by Paige Donner
This is a partial list of fine foods shops – Epicerie Fine (in French) – in Paris.
Of course we’ll be adding to this listing along the way. But if you have just a few days to revel in the joys of Paris, and taste delicious, artisanal treats along the way, this is a good start.
Maison Brémond & Fils 1830
If you’re an artisanal olive oil fan, you’ve just found paradise in the middle of Paris. All of these specialty olive oils, vinegars and iconic sweets, cookies and biscuits come from Provence, where they are made according to the ancient, traditional recipes. Though admittedly some of the recipes, like those for the yummy bite-sized Biscuiterie Forcalquier, have been fabulously updated.
This is a one-stop shop for gifts to take home to friends and family who have gourmet tastes and also to stock your own kitchen with some of the fabulous flavors of Provence, France.
8 Cour de Commerce St. André, Paris 75006 01 43 26 79 72
This newly opened fine foods shop and lunch room is nestled just behind the Palais Royal. It is the newest bright idea from the brains behind the Eclair de Genie. So it’s not surprising that everything in here – and I do mean E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G is delicious! From chocolate spread for your morning toast, to cans of delicious anchovies, even bottles of good wine and yes, those magic eclairs!
What is suprising though is that this fine foods shop is stunningly affordable. So much so that after you dine in for lunch or breakfast, you will have plenty change left over to part with some of those sweet and savory memories in your little shopping bag.
6 Rue des Petits Champs 75002 Paris 01 44 82 57 51
Website: Depot Legal Paris
Epicerie Breizh Café
Right next door to the cult (if not also the BEST) creperie in the Marais is this wonderful little epicerie. Run by the same husband-wife duo. Loved those buckwheat crepes? No problem, you can run in next door, by the buckwheat flour, and try to reproduce that hot, flaky, gluten-free goodness at home.
What’s more, though, they have other wonderful things from his native Bretagne. Such as, you ask? Such as Beurre de Barrate de Bordier. People always ask me when they first see this butter if it’s cheese. It’s that thick and rich and butter yellow. You’ve never tasted anything like it. And it’s all here. So if the line to the creperie is out the door – as it usually is – no problem. You can spend your time wisely spending your shekels here.
11 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris 01 42 71 39 44
Website: Epicerie Breizh Café
Boutique Maille Paris
A stop in France wouldn’t be the same without that Dijon mustard. It goes with just about everything and makes for a very traditional vinaigrette, too.
At this elegant shop on Place Madeleine, you’ll find a near infinite selection of all different kinds of mustards, from flavored to spicy to fruity. A one-stop shop for all the gourmets on your gift list. It’s fun to taste your way through the shop, too. Take it from moi : ) !
Website: Boutique Maille
This is the mother of all fine foods shops in Paris. It even predates La Grande Epicerie (the Left Bank’s answer to this temple of gourmet, which is located in the Bon Marché department store.) But back to Fauchon – here you can find chocolates, pastries, patés, cheeses, boxed items for gifts, delicacies from just about every region in France including Alsace, Burgundy, Bordeaux and the South.
If there’s no limit to your spending, you have just arrived in fine food heaven. Be on the lookout, too, for the soon-to-be-opened Fauchon hotel just on the other side of the Eglise Madeleine slated for à bientot!
This partial list of Paris Best Wine Shops was curated by Paige Donner.
Enjoy a 2 hour seminar and food+wine pairing extravaganza that takes you through France’s main wine regions. The location for the seminar and wine tasting is in Paris St. Germain des Prés, 75006.
Paige Donner is the founder of Paris Food And Wine and also 10BESTWines.