People may think because of New Orleans’ prolific French history a lot of locals speak French. I don’t have the stats in front of me but it’s pretty safe to say that not many New Orleanians do. However, the city does have a large Francophile population that adores “toutes les choses Françaises”. I sure do! And I’m happy I recently came across a lovely boutique dedicated to sweet and savory items direct from France, La Rivière Confisierie.
Prepare to be charmed as soon as you step into the bright and airy shop at 3719 Magazine Street. What’s a confiserie you ask? It’s simply the French word for candy shop. No translation needed — the international language of sweets is understood by all.
The shelves are full of decadent delights imported directly from France, including caramels, chocolate truffles, and mints. The mints, Les Anis de Flavigny, are all natural and are kind of like the gourmet version of our Tic Tics.
One look at the tin of pralines from La Rivière Confiserie and you can see that they differ from the traditional New Orleans pralines. These were first created in 1636 for the ladies of Louis XIII’s court. Vive la difference!
The macarons arrive from a Patisserie in Lyon, France, so you know they’re très authentique! Or how about a Calisson? It’s a traditional candy from the Provence region made with fruit, almonds, and topped with royal icing.
Owner Kyly Larriviere is always looking for ways to expand her offerings. She’s created a lovely space upstairs to host events.
The shop sells more than sweets. You’ll also find a selection of savory items including oils, vinegars, mustards, and other gourmet foods that are nearly impossible to find outside of France and a selection of classic Gien tableware.
If you visit La Rivière Confiserie on Friday and Saturday between 11am-4pm, you won’t be able to miss the delicious smells coming from the Crepes Rendez-Vous pop-up shop of Crepes Master Chef Séverine Cholet. She is from Brittany, France, the birthplace of crepes and makes authentic crepes with buckwheat flour. She creates both savory and sweet crepes. You will find her homemade Salted Butter Caramel for sale inside the shop.
La Rivière Confiserie is the perfect place to experience a little bit of France when you visit New Orleans.