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Oct 28, 2010 04:33 PM

Daily Monop'

A really nice addition to Paris in the last few years. These very cute attractive stores have designer foods up in the front, great yogurts, and even daily-made prepacked sandwichs and salades good for pique-niques. A far cry from the old days of Monoprix!

I recall a wonderful brand of British potato chips there, right up in the front racks, with some really intense flavors. Nice little snack after a long day. Does anybody recall the name of these chips? Trying to see if they are available elsewhere.

P.S. I've noticed the food halls of Galeries Lafayette have goods branded with the Monoprix label. Has GL purchased Monoprix?

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    1. re: mangeur

      Yes, it seemed that way. Thanks.

      Anyone know the name of the chips? (or crisps?)

    2. They have been under the same ownership since 1932.

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      1. re: Ptipois

        Yes!! It's Tyrrells! Thank you! I also remember that they've added another British brand called "Real".

        Daily Monop' is a nice addition to the Paris "a emporter" scene. It's one of the "good" fast food places! I think it is only around for a couple of years now, don't remember it before 05-06..

        1. re: menton1

          So menton what'd'y'buy there? Everytime I go by the one in the Marais, sandwiches are the order of the day.

          1. re: John Talbott

            This summer we bought a quart of various "gaspachos" almost daily. The new small Monoprix on rue du Bac has an upscale selection of cheeses and excellent produce. Great when you don't feel like walking further.

            1. re: mangeur

              These new Monop' have also broken new ground on being open late in Paris. (Shades of 7-11?) The one on Bd. St Michel is open until midnight! Really convenient when you're on the way back after dinner and are VERY thirsty!

              (Why are we often so thirsty after a Paris dinner? )

              In the daytime, John, I've gotten a sandwich or salade. They also have some artisan yaourts, some designer soft drinks, and I also believe they have soups and full main courses if you have the ability to re-heat. I like the place.

              1. re: menton1

                OK thanks; I'll pick up something next time.

                1. re: menton1

                  Even if you don't have the ability to re-heat, most of them have microwave and table in the front.

                  (You are so often after a Paris dinner because you don't digest them well. Some would say it's because they're too rich. Try skipping bread and wine, you may be less thirsty.)

                  1. re: souphie

                    "Try skipping bread and wine, you may be less thirsty."

                    Yikes, I'm sure glad I don't notice this "thirsty problem." The cure sounds much worse than the malady.

                    Maybe it's just us, but we found the prices at these new Monop's to be very high.

                    1. re: Jake Dear

                      The cure for thirst is a bottle of water. And before Daily Monop', that was pretty hard to get in Paris at 11PM. What's so bad about a bottle of water?

                      I don't know if it's a matter of poor digestion, I rather think it may be due to the high salt content in restaurant dishes.

                      And sure, like any convenience store, the prices are higher than at an Hypermarche. But the convenience is worth it.

                      1. re: menton1

                        Soups cure was to skip bread and wine, I prefer yours.

                        My tip is to buy a six pack of 1.5 litre bottles water from the supermarket (a big Monoprix) when you arrive and keep it in the hotel room, it is very cheap to buy it this way and then you have plenty of water on hand - although Paris tap water isn't bad either (I just don't like the taste)

                        1. re: PhilD

                          Yes! The first thing we do after arriving at our hotel is to hit the "money store" (ATM) and, prior to the new Bac Monoprix, our local Proxi where we'd pick up your 6-pack of jumbo waters along with the first bottle of "room wine". (Proxi's wine selection varies by store and is often surprisingly good.)

                          Re after dinner thirst, it also helps to have a large glass of water before leaving for dinner and always several glasses during the meal. I try for a glass of water for every glass of wine.

        2. Chez Jean's a cooler concept...

          1. Can you leave your keys for the catsitter at Daily Monop'? Do they give credit? Do they have eight year olds selling not only bottles of booze but also rolling papers and cigarettes à l'unité? Do they sell fresh mint or coriander by the bunch? Do they know and will they tell you why one of the local kurds tried to kill another kurd with a scimitar?

            No! Daily Monop might sell prawn sandwiches, and salt n vinegar crisps but as corporate outpsosts of a big and scary multinational they have nothing on any of my local "Alimentation Generale".

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            1. re: vielleanglaise

              "Daily Monop might sell prawn sandwiches, and salt n vinegar crisps but as corporate outpsosts of a big and scary multinational they have nothing on any of my local "Alimentation Generale"


                1. re: vielleanglaise

                  Our beloved, unique, precious "Arabe du coin" (who may be Turkish or whatever else).