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I love reading travel stories almost as much as I love my fantasy and sci-fi. And ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜‡ makes a fine art of bringing the well-dressed, chocolate-scented, sometimes illogical world of Paris to life through his funny and often irreverent commentary, sharing mouth-watering recipes all along the way. I definitely recommend you check out ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜š๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜“๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜—๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด. Here is a list of some of the places he mentions in the book that are sure to tantalize your tastebuds.

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Angelina (Rivoli)

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Ever since Anton Rumpelmayer opened ๐—”๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ's doors in 1903, this classy pastry salon has attracted fashionable Parisians with its heavenly French pastries, Anton's ๐— ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜-๐—•๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ quickly becoming its signature dessert: crunchy meringue and a cloud of Chantilly concealed under a blanket of chestnut cream. Perfect in its original simplicity, pastry chef Christophe Appert has over the years developed an array of seasonal variations too. Turn a chilly November afternoon into a cozy memory by pairing the Mont-Blanc with ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ฅ, rich and velvety hot chocolate recommended by Lebovitz. At Angelina, hot chocolate is made ร  lโ€™ancienne (the old-fashioned way with real cocoa, as Lebovitz explains in his book ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜š๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜“๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜—๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด), using a mix of African cocoas and a century-old secret recipe. https://www.angelina-paris.fr/

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Atelier du Chocolat shop Workshop Paris Montparnasse

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๐—Ÿ'๐—”๐˜๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฑ๐˜‚ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜ offers handmade chocolates crafted with traditional techniques from the expertise of ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด Serge Andrieu (founder) and Andrien Helfer (creative director). Treat yourself to a box of rustic bonbons, a bouquet of chocolate tailored to a special occasion, or just indulge in one of their many chocolate bars. Lebovitz highlights the ๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ฅ'๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ฆ bar, which pairs L'Atelier's signature Kiretsa dark chocolate with warm notes of smoked chilli powder. If you're heading to Bayonne, don't miss the chance to visit L'Atelier's chocolate factory (by reservation only), where you can learn the history and secrets of chocolate making at their museum and experience the process first-hand in their lab. Did I mention the tour ends with a tasting session? In the (unlikely) chance you have chocolate lying around waiting to be used up, head over to their website to find a selection of lip-smacking recipes to inspire you: https://www.atelierduchocolat.fr/fr/

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Atlas Restaurant

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In ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜š๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜“๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜—๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด, Lebovitz shares a recipe for a chicken apricot tagine that is swoon-worthy. In case cooking with a gazillion spices is not your thing, fret not, and head over to his favourite North African restaurant in Paris. At ๐—Ÿ'๐—”๐˜๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜€, owner and chef Benjamin El Jaziri will be happy to introduce you the regional flavours of his Country, from Moroccan starters, couscous, tagine to a selection of traditional pastries. http://www.latlas.fr/

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Boulangerie Bo

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When you imagine stepping into a French-styled ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ, there are high chances your mind conjured a place that matches the gorgeous interior of ๐—•๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ ๐—•๐—ผ to a T. Their creations all look stunning and delicious. Traditional French pastries take innovative spins and the oriental inspiration of some of the breads come from the co-owner having worked in Japan and being married to a Japanese. And if you ever get bored of old plain baguette (is that even a possibility?), try their signature squid ink that has everyone talking. Check out their IG page and feast your eyes: https://www.instagram.com/boulangeriebo/

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Le BHV Marais

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Established by Xavier Ruel in 1852, the ๐—•๐—ฎ๐˜‡๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐—น'๐—›รด๐˜๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐—ฉ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ with its 6 floors of goods, is now one of Paris's shopping meccas, where you can find (almost) anything under the sun. Lebovitz recommends the well-supplied kitchenware and hardware departments.

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Blรฉ Sucrรฉ

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I love anything lemon-glazed, and dainty shell-shaped ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด are high on the list of my favourite snacks when feeling fancy. I was star-eyed when Lebovitz shared his recipe for lemon-glazed madeleines. But in case you are like me and baking is not quite your thing, head over to ๐—•๐—นรฉ ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฟรฉ to get your hands on "Paris's most perfect lemon-glazed medeleines". These dainty cakes are created by the skilled hands of pastry chef Patrice Le Bourdat, who worked at a 3 star Michelin restaurant before opening Blรฉ Sucrรฉ. In case baking is indeed your thing, check out their website to steal some authentic French ๐˜ฑรข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ recipes: https://blesucre.fr/?fbclid=IwAR1ajJGnr6YSp1NNMoJqps1Raqn6WroZlyojBl-rnfk2hEcltJbvOIQvXgw

