Paris boasts the resurgence of the mono-business. One product, little choice, love it or leave.
We had so much fun exploring the Covered Passages. During the belle époque period of gaiety that typified a chic Paris of the early 20th century these glass-covered luxurious shopping passages provided shelter for shoppers and diners.
Passage Panoramas (9e) houses two-Michelin-starred restaurant Passage 53 (albeit with no red Michelin sticker as it 'looks ugly'). A great example of mono business thriving in the city of light. Two menu offerings, one lunch and one dinner – market fresh daily and you get what you’re given.
On rue des Vinaigries, Paris’s finest patisserie Liberté sells a selection of pastries, however the owner makes only one bread, the signature loaf, not a baguette in sight. The original ceiling is gorgeous.
On rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, a husband and wife team run Sandwich Kurde, with just three Kurdish lunch items on offer, two meats and one vegetarian. It’s an efficient operation – she makes the bread to order, he cooks the filling. They are so busy, the sandwiches are surely the freshest in all of Paris and they are delicious.
Then there is Passage Brady in Faubourg St Denis (10e), an entire Passage dedicated to Indian produce, hair dressing and resturaunts.
For a culinary tour of Paris (with a difference), I highly recommend Ute In Paris walking tours.