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E. Dehillerin

Shop at the 200-year-old store where Julia Child stocked up on copper cookware. 

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It was the 1940s. A young Julia Child had just arrived in France and was learning about the country’s cuisine. Her go-to for cooking supplies? The outlet of a former copperware producer located near Paris’s now-defunct Les Halles Market.

By the time Julia rolled in, E. Dehillerin had already been supplying professional chefs and home cooks for more than a century. Dating back to 1820, the brand got its start by producing gleaming copper pots and pans. In 1890, it moved to its present location on Rue Coquillière, where it also expanded to sell general cooking items.

More than two centuries later, E. Dehillerin no longer produces pots and pans in-house (the brand’s signature copperware is outsourced these days), but the shop’s history is still apparent in its ancient wooden shelves, charming pegboard displays and selection of obscure kitchen items. Need a duck press? Canelé molds? Escargot tongs? E. Dehillerin has got you. And don’t neglect the basement level, where the tools get even bigger and the shop’s age is even more apparent. 

Julia Child’s E. Dehillerin pots and pans are now on display at the National Museum of American History, in Washington, D.C. Hanging on a pegboard as they were in her kitchen, we can only assume she was inspired by this iconic shop’s aesthetic.

Know Before You Go

There are no prices on items at E. Dehillerin, rather the codes reference an archaic pricing system.

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