Maison Marou, District 1

HO CHI MINH CITY | Maison Marou is the flagship cafe, patisserie, and all round chocolate heaven from chocolate makers Marou, recently described by the New York Times as makers of “the best chocolate you’ve never tasted”. The Marou story started in 2011, when it was founded by French-Japanese schoolteacher Samuel Maruta, and Vincent Mourou, a French-American advertising executive.

They make a chocolate that’s French in style, using Vietnamese ingredients. In fact, the duo spent the early years of Marou scouring the Vietnamese countryside for great cacao, and to this day the company controls every aspect of the chocolate making process – from bean to bar, the founding duo involved. The result is chocolate that’s more complex than possibly any other you’ve tried. When the wrapper on one of Marou’s chocolate bars mentions notes of coffee and cherry, you taste it with each bite, despite it not being a flavoured bar. In the same way that the best wine expresses its terrior, so does Marou’s chocolate.

At Masion Marou, the full range of Marou chocolates is available, and you can see it being made on site. There are single origin bars, flavoured bars, bon bons, and it’s all delicious. As well as the chocolate, there’s also an assortment of pastries, cakes, and drinks too. The iced and hot chocolates are thick, luscious, and not at all overly sweet – amongst the best we’ve tried. Our reccomendation is to get a drink and pastry to eat in, and some chocolate bars to take home. Favourites of ours include the Tien Giang (70%), a full-bodied variety using beans sourced from the Mekong Delta, and Dong Nai (72%) a slightly spicy chocolate which uses beans sourced near Cat Tien Natural Park in Dong Nai province.

Maison Marou

169 Calmette Street
District 1
Ho Chi Minh City

Telephone: +84 873 005 010
E-mail: [email protected]

Mon – Sun: 9:00am to 11:00pm

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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