There is nothing better than traversing markets and stores in other countries. I absolutely adore seeing what locals purchase and sell in all different areas. While I tend to stick to the more down to Earth galerias and les halles; once in a while, I crave a little luxury. When I was in Italy, this craving was sated by the many Eatalies throughout the country. In Paris, this was taken care of by Galeries Lafayette Gourmet. Galeries Lafayette is a chain of stores that has been around since 1912. Clotheshorses would always make this a destination on their visits to the city of lights.
Galeries Lafayette Paris
The flagship for Galeries Lafayette is located in the 9th Arrondissement of Paris on Boulevard Haussmann near the Palais Garnier Opera house and the Musee du Parfum Fragonard. The store offers 753,474 square feet of shopping. It's HUGE. When you arrive, you will note that the store is divided into two buildings. One is for regular shopping, the second is dedicated to food (that's my favorite part).
The food market at Galeries Lafayette has everything a foodie can desire. What can you get there? Here's a glimpse at some of the things you can purchase at Galeries Lafayette:
It would not be a Parisian food store without escargot. This is an escargot brand from Burgundy.
You can get all sorts of Terrines at Galeries Lafayette. These are from a company called Les Alpes Campagnards and hail from the region of Savoy.
Gourmet Frozen Food
Fleury Michon is France's most purchased brand of food. Since it's France, they partnered up with Joël Robuchon to make a line of frozen food. Pretty good I may add. These cost about €6 each.
There were all types of mustard at Galeries Lafayette. This was mustard made of cider vinegar by a company called Champ's which has been owned by the Guillomy family since 1964. Wanna know what's cooler? Philippe Guillomy is not just an "artisan moutardier", he is one of 10 in the entire country.
Peeled Whole Chestnuts
These are from a company called Marguerite de Turenne. They sell all types of fruits and sweet treats. The company is named after the last suzerain of Bergerac who recorded over 1,200 recipes from the Périgord region.
Confit de canard is one of France's signature dishes. While it is originally from Gascony, it has been adopted throughout the country. The dish uses the entire duck and is quite labor intensive. The duck is salted and then cooked in its own fat. Most French won't make this dish, but buy it from purveyors such as Freres Gourmets. Two thigs cost €15.
Not everything at Galeries Lafayette is French. There are plenty of items from other countries, and this includes everyone's favorite hazelnut spread, Nutella. At Galeries Lafayette, you can find it in large formats, so this is a great gift idea.
You won't be disappointed at the selection of dehydated mushrooms at Galeries Lafayette, it's quite extensive.
Truffled quail eggs
Didn't purchase these, but I'm still trying to figure out how they got the truffles inside.
Perlanova Vinegar Pearls
This was the first time I saw these balsamic vinegar pearls. It was suggested that they could be used to decorate salads and dishes. They seem kinda fun!
Salumeria Rossi Parmacotto had an area here. Awesome lasagna & great wine.
A dim sum shop (the stuff here was awesome & a great way to save money on dinner).
Galeries Lafayette Haussman is located at 40 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris, France +33 1 42 82 34 56
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