American Food: Where to Find it / What You Won't Find
Okay, so I am not expert, but I have been here for over a year. I have a few places where I go when I really need a specific American ingredient or want a childhood snack. I also have discovered that some things just don't exist here and I haven't been able to find them anywhere, so I have had family mail some from home, but it's quite expensive. I think I really craved so many things from home since I haven't been able to go home since September 2019, thanks COVID... but typically I would be able to go home on a regular basis and probably wouldn't be missing these things as much. But anyways, whether you're here for a few months, or you're never going home, here are the place where I find American food and here are the foods that I suggest you bring in your suitcase.
Places where you'll find something from home:
• My favorite American épicerie located near Châtelet-Les Halles: In Good We Trust. It's a
bit expensive, but they have some quality things like Betty Crocker cake mixes and icing,
Reeses, Twizzlers and other candies, Pop Tarts, Lucky Charms, hot sauces, cornmeal,
corn syrup, brown sugar, Grits, Cheez-Whiz, Ritz, Cheez-its, Goldfish, jello, etc. Here's the address.
• My favorite online store: My American Market. Still a bit expensive, but I think that's
normal for imported goods. I find it a bit cheaper than In Good We Trust, and they have a
bit more variety. The downside is they are always sold out of everything, so it can be hard
to actually make an order, but you can turn on notifications to know when things will be in
• Marks & Spencer. Not American, but British, so all of the products are in english. I have
found they carry some similar things to a US store. I buy gravy there, pumpkin spice,
large carving pumpkins around halloween time, marshmallows, pancakes, and scones
(which are basically like eating a southern biscuit haha). The good thing is the price is
lower and there are stores everywhere in Paris!
• Lolly's at Châtelet. It's a little candy store that has lots of American candy, some small
cups of cereals and mac and cheese, and sodas.
• I haven't been, but I am planning to go to Costco soon. There's only one in the suburbs
and you have to have a membership. So it's far and ideally you need a car because you'd
be buying in bulk. But I have heard they have lots of things. I know they have cheese
sticks, you know the ones you peel the string cheese? haha and sheet cakes. I will let
you guys know what else I find!
• Auchan/Carrefour City/Monoprix. It's a myth that there's no peanut butter in Paris. I find
it everywhere, just maybe not the best brands. Usually I find Skippy in most stores in
Paris though. I get the American version of refried beans, jarred jalapeños and teriyaki
sauce at Auchan. Auchan has an international American section, but it sucks haha. I
guess you can get pancake mix there, but I have never even heard of most of the brands
in the section.
• Amazon. I have ordered Bisquick, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Lucky Charms on
Amazon. They don't have tons of things, but you can occasionally find a few things there.
The price is average, I'd say a bit cheaper than the American stores here, but more
expensive then Walmart for sure haha.
Things to bring in your suitcase:
*P.S. don't judge me for how unhealthy these things are haha, but these are just some things I ate growing up and occasionally have a sudden craving for*
• Hamburger Helper
• Good salsa
• Salad dressings like ranch, thousand island, french, catalina
• Velveeta shells and Velveeta and Rotel cheese dip
• Vanilla pudding but the jello brand
• Vanilla wafers (I wanted to make banana pudding haha)
• Chips Ahoy chewy cookies (I feel soft packaged cookies are hard to come by here)
• Chili Powder
• Any spicy sauces or powders would be good to bring. (I can only find tabasco here but
no Frank's or spicy spices.)
• Crunchy Taco shells
• Hershey Kisses
I am sure I will think of more things that I miss, but in general it is possible to find most things here. It is just super expensive!