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America limits or outright bans raw milk (unpasteurized) dairy products. This shop features ONLY raw milk cheeses. Afficionados swear by the richer flavor. It must be good, because there are 6 branches in Paris. Most of the cheeses are French, with some from the UK and other parts of Europe, even Greece. Note that all the shops are closed for a long lunch hour of 1-4 p.m. Check the website for the many other locations, among them Saint Germain and the Passy Market. LG

134 rue Mouffetard
Paris, France 75005
Tel: 01 46 87 85 05
Métro: Censier Daubenton (Line 7)


There are cheese shops and there are cheese shops. Here, you rub shoulders with famous and regular folks who all want some Camembert, Brie and, a rare find, Vacherin in season. 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday.

51, Rue de Grenelle
Paris, France 75007
Métro: Rue du Bac
Tel: 01 42 22 82 24


This premium French ice cream maker has a storefront/tea shop in the Ile St. Louis. Ingredients are clean and delicious. The tea shop features Viennese style pastries. Cross the Pont Marie bridge and you’re practically there. Open from noon to 8 p.m.

29-31 rue saint Louis en l’ile
Paris, France 75004
Métro: Line 7 Pont Marie, Line 1 Saint Paul, Lines 9 and 10, Cardinal Lemoine

Bon Marche

Bon Marche is in a class all by its self and gets its own page: Bon Marche

Boulevard Raspail Farmer’s Market

Tuesday through Saturday at 7 a.m., there are market stalls along this street, between rue du Cherche-Midi and rue de Rennes) until 2:30 p.m. On Sundays it is a purely organic market, or, as the French say, biologique. That’s from 9-3.

Boulevard de Raspail
Paris, France 75006
Métro: Rennes

Debauve and Gallais

Chocolatier since 1800, purveyor to kings. They have a New York shop, but Paris is the mother ship, with more than 40 varieties, plus custom chocolate bars featuring such trendy additions as coffee beans and orange peel. For truffles and individual pieces, prices start at $72 a pound. No milk chocolate, only dark, with some chocolates being 99 per cent cacao.

80 rue des Saints-Peres
Paris, France 75007
Tel: 01 45 48 54 67
Métro: Bourse

Du Pain et des Idees

Organic and award winning in a bread-obsessed city, this bakery has carved out a name for itself. Open only Monday-Friday, 6:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. Narrowly focused on making a few things excellently, such as baguettes which take 7 hours to make instead of the usual 90 minutes. They offer puff pastry meat rolls, fruit pies and croissants.

34 rue Yves Toudic
Paris, France 75010
Tel:01 42 40 44 52
Métro: Republique

Gerard Mulot

Yes, you want to visit another pastry shop in Saint Germain – if it is Gerard Mulot. And they are open Sunday and Monday, unlike many others. They also do take out meals since they are caterers as well.

76 rue de Seine
Paris, France 75006
Tel: 01 43 26 85 77

93, Rue Glacière
Paris, France 75013
Tel: 01 45 81 39 09


Right on the Boulevard Champs d’Elysees you can buy beautiful, creative candy and chocolates. Expensive and fabulous. Open Mon-Sat 9-7. There is another branch in Quimper, along the Brittany coast.

84 Avenue Champs Elysees
Paris, France 75008
tel: 01-42-89-84-11

49 Rue de la Harpe
Paris, France 75005

La Cantine de Quentin

It’s a grocery with a restaurant; buy foie gras to go, or sit down for brunch or lunch. The food is reasonably priced and well prepared. There is a dinner menu but it’s busiest at lunch. It’s just off the Canal St. Martin. They feature half carafes of wine which are well above the mystery red or white you usually get in a cafe.

52 rue Bichat
Paris, France 75010
Métro: Goncourt

La Grande Epicerie

Alongside the beautiful Bon Marche department store is a food hall and grocery store. American grocer Whole Foods had to have modeled its concept on this mecca of fine produce, meats, fruits, cheeses and high end deli takeout. A cheap way to eat well in Paris, with a sit down area. Hundreds of European food delights at your fingertips. La Grande Epicerie is closed on Sundays.

38 rue de Sevres
Paris, France 75007
Tel: 01 44 39 81 00

La Maison du Chocolat

Started in 1977 by Swiss-trained Robert Linxe, this is a worldwide entity with 5 Paris locations. The most convenient is inside the Printemps department store, and the most luxe is probably the original shop at 225 Rue du Faubourg Saint Honore. Linxe gets his cream from Gruyere, and owns his one chocolate plantations in Trinidad and Venezuela.

There are seven La Maison du Chocolat locations in Paris with other locations in Cannes, London, New York and Tokyo. Please visit the La Maison du Chocolat website for more information:


The classic Parisian melt-in-your-mouth macaron can be found here, in numerous flavors. Also a tea room and pastry shop. Since 1862.

16 rue Royale
Paris, France 75008
Tel: 01 42 97 20 20
Métro: Madeleine

21 rue Bonaparte
Paris, France 75006
Tel : 01 44 07 64 08

75, avenue des Champs Elysées
Paris, France 75008
Tel : 01 40 75 08 75

Mariage Freres

France’s oldest house of tea has over 600 varieties and vintages. They feature confections, cookies and tea accessories as well as tea room-restaurants and a tea museum. Lunch from 12-3, afternoon tea from 3-7. Shops open at 10:30 a.m.

30 rue Bourg-Tibourg
Paris, France 75004
Tel: 01 42 72 28 11

3 rue des Grands-Augustins
Paris, France 75006
Tel: 01 40 51 82 50

260 Faubourg Saint Honore
Paris, France 75008
Tel: 01 46 22 18 54

Pain de Sucre

It’s rare in Paris to find a pastry shop which also sells sweets. This does so, and then some. The partners which run it once did desserts for Michelin-starred Pierre Gagnaire. They are on the cutting edge of ingredients, with additions like jasmine and rose.

14 rue Rambuteau
Paris, France 75003
Tel: 01 45 74 68 92

Pierre Herme

Vogue Magazine says he’s the “Picasso of Pastry”. Open 7 days a week. Prepare to stand in line to buy chocolates, macaroons, fruitcakes and other delicacies.

72, Rue Bonaparte
Paris, France 75006.
Tel: 01 43 54 47 77.
Metro Saint Sulpice, Line 4.

(There is a second location in the 15th arrondissement at 185 Vaugirard.)

Poilane Bakery

Dating from 1932, The Poilane bakeries in Paris offer Normandy-style bread: sourdough. Very popular Viennese pastries and Norman butter cookies round out the offerings. Be prepared to walk off a few extra calories after a visit either Poilane Bakery. A true Parisian gem.

There are 2 locations in Paris. The one at 49 Blvd. de Grenelles is open on Sundays. The other location is at 8 rue de Cherche-Midi.

49, Boulevard Grenelle
Paris, France 75015

8 Rue du Cherche-Midi
Paris, France


A friendly cheese shop featuring 200 cheeses. They also sell jellies, honey, and a house-made creme brulee.

62 rue de Sevres
Paris, France 75007
Tel: 01 47 34 33 45
Métro: Pasteur

The Real McCoy

Expats who want Oreos, Reese’s Pieces, Dr. Pepper and ingredients for Thanksgiving dinner shop here, at exorbitant prices. Rumor has it you can go to a supermarket in the suburbs and get the same stuff for less, but being in the center of the city (especially Paris) has its price.

194 Rue de Grenelle
Paris, France 75007
Tel: 01 45 56 98 82
Métro: Ecole Militaire

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