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Nov 1, 2013 01:54 AM

What to buy from Fauchon?

What have you found that is particularly delicious and special / unique to the region that can be purchased from Fauchon in Paris?

Is this the only Fauchon location in Paris?

24-26 Place de la Madeleine
75008 Paris
Open today
9:00 am – 8:00 pm

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  1. Nothing. Don't go to Fauchon. It is no longer that good.
    A La Mère de Famille is much better.

    6 Replies
    1. re: Parigi

      Agree with Parigi; Unless you are giving gifts and the recipient is awed by the brand (although Fauchon mustard-sets and other items can be purchased in big supermarkets anyway).

      1. re: Parigi

        OK - what to buy from A La Mere de Famille? Faves?

        1. re: robodog

          Everything: chocolates, jams, candies, pâtes de fruits.

          1. re: Parigi

            A cup or cone of chocolate ice cream.

        2. re: Parigi

          I kind of agree that it is not as good as when Christophe Adam and Fumiko Kono were still there.
          However, if you happen to be around I would still try the 'baba au rhum' which is still one of my favorite ones in Paris.

        3. Thanks Parigi, John Talbott, mangeur.

          I now have labeled several of the "A La Mere de Famille" locations on my Google Paris Map with a Yellow Shopping Basket pushpin.

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          1. re: sweet100s

            The one on rue Faubourg Montmartre is most convenient for tourists as it is 2 doors up from the fabled series of 19th century Passages Couverts.

            1. re: sweet100s

              You can bundle the rue Faubourg Montmartre shop with a cruise of the nearby passages where you have several extraordinary toy shops and a sweet tea room.


              1. re: mangeur

                "a cruise"
                And a few ladies of the night.

                1. re: John Talbott

                  So I take it this should be a daytime visit?

                  John Talbott,
                  You should start a publically viewable google map of places you review. You could set the color of the pushpin based on your rating scale.

                  Then, I could have it with me on my smartphone when I travel.

                  I'd want to figure out how to make my phone play Edith Piaf or France's anthem or vibrate when I get near something that you had recommended. How cool would that be. It would be like having you in my purse :-).

                  In Chrome on, you have to click on the gear-shaped button, top far right. Then "My Places" to use the version of Maps that makes it easy to create "My Maps".
                  From there you just search for a place, then click "Save to Map" and name it John Talbott's Paris.

                  You could always export your maps locations or Points of Interest (POIs) to a standard list of locations (called a KML file) and then import it into other maps software or Garmin.

                  1. re: John Talbott

                    Are you telling me that my sweet little Hotel Chopin is not how I imagine it? I have always found these passages quite benign, a respite from the raucous streets. Naive, am I?

                    1. re: mangeur

                      The Chopin is fine. JT is insane. The Chopin is lovely as ever.

                  2. re: mangeur

                    Thank you! Those passageways look like a great way to spend a couple hours.

                    I put 2 pushpins with flags "sites" in my Paris google map, one each on
                    11 Boulevard Montmartre
                    158 rue Montmartre
                    labeled Entrance: Montmartre Shopping Passages

                    looks like the first one is closer to A La Mère de Famille

                    So I could start with
                    A La Mère de Famille on 35 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre
                    go into the passageway at 11 Boulevard Montmartre
                    exit from the passageway at 158 rue Montmartre

                    1. re: sweet100s

                      After you shop at A La Mère de Famille, following the Passages, heading south all the way, through Galerie Vivienne, then Palais Royal garden, you'll come out right in front of … the Louvre ! All in 20 minutes, that is, if you don't stop in the shops, but of course you will.

                2. I wouldnt suggest the macarons from Fauchon, as they are not anything special.

                  I would like to try one of their eclairs, or the tarte with frais de bois.

                  I think in Paris you can do so much better in everything than the same one at Fauchon or Paul or...

                  Near the store you mentioned there is the first Laduree store with cafe.