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Spices and love

Between the confinement, the closing of bars and restaurants and the anxiety-inducing atmosphere in which we brew like Miso in its broth, we are witnessing an upheaval in culinary practices. Is this a salutary regression or a specific form of resilience? Nostalgia for the world before or promise of a benevolent world after? Healthy or healthy cooking is on the rise, and with it comes a host of delicatessens that focus on “good” food.

A classic

At the Fin Palais

In Vichy, the Fin Palais is an institution that owes its longevity to a rare ability to adapt to changing times and customs. A quarantine heir to the legendary Mokador on Place de la Poste, the store has pignon sur Parc, facing the Palais des Congrès. Since the sales space is through, it also benefits from a nice visibility from the passage de l’opéra. The place is bright and hospitable, just like Pierre and Carole. Both a rendezvous for friends taking time to live and a welcome haven for passing customers, everyone finds advice and guidance, which is no luxury considering the facings teeming with fine products.

A small idea of luxury

Art & Flavors

It’s awell-established address in the Vichy landscape that changed hands and tempo recently. No palate revolution in the land of tea, but a slow brew for Jean-Baptiste Renard. After several professional lives it was in Vichy that he dropped anchor at the same time as his devotion to the Art and Flavors store, caught up in the beauty of the town and its old France chic side.

At Patrick's

Gourmet and fine grocery store at Les Halles

Cooking nut (he’s the one who says it) Patrick Goninet set himself a goal when he opened his grocery store: to bring back good products inshort circuit and at tight prices, coming from all over France, with a little bit of chauvinism for regional products. He surveys the regions of France to select the meat of the product, which he then offers directly to his customers. The absence of intermediaries to pay allows him to offer all these little treasures at extremely reasonable prices.


La Golosità

If you’re a “xenoglossophile” like Jamie Lee Curtis in A Fish Named Wanda and exotic idioms make you ecstatically silly, welcome to La Golosità: greediness, in the language of Dante. In this specialized grocery store, some 300 carefully selected transalpine artisanal products allow you to indulge in the Italian culinary art. “Everything there speaks to the soul in secret its sweet native language”.

Mathilde's counter

In the current quest for comfort foods, there is the saudade of childhood, the tutelary figure of the grandmother, the good-mother. This grandmother is Mathilde, a baker in Montbrison who inspired her grandson and gave him the idea to create a universe between Hugo Cabret and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Le comptoir de Mathilde is a concept-store that sells chewy happiness in a multitude of forms, with a dash of DIY. Here it is again, that time of childhood and play, that of foodplayful and greedy like this unctuous chocolate to melt, pricked on its wooden spoon, or the chocolate chips to break with a small mallet.

Gourmet stories


This new brand is a pilot store that federates 3 famous French gastronomy brands and combines 3 universes of complementary products under the same roof. The nearly two-hundred-year-old Maison Nicolas brings its wines, beers and spirits. Noblesse oblige, Comtesse du Barry puts its spin on foie gras and other worthy representatives of Southwestern gastronomy. And finally the chocolate maker deNeuville completes the offer by instilling a little sweetness in our world of brutes. Savour Histoires de gourmets has set itself the goal of transforming these occasional shops into everyday stores with associations of regional (and even local, when possible) products that are accessible and available.