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You want to buy everything at Fauchon, it's that good. Step through the doors and your heart will beat a little faster! — éclairs, baked goods, jams, jellies and bon bons. But, there are 30,000 products on display, so it would take a trés grand shopping basket.
Fauchon has two gourmet spaces that dominate an entire corner of Place de la Madeleine.
One location hosts the baked goods, the other has the boxes and tins of fabulous food, the wine cellar, and the café.
What Proust did for the madeleine in his famous work, Remembrance of Things Past, Fauchon has done for the éclair.
A refrigerated display case the length of a Cadillac is filled with a dizzying selection of éclairs — there are even mini éclairs for all those French women who don't get fat. How about a foie gras éclair? This savory delicacy is filled with foie gras and glazed with hazelnut cream.
The story of Fauchon begins with a man from the French provinces and a wheelbarrow.
Following the French Revolution at the end of the 18th century the bourgeois, that is to say the middle class, began to develop in Paris. By the later 19th century the bourgeois had created a demand for high quality products.
In 1886, three years before the Eiffel Tower was built, a young man named Auguste Fauchon arrived from Calvados with a wheelbarrow filled with fresh apples from his native Normandy. Soon he had a small store selling the great foods from the French provinces. It was Auguste's wife who first had the idea of putting their name on every product they sold.
Little did they know that the wheelbarrow would eventually turn into a magnificent food store and that the Fauchon food empire would still be flourishing today.
Parisians know that a perfect éclair or apple tart is one of life's great pleasures.
But which patisserie has the best macarons, the most to-die-for chocolates, or a pain au chocolat that melts in your mouth?
The Patisseries of Paris, by James Cahill with photos by Alison Harris, answers those questions for you!
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