Top 3 Chocolate Shops in Paris

Like Belgium, France boasts its own unique chocolate creations and there are hundreds, even thousands of chocolate shops in Paris to prove it.

Some of Paris’ most interesting chocolate shops are already known throughout the country, even the rest of the world. These chocolate shops are often found in

Perhaps Paris’ most popular pastry and chocolate shop is Laduree. In fact, Laduree was featured in a Hollywood movie and in several TV shows in the US. Laduree stands for luxurious treats and delicious pastries, making it one of Paris’ highly visited restaurants and pastry shops. Laduree’s Macarons is considered their best and most popular creation, yet.

There are four (4) Laduree branches in Paris todate:

Laduree Bonaparte

Laduree Bonaparte in 21 Rue Bonaparte 75006, Paris

Laduree Royale

Laduree Royale in 16 Rue Royale 75008 Paris

Laduree Printemps

Laduree Printemps near 62 Boulevard Hausmann 75009

Laduree Champs Elysees

Laduree Champs Elysees in 75 Avenue des Champs Elysees 75008 Paris

Although Laduree popularized the sandwich type, colorful macarons which are sold in different restaurants and shops across the country, Laduree also serves other delicious meals and breads.

Just a few blocks away from Laduree Bonaparte is where you can find another popular chocolate shop. La Maison du Chocolat is a chocolate shop that specializes in all things chocolatey like chocolate eclairs, macarons, and cakes. They are known for creating chocolate jewels back in 2005.

You can visit La Maison du Chocolat at 225 Rue du Faubourg St. Honore, 75006 Paris.

On a nearby district, you can find another chocolate shop which is known throughout Paris for their Eiffel Tower chocolate creation. Basically, they product chocolate renditions of the Eiffel Tower.

Michel Chaudun is also a famous restaurant and confectionary in Paris. Tourists and celebrities are known to visit the shop to taste their finest chocolate creations.

For a taste of the Eiffel Tower chocolate, head down to 149 Rue de l’Universite, 75007.

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5 Reasons Why Getting Lost in Paris is a Good Thing

Paris is a fairly large city and the city which is made of over 20 districts has so many treasures and amazing scenes to offer. Many who go to Paris already know where to find the Eiffel Tower, what bus to take to get to a certain district and how much time to spend to walk to a certain landmark. Google Maps and other interactive smart phone apps have actually made traveling easier but if you want to make your Paris more memorable, why don’t you leave all your maps and apps in your luggage and simply, get lost.

Dare to do what no other tourist has done before: leave your travel guides behind and face Paris boldly without a map.

1. Learn time management.

Before you start with your trek, you need to prepare a few things: make sure to bring a watch with you or set your smart phone to alert you a few hours before it gets too dark. Set a curfew for yourself so you don’t spend the entire night walking around in, heaven forbid, an unsafe location. Paris is generally safe as a city but who knows who you’ll meet in the city and what their intentions are.

Getting lost in Paris simply means going around the city without a specific destination in mind and without the assistance of a travel guide so you get to see the city in a way that’s never been seen before. Getting lost in Paris doesn’t mean losing your sense of time though, so make sure to set a curfew for yourself and stick with that schedule.

2. See Paris differently.

Tourists who come to Paris with a travel guide pretty much know what to expect. The travel guide is making their trip easy for them, but if you had gone to Paris without any help from a map or guide, you will see Paris in a very different way. To locals, Paris is a mega-city where culture and commerce meet and mix harmoniously. To tourists, Paris is a city where you can find beautiful sights and sceneries, but to a lost tourist, Paris is a large strange place with so much to offer and so many treasures to share, but first, you have to find out where these treasures are.

Make your trip to Paris a personal experience and get to know Paris in a very honest way.

3. Know landmarks and tourist attractions faster.

Without a map, you will have to rely heavily on landmarks to find out where you are and where to go next. It would be a very exciting experience to see Paris without any guide and if you want to remember streets and landmarks faster, do so without a map.

4. Learn to speak to the locals.

A map is often used to show you directions but what do you do if you don’t have one? You will have to leave all your inhibitions behind and learn to converse with locals. Simply put, you will have to ask around. You will need to ask where you are and how to get to a certain location; most importantly, you will have to do all these to find out how to get back to your apartment.

map of paris5. Discover streets and locations rarely mentioned in travel guides.

