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 from all regions of France and Europe to Rungis, the largest fresh product wholesale market in the world, sold the next day in 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 Mère 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.
There are many wine bars in the city. Most restaurants serve excellent wines. We have two favorite wine bars.
O Chateau: famous wine bar. O Chateau was created by Olivier Magny. Central location. Old house. Great choice of wines. Serves food. 68 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001 Paris. Web site. Map.
La Cave d'en face: near Montmartre, an out of the beaten track wine bar associated with Au bon Coin restaurant. Very parisian. Great wines. Good food at very affordable prices at lunchtime. 40, rue des Cloys 75018 Paris. Web site. Map.
We also recommend to do a wine tour from Paris in a day.
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.
Stohrer, the oldest pastry shop in Paris, was founded in 1730 by King Louis XV's pastry chef, Nicolas Stohrer. It has a sumptuous decor classified as Historic Monuments and is a temple of sweet and savory, where everything is made on site to offer the best of classic French pastry, including Rum babas invented by Nicolas Stohrer.
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 has good food and wine stores. Hédiard and Fauchon stores, once very famous, have closed down. 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
Lavinia wine store: 3, boulevard de la Madeleine
Pierre Oteiza: 13, rue Vignon
La Maison du Chocolat: 8, boulevard de la Madeleine