Ô Divin Epicerie

Naoufel Zaïm earned the loyalty of foodies willing to go the (literal) extra mile with his far-flung former Buttes Chaumont restaurant Ô Divin. That restaurant has closed and converted to table d’hôte service, available only for privatization upon demand. But one can still enjoy Zaïm’s winning hospitality, his sharp taste in natural wine, and his instinct for simplicity at Ô Divin Epicerie, his gem-stacked gourmet shop high on rue de Belleville. Chef Paul Houet offers a menagerie of meat products, all prepared in-house, from rillettes to merguez sausage to a variety of terrines. The wine selection includes some sought-after names and surpasses any other épicerie in the city both for value and quality. Sandwiches with sterling ingredients and the occasional prepared hot dish are available for take-out. And jostling for the rest of the shop’s limited space are Italian cheeses, artisanal olive oils, local honey, gourmet salt, canned meats, and all the other accoutrements of eating well. For those not lucky enough to live nearby, it’s worth the hike up rue de Belleville.

Practical information

Address: 130 rue de Belleville, 75020
Nearest transport: Jourdain (11)
Hours: Closed Monday; Open Tuesday-Thursday 9.30am-2.30pm and 4.30pm-9.00pm; Friday-Saturday 9.30am-9pm and Sunday 9.30am-7pm
Telephone: 01 43 66 62 63
Website   Facebook

Reviews of interest

Not Drinking Poison In Paris (2014) “An unlikely destination for well-sourced sandwiches, cheese, vegetables, a range of Houet’s house-prepared meats, and what is, for now, the best natural wine selection in Belleville.”

Télérama (2014)  “Autant de saveurs que vous trouverez ici et nulle part ailleurs!”

La Guide du Gout (2014) “La petite nouvelle détonne et attire par les spécialités qu’elle propose… La sélection des produits se fait dans la concertation de l’équipe de sept personnes…Tous les aliments sont faits par de petits producteurs et ce de façon artisanale.”

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