• Paris – a Chocoholic’s Dream!

    by  • October 22, 2013 • City Breaks, Festivals, Food & Drink, Paris

    If you’re a lover of Lindt, a fan of Ferrero Rocher or a closet Cadbury’s connoisseur, this Paris short break is an absolute must! Fresh from its run last week at London’s Olympia, the annual 2013 Salon du Chocolat takes over Paris’ Porte de Versailles from Wednesday, 30th October until Sunday, 3rd November, and is, quite simply, a chocolate chomper’s heaven. From the heavyweight hitters to the individual chocolate artisans, not only is this a worldwide celebration of all things chocolate, but a literal – and most enjoyable – feast for all the senses.

    Chocolate treats

    Chocolate treats

    As well as opportunity aplenty to sample and purchase the ‘brown gold’, there’s all manner of different events taking place including the cocoa show, celebrating the culture of cocoa-producing countries with music and dance, rituals and traditions. Visitors can also see demonstrations by the greatest French and international pastry chefs and chocolatiers, visit the chocolate bookshop and honour and celebrate the best producers of chocolate worldwide at the ‘Chocolate Awards’ (the ceremony takes place on Thursday, 31st October). Children aged four to 10 years can even get their hands dirty and create a chocolate-themed culinary masterpiece, be it a coated marshmallow, decorated cupcake or a personalised lollipop and believe it or not, there’s also a daily fashion show where chocolate meets haute-couture.

    Open from 10am until 7pm daily, tickets cost 13€ (6.50€ for children aged three to 12 years, free for children under three years of age) and can be bought online or via a wide variety of shops, department stores and hypermarchés.

    And if you miss the Parisian event, fear not! The Salon du Chocolat takes in a number of different international venues throughout the year including New York, Shanghai, Bologna, Cairo and Japan. If you’d prefer, why not catch the show in Lyon (8 – 11 November 2013), Brussels (7 – 9 February 2014), Cannes (28 February – 2 March 2014) or Zurich (4 – 6 April 2014).


    With a French grandmother, childhood holidays on the continent and a degree in French and Spanish, a love of languages and travel has always been in my blood. Fresh from university with an unfettered enthusiasm to show off my linguistic ability and first-hand knowledge of the world beyond the UK, I entered the travel industry and, 16 years on, I’m still there! With several years spent in the luxury sector planning escorted holidays across Europe for the American market, followed by an even longer tenure designing short breaks with a difference in the must-see cities of Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Madrid, Prague, Florence, Brussels, Venice, Salzburg, Milan, Krakow and Berlin (to name but a few), it’s fair to say that Europe is my passion! Today my travels have taken me far beyond the boundaries of Europe with so many destinations still to discover, yet the continent abounds in such a wealth of treasures – historical and architectural, cultural and musical, gastronomic, artistic and linguistic – that its appeal, for me, will be eternal.