image from Miette
I stopped by the grand opening of Miette Confiserie on Saturday – a fuller report will come after a return visit, but suffice to say it’s a charming and unique addition to the eclectic Hayes Valley neighborhood, and a must-visit for any lover of candy and old-fashioned stores of yesteryears.
The store is a study in nostalgia, from the floral wallpaper to the vintage lights to the wooden cabinetry. The biggest eye-catcher, though, is the rainbow of sweets in glass apothecary jars lining the walls from floor to ceiling – everything from licorice to saltwater taffy to boiled sweets to caramels. The selection ranges from ardently old-fashioned (huge rainbow lollipops) to across-the-pond exotica (Cadbury’s Aero and French Camembert chocolates) to high-end modern (Charles Chocolates and Theo chocolate bars).
You are almost guaranteed to leave with something – besides the fact that many of the candies cost just pennies, you’ll find some sweet from your childhood memory lane, or some never-been-seen before candy bar that is begging to be tried. I’ll be coming back soon, just to delight in this sugary fantasyland and the fact that I’m grown up now and can spend my hard-earned pennies on candy as I wish.
449 Octavia Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94102