25 Jul La Grande Epicerie, Paris, France
Recently, I spent the most fascinating couple of hours strolling through the aisles of La Grande Epicerie in Le Bon Marché, an upscale department store in Paris. Located in the 7th arrondissement, La Grande Epicerie is a must-see for any food-loving tourist (38, rue de Sèvres, metro: Sèvres Babylone).
An upscale department store also means upscale prices. From pyramids of jams and preserves to 70 Euro bottles of olive oil, this was the epitome of gourmet food. I couldn’t stop snapping pictures. It was unclear whether photography was allowed, so I tried to look casual as I whipped out my phone. I wasn’t going to risk being escorted out.
Opened in 1978, La Grande Epicerie boasts fresh produce (also prepped for convenience), a formidable cheese counter, a butcher, and aisles of food products from around the world. The North American shelf showcased peanut butter, marshmallow spread, Campbell’s soup, Hershey’s syrup, pancake and cheesecake mix. Not to mention Angry Birds gummies. How embarrassing. The only redeeming feature was Canadian maple syrup.
I swooned at the massive spice shelf. With whole and ground versions of every spice imaginable, I had the urge to refill my spice rack. Of course, I wasn’t going to lug all those spice bottles across the Atlantic (not to mention the price!).
Enjoy browsing through these galleries
Chocolates & Other Sweets
Jams & Preserves
Vinegars, Oils & Spices
If you go, the opening hours are Monday to Saturday between 8.30am and 9pm. Bon appetit!