Below you’ll find our suggestions for where to pick up cheese, sweets, wine and other picnic provisions before settling in for an al fresco feast at Place des Vosges.
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- Pascal Beillevaire – A producer of cheeses, plus excellent butters and other dairy treats.
Prepared Foods & Bread
- Pain de Sucre – A lazy picnicker’s dream come true, selling pre-packed sandwiches, cold salads, savory stuffed breads, and baguette. On the sweet side, you’ll find multicolored marshmallows, stellar macarons and ice cream to go.
- L’As du Fallafel – Cheap, messy and seemingly obligatory. The line-averse should probably avoid it on a Sunday afternoon.
- Chez Marianne – This mainstay of the Jewish quarter is popular for its platters of salads and breads, though many line up here for falafel, too.
- Gérard Mulot – This traiteur/pâtisserie/boulangerie offers a visual feast of grand cakes and tarts, tiny and tempting petit-fours, chocolates, savory prepared foods, and baguettes to boot.
- Miznon – This annex of an Israeli chain has above average, far more creative offerings than your corner kebab stand. Notable options include grilled cauliflower, grilled sweet potato, and beef bourguignon.
- Carette – A beautiful, old-fashioned pastry shop.
- Josephine Vannier – Near the Places des Vosges, Vannier offers playful chocolate sculptures and a range of bon bons.
- Dalloyau – This historic traiteur and pâtisserie invented the oft-imitated Opera Cake.
- Les Caves du Marais – Crates and bottles are piled high in this bare bones shop, run for more than two decades by Jean-Jacques Bailly, who offers good prices on estate bottled wines from all over France.
- La Moustache Blanche – Hipster beer geekiness pervades this shop boasting more than 500 beers from all over the world. Featured prominently are craft beers from the United States & Northern Europe, plus Belgian Trappist and Abbey beers.