I stumbled upon La Chambre aux Confitures, a boutique with artisanal jellies and jams on rue de Martyrs a number of months ago and wanted to write about it. It slipped my mind all this time till I discovered they opened another branch in the Marais.
I Iike the simple concept of the shop and the clean, streamlined presentation. Over 100 jellies and jams made by ten artisanal manufactures are divided into six categories: winter citrus, spring fruits, summer red fruits, summer yellow fruits, autumn fruits, and other fruits. There is also a selection of sweet and salty jams for cheese, meat & foie gras, and chutneys. I could put a full product list because all of them are so appetizing and appealing but I don't want to jam the page with too many choices. (Sorry, but I had to get that pun in). Some of the more tempting flavors are pineapple lime, green tomato, apricot & lavender, Cassis & violet, melon and hazelnut, and roasted pear with Calvados and fig and black olive are for cheeses. If you like more traditional flavors they have five types of apricot mixed with other flavors, raspberry, lemon-orange, fig, peaches from the vine, apple cinnamon, blueberry, and pear & ginger. La Chambre aux Confitures sells cute little colored plastic spoons to scoop out the jams and jellies. Prices range from 6 euros to 10 euros.
They offer tastes of the products and boy did I have a good time. The man that ran the shop was patient while I tasted my way through the shelves, but judging by how many dirty spoons I left behind, he should have thrown me out and ask me never to come back.
I have saved the best for last: they also have chocolate spreads for brioche, crepes, or ice cream including chocolate and banana, chocolate and cherry, chocolate and clementine, and mango, cocoa, and white chocolate.
La Chambre aux Confitures
60 rue Vieille du Temple, 75003
Metro: Hotel de Ville or St. Paul
Open Tuesday to Friday 11AM-2:30PM, 3:30-7:30PM
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