The good news is that Chapon Chocolatier is located far from my apartment. Far away on the other side of town. Across the river on the Left Bank. (I live on the Right Bank.)
The bad news is….well, there is no bad news. Other than the fact that Chapon Chocolatier is closed on Monday mornings.
Patrice Chapon has won numerous awards for his chocolate concoctions. But the placing of four big bowls of rich, silky mousse in his shop window deserves the biggest prize. As I stood in the hankie-sized shop, at least 8 people pressed their faces to the window to gaze inside. Each mousse is made from the cocoa beans of a different region: Madagascar, Venezuela, Ecuador….and each mousse has varying degrees of sweetness and intensity.
Does chocolate make you happy?
Here’s my euphoria: buying some Chapon chocolate, crossing the street to the café, standing at the counter to order a double espresso and then slowly savouring the blend of coffee and chocolate.
Cocoa and coffee bean heaven. Amen.
69 rue du Bac
Paris 75007 (7th arrondissement)
Metro: Rue du Bac