Discover the Chocolate Factory
Les Ateliers Weiss is a unique place in Saint-Étienne where Chocolate, meets culture meets gastronomy.
Located in the very heart of the Weiss chocolate factory, it has been designed as an accessible living space with exhibitions, a boutique, and a refreshments area. The steel and glass architecture with its curves and waves is all about light, providing a showcase for all things Weiss. Come and enjoy an unforgettable experience at Les Ateliers Weiss !
You can even personalize your own chocolate bar !
Boutique : Monday – Saturday from 9:00am to 7:00pm
Temporary exhibition : Tuesday – Saturday from 9:00am to 7:00pm
Walkway to the Chocolate Factory : Tuesday – Friday from 9:30am to 3:30pm and Saturdays from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Pre-booking is required
The art of Le Haut Chocolat® on show
THE PERMANENT EXHIBITION …
The permanent exhibition reveals everything you need to know about Weiss, its skills, and its expertise, through three key areas dedicated to the pillars of the company :
– The art of blending : : Eugène Weiss was the son of a winemaker and experimented with cocoa beans of different origins to find the very best combination – Le Haut Chocolat®. Discover how the art of blending is expressed at Weiss and taste three chocolates made from skillful and sophisticated combinations of different beans.
– Praliné by Weiss : Whether smooth, crunchy, or powdered, Weiss pralinés stand out from the crowd and are the reference for gastronomy professionals. Find out how we make our pralinés, learn how to taste them (you won’t be able to resist our delicious chouchous!), and discover which praliné suits your taste buds best. And as a bonus, you’ll be given a praliné recipe to take home and try for yourself.
– The Weiss style : At Weiss, we pride ourselves on our eye for detail and our French-style elegance that brings a unique touch to each of our chocolates. You’ll appreciate how we play with different colors, you’ll get a feel for the finishing touches we bring to all our packaging, and you can even follow our video tutorial to show you how to tie a beautiful Weiss bow. But watch out, it’s harder than you might think!
WALKWAY TO THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY…
After walking up the majestic metal ramp, you will reach the spectacular Walkway to the Chocolate Factory. This is your invitation to discover the secrets of Le Haut Chocolat®, and to enjoy a unique experience. You’ll discover all the different production stages for our individual chocolate bonbons and pralinés, from making a ganache to coating, decorating, and much more. And all this in the company of one of our employee guides who will be delighted to share their passion for chocolate with you. Pre-booking is required.
What do an architect, a contemporary artist, and an artisan chocolate maker all have in common? That gesture of the hand that transforms their creativity into a work of art ! This first exhibition, dedicated to the gesture, links architecture with modern art and gastronomy. It involves a voyage of discovery, illustrated by reproductions in chocolate made in partnership with the Museum of Modern Art in Saint-Étienne, and takes you on a trip into the creative universe of Weiss. There is an entry fee for our temporary exhibitions. The themes will be chosen by Weiss to explore issues close to the hearts of the people of Saint-Étienne. They may also be hosted in partnership with other local institutions.
Our customizable chocolate bar !
Create the bar of your dreams! Choose the chocolate of your choice, add a few little treats such as nougatine pieces or cocoa nibs, and collect the finished product at the end of your visit. It will be made-to-measure by your very own Weiss chocolate maker !
The Weiss Boutique
The Boutique des Ateliers offers the complete range of Weiss luxury products, including our iconic individual bonbons, such as our crunchy and fondant Nougastelles or our Orangettes with nougatine pieces. It also offers a complete selection of our pure origin chocolates along with gourmet bars, fruity and spicy chocolates, and all our latest innovations like our Little Treats, a selection of old-fashioned chocolate lollypops in four different flavors…
But the star product at Les Ateliers Weiss must be our personalized bars. Their innovative design was created by visitors to the ninth edition of the International Design Biennale in Saint-Étienne, where they were invited to experiment with shapes, textures and ingredients, as well as packaging options to create the chocolate bar of their dreams for Les Ateliers. Now it’s your turn – give free rein to your imagination and your inner gourmet !
Three reasons to visit the Boutique
To meet our team of enthusiasts
To create the chocolate bar of your dreams
To discover our latest innovations
ATELIER GOURMET BREAK
Take a seat at the wooden counter in the heart of Les Ateliers and sample something from the menu designed by Christophe Roure, chef of Le Neuvième Art, a two-Michelin-starred restaurant in Lyon, and winner of the Meilleur Ouvrier de France (Best Craftsman in France) accolade. Christophe Roure hails from Saint-Étienne and is a long-standing client at Weiss. He was invited to create two deliciously tempting three-course menus for Les Ateliers Weiss. Each one reflects his own unique style of sensitive, colorful cooking and is made from fresh, high-quality ingredients.
But that’s not all. Le Comptoir is open all day until 7:00pm, offering breakfast, snacks, and an evening happy hour. With a range of delicious snacks, drinks, and cakes, all using Weiss products, including chocolate spreads and praliné powder, Le Comptoir has something for everyone.
Open from Monday to Saturday from 9:00am to 7:00pm, Sunday from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Pre-booking is required
Les Ateliers on Facebook
Boutique, refreshments, permanent exhibition (free entry) : Monday to Saturday from 9:00am to 7:00pm
Temporary exhibition : Tuesday to Saturday from 9:00am to 7:00pm, last entry at 6:00pm
Walkway to the Chocolate Factory : Tuesday to Friday from 9:30am to 4:00pm, last entry at 3:30pm
Saturdays from 11:00am to 4:30pm, last entry at 4:00pm
Tours are available in French and English. Pre-booking is required.
Les Ateliers are open some Sundays, for more information please call +33 (0)6 38 30 73 58
HOW TO GET HERE
Close to IKEA store
Address: 1 Rue Eugène Weiss – 42000 Saint-Étienne
GPS: latitude 45.449, longitude 4.416
From Saint-Etienne: Pont de l’âne Bus 2 Stop
From Clermont : Motorway A72, exit 16.
From Lyon : Motorway A 72, exit 15 « Meons ».
Free parking available.
Pre-booking is required
Tickets (Walkway & temporary exhibition): 7,5 €
Concessions (students, unemployed, -18s) : 6 €
Temporary exhibition : 3€
Average visiting time : 90 minutes
For group visits and seminars, the Weiss team is ready to answer all your questions on +33 (0)4 77 49 41 42
PRIVATE EVENING HIRE
We are pleased to consider any requests for private hire. Please contact Caroline on +33 (0)6 16 86 34 52
Tel : 06 38 30 73 58
Tél : 04 77 49 65 21