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grocery stores, beer, chocolate

I checked and didn't see any recent posts on this topics. I will be staying by the Metro Ecole Militarie; are there grocery stores in that area? Can I buy beer at these stores, or are there specific liquor stores? I ask as I've never had French beer; while I have come to know and appreciate French wine, etc I'd like to try a local beer on my next visit.

And I'd like to bring home some French chocolate-any recommendations?


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1. Re: grocery stores, beer, chocolate

go to google maps and put in ecole militaire and then search for Franprix and Monoprix nearby -- there are grocery stores all over Paris including this area.

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2. Re: grocery stores, beer, chocolate

There's a Carrefour market almost AT the Ecole Militaire metro stop...just a door down from La Terrasse, which is right on the corner. And on the same side a few doors down is a LeNotre shop, which sells both chocolates and pastries, and excellent ones at that.

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3. Re: grocery stores, beer, chocolate

Yes you will find shelves of beer at a supermarket, although not as many as there are of wine.

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4. Re: grocery stores, beer, chocolate

There are lots of great places for chocolates to bring home. One of my favorites is Maison Georges Larnicol on Blvd St Germain, just outside the Odeon metro station.

I have to admit that after many trips, I don't think I've ever had a French beer. I'm more of a wine drinker and when in the mood for a beer in Paris, usually get a Belgian variety. I've heard the French have gotten into the microbrew trend though so I'm interested to hear responses about French beer.

Paris, France
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Standard, mass-produced low-cost French beers you'll find in any grocery store in France include Kronenbourg, 1664, Kanterbrau, 33 and Pelforth. I think the beer McDonalds sells is Kronenbourg.

In larger supermarkets and specialist beer & wine stores you'll find many more specialist beers, specially from the north and east of France. Be careful as some of them can be very strong.

Don't forget to try French cider too.

Saratoga Springs, NY
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As the other posters have said, there are plenty of grocery stores. There's a market street around the corner from that metro stop, Rue Cler, that has a post office and lots of little cafes, delis, shops and grocery stores etc. I was surprised by the good selection of chocolate available in the grocery stores fairly cheaply and some of my American friends were very happy with it - especially the "Kinder Bueno" candy bars. Those were definitely the most popular. If you're going for higher-end chocolate, there are plenty of shops all over Paris. The bakery "Les Gourmandises d'Eiffel" on 187 Rue de Grenelle has some nice chocolates as well.

Edited: 10:37 am, December 06, 2013
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7. Re: grocery stores, beer, chocolate

Along with French beer try Belgium beer - Leffe Blonde and Brune. Also Pelforth or Wilfort brune, if you can find it. And maybe a Desparatos. And the Brasserie d'ile St Louis serves a nice Alsacian beer.




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"Kronenbourg, 1664, Kanterbrau, 33 and Pelforth"

The first three now belong to Carlsberg, and the last two to Heineken. IIRC, there are no longer major French beers (in the sense of being both brewn in France and the property of a French corporation).

There are however some excellent beers from microbreweries, both made on site (O'Neill on rue des Canettes) or in regions with a stronger beer tradition (North and East of France). What is even more interesting IMO is wandering outside of this "comfort zone" and trying beers from Corsica (chestnut flavoured Pietra), Britanny (Coreff) or even Polynesia (Hinano).

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There is not much point in talking about microbreweries when someone just wants to go to a grocery store to buy beer. (And, sorry to say this, but most microbrewery product is pretentious crap as far as I'm concerned.) Hrtraveler, you will find at least 10 different beers at any supermarket, probably more. Since French consumers find these beers totally acceptable and they are reputed for having good taste, I would not worry about needing to look farther afield unless you are really interested in 'specialty beers'.

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Puting in QUOI (what) "supermarché", "épicerie", épicerie fine", chocolatiers ... OU (where) ...Paris école militaire, you'll get all info needed as well as google street views.