Where is the World’s Best Pain au Chocolat?
If you can suggest where to find the world's best chocolate-infused croissant, let us know!
Where is the world’s best pain au chocolat? Where is that incredible chocolate-infused croissant in its most magnificent and irresistible form?
For Alec Lobrano, one of our Paris-based correspondents, the world’s greatest pain au chocolat is at Rollet Pradier in the 7th arrondissement of the French capital (6 Rue de Bourgogne, 33 1/45 51 78 36). For regular contributor John McLaughlin, it’s at Lenoir Pâtisserie in the picturesque village of Valbonne (14 Boulevard Carnot, 33 1/04 93 12 07 52), not far from Nice. For Susan Weissman, the executive editor of Four Seasons Magazine, whose Swiss heritage demands exacting standards in all things chocolate-related, it’s at Patisserie Kouign Amann (322, Mont-Royal Est, 514/845-8813) in Montreal—where you must ask for a chocolatine.
Where do you think the world’s greatest pain au chocolat is? And most importantly, are you going to tell us?
The World’s Best Pain au Chocolat—Pursued!
We’d like you to realize what a sacrifice these people may be making in sharing this information. They’re taking the real chance that, as happened to Peter Mayle’s village more or less immediately after the publication of A Year in Provence, they’ll head to their favourite source of pain au chocolat only to discover their beloved, necessary morning pastry sold out. SOLD OUT! Instead of finding the steaming, delicately flaking pain au chocolat (pronounced “pan oh show-ko-lah”) so necessary to the start of the good day versus the poor one, they might find themselves in an expectant and possibly impatient queue vying for service.
That’s why we’re asking you to share the same, in the spirit of mutual generosity that impels the purpose of this web site.
The World’s Best Pain au Chocolat—Discovered!
Please tell us where you think the world’s greatest pain au chocolat is using the space provided below. If you have time to, do tell us why and what you like to have with those almost indescribably delicious pastries, what firmness you like the chocolate (whether firmer or more molten), what sweetness you like the chocolate (whether more bitter or more sweet), how crisp you like the pastry (more flaking or less), etc.
Yes, this is far from the most pressing issue the world faces. But if life didn’t have its pleasures, we think, we would be less willing and less able to face its pains.