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Once wine storage facilities, these beautiful stone structures have been converted into shops and restaurants, making this all-pedestrian area a favorite with Parisians, especially on Sundays when most stores around the city are closed. With the humongous UGC-Ciné Cité Bercy multiplex at one end, the Cour Saint-Emilion features eateries (ranging from The Frog pub to the fancy Chai 33, with its adjacent first-rate wine boutique) as well as stores, from the ubiquitous Sephora to the Alice bookstore and even a spa, Ominsens. The neighboring park, with its tiny vineyard, is not to be missed on a sunny day. -Mary-Laure Neulat
Tantalizing gourmet pastries and breads are featured at this refreshing patisserie. Under the magic of chefs Cyril Lignac and Benoit Couvrand, this patisserie presents creative and innovative pastries, cakes and other baked savories. Marble cakes, lemon tarts, eclectic eclairs and some of the sassiest sandwiches are offered. Visually appealing cakes and pastries make this place stand out from other bakeries. Don't forget to pack home the baguette bread.
Anyone entering Fromagerie Beaufils is instantly hit by the incredible aroma of fresh cheese. The cheese shop is filled with flavors from all over the world even from places as unusual as England and Lithuania with new flavors being added quite often. Try some of their Swiss cheese which is quite appealing. However, cheese is not the only delicacy you can indulge in at this place. They also have a selection of dairy products, groceries, wines and beers that you can probably pair with the cheese to make the tasting experience more delicious.
Art director Andrea Weiner and culinary stylist Rachel Khoo teamed up to create this successful and original concept store. In a beautifully decorated space, you can select not only all kinds of kitchen accessories such as cute tea towels, but also and most importantly books from all over the world about food and culture – recipe collections, food-centered novels, gorgeous Japanese photography books, scholarly works, you name it. Patrons can sit down for a snack of homemade goodies and excellent tea. Book signings, cooking workshops for children and wine tastings are scheduled regularly. -Mary-Laure Neulat