Inside Un Dimanche à Paris

Inside Un Dimanche à Paris

Take a fine Ecuadorian dark chocolate – then allow it to melt beautifully into a warm bath of cream, fresh milk, chocolat au lait, and a secret blend of spices. It’s even better than Paris’ famed hot chocolate from Angelina, and you could easily build a sterling reputation right around it. But you’re Pierre Cluizel, heir to one of France’s most renowned chocolate dynasties, and your chocolat chaud is but one facet of a grand vision you have for the chocolate concept store, pastry boutique and restaurant you’re about to open in the heart of Paris’ St. Germain. You’ve enlisted an all-star lineup to bring this dream to life. Quentin Bailly, your chef pâtissier, was the right hand of World Champion and MOF Philippe Rigollot at the Michelin three star Sophie Pic. Your chef de cuisine, William Caussimon, came directly from the side of Michelin three star chef, Guy Savoy, at his restaurant Les Bouquinistes. And your director, Perrine de Longevialle, was at-the-ready with those chic 16th arrondissement sensibilities she’d honed during her career at none other than Yves Saint Laurent. Fast forward a year, and that dream is the reality of Un Dimanche à Paris.

The backstory of Un Dimanche was enough to enchant yours truly, before I returned to Paris last April. But it was through experiencing this team’s work that I fell in love and grew to become not only one of their best customers but also among their most ardent fans. Just going off the above shot in this entry, you can see there’s something roughly 20x more over-the-top about Un Dimanche than virtually any other pâtisserie around. If you’re thinking, “Is that a carved, fully-backlit ceiling meant to represent the tropical forest canopy that shades the cacao trees?” Yes . . . amazingly, that is exactly what that is. And here’s some of the chocolate it shades . . .

Inside Un Dimanche à Paris

Regular readers will recognize this as Le Croustillant au Grué de Cacao I reviewed the Friday before last. It’s flanked by La Tartelette Fraise Coco (#30 on my Top 38 Best Pastries in Paris list) and La Tartelette Framboise Estragon – a length of raspberry/tarragon deliciousness that will knock your socks off.
And who can forget the sparkling delights of Le Merveilleux and its fleur d’oranger charms . . .

Inside Un Dimanche à Paris

Let’s also not overlook the macarons: melon, cassis, chocolate, raspberry, lime-ginger, strawberry-yogurt. My favorites aren’t even in the frame. Be sure to snag a coquelicot (poppy flower), and always ask when they’ll have the réglisse (licorice) back. It was their finest macaron, even topping Ladurée’s beloved réglisse. Perrine assures me that they will bring it back if enough people request it, and I need to have it come back.

Inside Un Dimanche à Paris

What would a chocolate concept store be without chocolates? And what would those chocolates be if handled by anything less than glistening chocolate tongs . . .

Inside Un Dimanche à Paris

Un Dimanche à Paris doesn’t stop at pastries and chocolates though. No. All around the walls of the boutique are these amazing temptations like chocolate-enrobed rosemary . . .

Inside Un Dimanche à Paris

And the ever-popular tri-colored, chocolate-swathed crisps . . .

Inside Un Dimanche à Paris

There are even shelves devoted purely to caramels and sweet sauces: almond/praline, pâte d’amande, goat cheese caramel, plum caramel, conventional caramel, and on-and-on. They also usually have a few of the jars open and ready to sample. Lucky us.

Inside Un Dimanche à Paris

Even better than having the individual chocolates, shown a few shots above, are the single origin bars: Ghana, Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador, Madagascar and on-and-on. Of course, there are various blends available, as well as milk and white chocolates, together with extra-large tablettes of high-end baking chocolate. It’s a bit of a fantasyland.

Inside Un Dimanche à Paris

And the selection of goodies just keeps going. They effectively have a little bit of everything you could possibly want. Maybe some chocolate truffles . . .

Inside Un Dimanche à Paris

Financiers, madeleines, brownies, cookies, or a delicious cake decked-out in candied fruit and pâte de fruit . . .

Inside Un Dimanche à Paris

Of course the absolute pinnacle of the shop’s non-pastry offerings are the chocolate covered candied Corsican clementines, which are basically um . . . What’s the phrase I’m looking for? . . . Oh, yes – the clementines are one of the greatest inventions ever in the history of candy. I used to buy 3 or 4 of them a day and never ever took them for granted. I savored each and every one I had. They’re so unbelievably fantastic that they should be a Class I controlled substance.

Inside Un Dimanche à Paris

Need fresh calamansi (lime) or strawberry marshmallows? Who doesn’t?

Inside Un Dimanche à Paris

But let’s say you just wanted to relax with friends or a travelling companion and sip some of that amazing Ecuadorian hot chocolate I mentioned at the start of the piece; that’s where the upstairs chocolate lounge comes into play. Kick back and have the servers offer that fine chocolat chaud to you from their Limoges porcelain chocolatières. Perhaps order a pastry (or five), or in the early evening, a little wine or champagne. This is your time to luxuriate . . .

