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When in Paris: Food, Wine & Cookware Shops (so that you can bring the flavours of Paris home)

Shopping in Paris

How to bring back Paris with you to London? You can’t very well shove the eiffel tower in your handbag (and why would you want to?) but there is lots of Parisian deliciousness that you can bring to your front door. What we perceive as luxury – great patisserie, brilliant lacquered duck confit in jars, (dare I say it) foie gras, great wine – are all everyday in France. Not to mention the petite copper canele moulds, gorgeous pans, staub pots, and all of the divinity that a Parisian cookware shop can involve.

Here is my guide for the shops that you mustn’t miss when in Paris. It is not an exhaustive list, but these are the places that I hit when I visit, and I add to it all the time. If you have any that I have not listed, please leave details in the comments below.

FOOD & WINE 

G Detou

I found G Detou by accident. Aiming for the nearby metro station, I spied this shop with gorgeous tins stacked high beneath the vintage signage. This higgledy piggledy shop full of tins, patisserie ingredients (a large plastic tub of popping candy for you?), boxes (marrons glacé, dried fruits, valrhona chocolate), jams, all the mustards you might ever need, vanilla pods, powder, extract, tonka beans. G Detou has everything you might want for your pantry from Paris. Gather, stagger with your haul to the counter, and get a receipt to bring to the kiosk nearby. Confusing at first, but very Parisian, and worth it. There is also a deli next door, also G Detou, with lots of fresh produce as well as more tins of gorgeousness. I always get duck leg confit, sausages confit in goose fat and a glass tube of vanilla pods, at least.

58 Rue Tiquetonne  75002 Paris, France

Comptoir de la Gastronomie

With a sign that is simply a goose with foie gras written on it outside, you can expect to find some in here, but also lots of other specialties including preserved truffles (in beautiful jars and tins), vinegars, wine and jams (including a bright pink rose petal jam – perfect presents, no?). There is also a nice looking restaurant attached although I haven’t eaten there yet. Let me know if you do, and what you think of it!

34 Rue Montmartre 75001 Paris, France

Marché des Enfants Rouge

I love stopping by Marche des Enfants Rouge on a Sunday. It is the perfect spot for brunch and is bustling (on a Sunday when most of Paris shuts down, this is unusual). I like to get oysters at L’Estaminet to start (they do brunch there too) and then stock up on some bits to bring back, including cheese from Fromagerie Jouannault just outside. There is a great butchers directly opposite too, some rotisserie chicken spots, a Greek deli, an Italian deli, a patisserie and lots of fresh produce, fish and cheese stalls from the market itself. The fish stall and butchers are probably more suitable if your accommodation in Paris has a kitchen, but what joy to buy from there and cook at your temporary Parisian home.

9 Rue de Beauce, 75003 Paris, France

Sacha Finkelstajn

I love popping to Finkelstajn’s, a busy Jewish deli in the Marais, just before heading to the train station for a slice of baked cheesecake and some latkes. There is some delicious and proper Jewish food here, and it is perfect for a train picnic on the way home.

27 Rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris, France

Pierre Hermé & Ladurée

We have both of these in London now, but when I first started going to Paris – pre when the macaron craze hit London hard – I always made sure that I stopped at each of these shops. Ladurée is a traditional gorgeous tea room serving beautiful pastries and macarons, and they also have a shop so that you can buy to take away. Pierre Hermé is a little less traditional but no less brilliant – it is my preferred of the two – and his jams, biscuits and teas are terrific too.

several locations in Paris – I like the to go to Rue Bonaparte as there is both a Pierre Hermé and a Ladurée there

COOKWARE

E Dehillerin

If G Detou is the Aladdin’s Cave of French food and produce, E Dehillerin is the equivalent for cookware. With two floors and high ceilings, the walls are lined with copper pans, moulds, and all kinds of kitchen tools that you might like to bring back. The payment system is by kiosk as at G Detou, so queue to get your bill (they will ask for your address too for the invoice, it is very old school), then go to the kiosk to pay.

