When visiting friends who like to cook and bring back edible souvenirs ask me where to shop for spices, I always send them to Goumanyat & Son Royaume, a treasure trove of high-quality spices on the rue Charles-Francois Dupuis near République...
Run by Jean Thiercelin (who speaks English, by the way), Goumanyat has been in the fine food business for seven generations. This is where chefs like Alain Ducasse and Joël Robuchon shop for high-quality spices. They are known for their high-quality selection of saffron, which the family has been selling for nearly 200 years. But Goumanyat has everything from cookbooks to teas and coffees, wine and Champagne and plenty of sea salts, vinegars and fine-quality spices and gourmet products. They also have periodic 90-minute Saturday afternoon cooking classes that you can book online.
Gouymanyat is open from 11am to 7 pm Tuesday through Saturday. More information here.
- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from Paris. She can be reached at kristin @ apartmenttherapy . com