Thursday, July 16, 2009

Chocolatier Michel Chaudun

Have you been inside Parisien chocolatier Michel Chaudun?

I went especially to 149 rue de l'Universite,75007

For his famous chocolates.
Besides they close between 12:30 and 13:00 and it was 12:20.
And sometimes I get shy.

Not that the windows didn't provide plenty of food for thought.

These cobblestones are called pavé
During the '68 student riots

University students tore up the pavé to throw at the police. I'm not sure about this - help me out here smart PBers s.v.p.
So chocolatier Michel Chaudun was commemorating the 40th anniversary with his divine chocolate ganache "pavé"
While I was window gazing, shooting and salivating, the Michel Chaudun truck was being unloaded by this gentleman.
 M. Michel Chaudun himself! Have you been inside this chocolate shop? Do tell all please. Maybe next time I'll get up the nerve and go inside...
BONJOUR M.Michel Chaudun!


  1. Ys, it's absolutely true. Cobblestons were perfect ready made "bullets" and they were largely used during '68. Same here in Italy but we call them Sanpietrini after San Peter's Church in Rome. Lovely chocos :oP

  2. Lucky you! You met the chef pâtissier and you didn't even known it! I sould shoot more chocolate windows! They look great!

  3. Laurie8:56 AM

    Dear Carol,
    You should definitely go in. The shopkeepers are the nicest I have found in Paris.
    The pavés are out of this world.
    Best, Laurie

  4. I've seen these little chocolate cubes in other Paris shops and Patrick Roger and Jean-Charles Rochoux and wondered...NOW I get it!

  5. PB avid reader9:44 AM

    Bonjour, I believe the resistance also tore up the pave and threw them at the nazi's and during other earlier revolutionary times too.

  6. Looks all very appealing!

    Are those chocolate "pavé" for sale?
    I'd like to write a letter to my city government. ;-)

    Funny how one captures people by accident! At least he was not surrounded by a dozen secret service people as I happened to notice one fine morning, but only after I had pushed the button on my camera. I almost dropped it when I realized what I had just done (turned out to be a head of State). The only reason that group had caught my eye because these appeared all very well dressed gentlemen, with one truly beautiful woman in the middle (the big P.'s wife). ;-)

  7. Now this looks like the kind of chocolate I would want to indulge myself in for breakfast :)


  8. That watercolor is beautiful, Carol! You get more inventive and playful and comfortable with these every day. Way to go getting his photo--he looks like he caught you in the act--I hope you smiled at him. ;))

  9. That is absolutely awesome that you caught M. Michel Chaudun in your photos! Nice history lesson too :)

  10. oh i wish someday i could visit paris and exploring the town...
    yea, maybe someday in the next 10 years, maybe??

  11. I'm going to Paris in October and have been reading blogs related to Paris. I've read how hard it is to get photos of interiors and the products for sale. The clerks get very mad.

    How do you manage to take such good photos without upsetting the shop keepers?

    I'm adding this chocolate shop to my list.


  12. How lovely to see MC in person...autographs?

  13. I love that painting, and great looking chocolates!

  14. This was incredibly interesting and serendipitous. Excellent reporting, by all accounts!

  15. Parisbreakfast2:21 PM

    It was just chance that I caught him in the outer edge of shot of the facade of the shop. I was not aiming the camera at him. I didn't know it was M. Chaudun.

  16. I love this story. ESP the chocolate man himself.

    Had a friend arrested in Paris in those riots. Stu G.. At that time he was the editor of the Berkeley Barb.

  17. You are correct that rioters, mostly students tore up the pave which they used in building barracades and throwing at police. This happened numerous times throughout the 19th century as well (1830, 1848 and later). Finally pave were replaced in most streets (it was hard to wear heels on those anyway!)

  18. Anne P8:56 PM

    I was about to say, I think that is Michel Chaudun! Same experience I had going to Pierre Hermé and as I went to open the door out he came and we almost bumped into each other. I was too star-struck to do/say anything!

  19. Hey there I love your blog and check it out each morning over breakfast before work in New Zealand. In fact I have added you to my blogroll! I hope that's okay.

  20. Long live les paves! And I hope he doesn't try to sue you...wouldn't do to have les gendarmes awaiting you at customs next trip..!

  21. I want to live in that cobblestone street

  22. I think all cobblestones in France are called pavé, it means paving stone.

  23. One of the nicest choclate makers.


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