Paris food stores are a never ending temptation. Start with croissants and baguettes for breakfast. They are locally made during the night in the many bakeries in town. Visit the open-air markets, famous for fresh food including vegetable, fruit, meat and fish. Visit the many cheese, pastry and chocolate stores in town. No Frenchman would consider eating great food without a drink. Buy excellent and affordable wine from Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Loire Valley in the many wine stores. Prepare your food yourself if you rent an apartment or enjoy French food in the many good restaurants. Shopping in Paris.
The city is famous for great food. All kinds of fresh products are brought overnight to Rungis, the largest fresh product wholesale market in the world, and sold the next day on Paris markets and in grocery stores. They are turned into great meals the same day in the best restaurants.
We made a selection of the best stores selling great food in the city. Some are famous gourmet food stores. Others are little known. There are many other great food stores in town. The famous bakeries are aften just around the corner.
A la Mere de Famille: chocolate, candies since 1761. 33 rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 75009, tel 33 (0)1 47 70 83 69. Web site. Paris map. A la Mere de Famille now has many stores with the same excellent products.
Tea time is an English tradition that is honored in the City of Lights. Laduree and Mariage Freres are quite famous.
Bakeries and Patisseries (Boulangerie Patisserie) are rightly one of the celebrated pleasures of the city.
You can simply go to the Boulangerie Patisserie next door. Try some of the best local specialities: Pain Tradition, Croissants, Eclair au Chocolat, Paris Brest and Macarons.
A café and two croissants in the morning are one of the pleasure of the city. But, pastries these days get very sophisticated and are sold in futuristic shops. Pierre Hermé is world famous for his macaroons, small cakes whose body is formed of two biscuits with almond powder and the heart a scented cream. A sweetness that Pierre Hermé, who began his career at 14 years with Gaston Lenôtre, in 1976, before joining Fauchon a few years later, did not like at first. "I thought it was too sweet," he says. "What made me want to work the macaroon is that there was not much choice, just coffee, chocolate, vanilla. I thought there was really a field of creativity to explore. More information.
Place de la Madeleine concentrates a great number of fine food stores. Locate Madeleine on Paris map.
Patrick Roger chocolate: 3, place de la Madeleine
Maille mustard shop: 6, place de la Madeleine
Caviar Kaspia: 17, place de la Madeleine
Hediard delicatessen: 21, place de la Madeleine
Fauchon delicatessen: 24-26, place de la Madeleine
Lavinia wine store: 3, boulevard de la Madeleine
La Maison du Chocolat: 8, boulevard de la Madeleine