It’s no secret that Paris is a gourmet food paradise. Just stroll though any food market or dine at any restaurant, bistro or brasserie with a good reputation and you’ll understand what I mean.
The best food in Paris is creative, fresh, beautiful and of course tasty. And though eating your way through the city can be both fun and delicious, there is no reason you shouldn’t be able to take some of that fine French food home with you.
A visit to any shop that specializes in gourmet food will have you drooling in the aisles. Filling your luggage with fabulous gourmet treats for souvenirs, gifts or to keep tucked away in your cupboard to enjoy as a special treat when you want to reminisce about your time in Paris are all perfect reasons to indulge.
Paris has no shortage of tiny gourmet food boutiques, tucked into little nooks and crannies in every neighborhood, especially ones that revolve around one item – honey, olive oil, chocolate etc..
But if you’re looking for a great selection and wide variety of quality products with lovely packaging, these popular, easily found shops, often known as épicerie (eh-PEACE-ree), which means grocery, have a wonderful selection. You can’t go wrong with any of them.
1. Le Grand Épicerie. Located in the famous Le Bon Marché department store, in the 7th arrondissement, this spot has to be the mother of all grocery stores. Here you’ll find an entire floor dedicated to all sorts of brands carrying everything from jams and chutneys to tinned fish, jarred truffles and mustards. The selection is endless and it shouldn’t be missed.
2. Fouchon. This stylish and upscale Paris épicerie can easily be spotted by its hot pink, black and white branding on the Place du Madeleine. Fine chocolates, fruit jellies, candied fruit, pasta, biscuits, tea, delicious canned goods, savory terrines and rillettes are all on offer. Prettily packaged wine and champagne are available too. You can also stop next door for fresh foods like bread, pastries, cheese and pâte.
3. Hédiard. Known for their bold signature black and red packaging, this brand has locations in over 30 countries, but has been a Paris staple since 1854. Their products are sold at other shops around the city, but the lovely two-story boutique on the Place du Madeleine is worth a visit. You’ll be greeted with a stunning array of fresh fruits and veggies, along with gourmet foods to-go. The packaged goodies include a selection teas and coffees, sweet confections, gelées, chocolates, jams and jelly, foie gras, spices and even wine!
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