my very favorite was l’Etoile d’Or and Denise Acabo. Since I learned about her from David L. I mentioned his name and she showed me his book. She was very sweet and I enjoyed my visit to her shop and her wonderful chocolates and caramels.

    Thanks for the tip, David.

  • Susan Spiro
    April 14, 2012 3:39pm

    Dear David–I went to visit L’Etoile d’Or a few days ago. When I told Denice Acabo I had seen your video of her and her shop, she ran over, picked up a photograph of you and her together, and kissed your face in the photo. The Kalouga bars were sold
    out (surprise! surprise!), so I “settled” for the Bernachon Pate d’Amande Pistache
    bar. It was fabulous! The filling was smooth and creamy and tasted amazingly just
    like pistachios, unlike other marzipan I’ve had that was more paste-like in consistency and cloyingly sweet. Yum! Thanks for the tip.

  • Karen
    April 15, 2012 5:43pm

    We just visited this shop yesterday. We had seen the video while planning our trip. Denise Acabo was as delightful in person as she is on the video. She even gave our daughter Violet a little bag of candied violets. It was hard to choose what to buy! But we managed to pick out a number of treats. This was one of my favorite stops this trip.

  • mazz
    April 16, 2012 10:05pm

    congratulations of being a finalist in the saveur 2012 awards….your blog is everything a great blog should include….i hope all your friends band those who read your blogs ; have and /or will vote…..you have created a great blog

  • Laurie
    April 17, 2012 1:52am

    I am late to this party, but I just wanted to add that when I visited Paris about 2 years ago, I made a point of visiting this chocolate shop because of your recommendation.

    Ms. Acabo is as charming in person as you described her. I have a photo of her holding up a tray of chocolate with a huge smile on her face.

    And, of course, the chocolate was divine. Well worth the trip.