Hot Chocolate at Cafe de Flor, Paris, France

Café de Flor on Boulevard Saint-Germain in Paris is an institution. One of the oldest and most well known cafes in Paris it was opened in 1885. Its main rival, Les Deux Magot which sits just down the street, was closed for renovations which meant that Café de Flor was [...]

February 3rd, 2014|

Hot Chocolate at Charles Chocolatier, Paris, France

Once upon a time, it seems like quiet a long time ago, rue Montorgueil in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris was my home. I would wake every morning, walk downstairs to buy a fresh baguette and a pain au chocolate. In the afternoons I would walk up and down the [...]

December 16th, 2013|


Hot Chocolate at Cafe de L’Europe, Pau, France

Opening a café on the main square of any town in France is a no brainer. Today it is 21 degrees Celsius in March and everyone is outside. We grab the only two free seats at Café Europe and order two hot chocolates. In France unlike many other countries, being [...]

April 4th, 2012|

Hot Chocolate at River Blues, Pau, France

I can’t imagine that there are many cafes where you can have a good hot chocolate while watching Olympic level kayakers practice. All this with the Pyrenees in the background. River Blues is exactly that. Located on the second floor of the building half of this café/bar/restaurant is indoors with windows [...]

April 2nd, 2012|

Hot Chocolate at deNeuville, Pau, France

Across from a very large church and the courthouse is a pretty green park with a water fountain in the middle. Right next to the water fountain is this little chocolate shop. As I have mentioned before there are lots of chocolate shops around Pau most of which don’t serve [...]

March 28th, 2012|

Hot Chocolate at I’Isle au Jasmin, Pau, France

 Perched on top of a hill in the middle of town is the Castle of Pau. This is where King Henry IV was born and, if you are interested in that kind of thing, also houses the biggest and most beautiful collection of tapestries outside of Paris. The castle and [...]

March 26th, 2012|

Hot Chocolate at L’Aragon, Pau, France

Aragon sits on a corner with a large outdoor terrace. From this traditional brasserie, with its simple metal tables, red chairs and waiters dressed in black pants and crisp white shirts, you have a clear view of the Pyrenees and today the weather is perfect. The hot chocolate here is [...]

March 23rd, 2012|

Hot Chocolate at L’Atelier du Chocolat, Pau, France

In the heart of Pau, right off the main square is a little chocolate shop called L’Atelier du Chocolat. It isn’t the only chocolate shop in town, as there seems to be one on almost every block. The locals obviously love their chocolate. Most of the chocolate shops don’t sell [...]

March 19th, 2012|


Hot Chocolate at Les Arcades, Toulouse, France

Sunday mornings are usually pretty quiet in France. The stores are closed, the roads are bare. A man walks around the corner with a copy of today’s newspaper and turns into a local café. A small truck arrives nearby. Three people get out and set up a table with a [...]

March 17th, 2012|

Hot Chocolate at Bapz, Toulouse, France

When in France one doesn’t necessarily think of going to an English teahouse, however  surprisingly there seem to be many teahouses popping up around central Toulouse and all of them were full this Sunday afternoon. I did a bit of research to see what was the best hot chocolate in [...]

March 5th, 2012|