The Chocolate Eclair of Jean-Paul-Hévin in Paris
I visited: 41 Rue de Bretagne 75003 Paris
Metro Saint-Sébastien - Froissart
Tel: 01 44 61 94 43
Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 AM to 7:30 PM
Jean-Paul Hévin is famous in both France and Japan for his delicious and unique gourmet chocolates. Hévin explains that he truly learned the tricks of the trade in 1976 when working at the Hôtel Nikko in Paris with the highly respected French chef Joël Robuchon. The recipient of many prizes, the chef pâtissier was notably awarded the “Meilleur Ouvrier de France” title in 1986, one of the most highly coveted accolades in France for crafts like the culinary arts.
Hévin opened his first boutique in 1987 in Paris, avenue de la Motte Picquet in the 7tharrondissement. As he opened more stores throughout Paris, the chef stood out because of trendy concepts like the “chocolate bar” and the cave à chocolat (the chocolate cellar). He also managed to successfully bring these ideas overseas to Hiroshima and Tokyo. These days, Hévin sells an array of chocolates and pastries (like macarons and éclairs). His boutiques are stylish, attracting locals and tourists mainly interested in buying chocolates.
Please note that Jean-Paul Hévin only sells éclairs on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Also, you can only buy one flavor –chocolate! This éclair is the real deal: it was appetizing and well-shaped, the chocolate cream filling was thick and had a tasty milk chocolate flavor. The icing was also particularly savory, with just the right quantity of melty chocolate goodness. Lastly, if you make it out to Jean-Paul Hévin, I highly recommend buying a macaron, or two. Like the éclair, these macarons are fantastic, veering toward perfection!