17 June 2010

dreaming of a french kitchen shop...






e. dehillerin

have you been? do you love to cook? if so, when you are in paris you must go. must must.



I had read about this historic store in the heart of paris in one of ina garten's cookbooks. I knew when I saw her photos that I had to go. no question.






it did not disappoint. I could have spent hours there, shooting the endless beautiful silver whisks, pots big enough to store #4 in, endless copper, beautiful serving platters.



dehillerin is not a fancy shop. it is not a showy shop. it is rustic. it is functional. it has history in it's aisles. it is busy.



I used a LOT of constraint (seeing as I had very little space in my suitcase to be carting every simple kitchen gadget I had ever dreamt of home with me...) but did bring home a couple little treasures that I use nearly every day.



you leave your purchases in a queue on one counter, they write up your order which you take to a second counter. there you will pay for your items while they are being carefully and beautifully wrapped in lovely paper. you will then return to the first counter to collect your package. it was truly the best kitchen shopping experience I have yet to have. le sigh...





next time, I shall be leaving a lot more empty space in my suitcase when traveling to paris...

xx



28 comments:

.Twig. said...

Oh man...that looks amazing! Its so much better that its historical, chaotic, and not sterile and new. I LOVE it. I am dreaming about a France trip.... :)

kasey said...

Can you believe i've been there?!?
It is amazing....
xo

Blondie's Journal said...

This would be the experience of a lifetime for me. This is the side of France I want to see. And if Ina loves it...I do, too!! Thanks for sharing this. Would love to see what you bought!

xoxo
Jane

...::Heather @ Mrs. Southern Bride::... said...

Looks like a wonderful place to shop... I love the copper pots!

sharon said...

Hi, You are so right, I ADORE this store and would happily spend hours there. I's so good to know there is an address like this, where you sure to find what you need.
Sharon

Jillayne said...

I was there! It seems like a such a long time ago but it was two years this month - I dragged my husband with me and he was more amazed than I was. He kept dragging me here and there to look at this and that - it was such fun. I bought a few little treasures as I didn't have a whole lot of room either but I did get a little linen covered bread basket and I use it all the time. Thanks for reminding me of what a wonderful day that was!

vicki archer said...

It looks like a wonderful shop...I don't know it so I will have to go and be tempted next time I am in Paris...xv

MarjF said...

Thanks for the memory...I'm still using copper pots and pans that I bought there years ago.

The Little Red Shop said...

How lovely that you were able to go! If my foodie dad weren't already in heaven...he'd be in heaven in a store like that! (me too!)

Have a beautiful weekend!

: )

Julie M.

Cathi said...

Sounds fabulous! xxoo :)

Cape Cod Rambling Rose said...

It's shops like this that hubby and I dream of (we run a gourmet shop here). Most of our inspiration comes from European kitchen shops - thank you for sharing these photos!!! ;)

Olive Cooper said...

The whisk picture is yummy Kim. I have seen this shop on TV before and all that copper cookware is lovely. One wonders about the price as here copper pots are terribly expensive.

~olive~

lara at beachychic said...

ah yes, e. dehillerin ♥ I first heard about this lovely french cookware emporium whilst reading the cookbook "barefoot in Paris" .. someday.. le sigh..
lara x

A Lasting First Impression said...

This looks amazing! I would love to have a french kitchen! Ina is always such an inspiration! : )

Debra said...

I will roll up a duffle and put it in my suitcase for treasures like this! I would LOVE this place!
Hmmmm...I got a very special package today... full of French goodness from a dear friend. Now, how do I get my hands on one or two of those cupcakes??? The real thing? You overwhelm me with the fabulous presentation. Thank you darlin'.

Miss Sew & So said...

oh my goodness- that has to be the most heavenly kitchen shop on the earth....soo glad to hear you didn't resist everything!...beautiful photos as always...looks like an outing to french cooking heaven...
melissa x

Jeanne said...

Wow...what a great find, you lucky thing!!!
You are going to love unpacking each and every one of them!

jeanne :)

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I wish I would have known about this fabulous shop when I was in Paris this past March! IT almost looks like it is worth the plane ticket alone!

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Love kitchen gadgets and collectibles...have an antique copper collection but no French pieces. Thank you for sharing these great pics!

Jeanneoli said...

I can't wait to go. I had also read about it in Ina's cookbook and I hope I can get out of there without a huge debt:-) When I was in Louisiana I went into the most gorgeous French antique shop that carried vintage, French copper pots...I have never swooned over one thing so much. I am starting a collection. They completely restore them and they truly were the most gorgeous pots I have ever seen.

MODERN Prairie Girl said...

I'm just dreaming of you whipping up some yummy Frenchie meal in MY kitchen :)
oxox
Lara

manon 21 said...

j'aime aussi beaucoup cette boutique.

bonne journée

manon

Lori said...

I think you need to take an extra suitcase next time!! I can see you with a big empty case with just a toothbrush and 1 change of clothes ~ then you can buy to your heart's content!!

paige said...

i especially love that first copper pot, just beautiful.
surely my pasta sauce would taste like heaven if prepared in such a pot
right?
sounds like a wonderful shop
xo

Karena said...

What a fabulous place for all things culinary!! I love it! The images are amazing.....

Karena
Art by Karena

Tom Stephenson said...

Tell Jacqueline - she's just about to make a stewed fruit number in an un-tinned, copper pot!

Jacqueline said...

I just can't stand it!

Sarah said...

Oh, the magic of dehillerin! My husband insisted we go the very first time we visited Paris in the 80s. We've returned with each visit to Paris. It is the most amazing store. Especially if one wants to cook with copper. :-) ~ Sarah