(Continued from the previous post)
Shopping in Paris. Okay, I know what you are thinking. Yes we did spent some quality time at Galleries Lafayette and Printemps, fighting shoulder to shoulder with fellow Asian shoppers parading through the department stores with their bags and luggage during the sale season, but what I wanted to say was another kind of shopping - buying cookware and food.
3. Cheese Shopping in Paris
We were on a mission to fetch some cheeses home from Paris, so we went to check out a couple fromagerie and did some tasting. Our first stop was not exactly a cheese specialist, but a fine food store called Julhes, just a few blocks away from where we stayed on the street of rue Faubourg Saint-Denis.
Rue Faubourg Saint-Denis at 10th arrondissement turned out to be an accidental but pleasant find in our trip as the street was lined with interesting food shops and ethnic stores etc and full of characters. Okay, a bit off the beaten path and probably not the safest neighborhood, but it was all fine during the day when we walked along the street back and forth a few times. Julhes Paris took up a few stores along the mid-section of the street, number 54 a boulangerie and patisserie selling all the freshly-baked goodies starting in early morning, number 59 and 60 selling cooked foods to go, including sandwiches, soup and salad for those looking for a quick meal, but shop number 56 was the one we spent the most time in.
4. Cookware Shops in Les Halles
E. Dehillerin: http://www.eshop.e-dehillerin.fr/
La Bovida: https://www.labovida.com/
5. Eataly in Milan
We ran out of time to shop at Eataly in Milan last year when we were in town - though we did have a great time at their flagship store in Turin later on - but I wanted to make up for the miss by dropping by on the last evening before going back home.
|See the middle area? That's all the fresh produce they got for the entire store.|
Well, if you happened to be in the hood, I suppose it's still worth dropping by for a quick bite or something; otherwise I felt it's a waste of time. If you want to explore the finer food scene in Milan, try Peck. At least they got a wider variety of stuff and more convenient. Or just go to a real market - there are plenty of those around town - go on the web and check on their opening schedule. As for Eataly, I would rather take a drive to Turin for their even bigger flagship store there.