The best thing about getting lost in Paris is that you get to discover streets and locations that are rarely mentioned in travel guides. On your trek, you might stumble upon unusual museums, statues and structures. For example, there are several copies of the Statue of Liberty throughout Paris, there’s one near the Grenelle bridge, Pont de l’Alma, and Musee des Arts et Metiers. Where are these places? You’ll have to find out for yourself.

5 iPhone Apps You Should Download Before Your Trip to Paris

When traveling to a city you’ve never been to before, you can never trust your map or your guide book entirely. Things may easily change in Paris and sometimes, you will need your smart phone and these fives apps to help you get around.

Traveling to Paris but don’t know what to do when you get there? There’s an app for that.

Paris M&MParis M&M

Paris M&M is an interesting app that lists down all the museums and attractions in Paris, their locations, and museum tour schedules. Information you may need to get to these museums and monuments are also listed by the system, as well. Paris M&M (which stands for Museums and Monuments) will help you plan your daily trip itinerary by giving you all the practical information you may need on any Paris attraction. This app is also updated regularly and costs $1.99.

Patrimap by Paris.fr

Patrimap is more of a “Where am I?” app that tells you where you are, where the nearest attractions and landmarks are, and what the nearest building is in your current location. The map is free and it is highly recommended among Parisian tourists. This tool is helpful when you are lost since it tells you, via GPS tracking, where you could catch the metro, as well.

RATP Premium

The official app of the Paris Metro service, RATP Premium is an app that includes the Paris Metro map and their travel schedules. If you’re lost in the city and need to know how to go somewhere, you may also use the built-in map to give you directions to your destination. Simply provide your point of origin and your destination and it will do the rest. The best thing about this app is its free and is regularly updated.

Velib appVélib’ App

The Velib program is a biking rental program in Paris that is also very popular across Europe. You can rent a Velib bike for 1 Euro a day or 5 Euros for 7 days, but first, you must locate a Velib bike to use. Finding Velib stations can be challenging if you are new in Paris but the Velib App can point you to a Velib station near your location.

Read more about the Velib program here.

English / French dictionary

The English / French dictionary by Editions Larousse will come very handy in Paris. If you are unfamiliar with the definition of a certain French word, all you have to do is to whip your iPhone out, enter the word into the app, and it’ll give you the English equivalent in a jiffy.

Getting Around Paris with a Bicycle

Aside from the metro and the train, many Parisians tend to travel on foot when going from one place to another. Another alternative is to use a bicycle or to rent a Velib, which has long since been considered as one of the most affordable vehicles to use in Paris. There were instances in the past when transport strikes brought problems to the locals who needed to travel to distant locations; however, when bicycles and the Velib bicycle renting system was introduced, transport strikes are no longer much of a threat.

The government has been very persistent in making bicycles popular in France. In fact, the idea of allowing local Parisians to rent automatic bicycles known as the Velib system was introduced to encourage Parisians to drive themselves to their destinations instead of spending a couple of Euros on a single bus ride. By introducing bicycles, the government has not only saved millions of Euros on their buses, they also continue to encourage locals to stay healthy by peddling their bicycles.

Getting around Paris with a bicycle is a common and highly recommended option instead of taking the bus. Riding your bike around the city allows you to go sightseeing, at the same time. It is cheaper and like walking, it is also an effective form of exercise.

Where to rent bicycles in Paris

Of course, we would recommend you take the Velib system since it is cheaper and very common among Parisians. You can find Velib stations in almost every nook and cranny in Paris or if you want to get your pass online, simply go to velib.paris.fr. The cost for renting from the Velib program is 1 Euro a day or 5 Euros for 7 days, but first, you need to pay a 150-Euro deposit upfront.

If you’re not fond of peddling, you may rent a scooter or an electric bike instead. Freescoot is one of Paris’ most popular scooter rental companies and you can find their office in 63 quai de la Tournelle at the 5th arrondissement. You may also log on to freescoot.com for more information.

Where to go for leisure biking

There are two main cycling lanes in Paris: the first lane runs from Bois de Vincennes and Bois de Boulogne and the other goes from Parc de Pantin to Porte de Vincennes. These are the recommended routes you should take during your trip; however, if you want to go for a leisurely drive, you could drive along the Seine on weekends when the road is blocked and cars are not allowed to enter. Remember, this is scheduled on Sunday only, from 9 AM till 4 PM.

