From New York to St. Petersburg to Paris to Lisbon, Musement offers you a snapshot of ten of the world’s most famous gourmet shops.
Fauchon in Paris, Fortnum & Mason in London, Peck in Milan — these genuine local institutions and temples of gastronomy represent essential stops for any traveler. Whether you want to taste the best of local specialties and high-end products selected to grace the shelves of these boutiques or grab a souvenir to take back to your home country, don’t hesitate to open the doors of one of these ten world-renowned gourmet shops that should be on the bucket list of every food pilgrim.
1. Agata & Valentina, New York
Agata & Valentina were a famous Sicilian mother and daughter, but it’s also the name of a New York shop where you’ll find all kinds of high-quality gourmet products, and not just Italian ones. The first store opened in 1993 on the Upper East Side, and the second in 2012 in Greenwich Village. It’s also possible to buy prepared dishes on-site — ideal for anyone who doesn’t want to go to a restaurant or cook.
2. Peck, Milan
The temple of Italian gastronomy, Peck is a real institution in Milan. This delicatessen, one of Italy’s most famous, was founded in 1883 just a stone’s throw from the city’s iconic Duomo. Fine gourmets will find pleasure amidst the cold meats, cheeses and top-of-the-line wines. It is also possible to eat on site.
3. Fauchon, Paris
In its emblematic boutique at 30 Place de la Madeleine in Paris, Fauchon, a great name in French gastronomy known to all, houses a caterer, grocery store, cellar, chocolate confectioner and pastry shop offering some of the capital’s most famous macaroons. During this holiday season, it’ll be difficult not to fall in love with one of the many gift boxes or calendars prepared for the occasion.
4. Fortnum and Mason, London
Do you know where the Queen gets her own gourmet delicacies? At Fortnum and Mason’s, of course! This London boutique dedicated to the British art of living has been in existence since 1707 and its offering range from fresh produce to groceries, not to mention tea, of course, but there are also items for the home as well as clothing accessories for men and women.
5. Eliseevsky, St. Petersburg
Eliseevsky is a sumptuous Russian department store that will delight all gourmets traveling to St. Petersburg. The palace’s kitsch and flashy neo-baroque style makes it an essential stopover for the curious connoisseurs.
6. Fallon & Byrne, Dublin
A delicatessen, a market offering fresh and seasonal produce, quality restaurants, a caterer, a wine bar, all in one place: welcome to Fallon & Burn in Dublin!
7. Meinl am Graben, Vienna
Located in the heart of Vienna, Meinl am Graben is spread across three floors, all dedicated to luxury food and divided between a traditional delicatessen and an especially elegant restaurant on the first floor. Fit in a visit to this refined locations in between stops at the city’s storied coffee houses.
8. Manteigaria Silva, Lisbon
On the outskirts of the Praça da Figueira in Lisbon, there is a small traditional shop full of typical gourmet Portuguese products. This spot is a reference for ham, cheese and of course cod.
9. Løgismose, Copenhagen
Løgismose offers a wide range of wines, cheeses, and local and top-of-the-range specialties as well as delicious, ready-made meals to taste. Guests can eat-in or pick up some food for takeaway in this 7,500-square-foot site in Copenhagen. When in town, don’t forget to visit one of the Danish capital’s incredible restaurants.
10. Múrria, Barcelona
The modernist storefront of this Barcelona delicatessen will immediately catch your attention. Ramon Casas’ century-old posters have been preserved behind tinted glass in their original form, and you can read “Queviures Múrria,” or “Épicerie fine Múrria” in faded letters. The address is central — ideal for taking home a gourmet souvenir.