When I first moved to Paris, everyone would ask me, “You must really miss your family.” And yes, while I miss them there was one thing I missed even more: Whole Foods.
I love the availability of unique products like harissa, spices, sauces and more. At times, I will flip through my recipe books and find something I want to make but then stop short, realizing I’m lacking one ingredient that I will need to make a special trip for. The recipe never gets made. With Whole Foods, it was always easy to find what I needed right there, the store bringing together a world of cooking ingredients. So when I began seeing photos of the new epicerie, La Maison Plisson on Boulevard Beaumarchais and people referring to it as “Whole Foods,” I grew excited. Had our own version finally opened?
One one of Philip’s last “Papa Fridays,” we decided to make our way from the 17th to the new spot on Boulevard Beaumarchais.
Showing up past the lunch hour (as we frequently do), we weren’t able to eat from the menu but in between lunch and dinner, were able to order tarte salé, salad, charcuterie and a cheese plate. The staff was smiling and friendly, helping us with the wine list and checking back a few times to ensure we were content.
While I would not say Maison Plisson is anywhere close to Whole Foods or Dean & Deluca (which founder said was her inspiration from her time in the states in the 90s), I still enjoyed the afternoon there and it’s great that people are opening more places like this in Paris where they champion French products (another great spot is La Recolte).
I found the épicerie space to be crowded and the produce selection to not offer much more than what I can find at my Saturday market. The bottom floor which houses all the packaged goods was a tight space, but would be a good spot to explore interesting items to have for a dinner party or to gift someone but not necessarily daily shopping.
I wouldn’t go back for the groceries but if in the area and hungry, would be more than happy to lunch there again.
It’s not Whole Foods but another new space somewhat pushing the boundaries in the Paris grocery/market scene.
La Maison Plisson
93 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003