Even if you haven’t been to Terroirs d’Avenir yet, odds are you’ve still tried one of their products. Alexandre Drouard and Samuel Nahon started Terroirs d’Avenir in 2008 to bring exceptional French products from small producers to Paris restaurants, revolutionizing our city’s dining scene along the way. After building a devoted clientele of chefs (among others: Daniel Rose (Spring), Braden Perkins (Verjus) and their current neighbor on the Rue de Nil, Grégory Marchand (Frenchie), Alexandre and Samuel opened the Terroirs d’Avenir shops in 2013.
Terroirs d’Avenir is actually made up of three shops in the middle of the Frenchie-plex on Rue du Nil: an épicerie, a fishmonger, and a butcher. You’ll find a curated selection of the best France has to offer, from French-grown shiitake mushrooms to live lobsters. Prices are slightly higher than your average green grocer, but the quality is outstanding. Forget your shopping list at home and come to be inspired by the wonderful and weird products they bring in.
An Absolute Favorite
Address: 6, 7, 8 rue du Nil, 75002
Nearest transport: : Réaumur-Sebastopol (3,4), Sentier (3)
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 9:30am-2pm and 3:30pm-8pm, Saturday, 9am-2pm and 3:30-8pm, Closed Sunday and Monday
Telephone: 01 45 08 48 80
Poissonerie Terroirs d’Avenir
6 rue du Nil, 75002 Paris
The fishmonger carries an impressive range of line-caught fish, in addition to oysters, live crabs and lobsters, and some exciting daily arrivals: dog cockles, anyone?
Boucherie Terroirs d’Avenir
8 rue du Nil, 75002 Paris
Over at the boucherie, they age their own beef and carry high quality charcuterie and some of France’s finest heritage breeds. Of note, they bring in the Poularde du Patis, which Hugo Desnoyer called The Best Chicken in The World.
Épicerie Terroirs d’Avenir
7 rue du Nil, 75002 Paris
The épicerie carries a wide range of choice seasonal produce, herbs, and greens. There’s a small but sufficient cheese case in the back and they stock a dependable wine and beer selection (not kept cold so plan ahead), in addition to some artisanal vinegars, jams, and rare spices.
Reviews of interest
Camille Labro (2014) “… Les trois boutiques de Terroirs d’Avenir sur la rue du Nil, qui proposent des fruits, légumes, poissons et viandes fabuleuses, provenant de petites exploitations et de fermiers à contre-courant de l’agriculture intensive. Là non plus, pas de chichi ni falbalas, pas de chimie, juste du très bon, à très bon prix.”
David Lebovitz (2013): “It’s a bustling, charming little rue with a seafood shop where the fish is purchased directed from the fisherman, an excellent butcher, and a vegetable shop that has bins of things that you rarely see in Paris, from gorgeous (and giant) citrons from Corsica to leafy greens like dinosaur kale, and crates of curious root vegetables…”
Le Monde (2013): “La tranquille petite rue pavée est devenue une destination rêvée pour qui veut manger bon, beau et sain. “
Rachel Khoo (2013) : “The philosophy behind Terroirs d’avenir (both the supplying arm of the business, and also now the retail space) is simple – to source fresh, quality (organic where possible) produce, whilst supporting local French producers (the majority of the produce is sourced from within France). This approach aligns with the principles of the Slow Food Movement, which is an important element of the business.”