Last week I was inspired by all the tiny madeleines I had enjoyed in tea rooms, crockery I liked in brasseries, and different sizes of glassware for wines, that I went off in search of supplies for my own kitchen.
I headed to Les Halles, which was the site of the very old central market for 800 years until it was moved to Rungis in 1971. In searching for a link about the history, I learned more than I had ever imagined. I love finding entirely new layers of history, and now want to seek out more detail! However, for a small peek at Les Halles in the 1960’s, here is a clip from Charade, where Audrey Hepburn meets Walter Matthau late at night.
Due to the focus on food and cooking in this area, it also became a great place to come for cookware and restaurant supplies. I had limited myself to two, but then found a third nearby!
While I didn’t think a bag of spices was transportable, I did justify that a few euro for spice tin bearing their name and vintage design was necessary. 🙂
Although very fun, I was unable to justify the need for a crêpe spreader thing. It only seemed to have one purpose. I may have to return for the miniature cocktail napkins (yes, smaller than standard) but I was unable to commit to a color! Great prices on wooden spoons, and spatulas! 🙂 Ahem.
E. Dehillerin was incredible. A family run business since 1820, they specialize in copper for pots and have their own line of knives. While it would have been fun to get my hands on a tiny saucepan, uh, maybe next time. 🙂
When you walk in the door, you can go right or left, two aisles only. 🙂
After you select your items, you take them to the desk. A handwritten inventory is written. You then take that to the counter, and a real receipt is printed where you pay. And finally, you return to the desk, where you present your receipt and your items are all packaged, ready to go. 🙂
Mini madeleine pan. Check!
Do you ever wonder how many people, great chefs or friends of yours may have walked through this door? 🙂
36 rue Montmartre
Metro: Les Halles
48-52 rue Montmartre
Metro: Les Halles or Étienne Marcel
18 & 20 rue Coquillière
Metro: Les Halles