Inside Un Dimanche à Paris

Later in the evening, you can relax in the bar, where their resident mixologist will customize a drink to your exact specifications. Be sure to ogle the glass-sheathed stone wall here in the shot. That’s no less than one of the 4 remaining towers that helped form the 12th century walls of Paris. There’s another in the Louvre, but you can’t collapse into a plush sofa and sip decadent cocktails there. So . . . just sayin’.

Inside Un Dimanche à Paris

Of course my real obsession with Un Dimanche à Paris was rooted in the pastries. So let’s get back to those 😉 Look, it’s their famous Choux Pistache Fruits Rouge, here in its natural habit. Once you’ve gorged yourself on one of these and some hot chocolate at the counter of the boutique, it’s time to pay for the other 10 things I hope you’ll be walking out with . . .

Inside Un Dimanche à Paris

So soak in the last glimpses of this sweet wonderland . . .

Inside Un Dimanche à Paris

Feel grateful Pierre Cluizel decided to bring his dream to life . . .

And should you spot Monsieur Cluizel in the shop, you can always say hi. He’s very nice and loves to hear when people have a great experience at Un Dimanche.

Inside Un Dimanche à Paris

Take one last look through the sliding glass doors . . .

Inside Un Dimanche à Paris

And bid adieu to Un Dimanche à Paris . . . at least until you return the next day for a second helping.

Inside Un Dimanche à Paris

I hope you get the chance to visit very soon. But be forewarned that while Un Dimanche à Paris is huge, it can be a little tricky to spot – since it’s down a small corridor off of the Boulevard St. Germain. As you go down the Boulevard, you’ll come to a low-end chocolate shop called Larnicol, which will have tons of gauche chocolate figurines in the window and will be swarmed with tourists. Look down the passageway to the right side of that shop, and you’ll spot Un Dimanche à Paris. And be sure to tell them Adam sent you; they’re always happy to make recommendations based on my favorites.

Un Dimanche à Paris
4-6-8, Cour du Commerce Saint-André (map)
75006 Paris
Phone: +33 (0)156811818
Boutique Hours: 11AM-8PM from Tuesday to Saturday and 11AM-7PM on Sunday (Closed Mondays)
Website: un-dimanche-a-paris.com
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32 thoughts on “Inside Un Dimanche à Paris”

  1. I was anxiuosly awaiting this post and you did not disappoint. Upstairs chocolate lounge!! Why didn't you mention this prior to our visit to Un Dimanche 4 weeks ago?? The pastries we tried were simply wonderful and let's not foget the staff, you will not find any better or friendlier in Paris!

  2. It did take me awhile to find the shop, but when I did, I had the biggest smile on my face. Thank you so much for bringing Un Dimanche to my life!

  3. For me it was the best pastry shop in Paris, the place is beautiful, the pastries are amazing, and the staff is really nice 😀 love it so much that I could live in there for the rest of my life

  4. I loved Un Dimanche! The chocolates and pastries are incredible, the staff is friendly…everything about it is fantastic. Thank you for a little peek back inside! I wish I could have enjoyed the lounge upstairs, but my husband was sick so it was just a quick trip. I really wish I could have brought back a dozen of those clementines!

  5. I have officially given up on my childhood dream to live in Willie Wonka's Chocolate Factory. I want to live in Un Dimanche!!!

  6. This was my No 2 pastry place! Alsothe place where I was lucky enough to bump into you and sit for a chocolat chaud and a raspberry tarragon tart. That photo is making me crave the biscuity rectangles… there was some kind of caramelised sugar in there, crushed into tiny pieces, crunchy and sweet… and the filling was so lush… and even the pattern it makes when you break it with your fork, it was so mesmerising. I have an extreme close up of it here and I'm going to enlarge it and have it on my wall. Noone else will know it is a piece of Un Dimanche.

  7. I had no idea about the upstairs lounge!! So beautiful (the edibles and the surroundings). Another fantastic post, thank you so much. I'm very sad about the Monday closure because this Monday is my birthday and I was prepared to basically spend the entire day at Un Dimanche, treating myself to one delicious indulgence after another. I suppose I could put that off until Tuesday… Do you have a suggestion for best chocolate mousse? Or best pastry that truly highlights chocolate mousse? Such a simple dish but that makes it too easy to mess up, and it is my all time favorite treat. Or should I just go with the Grue or Grand Cru or Or Noir? Or, following your example, perhaps all three… Suddenly I'm starving!!

  8. Hey, I loved your blog until you talked about Un Dimanche à Paris' macarons 😉
    Of course the coquelicot one as a good taste, and the creams inside are good but the macarons itself is a disaster ! Not cooked, falling into pieces when taking a bit of it, no crunch, no air inside, even mine are better !

    So, I might have to go back there and consider that last time I went to try their macarons was a bad day for them !

  9. I was there in July and can't wait for them to come to New York (the guy there with the intense blue eyes told me they were coming!)….hurry up and open a store here!

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