A Culinary Journey Through Paris: Discovering Four-Star Gourmet Delights - Part II

Apr 6


Phil Chavanne

Phil Chavanne

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Paris is not just the City of Light; it's also a haven for food connoisseurs. French cuisine is celebrated as an art form, a cultural treasure that borders on the sacred. In this second installment of our gourmet exploration, we delve into the heart of Parisian luxury food havens, from the opulent Lafayette Gourmet food court to the renowned Androuet fromageries. These destinations are not mere options for the discerning palate—they are essential experiences for anyone seeking the pinnacle of culinary excellence.

Lafayette Gourmet: A Feast for the Senses

A Dazzling Array of Gourmet Offerings

Nestled within the historic Galeries Lafayette,A Culinary Journey Through Paris: Discovering Four-Star Gourmet Delights - Part II Articles the Lafayette Gourmet food court is a spectacle of culinary diversity and freshness. This gastronomic paradise, situated on the top floor, offers a stunning array of choices for food lovers:

  • Bakery: A testament to France's love for baked goods, featuring a wide variety of specialty breads and pastries.
  • Cheese Counter: Boasting over a hundred types of cheese, including both French and imported varieties.
  • Meats and Seafood: A selection of premium cuts and fresh catches for the discerning carnivore and pescatarian.
  • Deli: Specialty foodstuffs that cater to the most refined tastes.
  • Produce: Fresh fruits and vegetables sourced globally, ensuring peak ripeness and flavor.
  • Spices: An extensive collection catering to every culinary need.
  • Chocolates and Candies: A luxury section dedicated to the sweet tooth, with European chocolates often unavailable in the US.

Moreover, the 'wine library' at Lafayette Gourmet is a treasure trove for oenophiles, featuring 1,800 of the world's finest wines, meticulously classified and presented. This destination is a must-visit for anyone seeking the finest in food and drink.

Galeries Lafayette

Say Cheese! The Androuet Experience

The Pinnacle of French Cheese Craftsmanship

France's love affair with cheese is legendary, and the country's dedication to preserving the quality and uniqueness of its regional cheeses is evident in its AOC (appellation d'origine contrôlée) laws. These regulations ensure that only limited quantities of each cheese are produced, maintaining their distinctive characteristics.

Androuet, a name synonymous with the finest cheeses, has been a Parisian institution since 1909. With five shops in Paris and an international presence, Androuet is a testament to the art of the maître fromager affineur (cheese maturing master). Their cheeses, sourced from over 200 locations, are all made with raw milk and curated under the watchful eyes of cheese ripening experts.

Androuet's Offerings and Services

  • Cheese Selection: An exquisite range of cheeses, each with its unique flavor profile and maturation process.
  • Wine Pairings: A curated selection of wines, from red Sancerre to Chateau Neuf du Pape, to complement the cheeses.
  • Bread: Collaboration with two Parisian bakeries ensures the perfect bread to accompany your cheese.
  • Packaging: For those wishing to take these delicacies home, Androuet offers air-tight and vacuum-sealed packaging options.

For international visitors, it's important to check the latest food importing rules with the US Customs & Border Protection or the US Department of Agriculture. Androuet's knowledgeable staff can also provide guidance on these regulations.

Gourmet Gifts and Catering

Androuet doesn't just sell cheese; they create experiences. With gourmet gift baskets, boxes, and chests available, as well as catering for private or business events, they offer a full-service cheese-themed extravaganza complete with bread, wine, and elegant decorations.

Visit Androuet in Paris

Androuet's shops are a staple in Parisian tourist guides, and their clientele spans the globe. Here are the locations and hours for their Parisian stores:

  • 37, rue de Verneuil - 75007 Paris Metro: Rue du Bac, Solférino (line 12).
  • 134, rue Mouffetard - 75005 Paris Metro: Censier Daubenton (line 7).
  • 1, rue Bois le Vent - 75016 Paris Metro: La Muette (line 9), Passy (line 6).
  • 17, rue des Belles-Feuilles - 75016 Paris Metro: Victor Hugo (line 2), Trocadéro (lines 6, 9).
  • 23, rue de la Terrasse - 75017 Paris Metro: Villiers (lines 2, 3).

Normal working hours are Tuesday to Saturday, with all shops closing at 7:30 pm.

In this second part of our gourmet journey through Paris, we've highlighted just a few of the city's luxurious food offerings. Whether you're a local or a visitor, these culinary landmarks are sure to provide an unforgettable experience that tantalizes the taste buds and celebrates the rich tradition of French gastronomy.

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