Talking about Paris secrets is like talking about bad croissants -- while some people might think they don’t exist, there are actually plenty of them out there. We’ve uncovered some interesting aspects of dining in the City of Light that might come as a surprise even to the biggest Paris nerd.
Paris' oldest chocolate shop has a pharmaceutical background
Rather than starting as the brainchild of a famous candy-maker, one of Paris' most famous chocolate stores was actually founded by Marie Antoinette’s pharmacist. When the queen needed a headache remedy for her soon-to-be guillotined head, her Highness’s druggist masked the bitter flavor of the medicine in a chocolate disc. Today, world-famous chocolatiers Debauve et Gallais operates in the same storefront that started in 1817, and continue to sell their chocolates all over the world -- these days without the meds.