We stumbled into Patrick Rogers chocolatier in Brussels and it turned out to be our favorite shop in the city. (We later realized Patrick Rogers is actually Paris-based -- Belgium feeling a little bit defeated being the capital for chocolate...)
Chocolaterie is an art, and Patrick Rogers is the best artist we have ever encountered. The first thing that stroke us when we visited the store is its modern, industrial interior design. The heavy use of exposed bricks, steel, dark color and reflective surface, is rarely seen in a chocolatier. Our gut feeling told us the chocolates here would not disappoint us.
It has so many creative flavors that surprisingly work out perfectly with dark chocolate. Our favorite is jasmin tea, peppermint and lemongrass (!?). Oh, don't forget to try the truffles, which show you the taste of heaven.
Another reason to visit Patrick Rogers's store is the sculptures made in chocolate. Mr. Rogers is a self-taught artist and was certified MOF Chocolatier (Meilleur Ouvrier de France) by French government, a supreme recognition of food industry.
Adding to his awesomeness, the sculptures are meant to raise awareness of species on the verge of extinction. Proceeds from the sales of these sculptures are donated to various charities.
The shopper experience was amazing. Besides the assortment box, we also pick a variety of flavors in pieces. The lady in store was very knowledgeable and kind, explaining every flavor to us and helping us pick a collection.
We loved the packaging of Patrick Rogers. The heavy-weight paper box and bag convey the consistent high-end image and were even better made than some of the luxury brands. (I'm not sure about the helpfulness of Tiffany blue though.) Its bag even uses rubber as handle. I was almost asking her for another bag to take home.
Patrick Rogers has 7 stores in France and Belgium. The one is Paris is located at 108 bd Saint Germain, 6e 3 place de la Madeleine. We may stop by this weekend for holiday gift shopping, self-indulgence and sculpture appreciation.
You can shop online too if you are not around. Its website is just as artsy.
After all, one can never have too much chocolate, and life is too short for mediocre things.