Ah, Paris…the city of love, fresh cheese and aged wines, and quaint bakeries full of pastries American bakers could only dream of replicating. There is much to love in the City of Light, and though some may criticize you for craving American food whilst living in one of the richest culinary destinations in the world, some times a delicious American candy bar is the only thing that will hit the spot. Regardless of whether you’re searching for that elusive tub of cream cheese, craving a jar of Jif® peanut butter, or in dire need of a Betty Crocker® cake mix, finding your American staples in Paris may be easier than you think.
One of the best places to start your quest for an American product is in one of the many small “epiceries” that cater to an American clientele. Two notable examples include The Real McCoy and Thanksgiving. Both stores offer a variety of different baking goods and cupboard staples, and brand names you’ll recognize abound. Thanksgiving also includes a restaurant that serves up many classic American dishes. Furthermore the restaurant offers patrons a catering service, including the traditional Thanksgiving dinner from which the restaurant takes its name.
In addition to the small American grocery stores around Paris, many of the Parisian supermarkets carry a small specialty section that contains American goodies. For example, Carrefour often carries a selection of American sodas, such as the elusive Dr. Pepper. Monoprix also carries a small selection of American products.
For true specialty products, La Grande Epicerie is likely your best bet. The enormous supermarket, which is owned by the well-known French luxury brand Bon Marché, carries specialty products from around the world. Cheddar cheese lovers will find authentic cheese from Cheddar, England in their selection of fresh dairy products, and flavored coffees await those who just can’t do without their morning cup of joe. La Grande Epicerie also has a large baking section that includes many sprinkles, cupcake molds, and specialty frostings.
If all of these avenues fail, there are also several online retailers who specialize in American products. One of the most prominent is myamericanmarket.com, which offers American cereals, goldfish crackers, and cooking spray. Surprisingly enough, many spices and sauces from the United States can also be purchased on eBay.fr.