18-20 Rue Coquillière, 75001 Paris, France

A Simon

A cookware shop, across the road from G Detou, with everything you might want from canele moulds to – erm – your very own stainless steel pan with an eiffel tower handle. Don’t let this put you off though, it is well worth a visit.

48 Rue Montmartre, 75002 Paris, France

La Bovida

More cookware, and very near  over two floors but also very pretty and colourful vintage style storage tins to brighten your kitchen / pantry at home.

36 Rue Montmartre, 75001 Paris, France

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  1. Niamh, this is a great list! Would you believe I lived in the building next door to Detou for 4 years WITH NO KITCHEN (well, one hot plate and a bar fridge!). Now, it’s one of my first stops when I visit each summer. And Dehillerin. #danger !

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  2. This is fun stuff! I knew G.Detou and Laduree, but the rest is new for me. So, thanks for sharing, I’m gonna check them out during my next stay in Paris.

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  3. Looks amazing, the moulds my childhood, Rabbit and salmon plus blancmange /jelly shapes. Blackpool Tower not the Eifel tower, the freshest fish though. Father and brother were very good fishermen.

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    • Thank you! And I remember those tupperware moulds so very well. How lovely to have such fresh fish! We would pull the mackerel out of the water in butterfly nets, but would never eat them (which seems so awful now!).

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  4. Just around the corner from E.Dehillerin is one of my favourite shops MORA it’s a store that specialises in Patisserie equipment, I’m like a kid in a candy shop!

    I also always make a trip to the food halls at Galleries Lafayette and Le Bon Marche, both great.

    If you like cookbooks then also in Les Halles in Librarie Gourmand – they sell mainly french language books but upstairs they sell a good range of English language books from around the world as well as an amazing range of baking and patisserie books.

    Edd

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    • You know Mora was on my original list but I didn’t put it in! Will change that.

      Great recs, Edd – thanks!

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  5. Hi There!

    I would love to add my favorite addresses:
    – Causses
    Rue ND de Lorette in the 9th, it’s like a mini-supermarket but with a high-end selection. It’s quite cheap for the quality provided
    – Claus
    Rue JJ Rousseau in the 1st. The shop is dedicated to breakfast, with a wonderful selection of brands, you can have your breakfast there too, it’s delicious :)

    Enjoy your trip!

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  6. Comptoir de la Gastronomie –
    Great little quirky restaurant, offering daily changed menu card (printed for that day only) with just a couple of interesting delicious dishes being served from a selection of finest local foods. Well worth a visit …. Mine was about 6 years ago and I still recommend it :)

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    • Thanks Maria. I will check it out. Out if interest, is that next to / part of the shop in the post? The one with the big foie gras sign?

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  7. Great list! I’d add the wonderful Mariage Freres for tea…their vanile des iles is to die for!

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  8. Thank you Niamh! I now have some extras on my bucket list when next we’re in Paris. Oh and by the way, I’d add Izrael near the Hotel de Ville – a little higgeldy piggeldy quirky little culinary treasure trove which is always on my list. Oh! And the best cinnamon icecream is from Berthillon on the Ilhe St Louis. I have fond memories of standing in a long queue on a hot summer’s day waiting my turn.

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  9. Hi Niamh,
    A few more for you to try the next time you are back in Paris :)

    Jacques Genin
    (one of my favourite places for chocolates and caramels)

    Jean Charles Rochoux
    (if you are in town on Saturday, be sure to try and grab one of his fresh fruit tablettes which are made in limited batches due to short shelf life)

    Patrick Roger
    (great chocs too but amazing window displays, worth just going to check those out)

    Patissere de Reves
    (amazing patisserie and viennoisserie, brioche feuillettee being my fav!)

    Ferrandi
    (one of the top culinary schools in France and my alma mater :) The school has an in-house restaurant which serves paying customers and acts as a training ground for the students studying at the school, both in the kitchen and front of house. An opportunity to try excellent cooking in Paris for a fraction of the price. This is the link to make a reservation – http://www.ferrandi-paris.fr/ecole/les-restaurants-d-application)

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