32 Rue Centrale
Tel: 33 3 85 28 08 10
Fabrice Gillotte–Au Parrain Généreux
21 Rue du Bourg
Tel: 33 3 80 30 38 88
10 Place Carnot
Tel: 33 3 80 24 62 06
Palais des Gourmets
14 Place Carnot
Tel: 33 3 80 22 13 39
55 Rue du Docteur Privey
Tel: 33 3 85 51 06 61
Germain–Au Pêché Mignon
25 Rue Lamartine
Tel: 33 3 85 59 11 21
Concierge.com's insider take:
Insiders with a sweet tooth know to seek out Bernard Dufoux, considered one of France's top ten chocolatiers, in far-flung La Clayette in southwest Burgundy. Dufoux, now over 70 years old, still toasts his own cocoa beans and makes everything from scratch. Don't miss his "apéritif" chocolates: Barely sweet, they're designed to complement Burgundy wines. Dufoux also teaches the secrets of his craft in full-immersion courses (held the first Wednesday of each month, by reservation only). If you can't make it to La Clayette, there are plenty of other places to indulge throughout Burgundy:
Dijon: Fabrice Gillotte's Au Parrain Généreux is a pilgrimage site for French chocolate lovers. Among the best of these astonishingly complex sweets are the Terroirs de Bourgogne series: dark chocolate filled with fresh raspberry, black currant, blackberry, or heirloom vineyard peach ganache.
Beaune: At Dix Carnot, a chocolate and pastry shop on Beaune's main square, Fabien Rouaud creates edible artworks: filled chocolates, macarons, and a crème brûlée–chocolate biscuit called Adélaïde. Practically next door, at Palais des Gourmets, pastry chef Jacky Tavenet creates liqueur-filled Roulés au Cointreau, chocolate snails, meringue-and-black-currant Nuages de Bourgogne, butter cookies, ice creams, and crêpes.
Tournus: Tournusien—a luscious pastry with almonds, vanilla-flavored butter, and hazelnut nougatine—is a specialty of the Gilles Lathuilière boutique near St. Philibert Abbey. Lathuilière's must-try chocolates include Greuze Émotion (candied hazelnut praline coated with chocolate) and Les Délices de Tournus (Cointreau-flavored chocolate nuggets).
Cluny: It's easy to mistake the exquisite chocolates and pastries at Germain–Au Pêché Mignon for gems; specialties include Truffes du Moine (chocolate-hazelnut truffles) and Les Blancs Cassis (white chocolate with creamy black currant). Germain's café and tea room is next door.—David Downie
Bernard Dufoux open daily 9 am to 8 pm.
Fabrice Gillotte–Au Parrain Généreux open Tuesdays through Saturdays 9:15 am to noon and 2 to 7 pm, Mondays 2 to 7 pm, mid-August through July.
Dix Carnot open daily 8 am to 7 pm.
Palais des Gourmets open daily 7 am to 7:30 pm, May through September; Wednesdays through Mondays 7 am to 7:30 pm, October through April.
Gilles Lathuilière open Tuesdays through Saturdays 9 am to 12:30 pm and 2:30 to 7 pm, Sundays 9 am to 1 pm. Closed for two weeks in February and from end August to early September.
Germain–Au Pêché Mignon open daily 7 am to 8 pm.