We arrived to Paris early in the morning on a Wednesday. The owner of our Airbnb was kind enough to meet us early, help us get settled, and even sent us an extra long list of local recommendations we might need during our stay. After a long nap we decided to venture out and pick up the essentials we would need for dinner that night. By accident, I think we started a tradition that we will carry on to each and every place we land because we loved it so much. In an effort to get to know our neighborhood, the local shops and practice the language a bit, we went to a handful of places to get what we needed. And by handful I mean pretty much one item a place. We found our local bakery, cheese shop, charcuterie meat shop, wine shop, produce market and a standard market for dry goods, milk for Owen and so on. We used to do this sort of thing in Brooklyn all the time, but for some reason in a new place it was just a whole other level of excitement. Over the course of the last week or two we’ve narrowed down our local essentials to a small list and thought we would share them with you. Keep in mind we are staying in the 18th arrondissement, we are a decent distance from the Eiffel Tour and all that jazz. It’s much more of a neighborhood feel and we are really enjoying it!
For fresh bread and pastries – Le Grenier à Pain Caulaincourt
Cheese shop – Formagerie Quatrehomme
Charcuterie Meats – Charcuterie De Montemartre
Wine shop – Nicolas
Produce Market – Alimentation Halles de Montmartre
The decision to stay in each city we’re visiting for a month was made by design. We truly want each place we travel to to feel like it was our home for that month. This means we are not dining out for every meal and spending all our days exploring, we are working, cooking and going out for the occasional meal. Are there any local spots in Paris you’ve been to? We’d love to add more to our list!