Le Bonbon au Palais
confiseries régionales de luxe
19 Rue Monge
5eme Paris France
On our way back from the guided tour Maggie and I took a stroll through the Latin Quarter down the Rue Monge where in a window we saw some amazing square marshmallows on display. The colors were so amazing and we had no idea how they had been able to create some of them.
So Maggie and I say “oh we’ll just go in and have a look” Yeah like that was going to happen.
But this was no ordinary candy shop. First of all the shop is an old school classroom from the 1950’s and many of the charming element in the store are original fixtures of the classroom. The children’s desks are still intact complete with little ink pots. And the school’s slate board is still used today.
Not only are the shelves filled with amazing confections but the owner has collected and displays vintage packaging of all of his candies.
You are not going to find Mars Bars and Snickers in this candy shop. Le Bonbon au Palais is a specialty store dealing in only french regional delicacies.
George (the owner and salesman) selects special candies from small traditional manufacturers from all parts of France to sell in his shop. No mass-produced candies. All of the candies are made still by small businesses some of them going back to the 11th century and still in the traditional style that they originated and with the original and natural ingredients (which explains all the amazing colors that result).
George is proud of his collection and happy to give you a sugary tour through the french countryside. He likes for you to taste before you buy because he wants you to be in love with the candy and not just curious. Using the original map from the classroom George shows you where each candy comes from in France and explains how it is made. Next to every pot of sugary bliss you find a plaque that tells you the name of the candy and where it comes from. next to each pot is the vintage tin, box, sign, or wrapping that belongs to that candy. This place is amazing. Even the sign outside (designed to look like a teacher has corrected a child’s writing) overflows with creativeness.
This man loves his work and refuses to let you just come buy a bag of candies. He wants you to leave with the knowledge and the history of something that he is truly passionate about.
This place is by far the most unique thing I’ve found in the city. Overlooking a children’s playground this refined and impeccable shop is a paradise and without a doubt something you HAVE to visit when you come to Paris.
and I can’t wait to go back!
“La vie est bien plus belle avec des bonbon.
Les bonbon originaux des plus vielles maisons de France.”