Over at David Lebovitz's blog Living the Sweet Life in Paris, he has recently done a great round-up of the best cookware shops in the City of Light.
Check it out here
Of course it brought to mind our visit to E. Dehillerin
this past October.
The pleasure in visiting these shops is in the leisurely browsing. The atmosphere of these old world wholesalers is unlike anything in North America, and if you're in the vicinity of Les Halles in Paris the ghosts of that famous market past are almost tangible.
There are precious few items stocked in these emporia that we would contemplate lugging home. They are just too large for overseas flights, and frankly, the cost of shipping negates any bargains found.
Nonetheless, after a half hour of schmoozing about the store there comes a certain urge to leave with at least
"un petit quelque chose".
Last visit we discovered some lovely stainless-steel spring loaded tongs which our kitchen could easily benefit from.
We grabbed two pairs.
Upon returning to our apartment at day's end, as is our habit we proudly laid out all our purchases & carefully perused. Imagine our surprise/ dismay/ humour to discover that our new Dehillerin tongs were from a company in Markham, Ontario!!
Oh, well- six hours on Air France will beat one hour on the Don Valley Parkway any day!
Check out David's blog post for a comprehensive list of kitchen supply shops in Paris.