5 Days in Paris: The Best Chocolate Eclair!
The Best Chocolate Éclair in Paris!
One of my first stops on every arrival in Paris is at a local Patisserie for a chocolate éclair. The pastry is firm to the touch but soft and buttery inside. They come in two varieties, Mocha and Chocolate. The creamy center that fills your mouth with every bite is the real treat and varies widely from bakery to bakery.
Of course, there is much debate over who makes the best chocolate éclair in Paris. There are many formal and informal contests every year to pick the year’s “best”. On this trip I headed directly to Stohrer (51 rue Montorgueil) which is always ranked in the year’s top 3. One step inside the shop and I had severe sensory overload! Something in the back of my brain started flashing WARNING!, DANGER!, WARNING! It was just my first day in town. How was I going to pace myself over the course of this trip? OK, I’m in Paris! I can diet when I get home.
Decisions, decisions. Chocolate or Mocha? Mocha or Chocolate? And what about all the rest of the food porn that was so brilliantly on display behind spotless glass? Everything looked so amazing that it was impossible to not just stare. How does one choose?
One doesn’t. “I’ll have one of each, please.” Fortunately for me, the clerk spoke enough English to know that I was referring to the Mocha and Chocolate, not everything else in the case, although that’s what I really wanted. One of everything!
Two steps outside the door is about as far as the first éclair made it. No way I’m waiting until I get back to the hotel for this. Box open, standing on the street, no napkin, caution thrown to the wind. Yum! The pastry was perfect. The frosting was strong and seemed to give me a sugar and caffeine rush. And the filling was just amazing. Creamy chocolate that I can only describe as something I have never tasted outside of Paris. What a way to start my first day in my favorite city. With that, I grabbed my camera and remember thinking, “where are we having lunch today?”