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Must Do Foodie Visits in Paris and Throughout France

bernardo.s | | Feb 4, 2011 07:17 AM

So I'll be living in Paris until June and am looking for the best foodie experiences in Paris and also throughout France...

It's somewhat of a difficult / particular request I suppose. I'm not really looking for the best restaurants / cheap eats / or best chocolates / pastries etc. so much as the "must experience" food related places (mills/vineyards/breweries/factories/farms), happenings, food stores, etc... Also, I'm less interested in the obvious - i.e. the street markets throughout Paris are an overprescribed must / Pierre Herme damn your crack macarons! - and more in the unusual/amazing...

I know this is somewhat of a crazy request as I'm sure there are a million spectacular places throughout France but suggestions for food places closer to Paris (train accessible if possible within 2-3 hours) are most welcome as I'd like to enjoy day trips on the weekends. However, I will have the month of May entirely dedicated to food visits so really I'm up for anything...

Possible suggestions: veggie farms, cheese farms, apiaries, salt marshes, oyster farms, truffle hunting, olive picking / oil making, vineyards... etc!

Also suggestions for particularly special boutiques in Paris are also very welcome (to keep me going when I need a serious food fix and can't make it to a dairy farm one weekend :)

- the Maille Boutique (mustard on tap?! yes please!)
- Huilerie J. Leblanc Boutique (ideally would love to visit the actual oil mill in Iguerande if possible but I'll start with their boutique)

- Rungis
- Fleur de Sel Salt Marshes in Guerande (Terre de Sel)
- Truffle Hunt with Edouard Aynaud in Pechalifour (a suggestion closer to Paris would be much appreciated!)

....aside from those places... I don't know where to look!


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