As much as we all love and adore fashion, we can’t live on sartorial fabulousness alone. In between shows, be sure to stop by some of Parisians’ favourite little ‘endroits’ to stock up on irresistible French nibbles and more.
De rigeur is a visit to the world famous Ladurée, an institution of deliciousness that perfected the ‘macaron’, a heavenly piece of confectionary that is crispy and crumbly on the outside and gorgeous gooiness within. Ladurée’s selection of flavours is utterly winning, from rose to caramel with salted butter to cognac laced.
If you don’t have time to sit down and enjoy the historic and charming ‘salon de thé’, be sure to pop in and pick up some to go; the macarons may disappear in flash, but the wonderful boxes they are packaged in are perfect for storing old letters, pictures and precious bits and bobs.
Next stop: Maille, the home of mustard and if savoury rather than sweet is your thing, Maille is just the place. The company’s first mustard was created by Antoine Maille in 1720 who went on to become the King of France’s official supplier of mustard.
Today you can find not only traditional white wine mustard, but a heady selection that includes mustard with Chablis and black truffle, or cassis infused or even flavoured with hazelnuts to name just a few. You can also hand pump your own little pot to take home with you from a large traditional earthenware jar, in addition to an array of vinegars and nut and olive oils.
Last but certainly not least: Fauchon…a treasure trove for foodies bursting with the best France has to offer…from foie gras with marron glacès and chocolate to truffles to King Crab and the best jams ever, presented in unmistakably French packaging. Now that you’re stocked up, enjoy the shows.
Ladurée: 16, rue royale, 75008 Paris, www.laduree.com
Maille: 6 Place de la Madeleine, Paris, Tel: +33 1 40 15 06 00, www.maille.co.uk
Fauchon: 24-30 place de la Madeleine, Paris, France www.fauchon.com