How to Plan the Perfect Picnic in Paris
Maison Guyard, Paris: Charcuterie, Traiteur, Foie Gras
OK. You’ve got a full day of museum gawking at the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, or perhaps the Musée de l’Orangerie and the idea of a picnic lunch along the River Seine sounds like fun.
Well, you’re in luck.
A mere 10-minute walk from the Louvre (for example), across the Seine on the Left Bank is a fabulous third-generation charcuterie (meats) and traiteur (prepared foods, caterer) where you can purchase the most delightful meats and prepared foods for the romantic picnic of your dreams.
And heck, if a picnic bench on the Seine doesn’t do it for you, you’re just a stone’s throw from the world-renowned Tuileries Garden. And if that doesn’t do it for you, then I must give up.
We were introduced to Maison Guyard by our lovely private-guide Laurie Nourrigat who was taking us on a very fun Baguette to Bistro: Paris Food Tour with our friends from Context Travel Tours.
Traveling through the chic Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood, our walk visited a select group of specialty food shops that the Context folks have evaluated for their exceptional, artisanal wares. Once the home of the intellectual café culture of the 1950s, this upscale quartier is now known for its high-end shopping, beautiful boulevards, and most importantly, the gourmet food shops—some of which have been in the area for generations.
This is Collette with Maison Guyard (left) with Carol and Laurie in front of the shop.
Once inside the shop, Collette hauled out a local food-guide to make certain that we knew that Maison Guyard was a very well respected shop.
Collette then went on to explain the wide variety of house-made meats they prepared and behind Carol you can see one of the displays of “take-out” French delicacies. YUM!
If I’m not mistaken, I believe Collette said that the paté below was voted best in Paris. Wow, was it good!
And before we left, I grabbed a tin of duck and a tin of goose foie gras. It’s now sitting in our pantry awaiting a special occasion. I picked up the bottle of port at another little shop during our tour. I’ll tell you more about that later.
Here is a photograph of the fabulous meats, cheeses, and baguette that we enjoyed on our tour. I’ll tell you about the cheese and bread shops in other posts. For now, just know that it was beyond wonderful. I want more. NOW!
And now, you know where to go get the most delightful Parisian specialty foods for your perfect French picnic in Paris.
Stay tuned for future posts as I continue to share with you the French delights we enjoyed on our Baguette to Bistro: Paris Food Tour with Context Travel Tours.
Context has become our tour company of choice as they offer our clients and readers PH.D and MA-level scholar guides, small groups with a max of 6 people) or private tours, and thematic, in-depth experiences in some of the world’s most exciting cities. This was our first experience with Context and we were very impressed.
Up next, the fabulous century-old cheese shop where we obtained these FABULOUS cheeses. Stay tuned.
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Note: our fabulous Baguette to Bistro: Paris Food Tour was provided by our friends at Context Tours. Thanks! It was fabulous and we’ll be back.
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