Maybe I’m just lazy, but I like one-stop shopping: a single trip on the métro, rewarded by a multitude of destinations. Especially when all the destinations are related to food. Today, I’m excited to share some of my favorite shops in the neighborhood at métro Maubert-Mutualité.
There is the excellent fromagerie, Laurent Dubois, a meilleur ouvrier de France, whose cheeses are impeccable.
I really love stopping here, chatting with the vendeurs, and spending my hard-earned centimes on a morsel of perfect cheese. Last time, I got a mini Epoisses that was beautifully ripened and the ideal size.
If you’re in more of an Eastern mood, there is the Asian épicerie, Sou-Quan, which carries all manner of Asian sauces, fresh vegetables, tofu, canned goods, frozen pot stickers, dumpling wrappers and more. It’s extremely convenient if you want to whip up a stir-fry but don’t feel like schlepping all the way to the 13th to go grocery shopping.
There is the Chinese noodle house, Les Pâtes Vivantes, which may or may not be going downhill (I haven’t been there for a long time), but will always be a viable cheap and cheerful eat.
And last but not least, just across the river, there is the glacier Berthillon, a veritable ice cream palace. The deep sugar nuttiness of their caramel au beurre salé ice cream can make a grown woman weep tears of joy.
I’m sure I missed lots of good addresses, mes amis! I’d love know — what are your favorites in the neighborhood?
(Photo of Berthillon from keetr.)
47 bd Saint-Germain, 5e
tel: 01 43 54 50 93
35 Place Maubert, 5e
tel: 01 43 26 80 39
Les Pâtes Vivantes
22 bd Saint-Germain, 5e
tel: 01 40 46 84 33
29-31 rue Saint-Louis-en-île, 4e
tel: 01 43 54 31 61