French in France

Specialty Food Stores

A person purchasing something at a patisserie

The French like to shop for food nearly as much as they like to eat. In Paris there are three open markets. The largest market sets up on Sunday, which traditionally is considered madrket day. The same care that is taken in preparing food shows up in the beauty of the open markets. The attention given to the presentation of wares makes shopping for food a great pleasure.

Many stores specialize in particular products, such as the bakery, the fish store, and the butcher. Depending on where one lives, chicken and beef can be purchased directly from farms. There are many stores that specialize in ice cream, chocolate, and other sweets.