Grocery Shopping

I know….you really want to hear about grocery shopping. Right?

It is totally different when you live in a big city, no car, depend on public transportation or your feet.

First thing, create a list according to the stores you want to visit. Grab your rolling cart and hit the street.

We usually shop at Monoprix, Franprix and Picard.

Upon entering the store you grab a rolling cart or pay for a regular buggy (like at Aldi). Start filling your cart.

Wine is the first stop because it is heaviest so it goes in the bottom of the cart.  That is our excuse for now.

You have to pass the expensive candy to get to the wine. I keep my eyes closed and my hands on the cart handle.

Then we start searching. Adding a little here and a little there. The soups are always a good choice. Most of the time we can figure out the flavor. We had some tasty soup with scallops in it last week.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are healthy and colorful.

If you spend 50€ you can request free delivery. They pack these carts and load them on a bike/taxi and bring them to your flat.

There is more candy at the check out! How do these people stay so thin with all this tempting goodness?

After checking out we walk the street market looking for items we might like to try. Our street market sells clothes, shoes, table linens, tools, fruits, vegetables, honey, meat, cheese, and just about anything you might think you need or want.


We stuck with green beans and raspberries today.

Next up is a stop at the boulanger/patissier to get a baguette and maybe a sweet.

Picard is the last stop to get frozen foods.

When we return home we always use the lift. We are tired and the rolling cart is full!  We try to do a large shopping trip one day a week and smaller trips in-between.Sometimes we make two trips in one day. Just like at home.

I hope you enjoyed our shopping trip. Everyday life in this city is still an adventure.