Mad About Paris, Much more than a guide
At Dehillerin, a world summit of foodies is held every day. The delegates come from all over the world and they discuss: pots and pans, copper casseroles and cast-iron roasters, they’re looking for chopping boards, razor-sharp mandolines, moulds and tins and dishes of all kinds, forks and knifes and whisks for all purposes a cook could possibly think of.
Dehillerin is a shop in Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, almost 200 years old, a remnant of the fantastic market place “Les Halles” until it was dismantled and moved outside town to Rungis in 1970/71. Here they sell what they call „Matériel de Cuisine“, clients are professionals and passionate amateurs and, see above, lots of tourists from all over the world. The salespeople give them a hard time, believe me, even if they started to speak English here recently. Still, their tone is quite rustic, to say the least.
But you won’t care once you’re inside the labyrinth, descending into caves as confusing as Tora Bora and packed with material that stuffs the rooms like discarded lumber in a long forgotten attic. It is a weird, wildly romantic place, a Parisian icon of its own. I’m afraid though that Dehillerin might be the last man standing in this neighbourhood.
Not long ago, just 50 meters further down the street on the right hand side, a wonderful butcher shop closed, specialising in poultry and foie gras only to be replaced by a redundant bistro (which is still better than a redundant fashion boutique, I agree). Soon, the whole area will be remade and modernized which, in Paris, rarely means that things will improve. Hopefully Dehillerin will last. It’s worth a visit.E. Dehillerin 51, rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau 75001 Paris +33 1 42 36 53 13 Open on Mondays from 9:00-12:30 and from 14:00-18:00. From Tuesday to Saturday from 9:00-18:000 Les Halles , Etienne Marcel or Louvre Rivoli