La Vaissellerie

7 04 2008

At the risk of sounding like a shill, I’m going to say that La Vaissellerie is THE place in Paris to buy just about anything for your table.  Nick and I stumbled upon the Marais location one afternoon, and upon seeing the stacks of Limoges porcelain dishes at discount prices, we knew we would be returning when the time came to outfit our own kitchen.

Limoges porcelain, piled high

Of course, if your tastes lean towards the colorful, they have an array of breakfast bowls and mugs out front along with other bargain-basement glassware.

La Vaissellerie - outside

And then there’s the selection of coffee spoons and appetizer forks, which run the gamut from modern minimalist to outright baroque (with an emphasis on the latter).

Coffee spoons galore!

They also carry more traditional souvenir-type items, such as magnets, coasters, and tins featuring old advertisements and scenes of Paris.

Who doesn\'t love old ads?

So the next time you’re in Paris (or if you need to refresh your tableware supply) I recommend La Vaissellerie.  It’s a fun shop to browse, but don’t linger around closing time (7pm, I think) as the service can get downright surly.  Although watching them pack up the store is something to behold.  You wouldn’t believe how cavalier they are with baskets full of porcelain and glassware, stacking them on top of each other and shoving them against one another.  I guess that bodes well for the durability of our new dishes.




4 responses

11 04 2008

That looks like heaven! LUV it!

14 04 2008

I’ll go crazy in this store! How are the prices like?

3 05 2008

The prices are very reasonable. We rented an apartment for several weeks, and as luck would have it, I broke a glass. I replaced it for about two euros. At that price, I bought two.

5 05 2008

I concur. The dishes, glasses, and so on are all very reasonably priced. The kitschier items are a little more expensive (12 euros for a mug!) but not out of line with what other, more tourist-oriented shops charge.

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