Many of the larger Paris supermarkets have international aisles. Sometimes you can find what you need for that special recipe but most of the time, it’s just a pale shadow of the real thing. Take heart. There are a lot of specialized groceries in Paris and environs, perhaps one that speaks to the cuisine that’s close to your heart. Here’s a list of some of my favorites and those recommended by friends from around the globe. If you know of others, leave a comment with the details and we’ll add them to the post.
Coisas do Brasil
22 rue Daniel Stern, 75015 Paris
Métro : Dupleix
Phone: 08 92 70 18 64
See “Southeast Asian” below.
La Tienda Nueva
57, rue Rodier, 75009 Paris
Phone : 01 45 26 11 80
Adriana & Margot
14, rue des Goncourt, 75011 Paris
Phone: 01 47 00 64 50
Pastries, meats, herrings, prepared foods, and alcohol
Chez Tante Emma Laden
Marché de la Porte Saint Martin
20 rue Bouchardon, 75010 Paris
Métro: Chateau d’Eau, Jacques Bonsergent
Phone: 01 42 46 51 17
Sausages, beers, cookies, and other German products
6, rue Lamartine, 75009 Paris
Phone : 01 48 78 43 19, 01 45 26 11 54
Chic, slick and delicious, it’s at once a fine foods boutique, traiteur (vendor of premade dishes), and restaurant featuring all your Mediterranean favorites. Multiple locations including :
18, rue Duphot, 75001 Paris
Métro : Madeleine
89, rue de Rocher, 75008 Paris
Métro : Villiers
47, rue Censier, 75005 Paris
Métro : Censier Daubenton
In addition to the main locations, you will find a Mavrommatis counter inside the upscale Inno supermarket in Boulogne (5, rue Tony Garnier), les Galeries Gourmande in the Palais des Congrès at Porte Maillot, and in gourmet section of Galeries Lafayette (48-52, boulevard Haussmann).
VT Cash and Carry
11-15 rue de Cail, 75010 Paris
Métro: La Chappelle or Gare du Nord
Phone: 01 40 05 07 18
The area around Gare du Nord is thick with South Asian restaurants, sari shops, and groceries. But you may be able to take care of all your shopping needs in this one shop, stuffed from floor to ceiling with spices, grains, beans, sauces, breads, and cooking equipment, all for very reasonable prices. Also a good resource for British favorites.
83-87 passage Brady, 75010 Paris
Métro: Strasbourg-St. Denis, Château d’Eau
Phone: 01 42 46 06 06
Spices, herbs, lentils, rices, and much more.
JAPANESE AND KOREAN
71bis, rue Saint-Charles, 75015 Paris
Métro: Charles Michels
Phone: 01 45 75 37 44
Stocks both Japanese and Korean products
46, rue Sainte Anne, 75002 Paris
Métro: Pyramides, Quatre Septembre
Phone: 01 42 86 02 22
Open seven days a week
118, rue Lecourbe, 75015 Paris
Métro : Cambronne, Vaugirard
Phone : 01 56 56 77 60
46, rue des Petits-Champs,75002 Paris
Phone: 01 42 61 33 65
Good products but rather expensive
6-8, rue Sainte Anne, 75001 Paris
Phone: 01 58 62 49 09 / 01 42 96 40 91
Open every day; a relatively new store with both Japanese and Korean products. Big, clean, and you can get sashimi, thinly sliced beef and pork, and Japanese delis. (You can also eat sur place.)
Mexi and Co.
10, rue Dante, 75005 Paris
Métro: Cluny Sorbonne
Phone: 01 46 34 14 12
Tortillas, salsas, and more
Go to the link above for a long article (in French) detailing where to find ingredients used in Mexican cuisine in Paris. The author recommends a number of different stores for different products (flours, spices, peppers, etc.)
Les Délices d’Orient
52, avenue Emile Zola, 75015 Paris
Métro : Charles Michels
Phone: 01 45 79 10 00
In a city with many Lebanese traiteurs, this large shop in the 15th is among the best: plenty of prepared foods ready to serve and all the unique ingredients to make your own.
140, rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, 75012 Paris
Métro: Ledru Rollin
Phone: 1 40 01 01 04
Great selection of Middle Eastern and north African ingredients. Tons of grains, beans, spices, nuts, pastas, and condiments at terrific prices. Just around the corner from one of Paris’s great open air markets, Marché d’Aligre.
17, rue de Picardie, 75003 Paris
Métro : Temple, Republique or Filles du Calvaire
Phone : 01 42 78 25 82
Peruvian handicrafts and a modest selection of foods (no fresh foods)
2, rue au Pain
Carré aux Herbes, 78000 Versailles
Phone : 01.39.51.08.78
8, route des Fusillés de la Résistance, 92800 Puteaux
Pasteis de bacalhau and leitao assado are house specialties.
45, avenue d’Ivry, 75013 Paris
Métro: Porte d’Ivry
Open Tuesday through Saturday ; free parking
If you like southeast Asian food, seek no further. Although there are several Tang outlets around town, this giant warehouse is the mother ship. Canned, bottled, bagged, frozen, or fresh, Tang Freres has everything you need for your favorite southeast Asian meal at a fraction of the price of anywhere else in town. A large bottle of soy sauce, for example, will cost you no more than 1.35 euros here compared with about 3.50 for the same bottle in the “international” aisle of larger supermarkets. The meats are also excellent and well priced. The array of fresh Asian herbs, fruits, and vegetables is amazing. Bring your own bags; no free bags and the ones for sale at several centimes apiece will likely break before you reach your destination.
81, avenue d’Ivry, 75013 Paris
Métro: Maison Blanche
18, rue Jean Nicot 75007 Paris
Metro : Pont de l’Alma, La Tour Marbourg
Phone : 01 53 59 96 96
Ham, wines, cheeses, and seafood products
23, rue Jouffroy D’Abbans, 75017 Paris
Metro : Malesherbes, Pont Cardinet
Phone : 01 46 22 11 60
29, rue de l’Ouest, 75014 Paris
Metro : Pernety
Phone. : 01 43 20 41 52
17, rue Duperré 75009 Paris
Phone: 01 42 81 91 75
Metro : Pigalle
13 rue Danes de Montardat 78100 St Germain en Laye
Phone : 09 62 39 91 91
13, rue Lebon 75017 Paris
Phone : 01 45 74 29 17
Metro: Ternes, Perreire, Porte Maillot
In addition to the usual French products, this bakery also sells some fresh-baked Swedish specialties like kanelbulle (cinnamon rolls), princesstårta (a marzipan covered cream cake, knäckebröd (crispy bread, like Wasa), and smörgåstårta.
21 rue Montorgueil, 75001 Paris
Phone: 01 42 33 72 39
Spices, grains, beans, nuts, a little bit of everything.
La Grande Epicerie de Paris, Le Bon Marché
38, rue de Sevres, 75007 Paris
A little bit of everything and sky high prices. Still you might find just what you’re looking for, and it’s worth a visit even if you’re not in a buying mood.
30 rue Francois-Miron, 75004 Paris
Métro: St. Paul
Phone: 01 42 72 66 23
This spice shop, tucked in between the rue St. Antoine and the Seine River in the Marais district, carries a little bit of everything. In the front room, you’ll find barrels of nuts, dried fruits, and grains. The shelves are stacked with oils, condiments, sauces, and spices from all over the world. Beware: some of the more exotic bottled and canned items may be a bit dusty.