This is our favorite food store, hall, emporium, etc. in Paris. A VERYupscale grocery, a wonderful prepared foods delicatessen, an incredible source of fresh fruit, etc. Basically, the motherload of food products and pre-made take-away food items. It is up there with Harrods Food Hall in my opinion. Though Harrods is far more impressive in terms of the set-up. But La Grande Epicerie is more approachable. I could live here for several days… :)
It turns out photos are not allowed in this store, and I was actually advised not to take any… but whoops, that was after I had very inconspicuously taken a few usable photos, as you see in this post. I can’t imagine why they would discourage photographs, it can only help bring them more business in the long run I imagine, but as soon as they called my attention, I stopped.
This store is huge. A cavernous double height ceiling ground floor location behind the Au Bon Marche department store in the 7th, it is located at 38, Rue de Sevres. We decided on our first day in Paris to head here to pick up a simple sandwich or salad for lunch. The Teen fondly recalls a previous visit several years ago where we bought lunch at LGE and she ate some of it in the nearby park, but had a better time feeding the rest of her bread to the pigeons…
Many folks think European cities are incredibly expensive food wise, and I can see why. But if you manage your expenses so that you mix up nice restaurants with simple lunch time sources like these, you can actually eat very well for a reasonable sum of money. I like to just roam the counters at LGE to see what salads, quiches, sandwiches, etc.
The volume of pate, salmon, sausages, hams, salads was impressive. There were several mediterranean inspired dishes, an incredible slection of prosciuttos, cheeses, grilled items… and all available in individual sized portions!
We arrived at the store just before the lunch time rush and within twenty minutes, lines at the cashiers were 30-40 shoppers long. We picked out several items and as we had done years ago, planned to head to a park nearby and just enjoy our take out meal al fresco.
The total cost for a wonderful lunch for 4? Some Euro 25-30, but we ate very well… some of the dishes up next.
Office workers, salespeople, neighborhood residents were all shopping for their lunch meal. It was fun just to watch what people were buying to eat and what they were drinking as well. With an impressive drinks section, you could get several kinds of waters, juices, wine or champagne!
If you ever find yourself in this part of Paris, make sure to drop into La Grande Epicerie, it is fantastic!