If you like your mustard like beer, on tap, take yourself to Boutique Maille in Paris.
Once you step through the wood-panelled shopfront in the 8eme arrondissement, you’ll find dozens of flavours of mustard, vinegars and cornichons. With various blends on taste, you can buy stoneware mustard pots which can be refilled from the taps.
The artisan production of Maille mustard dates back to 1747 when its founder, Antoine Maille was the official vinaigrier-distillateur at the royal court of France at the time of King Louis XV. The first boutique was located at 16 rue Saint André in the 6eme arrondissement before it was moved to the current premises across for the church of La Madeleine.
Freshly prepared with no preservatives, the mustards are no older than 10 days when they’re sold which means they retain their potency for up to 3 months. The staff can help you choose from an extensive range including Chablis and morels, a good accompaniment for veal, Armagnac and prunes, a match for poultry and white meats and Clementine Pistachio, recommended for white fish.
If you happen to be visiting Burgundy, Maille have another boutique in Dijon at 32 rue de le liberté.
Of course, you can buy Maille mustards around the world in supermarkets and grocers but you won’t find varieties exclusive to the boutique. And if you’re looking for a different kind of souvenir from Paris to bring home, the keepsake ceramic pots will please die hard foodies. And while you’re around the Madeleine, you have another excuse to check out the other food temples such as Fauchon and Hédiard.
6 Place de la Madeleine