Paris Tips: Make Room for a New Macaron
By Theadora Brack
Is it possible to have too many passions? Not according to my grandmother! This week, I am happy to sing out that there is a new macaron in the city, and it’s dipped in silky smooth dark chocolate.
Meet Chocolats and Macarons
Created by dream team Christophe Roussel and Julie Haumont, the shop’s Calder-like macaron mobiles in the window called out my name. So I popped inside.
The shop’s vitrines and interior are bright and trippy, flaunting a tie-dyed, psychedelic color scheme in purple, pink, orange, and green. Here I definitely felt a mellow yellow-worthy “Groovitational” pull and—in a fit of rave—I purchased one too many macarons to count. Ah, but who’s counting?
Soon I was I feeling the sugar push, and singing Simon and Garfunkel’s “Feeling Groovy,” as I skipped down the cobblestones over to my favorite “I Love You” wall, located in the little park behind the swirly Hector Guimard Art Nouveau entrance to the Metro Abbesses. Yes, I am hooked.
Another loving spoonful
Rewind! In 2010 Christophe and Julie received Paris’s “Salon du Chocolat Prix Spécial Innovation.” You’ll find their chocolate bar (yes, you heard me right—it’s a bar that serves chocolate) at the Hôtel du Cadran at 10 Champs de Mars in the 7th arrondissement.
Don’t leave without tasting Roussel’s signature (and Man Ray and Lee Miller-inspired) chocolate lips, or his new chocolate-coated lollipop macarons. Oh, sigh.
Street Art with heart
Also, as you make the rounds in Montmartre, look for street art. It’s everywhere!
You can find eye-catching, funky works all over Paris. Most are creatively fun, a few inevitably fall into the category of exquisitely beautiful, but each and every one contributes a little something more to the city’s evolving vistas!
As Elsie de Wolfe would say, “I am going to make everything around me beautiful. That will be my life.”
Chocolats and Macarons by Christophe Roussel
5 rue Tardieu, 18th arrondissement
Métro Abbesses or Anvers