Just before Christmas, La Grande Epicerie de Paris, the Left Bank gourmet grocery that has been under renovation for a year and a half, unveiled its new look.
The store has been opened up visually and spacially, with a glass roof and an escalator connecting 3 floors. It’s added some 20,000 products, moved some departments, and created others.
The new store is arranged like a marketplace, with green grocers, butchers, fishmongers, artisan pastry chefs and cheesemongers available for consultation.
The formerly visually nondescript wine department moved to the basement last year. Now it really is a cave, outfitted in granite and oak, with dégustations at the new wine bar, Balthazar.
Aisles of luxury foods—exquisite chocolates, biscuits, sauces, oils, vinegars, and more from all over the world—also include products not available anywhere else: Jamaican coffee beans from Bob Marley’s son’s plantation, candy “tennis balls” signed Maria Sharapova, skull-shaped bottles of vodka produced by Dan Akroyd.
It’s large, it’s lovely, and it’s hard to imagine leaving this temple of food empty handed.
What’s your favorite foodstuff at La Grande Epicerie?