E. Dehillerin, Paris, France

Angelo and our very heavy purchases

Angelo and our very heavy purchases

E. Dehillerin is the place to buy traditional French cookware in Paris. I emphasize traditional, because there are also many popular shops that sell things like cupcake tins and Oxo products, which are nothing new to Americans, but are still a novelty for French cooks.

Array of pans

Array of pans

This family-operated shop has been in operation since 1820. It looks like it, too. The interior is nothing fancy: narrow aisles with items in cardboard containers stacked high. The company used to fabricate its own pots and pans and stopped doing so after WWII. It’s still best known for its copper selection.

Basic decor

Basic decor

Some items are accessible and you can just reach into the box and bring it to the counter. Pricier things like pots are locked together. If you want one, you write the item number down on an order sheet and bring it to one of the wandering salesmen on the floor. Then, get comfortable while they retrieve the key to unlock the stock.

None of the shelves have prices. For that, you look the item number in the catalogues placed around the store.

Functional shelves

Functional shelves

Though E. Dehillerin is not the easiest shopping experience, they carry quality, knives, peelers, pans, baking essentials like Madeline and petite four tins and everything else a cook might need and things you might know you need like duck presses and escargot dishes.

We picked up two copper sauce pots and a few small items like skewers, a spice chopper and a heavy-duty wisk.

18020 rue Coquillière
www.e-dehillerin.fr

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