A new candy shop has just opened in the sixth arrondissement, giving anyone in Paris the chance to taste some delicious treats from A La Mère de Famille. French for ‘the family mother,’ A La Mère de Famille is a shop that was founded, amazingly, in 1761. Over 250 years old, this candy trader was first known as La Maison Bernard, named after Pierre Jean Bernard, a young grocer who traveled from Coulommiers to Paris in order to open a store at 35 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre.
In the early 1800s, after being passed down through the family, people began to call the establishment A La Mère de Famille. This designation was made famous by a powerful food critic who sung the praises of the family-owned grocery. In the mid-1850s, the shop started to concentrate more on sweets, and this is the tradition that still lives on today.
Now, at 70 Rue Bonaparte anyone with a sweet tooth can stop by A La Mère de Famille for a charming and uniquely French atmosphere and collection of offerings. This store joins eight other locations sprinkled throughout Paris, including the original store on the Rue du Faubourg Montmartre. Guests staying at the Hôtel Louvre Marsollier should therefore make the most of their location in central Paris by stocking up on French treats to enjoy both during their trip and after they have returned home.
Those who do will be rewarded with a large selection of chocolates, cakes, ice cream, caramels, pralines and almond pastes. They will also be able to try French specialties like macarons, calissons and marrons glacés. These delicious delicacies are surrounded by a traditionally homey decor, including a French-style parquet, dark wood displays and gold leaf walls.
The end result is a perfectly Parisian experience that harkens back to the days of yore while also showcasing a taste of the modern dessert scene.
A La Mère de la Famille
New location at 70 Rue Bonaparte, 75006