Conquering Emporia at Faubourg St. Denis –

If a well-intentioned friend suggests a visit to the Faubourg St. Denis, you would most probably wince at the idea. Don’t. Not anymore. In the recent past, gastronomic excursions would not stretch beyond Brasserie Julien at number 16. Beyond that, lay Turkish deli outlets, West Indian hairdressers and Helal butchers. Today, that well established rhythm has been reshaped by bobos (bohemian bourgeois). But fear not. That expanding tribe has not pushed their longtime occupants out of this ethnic kingdom. They have only taken up some room in this invigorating environment.  The result is a unique cultural and social mix, where  immigrant flavors coexist with new urban tastemakers.

And food emporia of the best kind have set up shop here. At Boutique des Saveurs you can buy top-notch terrines, conserves and condiments or enjoy in their cozy interior some of these appetizing delicacies. It is one of the few places where you can taste Langouille, a subtly flavored sausage made with pork tongue…        Read More…


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