Wednesday, November 24, 2010

La Maison du Miel

La Maison du Miel, founded in 1898 by Charles Galland, has been in this shop on Rue Vignon since 1905. Even the floor tiles pay homage to the incredible bee. If you have never been here, the shopkeepers are very friendly (yes, indeed they are) and you can sample the honey before you buy. There are delicious little hard candies filled with honey also right at the check-out. Miam-miam!

The bees of Paris have a story of their own which we will talk about some day.

La Maison du Miel

24, rue Vignon


"All things French" said...

A beautiful warm inviting shop! and the bee on the tiles very appropriate. I would love to hear your story about the
abeilles - parisian.

Rob-bear said...

Maison du miel!

C'est parfait pour un ours! Je reste chez ils pour l'hiver.

Bibi said...

I love honey in almost any form.

Malyss said...

I did not know that place, it sounds so interesting .. and good! :) I've heard that today, one of the best honeys is made in Paris, by bees living on the roofs or high balconies..

Shell Sherree said...

This place has a warm, honey-like glow about it, and the mosaic is gorgeous. Those honey lollies would tempt me, I'm sure!

hollyb said...

Miam-miam...French honey!! Need to go on this trip as I'm out of Miel de Tilleul et miel d'oranger, et mon favorite - miel de montagne!

M said...

D and I just had some Miel de Montagne this morning ... so glad you took me here en juin. It really was a charming little shop and their honey is delicious!

Amanda said...

genie - this is fascinating -- i am forwarding this post to my sister, who is a bee enthusiast and deeply interested in protecting their fragile ecology.

sending happy thanksgiving wishes to you and yours mon amie!!


Virginia said...

I've not been here but Peter and I found a tiny little honey store in the Butte aux Cailles area last summer. I love the floor tiles. This place needs to go on my new list!

Virginia said...

I have an article in a French magazine about the bee hives in Paris. I'll have to share it with you.

JM said...

La Maison du Miel looks great and the tiles are lovely.

Paris Paul said...

Paris Karin and I passed by there last Spring but they were closed :-( Your picture makes me want to go back sometime when I know they're open!

Loree said...

I absolutely love the floor tiles. They would look great in my yard.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Dianne -- Merci... I am hoping for photos to go with the story.

Bear -- Tu es marrant! I do think that a bear would be very happy hibernating at the honey house for the winter, bien entendu!

Bibi -- Moi aussi!

Malyss -- It is a great shop with edible items made with honey as well as lotions and soaps. You are right about the Paris honey

Shell -- Each of the open shelves is stocked with honey items and there is a large vat or two of honey with little paper tasting cups. miam-miam (meep)

Holly -- Yes, as your baby told you, Mommy has to go back to Paris because we are out of honey... train them young I say!

Marie -- So glad you liked the shop and are still enjoying the honey. Read Holly's message about having to go back when you run out!

Amanda -- I am so glad. We have friends here who are bee-keepers with honey. Without the bees doing their job humankind is doomed. A wonderful Thanksgiving to you as well. Are you home or still in Greece?

Virginia -- We have bought honey in several different places, including the street market in St Paul. All have been excellent, but the only challenge is to get them home. I sometimes check a bag just for the linens and the honey. I'll have to go to the place you found as well.

JM -- Merci... You have much experience photographing beautiful tiles!

Paul -- Ah yes, the closed Paris shop... really? I hope that you guys are able to get in one day. Be sure to have one of the candies, too.

shari @ little blue deer said...

Oh, wonderful! We roast coffee for the Savannah Bee Company, they have sort of the same thing, just, uh, in Savannah! XX!

Starman said...

Are there still beekeepers in Paris? I had heard they were disappearing.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Shari -- I will have to have a cup with you and your DH, even if it means a special trip to Savannah!

Starman -- I think you could call it an initiative in an effort to preserve the bees. Without an agriculture base, there are no pesticides... hence, great turf for bees!

Randy said...

Wonderful tile work and I'll bet the honey is really tasty.

James said...

I wish that I would have got a sample. I bet it's delicious.
I love the tile bee.

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

What a unique, and delightful, place to visit. I could imagine how gorgeous it would be during spring; bee tiles and honey filled treats.

Sara Louise said...

I'll definitely have to check this shop out next time I visit Paris... you know I love honey!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Randy -- The entire floor is made of these concentric circles with the bee mosaics about 6 feet apart.

Brittany -- I imagine that you would find some delicious honey for your exquisite baking!

Sara Louise -- Of course, you like honey. Well, you would like all the Honeys... even Honey Jr!