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What Food Can I Bring into Paris?

Last updated: Jun 6, 2018

Well, we admit it: We’re not 100% sure why anyone would want to bring food into the culinary capital of the world, but if they do, we want to help them! Even if you’re on a budget there are dozens of places in the city to get super cheap food that is absolutely out of this world! From small grocery stores to French chains to yes, even Parisian drug stores, if there’s one thing that’s easy to find in Paris, it’s a great meal!

Can I Bring Food into Paris via Charles de Gaulle Airport?

If you absolutely must, you can actually bring food into Paris if you’re coming through CDG as our members explain here:

“Paris is a huge cosmopolitan place. You can get anything. Why add all that weight to your baggage?”
“Don't worry. France is not like the USA or Australia, where regulations on importing foodstuffs tend to be very strict. Provided that you do not have too much - unlikely, if you are flying - and if it is in sealed containers/packets, you are unlikely to have a problem. However, do not bring any meat products, fresh fruit or vegetables. But as the previous poster said, all the things you are likely to need can be found in Paris.”
“In the 13th district you have large Asian supermarkets like Tang Fréres.”
“I have to agree with the first two posters. Paris has quite a few supermarkets so you can find Asian foodstuff! And I heard there are hypermarchés just outside Paris too. There is an excellent Chinatown shop I read about and it's called Tang Fréres which carries many Asian groceries too if you need them.”
“I just moved to Paris 12 days ago. I went to the Marché this afternoon and could find everything on your list. (If you like peanut butter, you might want to bring some.) Other than that, you'll be fine. Monoprix is a large grocery chain. You'll be fine. Good luck.”
“And there's a supermarket chain that I can't recall the name of. Their logo colors are green and orange. There's a branch right off rue du Buci for example. And I've seen another location in the 5th district I think.”
“There's food galore in this city.”
“If you happen to have access to a kitchen, I would have a look at a grocery store called Prisunic. They have fantastic frozen food and a lot of French specialty dishes like escargot and crêpes. And best of all, they’re very affordable as Paris prices go!”

And in case you happen to be looking for Asian grocery stores in Paris, fear not! There are dozens of them! Here are some ideas for places to look for Asian supermarkets in Paris:

“Paris has quite a large Asian, and more specifically Vietnamese and Chinese community. You can therefore find tons of Asian products in specialty stores, in the XIIIth district. Tang Fréres (Tang Brothers) is the most famous Asian supermarket, but you can find others, as well as little grocery shops, music, videos, garment, culinary utensils, etc., etc., in the 13th district. Belleville, in the North, has also a large Asian community.”


Here's the original discussion:



a VirtualTourist member from Singapore asked on Jan 12, 2005

Paris

Prohibited food - Arrive into Paris, Charles De Gaulle Airport

Hi all, flight will come into paris, and am wondering what food items are not allowed to come into paris? I am a student going to study in europe, and as you know, I will be bringing quite a number of food items, like instant noodles, canned food, and alittle spices etc. Thanks in advance! jo



13 Answers


answered on 1/12/05 by
a VT member from Boston

James beat me to it. Paris is a huge cosmopolitan place. You can get anything. Why add all that weight to your baggage?




answered on 1/12/05 by
a VT member from Luxembourg

Don't worry. France is not like the USA or Australia, where regulations on importing foodstuffs tend to be very strict. Provided that you do not have too much - unlikely, if you are flying - and if it is in sealed containers/packets, you are unlikely to have a problem. However, do not bring any meat products, fresh fruit or vegetables. But as the previous poster said, all the things you are likely to need can be found in Paris, which has a large Asian population.




answered on 1/12/05 by
a VT member from Paris

You can find the main customs rules on douane.gouv.fr/Listetheme.as... but, as all the previous posters wrote, you shouldn't have any difficulty to get them in Paris, for instance in the 13th district you have large asian supemarkets like Tang freres




answered on 1/12/05 by
a VT member from California

I have to agree with the first two posters. Paris has quite a few supermarkets so you can find those Asian foodstuff! And I heard there are hypermarches just outside Paris too. There is an excellent Chinatown shop I read about and it's called Tang Freres which carries many Asian groceries too if you need them.




answered on 1/12/05 by
a VT member from Boston

Poor Missyjo. She's going to think we're ganging up on her.




answered on 1/12/05 by
a VT member from Paris

i just moved to Paris 12 days ago. I went to the Marche this afternoon and could find everything on your list. (If you like peanut butter, you might want to bring some.) Other than that, you'll be fine. Where are you studying? I'm at ISC in neighborhood 17, but I live in 10. Monoprix is a large grocery chain. You'll be fine. Good luck.




answered on 1/12/05 by
a VT member from California

And there's a supermarket chain that I can't recall the name of. Their logo colors are green and orange. There's a branch right off rue Buci for example. And I've seen another location in the 5th district I think.




answered on 1/12/05 by
a VT member from Bucharest

Sorry to repeat what other posters just said, but why would anyone bring food in Paris ?! I mean, there's food galore in this city.




answered on 1/14/05 by
a VT member from Singapore

Hello everyone! Was amused when all you discussing how on earth i'm carrying so much stuff to paris. actually, i only brought afew, especially new goods like abalone (poor me, gonna be alone with some friends for our chinese new year). i do not have time to search for extra food tat explains. haha... no worries, my luggage is still under weight... thanks all of you!! :) jo




answered on 1/14/05 by
a VT member from California

I guess we imagined you to be carrying a suitcase full of noodles and other food. :) Well, now you know there's a Parisian Chinatown so if you need more abalone...




answered on 1/15/05 by
a VT member from San Francisco

Now don't you worry yerself none Missyjo, cause while yer in Paris, if you ever need noodles, jest let me know and I'll air freight you as many as you want. We gots lots of noodles here in San Francisco. Jest imagine, you can have instant noodles within 24 hours.




answered on 1/16/05 by
a VT member from Luxembourg

Instant? 24 hours??




answered on 1/17/05 by
a VT member from Paris

Paris has quite a large Asian, and more specifically Vietnamese and Chinese community. You can therefore find tons of asian products in specialty stores, in the XIII th district. Tang Freres (Tang Brothers) is the most famous Asian supermarket, but you can find others, as well as little grocery shops, music, videos, garment, culinary utensils, etc etc... in the 13th district. Belleville, in the North, has also a large Asian community. http://www.tang-freres.com/index_fr.htm Don't hesitate to contact me if you need specific adresses.





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