The European Heritage Days will be held on September 17 and 18. If the event is traditionally associated with historical monuments and museums, these two days are also an opportunity to celebrate the richness of culinary heritage.
Fruit of history, cultures and territories, this living treasure is reinventing itself between tradition and modernity under the leadership of enthusiasts who deserve to be highlighted. This is precisely the mission pursued by epicery, working hand in hand with artisans since its launch in 2016. To mark the occasion, the French platform takes us on a discovery of shopping streets and their actors.
The shopping streets, the beating heart of culinary heritage
Some speak of shopping streets, others of gourmet streets, village streets or market streets. Whatever their name, these streets full of life have the particularity of offering a delicious culinary panorama. You can recognize them by their many food shops that line up on either side in a row of onions. Greengrocers, butchers, fishmongers, cheesemongers, bistros, brasseries… The storefronts have something to make your mouth water. These alleys are certainly the most visible and striking expression of the diversity of food trades, but also of the often ancient know-how that these men and women pass on from generation to generation. Thanks to them, the culinary heritage is perpetuated at the same time as it evolves, because if traditions are important, so is innovation. Through digital, epicery promotes this part of our heritage and contributes to preserving the virtuous ecosystem of shopping streets. From Paris to Bordeaux via Lille, Lyon and Toulouse, the French application gives access in two clicks to the stalls of more than 1,200 local shops.
Overview of these shopping streets and their emblematic craftsmen, to be found in delivery on epicery.
Rue Cler in Paris
When Louis XIV decided to build the Hôtel des Invalides, many traders came to settle in this district located on the left bank. Today, the street and its surroundings concentrate the cream of Parisian artisans, like the Fromagerie Marie-Anne Cantin, renowned for its cheeses from the four corners of France, matured on site. Special mention for counties 36 months and older. Recently established in the district, the chocolate factory Alléno & Rivoire delights fine gourmets with its gourmet chocolates and its extraordinary pastry bars.
The Terreaux district in Lyon
Nestled on the Presqu’île, the Terreaux district has always been a lively place, markets have been held there since the Renaissance. Nowadays, there are remarkable stalls. Fromagerie BOF de la Martinière owes its success to its traditional and authentic approach, which gives pride of place to pasta from each region, such as Brie de Meaux or Roquefort Vieux Berger. Another local figure, the Chez Grégoire pastry shop offers gluten-free creations: lemon meringue tart, Paris-Brest, cookies. Sign that the culinary heritage evolves with the times.
The Saint-Pierre district in Bordeaux
The Saint-Pierre district is considered the cradle of the city. Its construction dates back to the 12th century, when craftsmen established their businesses there. Even today, the heart of Bordeaux remains an anchor point for food trades. Since its opening last year, La Petite Poissonnerie has been a hit with its fish, molluscs and other crustaceans from local and responsible fishing. For its part, La Funnyrie is the meeting place for gourmet aperitifs. On the menu, bistronomic boards and nibbles washed down with organic wines for the most part.
By bringing food artisans closer to consumers every day, epicery contributes to the preservation of local shops, and more broadly to the preservation of culinary heritage.