Paris’ Italian food renaissance continues with the opening of Eataly Paris Marais this weekend. Crowds gathered to visit this impressive 4,000 square meter (26,000 square foot) food hall, located in the center of the Marais. Featuring seven eateries, eight deli counters, a grocery store, an outdoor produce market, and Paris’ largest Italian wine cellar, there is no shortage of delicious Italian treats.
Given the success of the Big Mamma group, whose massive food hall, La Felicita, and six Italian trattorias around Paris are known for impossibly long lines, it is no surprise that the entrepreneur behind Eataly, Oscar Farinetti, chose Paris as the international brand’s 39thlocation. Today, Italian dining is synonymous with trendy, Intagrammable spaces and hard-to-get tables — in short it’s become cool.
Eataly fits right in with this updated Italian food scene here in Paris. The three-story space is bright and beautiful, with careful consideration given to every detail of the aesthetic. The decoration uses old-world features creatively in the modern interior, creating the perfect blend of tradition and innovation. You can sit down for a restaurant-style meal, grab a quick bite of focaccia or fresh pasta, or pick up all the necessary groceries for an Italian feast at home. There are multiple restaurant options on all three floors, featuring lunch, dinner, and aperativo options. The ground floor also boasts a bakery, a butcher counter, and a handmade pasta stand, many of which were offering tantalizing samples. The selection of imported groceries and dry goods is also impressive, the olive oil options alone make a trip to Eataly worth it for any Italian food enthusiasts.
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