Choco-story, the gourmet museum devoted to chocolate in Paris

When we say chocolate, what do you think of? To this delicious soft taste, we later regret watching at the scale. Well, let’s say good riddance to these clichés, chocolate has not always been the chocolate we know today! It’s time to pay a visit to Choco-Story to know more about its true story.

Covering 3 floors, Choco-Story is a really young museum. First created in Bruges, Belgium, in 2004, then in Prague, the Czech Republic, in 2008, the museum was born in 2010 in Paris. As soon as you arrive, you’ll be offered a delicious chocolate callet (white, dark or milk) to enjoy while you leave your jacket in the open cloakroom.

We enter the universe of a cacao tree plantation; the tour can start. By the way, we can almost feel like there: the sound of birds, the blow of the wind through the branches and look up, a blue sky worthy of South America! Your eyes will set on the videos showing the ritual of benediction of the site before the planting. Carried in the heart of the origins of chocolate, you roam an impressive collection of historic items. Cocoa comes from South America, we know that already, but we learn more about the properties it was given, by the way, it used to be called “theobrama cacao” or gods’ food.

Our guide leads us to the second floor dedicated this time to the coming of Chocolate in Europe and its evolution on the Ancient Continent. Cortez’s discovery, who updated the cocoa beverage to suit the European mouths (more sweetened, he removed spices), the success of the recipe with the Spanish nobility until its industrialization in the 20th century without forgetting its spread to the French royal court. You have the opportunity to admire a superb showcase window with an impressive collection of crockery: period pieces dedicated to the famous chocolatey drink and many other by-products.
The gourmet museum of chocolate has many other surprises in store at the level -1.
After discovering the exhibitions “Chocolate and Health”, you will be amazed in front of the creations made out of chocolate, as well as a very playful 7-minute short movie that once again will allow you to return to the roots of cocoa.
To finish it off, a surprise expects you. One clue… Learn and enjoy! Yet, if you still wonder where chocolate comes from or what are the different chocolates or if chocolate is an anti-stress… Head to Choco Story to get all the answers you need!

Who’s Choco Story for?
Children, parents, grandparents: everyone
When? Every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (excluding December 25 and January 1)
Rates?
€9: Adults
€8: Students, +65, Groups (15 persons minimum, booking mandatory)
€6: Children (6 to 12 years old)
Free for children under 6 years old

Elodie D.
Last updated on 13 July 2011

Practical information

Location

28 boulevard Bonne Nouvelle
75010 Paris 10

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