We’re headed into the 4th week of being under lockdown here in France. Because of the strict lockdown measures imposed by the government, only essential establishments like supermarkets and pharmacies have been allowed to stay open. This has put a pause to the French way of life: sitting outside cafés and enjoying 3-hour long meals at restaurants. Since the quarantine, more and more people have picked up baking and cooking as new hobbies! This explains why ingredients like flour, baking powder, and eggs are hard to find these days…
In this article, we’ll share with you our INSIDR tips on how you can buy groceries without leaving your home.
What you’ll find in this article:
– clever ways to check whether something in Paris is open or not
– online shopping from French supermarkets
– shopping for Asian ingredients online (Chinese, Japanese, Korean)
– online pharmacies
How to find out if something is open
Ça reste ouvert
Ça reste ouvert is an online collaboration platform where people can look up or inform which stores are open or closed during the confinement. It is highly recommended that you first check whether the store you want to go to is open before going out, so that you won’t run in vain.
Little Paris Store
The municipal government of Paris has helped local businesses in the city to still stay in business despite the lockdown. They’ve created a website that indicates different shops that can do deliveries within Paris city limits (75).
We recommend that you use this website to compare information with Ça Reste Ouvert.
Website: Map of local Paris Businesses
Buying online from French markets
France’s most famous chain supermarkets also provide home delivery services or online ordering and pick-up services. These options are great for social distancing. We’ve linked below the following supermarkets:
This online food ordering platform is a bit like Uber Eats but for fresh products. It helps you order from bakeries, vegetable and fruit shops, seafood shops, butcher shops, etc. that can be delivered to your home.
Shipping costs are determined by each store
Mobile app delivery services
Everyone should be familiar with food delivery. The following food delivery apps provide “contactless delivery” due to the epidemic situation, which means that the delivery staff will put the food at the door and leave you to notify you Pick up the goods to reduce contact between people.
7 Asian supermarkets online
1. For Chinese ingredients and products: Taiwan-Europe Famous
Shipping in the Netherlands, the delivery will be different in each EU
Free shipping over 100 € (excluding tax)
2. For Chinese ingredients: Yuemei Mall
Shipping within France and Switzerland
Free shipping in France from 59€
3. For Chinese ingredients: 37 Mall
Ships within France
Free shipping from 79€
4. For Japanese and Korean ingredients: K Mart
Check their online catalog for prices and available products
To order, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Only delivered to the third lap of the Paris area, not delivered in the 15th district of Paris
Delivery from 100 € onwards, cash payment
5. For Korean ingredients: ACE Mart
6. For Korean ingredients: Kimchi Passion
Currently only delivering to France
Delivery by Chronopost, shipping fee depends on weight
7. For Japanese ingredients: Le Marché Japonais
They deliver in France and Belgium
Free shipping from 70 €
During the French confinement, pharmacies are still allowed to operate regularly as they’re considered among the essential establishments. But if you just want to buy some nutritional products, skin care, baby supplies, etc., you can also consider the following online pharmacies. Please note that medicine and prescription drugs must still be bought in person.
In addition, if you’re feeling a little unwell, many doctors provide online consultation services. You can find a doctor on the Doctolib website and register for consultation.
We hope that the above information will help you during this period of confinement. Although we cannot directly help the front-line medical staff, we can contribute by reducing the number of people who spend time outside. Stay healthy at home!