48–52, rue de Montmartre, in the 2nd. 01 42 33 71 65.
Chefs’ supply store.
36, rue Montmartre, in the 1st, near rue Etienne Marcel. 01 42 36 09 99.
A good kitchen shop selling everything from spices to crockery.
101, rue du Faubourg-St. Honoré, in the 1st. 01 42 99 90 00.
This gourmet deli is over 200 years old. At Christmastime you’ll see all the posh Parisians carrying a bag from Dalloyau with a Christmas cake or goodie that they are bringing home for one fête or another.
62, rue de Seine, in the 6th. 01 45 21 41 30.
Where we go for jamon—the kind of Iberian ham that you cannot find anywhere but here and Spain. It is wildly expensive but worth every cent. They have a host of other lovely gourmet items, and you can sit and eat in the store and sample some of their Italian wines, too.
18–20, rue de Coquillière, in the 1st. 01 42 36 53 13. Closed for lunch, 12:30–2.
The place for any foodie who likes to cook. We bought our set of copper pots here years ago and they are still going strong.
Le Furet Tanrade
63, rue de Chabrol, in the 9th.
Open since 1728, this shop has been turning out fine chocolates, jams and teas to the delight of everyone from Balzac and Proust to modern Franco-foodies like Patricia Wells and David Lebovitz. This latest incarnation, helmed by award-winning chocolatier Alain Furet, intrigues the palate with the popular chocolat au chanvre (hemp) and mouthwatering jams like gelée Ricard, whose patriotic stripes are made of blue curaçao, white chocolate and ruby-red raspberry. A pilgrimage site for those with a discerning sweet tooth.
La Grande Épicerie de Paris
38, rue de Sèvres, in the 7th. 01 44 39 81 00.
A food emporium offering mouthwatering gourmet delicacies from around the world. Fresh dishes from the French, Italian and British counters make a lovely array for a picnic. Beautifully packaged jams, salts and crackers are the perfect souvenir gift to bring back home. Take advantage of the in-store tastings on Friday nights and Saturday mornings.
Huilerie Artisanale J Leblanc et Fils
6, rue Jacob, in the 6th. 01 46 34 61 55.
Specializes in hazelnut, walnut, rapeseed, almond, pine-nut and pistachio oil. Great gifts to bring back—we haven’t been able to find these at home.
1, place Ste.-Opportune, in the 1st. 01 40 28 09 42.
The place for Laguiole knives, which are the best steak knives in the world. The French use them for any kind of meat. It is also worthwhile to go to the town of Laguiole, as the factory was designed by Philippe Starck.
6, Place de la Madeleine, in the 8th. 01 40 15 06 00.
Famous for its mustard, oil, vinegar, honey and cognac. Walk around the loop that circles the Madeleine church and you will find all of the famous gourmet haunts:
Other shops around the Madeleine Church:
Fauchon 26, Place de la Madeleine. 01 70 39 38 00.
Hédiard 21, Place de la Madeleine. 01 43 12 88 99.
Our favorite. Has everything gourmet under the sun.
Ladurée 16, rue Royale. 01 42 60 21 79.
Great people-watching tea shop; famous for their macaroons. Wonderful gifts can be found at each of these places. Fauchon, Ladurée and Hédiard all have other locations. (See also Top 20 or More Items to Bring Back.)
13, rue des Grands-Augustins, in the 6th. 01 40 51 82 50.
For teapots and tea—even has a tea museum. This is an ideal Parisian gift.
12, rue du Champ de Mars, in the 7th. 01 45 50 43 94.
Has been here since 1950. France is a country with 450 different cheeses—try as many as you can. Cantin offers special tasting sessions. Our favorite cheeses include St. Marcellin, fromage frais, Reblochon, cantal, raclette, vacherin, unpasturized Camembert, Société Roquefort, mimolette from Lille and nearly all of the small fresh goat cheeses. Recently we’ve become fans of cheese from the Pyrenees.
62, rue des Sèvres, in the 7th.
47, blvd St. Germain, in the 5th, near Marchés Monge and Maubert.
01 43 54 50 93.
Laurent Dubois won the prize for best cheesemonger (yes, of course they have such a thing in Paris), and what he does with goat cheese is unbelievable.
La Fromagerie 31
64, rue de Seine, in the 6th, near the Buci market street. 01 43 26 50 31.
Has tasting plates you can order with a glass of wine.
French cheese guide (in French).
See also Foodie Haunts.