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Boulangerie Au 140

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Every morning, artisanal boulangerie ๐—”๐˜‚ ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฌ's team of 4 bakers, 2 pastry chefs and 1 quartermaster fire up the wood ovens to churn out what Lebovitz recommends as "some of the best breads in Paris". Their attention to ingredient selection and slow kneading won Au 140 the ๐˜Ž๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜—๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜น ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ข ๐˜‰๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ถ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ฆ in 2001. https://www.au140.com/

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Pรขtisserie de lโ€™ร‰glise

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Boulangerie Au 140's partner pastry shop, ๐—ฃรข๐˜๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐—นโ€™ร‰๐—ด๐—น๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฒ has a long history of creating award-winning desserts, such as their chocolate รฉclair. Their pastries are tailored to the changing of the seasons, and they have a selection of gluten-free cakes to choose from too. http://www.demoncy-vergne.com/

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La Brรปlerie de Jourdain

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La Brรปlerie de Jourdain is a family-run cafรฉ which has been delighting Parisians since 1955 with its coffee made from beans roasted right on the premises. Teas, honeys, pollens and other accessories can also be found in their shop. https://www.facebook.com/bruleriedejourdain

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Cafรฉ de Flore

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One of the three historical Parisian cafรฉs alongside Angelina, ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ณรฉ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐—™๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ in its early days was a hub of poet and painters, gathering on the Left Bank to sip on thick hot chocolate while shaping the future of the artistic scene. Fancy people-watching from the same seats once occupied by figures such as Appolinaire, Descartes and Picasso? "Be prepared to pay for the privilege". https://cafedeflore.fr

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Les Caves Nysa

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How best to enjoy crusty baguettes topped with savoury, creamy cheeses (or chocolate!), than to pair them with some French wine? ๐—ก๐˜†๐˜€๐—ฎ, located in the ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฉรฉ dโ€™Aligre is one of Lebovitzโ€™s favourite wine โ€œcavesโ€. Worthy of note, the owner speaks fluent English, so donโ€™t be shy and have him recommend the best wine for you. https://nysa.fr/

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Chez Omar

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If youโ€™re looking to try one of Lebovitzโ€™s favourite North African restaurants in Paris, alongside L'Atlas, plan a visit to ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜‡ ๐—ข๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ. The ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ด (steak & fries, a common dish among French ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด) are "the most authentic in town". Try their Moroccan cuisine and couscous. No reservations, so be ready to wait.

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Da Rosa

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Josรฉ Da Rosa has turned his profession into his passion, traveling the world in the endless pursuit of exquisite, unique and traditional products that will fill the shelves of his shop, ๐——๐—ฎ ๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฎ. Feast on the same hams, olive oils, preserves and other specialties that are supplied to French chefs and make their way onto the tables of some of Parisโ€™s finest restaurants. Slather your baguette with handmade butter from Jean-Yves Bordier. Pair it with a generous heaping of jam made by famous ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ Christine Ferber. Lebovitz recommends Da Rosa as a great spot for a light lunch or dinner. https://www.darosa.fr/

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Debauve & Gallais

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When chocolate was introduced to France in 1615, many medical properties were associated with its consumption. Former pharmacy ๐——๐—ฒ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ & ๐—š๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐˜€ still sells ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ตรฉ, flat disks of chocolate to be consumed for "health". Taste the shopโ€™s signature ๐˜—๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ-๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ฆ, chocolate medallions created for the Queen of France by royal pharmacist Debauve. Take a step back in time at Parisโ€™s โ€œoldest, most historic and most expensive chocolate shopโ€. http://www.debauve-et-gallais.com/

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Goumanyat

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Lebovitz describes ๐—š๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜†๐—ฎ๐˜ as a "true mecca for spice-lovers", and mentions how their saffron is well worth a hike across Paris. The ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป family, who opened shop back in 1809, are the most ancient producer of saffron in the world and have been recognized with the prestigious title of ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ชฬ‚๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ฏ. Apart from the golden saffron and the many products they produce with it, at Goumanyat you will also find a wide selection of other fragrant products not limited to dried fruits and flowers, specialty teas and syrups, and other snacks. Browse around their website for the full product catalogue and an extensive collection of tantalizing recipes: https://www.thiercelin1809.com/

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