Paris is so synonymous with gourmet that sometimes I think the “City of Lights” should be renamed the “City of Appetites.”
Here are five must-visit Parisian gourmet food shops. Foodies arriving on flights to Paris, beware: you may never leave this fine city.
Le Bon Marché’s Grande Epicerie: Le Bon Marché, one of Paris’ most celebrated department stores, is home to a veritable foodie haven, La Grande Epicerie, which stocks an impressive array of upscale food products.
Need a traditional French mustard to accompany your charcuterie platter? At La Grand Epicerie, you’ll have hundreds to choose from.
Fauchon: You’ve never been to a gourmet food shop until you’ve been to Fauchon. Founded in 1886, this foodie haven specializes in baked goods, wine, teas, cheeses, jams, sea salts, and fine candies. This is a great spot to pick up some small, packable souvenirs.
Fromagerie Quatrehomme (62 rue Sèvres 75007 Paris): Arguably the best cheese shop in Paris, Quatrehomme is a tiny spot located in the 7th arrondissement (for a glorious period of time, this was my neighborhood cheese shop). Here you can sample some of the country’s best cheeses in a comfortable, homey atmosphere.
Debauve et Gallais: Founded in 1800, Debauve and Gallais were the “chocolate makers of the kings of France.” Today this gourment chocolate shop has an extensive array of handmade candies fit for a king–an excellent idea for a souvenir or simply a treat for yourself.
La Crémerie: La Crémerie is a wine shop as well as a wine and charcuterie bar. Sip some of the country’s finest vintages while enjoying artisanal charcuterie from France and Spain. This is the perfect place to unwind and discuss your foodie adventures.
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