Berthillon

One of most well known ice cream vendors in Paris is Berthillon. My son Dylan forwarded me a Facebook posting that said Berthillon was now creating and serving their special autumn flavor: Marron Glacé. He said I should investigate and, as a lover of chestnuts, I was more than willing.

While Berthillon is sold in many places in Paris, their home location is at the center of Île St Louis. That’s where I spent the Spring of ’17 and a place I continue to enjoy. So, I took the Metro from Boulogne-Billancourt (the southwest side of Paris) to the Cluny – La Sorbonne stop (just south of Notre Dame). It is then a quick walk over the Seine to Cité and then to Île St Louis.

Still lots of tourists on a Sunday morning, but nothing like the crowds of late-June, July, August. Walked right into Berthillon’s little “tea room”. They use large video signs for the current ice creams flavors.

You can see Marron Glacé in the upper left corner. It also has a +0.5€ supplemental charge.

I indulged in the Coupe Triple (3 boules) option including Caramel au beurre salé and Praliné aux pignons as well as Marron Glacé. And, of course, I also opted for the whipped cream and raspberry sauce.

As you can see, it is just a little snack to fill in some gaps. I added an espresso near the end so I could sit and savor the flavors.

Then I took a walk back past Notre Dame (I never get tired of looking at it), back south across the Seine, and had my cheap lunch of a Gyro plate, Gyro meat, lettuce, tomato, sauce, and fries, for only 6€. Not too far apart physically, the worlds of Berthillon and the cheap Greek places are quite far apart in most other ways.

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