Beards, beanies & bacon jam: Brooklyn arrives at Le Bon Marché

Hovering fifty feet above the corner of Sèvres and Babylone is the image of a hipster eating a hot dog. The waxed tips of his mustache curl up as he gazes down upon the sidewalk scene below: an elegant woman wearing a camel trench coat is loading her shopping into a car. This is the line for valet parking at the city’s most expensive department store, and madame’s bags are bursting with jars of bacon jam.

Between now and October 17, Le Bon Marché (LBM) is celebrating New York’s most populous borough with their Brooklyn Rive Gauche festival.  Throughout the department store and their next-door food hall La Grande Épicerie, black water tower display stands direct shoppers to kale chips, artisanal matchsticks, and beard cream. Continue reading Beards, beanies & bacon jam: Brooklyn arrives at Le Bon Marché

Shakespeare & Company to Open a Café This Fall

Construction is underway at Shakespeare & Company to open an adjoining café in partnership with Bob’s Bake Shop in October.

George Whitman opened the iconic Anglo bookstore at 37 rue Bûcherie in 1951. “The space next door has been empty for over 30 years, and my father always wanted to rent it for a bookshop café,” explains Sylvia Whitman, his daughter and successor. Continue reading Shakespeare & Company to Open a Café This Fall

Paris Food & Wine Events

Coming Soon

  • October 2: Taste Australia with 2 natural winemakers from Down Under, Anton van Klopper of domaine Lucy Margaux Vineyards and Tom Shobbrook of Shobbrook Wines. There will be Wagyu beef on the menu at Coinstot Vino and reservations are recommended. From 7pm onwards at 26 passage des Panoramas, 75002.
  • October 6: Susan Loomis, author of In a French Kitchen: Tales and Traditions of Everyday Home Cooking in France, will be presenting her cookbook as part of the American Library in Paris Evenings with an Author series. The event is free. From 7:30pm on at 10 rue du Général Camou, 75007.
  • October 7-11: The Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre celebrates the harvest of the neighborhood’s 1,200+ grape vines with a festival including vineyard visits, a parade, singing children, and over 100 food and wine stalls.

Regular Occurrences 

  • Every Tuesday night: a live jazz concert to accompany absinthe based cocktails at the Pigalle bar Lulu White. From 7:30-11pm at 12 rue Frochot, 75009.
  • Every Friday night and Saturday: a free wine tasting every Friday night – their weekly happy hour “Wine Down” – at La Dernière Goutte from 5-7:30pm. On Saturdays, they open bottles from 11am-7pm. Visit them at 6 rue de Bourbon de Chateau, 75006.
  • Every Saturday morning: an introduction to coffee cupping at Belleville Brûlerie. Space is limited to 8 people and reservations are required. Tickets for the tasting are 20€ per person and include a sack of freshly roasted beans to take home.  Starts 11:30am at 10 rue Pradier, 75019.
  • Every Sunday evening: bingo & pastrami (and other American) sandwiches at Freddie’s Deli. Prizes are different each week. From 6pm onwards at 22 Rue Crespin du Gast, 75011.

Planning Ahead

  • Late October-Early November: the annual Salon du Chocolat will take place at the Porte de Versailles.
  • Late January: La Fête de la Coquille, celebrating coquilles Saint-Jacques (sea scallops) and other seafood at an outdoor tasting festival in Montmartre.
  • February 23-26: the Salon du Fromage will feature 165 producers, farmers and cheesemongers from 13 different for a celebration of all things dairy. There will be ample tastings, discussions of major trends in cheese, and even cheese platter composition contests. From 9am-7pm at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles at  1 place de la Porte de Versailles, 75015. 
  • February 27-March 6: the annual Salon de l’Agriculture will be held at the Porte de Versailles expo center, featuring thousands of prize-hungry animals, ranging from pigeons to two-ton bulls, plus an entire hall devoted to sampling and buying products from the many distinct regions of France. Read more in Our Guide to the Salon de l’Agriculture.
  • March: Omnivore, the food festival devoted to “young cuisine” returns to Paris from their world tour with a series of demonstrations in Sweet, Savory, Artisan, Street Food and Beverage scenes.
  • March 20: the annual Jour du Macaron to celebrate macarons and raise money for charitable causes.
  • June: the Salon de Vin RDF will welcome hundreds of winemakers to the Palais de Brongniart for 2 days of tasting.
  • Late September: La Fête de la Gastronomie, a 3 day celebration of Gallic gastronomy, will be taking place throughout France. The hundreds of events both in Paris and outside include markets, tastings, international cooking classes, picnics, cheese fashion shows, and more.
  • Late September: the annual edition of the food festival Street Food Temple featuring food trucks and stalls in and around Le Carreau du Temple at  4 rue Eugène Spuller, 75004. Entry is free.