One of my favourite places to visit whenever I’m abroad is a big (super)market, and Paris is no exception. Though it’s questionable if the place where you live half the time can still be called ‘abroad’, one of the places that continues to make me feel like a tourist is La Grande Epicerie. I’m not sure if it’s the big range of exotic products, the delicious fresh food offerings or the architecture, but I feel like taking pictures every time I go there.
La Grande Epicerie is the food department of Le Bon Marché, which is one of the most high-end department stores of Paris. In the Bon Marché you’ll find Chanel, Dior and all the other luxury brands not a lot of people can afford. Which is funny, because in French, saying something is ‘bon marché’ actually means it’s cheap.
This store definitely isn’t cheap, but they do offer you the best products and even without buying something I could just walk around for hours to gawk at it all. They’ve just finished a extensive renovation which felt like it lasted forever, but in reality was just a year and a half. Not bad when considering they were open all this time and the actual transformation is huge.
Besides the products you can buy to take home with you, you’ll also find two restaurants (La Table de la Grande Epicerie and Le Balthazar) and a few bars to sit and have a quick bite or drink. We had a break at the Spanish Jamón bar where we ordered a plate of it’s absolutely finger-licking-good ham, accompanied by some red wine of course.
Though la Grande Epicerie is part of le Bon Marché, it’s not located in the same building, but on the other side of the road. More practical information can be found on their website.