Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Taking the Scenic Route

Past the palace and into Notting Hill, I loved the bus ride to this shop.

In Paris, taking the bus from Dehillerin to Gare de Lyon will take you on a tour through the Marais and Bastille.

Having various personal projects in addition to work related missions is a good inspiration to climb on board the buses with some destination shops in mind.

In London, the bus 52 runs down from Hyde Park Corner through the Kensington Palace area (good little Chinese place there) to Notting Hill, where getting off at the stop called Elgin Crescent will take you to the neighborhood of the book shop called Books for Cooks. From what I had heard and read about it, I imagined the book shop to be a rambling labyrinth of stacks through which one might get lost, but in fact it is a one room shop that also features a kitchen. I loved the Travelers Bookshop, just nearby, it had all of my favorites.

Dehellerin, for cooking, pastry, and restaurant supplies, is located along the bus no 29 in Paris, which swings through the neighborhood surrounding Les Halles. The stop is called Etienne Marcel - Montmartre. It is also located in a neighborhood that features an array of cooking supply shops along the rue Montmartre, so do stroll in the neighborhood. If you are getting a train out to Lyon, you hop back on the No. 29, and go into and through the Marais, past Bastille, and the bus deposits you conveniently at the Gare de Lyon. A very nice bus line.

Books for Cooks
4 Blenheim Crescent
Notting Hill London W11 1NN

18-20 rue Coquillière
75001 Paris


Blogger Betty C. said...

Is that the Traveller's Bookshop as in the film Notting Hill?

I just watched that with my daughter. Not a fabulous movie, but I love London and it gives a beautiful view of it...

7:49 PM, March 22, 2008  
Blogger L Vanel said...

I should rent that film, Betty, then I can tell you!

11:47 AM, March 24, 2008  
Anonymous monique said...

Love your blog ! Just came back from a short trip to Paris, food - shopping among other things and amazed myselve at Dehillerin and found lots of more in that area. I hope to write about it on my blog soon !
Well, London must be next, I see ...:-))

7:13 PM, March 24, 2008  
Blogger jasmine said...

What gorgeous photos. The last time I was in London I wanted to get to Books for Cooks, but I just couldn't squeeze it in.


2:55 AM, March 25, 2008  
Blogger Zoomie said...

I just posted about Dehillerin, too! Small world! And, while you're in the Gare de Lyon, don't miss at least peeking into the marvelous Belle Epoque restaurant, Le Train Bleu. We ate there last time we were in Paris and it was simply splendid!

3:52 AM, March 25, 2008  
Anonymous myfrenchkitchen said...

So nice seeing a bit of London through your camera!! Lovely pics.

11:46 AM, March 28, 2008  
Blogger Idara said...

I just found your blog, and I love it! You have such beautiful photos. :) I'm eagerly looking forward to your next post.


12:12 AM, March 29, 2008  
Blogger dailydelicious said...

I really like your photographs.

11:16 AM, March 29, 2008  
Blogger toni said...

Photography is my other love, and your photos make me want to go back to Paris and London! Instead, I think I will make a trip to our local restaurant supply shop today. I can't wait until I'm back in that beautiful city again.

8:27 PM, March 29, 2008  
Blogger Annemarie said...

Funnily enough, I just stumbled on Books for Cooks earlier this week after forgetting about its existence. I of course walked away with several purchases loading me down (and lightening my wallet).

6:49 PM, March 30, 2008  
Blogger MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Both of these are shops I will always remember and always return to when I'm in town!
Love the Dehillerin basement!

6:59 PM, March 30, 2008  
Blogger katiez said...

Two shops I want to go to in two cities I don't get to visit nearly as often as I'd like....
Life and work keep interfering with travel and shopping....

9:28 PM, March 30, 2008  
Blogger Sheltie Girl said...

Books for Cooks is such a lovely shop. All those wonderful books in a pretty and creative setting. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

3:22 PM, March 31, 2008  
Blogger Anne said...

Oh! Books for Cooks ... to die for. I'd give a (small) body part to go.

8:12 PM, March 31, 2008  
Anonymous Su-Lin said...

I believe the "good little Chinese place" to which you refer is the Stick and Bowl on Kensington High Street. Very nice dry fried hor fun!

12:18 PM, April 01, 2008  
Blogger L Vanel said...

Thanks for your comments! And Su Lin, thank you for giving the place a name. It's this place with white bar counters where you order and a kind older man brings out the food. I have to say that what I ordered took me right back to China. I adored it. One of the first times I have had authentic Chinese that didn't cost an arm and a leg in Europe. I wonder what other ethnic eats there are to discover in London.

9:30 PM, April 01, 2008  
Blogger Mimi said...

I recognized the photo of Dehillerin before it fully downloaded - what a magical place! As for Le Train Bleu, which another poster mentions, perhaps next time as we'll be in that area. Now to hop across to Notting Hill. As usual, your photos are inviting.

5:02 AM, April 05, 2008  

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