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La Grand Épicerie de Paris, Gourmet Shopping at Le Bon Marché Department Store

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La Grande Épicerie de Paris, Gourmet Shopping at Le Bon Marché Department Store
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La Grande Épicerie de Paris

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La Grand Épicerie is the food hall of Le Bon Marché, a venerable Paris department store located on the Left Bank.

It's an international supermarket, stocking French food products, including those you'll find in Paris specialty shops, as well as a comprehensive selection of fine foods from all around the world, organized by country. Here, you'll find smoked sprats, a small Baltic fish, from Latvia, tangerine peel from Japan, and, in the U.S. section, Marshmallow Fluff. You'll also find a selections from other famous food brands, both French, like Fauchon, and international, like London's Fortnum and Mason.

In comparison to Galeries Lafayette Gourmet on the Right Bank, there isn't as much in the way of prepared food available at La Grand Épicerie. Inside the food hall, there's a small sitting area with tall tables called Le Comptoir Picnic, where you can purchase a light meal. In Le Bon Marché's other building across the street there's a restaurant called Le Cafe de La Grand Épicerie, where market fresh salads, soups and sandwiches are available in a still-casual but more relaxed setting -- you order at a counter and the food is brought to your seat. It's on the second floor.

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