Many tourists visit Paris without ever visiting the incredible diversity of small neighborhood oriented gourmet food stores throughout the city. This post looks at a neighborhood close to our Yellow Flat at the corner of Blvd. Grenelle and Rue De Lourmel, in the 15th.
When we first began traveling to Paris to enjoy the Yellow Flat we stuck to the grocery stores in the neighborhood. Not they were bad, the average corporate grocery store has foods that keep pace with the finer stores in the U.S. What we wanted was that neighborhood feeling, small shops, the butcher, wine shop, bakery, cheese store group.
We walked into it during last year’s visit. Here is the path we followed and a link to a google map: http://maps.google.com/maps?client=safari&oe=UTF-8&ie=UTF8&q=fromagerie+rue+lourmel+paris+fr&fb=1&gl=us&hq=fromagerie&hnear=rue+lourmel+paris+fr&hl=en&view=map&cid=8748826341735556621&ved=0CBsQpQY&ei=BdtQS4WEJpjkpgSeufyFDg&z=16
Starting at the corner of La Motte Piquet and Blvd. Grenelle where the metro station is head towards the Seine.
Your first stop will be Poilane, the famous and deservedly so, French bakery (http://www.poilane.fr). Our local store is located at 49 Blvd. Grenelle. Very little can go wrong in your choices, from breakfast pastries to their famous assortment of breads.
Once you reach Rue Lourmel, go under the metro elevate tracks and start shopping. You will find everything you need there.
They have the distinguished ranking of affineur, an honor reserved for only the finest cheese experts in France and their selection is just exceptional. Florence could build her meals between the bread at Poilane and the cheese we found here.
What is missing? Wine, flowers, produce, butcher, it is all there within 2 blocks. This is a neighborhood that doesn’t appear in the guidebooks but it is well worth exploring and 5 minutes walk from the Yellow Flat. Bring your shopping bag.