There is nothing better than traversing markets in other countries. While I tend to stick to the more down to Earth galerias and les halles; once in a while, I crave a little luxury. When I was in Italy, this craving was sated by the many Eatalies throughout the country. In Paris, this was taken care of by Galeries Lafayette Gourmet.
Galeries Lafayette are (I say are because there are various buildings that make up the compound) on Boulevard Haussmann in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. You can get pretty much anything you desire there. There are also various eating establishments…should you get hungry while you’re shopping. Here are some examples of the things you can find at Galeries Lafayette Gourmet:
It would not be a Parisian food store without escargot.
And lots of homemade pastas.
Duck Confit Anyone?
In France, it’s Joel Robuchon for your microwave.
Whole peeled chestnuts.
Truffled quail eggs.
And more mustard (there was more mustard than I ever knew existed).
Balsamic vinegar pearls.
Salumeria Rossi Parmacotto had an area here. Awesome lasagna & great wine.
A dim sum shop (the stuff here was awesome & a great way to save money on dinner).