I love stopping in at Monoprix for Bourjois, Arcancil, Rouge Baiser or any number of French made cosmetics almost as much as soaking up the amazing architecture and French cuisine. Their house-made fitted t-shirts, blazers, cotton scarves are French fashion and style without a couture price tag. I "borrowed" the tweed unconstructed blazer my mom bought in 2000 and the 14 year old frock has received more than its share of compliments and "where did you get that, I have to have one." A white t-shirt for around 10 Euros in 2000, remains white and crisp and clean to this day. It's kind of bizarre to shop for the most flavorful strawberries on the planet (if only it were legal to bring a bag home in my luggage - it's NOT), wine and snacks for the room in the same place I'm buying an outfit; but if it works for some local Parisians, it works for me.
We frequented monoprix while visiting Paris (that is before we discovered La grande Epicerie de Paris). We were renting an apartment so this was a good place for basic groceries and some pre-made foods. They have their own "bio" line so if you are looking for organic foods there is a good selection. There's also a good selection of produce. There's a bakery right under the escalators as you come down to the lower level. Clothing on the upper level (food is on the lower level). They don't carry any gluten free bread but have a good selection otherwise. We loved the local strawberries. The pre-made Moussaka was excellent!
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