France is THE country for wine and Paris is probably THE city in the world where one can find the largest quantity of Wine Shops. I would recommend any of them provided that the wines appear to be stored in good conditions and that the store owners seem to be experts in wines and the shop assistants able to give good advices… not only in French… but also in English for our foreign visitors! For my Top Three Wine Shops in Paris I have selected three places which are well known by Parisian people to be a Mecca for wine lovers in Paris, places where one can be sure to find what one is looking for. They are not necessarily the cheapest but each of them offer a wide selection of bottles, including the great wines of Bordeaux, good storage conditions and skilled sales assistants able to give good advices.
Last month Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche in Paris opened a new shoe department called ‘L’espace Souliers’ which is a wonder of architecture, light and colours. It is located on the second floor of the department store and is really worth the visit, whether you plan to buy a new pair of shoes or not… and whether you can or cannot buy yourselves a new pair of shoes there as most of them are rather expensive: luxury shoes, designers’ shoes,… all for women.
La Grande Epicerie de Paris is the best store for gastronomy in Paris. Whether you are staying in a hotel, a Bed & Breakfast or a self catering, do not miss a visit to the Grande Epicerie for a gourmet shopping. It is located on the left bank in the prestigious 7th arrondissement near Sèvres Babylone and is the food store of Le Bon Marché, the smartest department store in Paris.
Even if you do not buy anything (which will be difficult as everything there is a temptation !) you will be delighted by your visit and get out with stars in your eyes.