Tourists who want to see Paris from a local’s point of view should consider taking transportations that allow you a full view of the Parisian vicinity. That being said, try to bring a bike, rent, or purchase one when you get to Paris.

Beautiful Landmarks in Arrondissement 1

The heart of Paris is where you can find the Palais Royal, the Louvre, and several other tourist landmarks but district 1, as this region is called, is also home to many historical spots that have held great significance in French history.

There are a few landmarks in the 1st arrondissement which are not often visited by tourists because they are not as grand nor as flashy as the Louvre, the Palais Royal, and other landmarks; however, if you are someone who is easily drawn to artistic monuments that hold a special place in French culture and history, you will definitely find these stunning landmarks impressive.

Colonne Vendome

This column is hard to miss since it stands out from the other monuments and statues that adorn the Vendome area. Although the Colonne Vendome you see in the first district is now a replica of the original column, its details, height, and look was closely copied from the original. The square where the column sits is also an interesting location to be in. It was built in 1699 as a testament to King Louis XIV’s success as an equestrian but was taken down numerous of times until the government finally installed a replica that depicts Napoleon’s exploits on its surface. Place Vendome is not only a park, it also serves as a museum and commercial district. Nearby, you can find shops, boutiques, restaurants and offices.

Église Saint-Eustache

Église Saint-Eustache, like the Notre Dame Cathedral, is a church that boasts a unique Gothic facade and is one of Paris’ last surviving Gothic churches. You can find this church in Les Halles, near the Bourse de Commerce. It is well known throughout Paris and is difficult to miss.

Sainte Chapelle

Saint Chapelle is known throughout Paris as the church that boasts some of the world’s most beautiful stained-glass windows. The walls of Saint Chapelle seem to be giving you a stunning light show, especially when sunlight shines through the wide pained windows. Saint Chapelle was built primarily to serve as the resting place of many royal relics and at the same time, a church.

To get to Saint Chapelle, all you have to do is to make your way to 4 Blvd. du Palais and go through the gates of the Court of Justice. Naturally, you will have to go through a brief security check before you gain entry into the building.

La Conciergerie

A prison may not be considered romantic but the La Conciergerie is not just any prison– popular royals, like Marie Antoinette, were jailed here for allegedly committing crimes against the country. The medieval fortress is now a popular tourist landmark today and tours are available all year round. The prison is known for many things, but its stylish ceiling design is definitely the reason why La Conciergerie often is considered a highly-recommended tourist attraction.

The Different Paris’s of the World

When we think of Paris, the first image that probably comes to mind is that special city in France where one may find the Arc d’Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower; however, there are actually several Paris’s on Earth, some of which are located in North America while another is in the Pacific Ocean.

It has often been said that the beauty of Paris has been used as the inspiration of other people, and from what we’ll discover later on, even governments. Shakespeare, for one, named the dashing antagonist of his play Romeo and Juliet as Paris. Michael Jackson and Richard Hilton of the Hilton Hotel fame, have also named their beautiful daughters after the city.

Another European country that boasts a town named Paris is Denmark; however, unlike France’s Paris which is a mega-city inhabited by millions of French and foreigners, Denmark’s Paris is a rural town with only 200 residents. Unlike the French Paris, the Danish Paris is a farming village and not exactly where you can find fashionable districts.

Canada, which has millions of French-speaking nationals, boasts two Paris’s: one in the Yukon region and another in Ontario. The United States of America; however, boasts not just one but twenty-six (26) Paris’s — that pretty much means half of the states of the USA has a county, town, or city named after the French ‘capital’.

The most unusual place to find another Paris is in the Pacific, specifically in the islands of Kiribati. Although Kiribati was discovered by French explorers, the archipelago was once a colony of the United Kingdom until they became independent in 1979. The Paris of Kiribati is much different than its North American and European counterparts since the commune itself has been abandoned for years now and is pretty much an empty lot.

Just when you thought that the unusual discoveries about Paris ends there, there’s actually more: the name ‘Paris’ has also been used to name a genus of flowers, a ship, an aircraft, a computer chip, and a type of plaster.

Surprisingly enough, the City of Paris which we all love and cherish is actually NOT France’s capital. According to historical documents, Paris is the de facto capital of France because it is the most popular city and the center of commerce, but the Congress of France is actually housed in Versailles.