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Solid Gold: Holiday Treats at Duty-Free CDG

Did I say solid gold? We can dream. It’s solid chocolate, not solid gold – and at 3 Euros per ‘coin’ this makes a fine souvenir from France for either Christmas stocking stuffers or Chanukah ‘gelt’.

I came across these solid chocolate coins at one of the Aeroports de Paris Duty-Free shops just before hopping on a United Air flight out of Terminal 1. As you might imagine, Paris has no end of chocolate treats to tide you through the cold December days and ring in the new year.

While in town, you may want to stop in for a hot chocolate – at Angelina’s at 224 Rue de Rivoli on the Right Bank, but for a much less expensive cup of hot chocolate in the Montparnasse district, be sure to stop in at either the Duchesse Anne’s Salon du The at the crossroads of Boulevard de Montparnasse or at one of Parisgirl’s other favorite hot chocolate stops – Chocolatitudes on Rue Daguere.

I know that Angelina’s is listed in all the guidebooks as a ‘must’ but personally I prefer the more casual left bank attitude (and price!) Especially after having read the review on L’Internaute – where a French client wrote: A Fuir! (Avoid it!) Not disputing the quality, this French reviewer felt the waitstaff was snobbish, the salon was as noisy as a train station and the wait was so long that they didn’t have enough time to sit and enjoy their order. Definitely not the place for a romantic tete a tete, according to that reviewer.

Other Holiday Treats at CDG’s Duty-Free

Beaujolais Nouveau

You can pick up a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau at Duty-Free. (Be sure to check about the most recent regulations regarding the purchase of liquids before boarding planes). I was able to purchase bottled water in the Duty-Free zone and carry it onboard once I had passed through security, so this may well be your solution to bringing home a bottle of French wine).

Have a delicious holiday!