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Photobear Jul 6th, 2015 01:27 PM

Do Franprix or Monoprix stores offer delivery services?
If we walk 15 minutes to the closest store from our apartment to get groceries (cases of water, milk, juice, breakfast items etc) can we have it delivered to our apartment? Do we need to take a taxi? I would think that going such a short distance would piss off a taxi driver. I don't want to lug heavy groceries several blocks. Thanks

rialtogrl Jul 6th, 2015 01:43 PM

When I stayed in that area the apartment I rented had a rolling shopping trolley. Maybe yours will, or you can buy one. It came in very handy.

greg Jul 6th, 2015 01:52 PM

Locals use something like this:

Sarastro Jul 6th, 2015 01:54 PM

If you are renting an apartment short term and do not have a customer card with them, they may not deliver but normally they do make home deliveries as does Carrefour.

janisj Jul 6th, 2015 01:56 PM

Even w/o a trolley, you should be able to carry the simple groceries you will likely buy -- the locals certainly do.

Cases of water? really?

And you won't be getting half gallons of milk or juice.

A trolley could be handy -- but you'll be able to manage w/o . . .

Photobear Jul 6th, 2015 02:01 PM

Ummm....We are staying there with 3 people for 10 nights. We drink a lot of water and need milk for breakfast.....I don't want to pack anything else so I thought I would ask a simple question.....Sorry if what I want to buy offends you. Like I said, I don't want to carry a case of water for a 20 minute walk....GEeeezzzz

Gretchen Jul 6th, 2015 03:40 PM

You chose the apartment IN PARIS. Deal with it--yes, it DOES offend me. It really IS all about YOU.

Gretchen Jul 6th, 2015 03:40 PM

Oh, I forgot--live like the locals!! LOL

nytraveler Jul 6th, 2015 03:46 PM

Why not ask the people you are renting from if they have a grocery cart? This is really common in many larger cities where you can't drive to a market.

Pvoyageuse Jul 6th, 2015 03:52 PM

"Do Franprix or Monoprix stores offer delivery services?"
Yes, in some (not all) stores. There is usually a minimum purchase of €50 to €70.

greg Jul 6th, 2015 03:59 PM

I see some threads on internet that they deliver for a fee unless you bought a lot, but not on Sunday.

I am not sure if you have a special need, but the tap water is potable in Paris unless your apartment cannot provide potable water. You can filter it if you want.

If you have a wheeled luggage, you can use it to transport your heavy cargo from the store if you don't want to bother with a trolley. I see locals hop onto buses with grocery trolleys.

denisea Jul 6th, 2015 04:16 PM

Many apartments will have one of the rolling carts the locals use for you to use while staying there. I don't remember who you are renting from, but you might ask them if your apartment has one or if there is one you could borrow while there. I actually have never used it because we don't buy much at one time.

To me (my opinion only, others may feel differently), shopping in Paris is different from how we do so in the US...less bulk purchasing and more picking up what you need for a day or two. There will also be smaller tabacs here and there that you can also pick up a few things, as you need them. Sorry if some of the posts have been harsh.

Photobear Jul 6th, 2015 05:04 PM

Gretchen....wasn't talking to you.....I was talking to janisj.....I don't see why so many things need to turn into debates on this site. It is actually a simple question. I am SOOOOO sorry I even mentioned water. It is not only water but groceries for more than a week. I know people like to buy daily but that is just not how we do it. I am sure we will find lots of goodies we want to try.

I am willing to dish out the $$$ for delivery....some chose $200 meals, we don' each their own....

I hate that such a simple question has turned into a WHY ON EARTH WOULD U DRINK BOTTLED water debate.

If I am touring around, and I run out of the water , I will find a store and buy another. I will not walk around looking for a tap.....That is just not me. Sorry but that is the way I am.

I have no idea why Gretchen feels offended but I think it's quite odd as she never responded to my post to begin with.

This place can make people feel very unwelcome here. I find a lot of the posts on here get some pretty harsh comments but I try to let it slide. Sorry if I got bent out of shape but it was really getting to me that a simple question turned into a debate on what I should or shouldn't buy. I will contact my host to see if they offer this cart....they speak only a little French as they are German but I will try to send her that picture that shows the cart so maybe that will help. Since I live in a town of 650 people in eastern Canada, I was not familiar with them as nobody here uses such a thing.

I just ask that we all play nice. No need to get so intense. I appreciate all the comments that were truly helpful. It was greatly appreciated.

janisj Jul 6th, 2015 05:07 PM

>>To me (my opinion only, others may feel differently), shopping in Paris is different from how we do so in the US...less bulk purchasing and more picking up what you need for a day or two<<

You are 100% right denisa. And in most every other city in Europe as well. You aren't shopping at Costco fer cryin' out loud. Cases of water (?) - I ask again. Drink tap water like 90% of your neighbors will. If you want to live like a local -- you'll stop at small local shops for the specific types of things they carry and then go to another for the veg or baked goods or cheese or flowers or whatever. And you carry your small bags/packages home. You don't take a taxi to a super market and back to stock up.

I've spent aggregate several months in vacation rentals in London, Paris, and other European cities -- and never once needed groceries delivered, or a taxi to get them home. Oops -- yes I did <i>once</i> -- when I was doing a Thanksgiving dinner/drinks for 9 people.

(Now, when renting a large house in the countryside it is different -- there I sometimes do go to supermarkets and buy 5 or 6 days worth of groceries - but only when my house is not in a town center)

Photobear Jul 6th, 2015 06:14 PM

I give up.......I will drink what I want......since the stores offer the service of delivery I am sure that it is only used by foreigners. I am sure Parisians NEVER get groceries delivered. I guess I am going to be escorted straight to a detention centre if I decide to drink bottled water......for shame.

Omg get over yourself. I will not change my mind because some random internet bully decides to get up on a high horse. This would actually be funny if it was not so insulting. If we buy lots, we will get it delivered.....if we only buy a little, we will take it back ourselves.....I just wanted to be prepared......didn't know I was going to cause such a fuss.

Must be easier in your world but I live in mine......

northie Jul 6th, 2015 07:33 PM

in my experience fridges in European apartments are small - minuscule by North American standards so shopping for large amounts that need to be refrigerated might not be practical.

kerouac Jul 6th, 2015 08:08 PM

Are you staying in Paris itself? If so, the walk to the nearest store is likely to be more like 2 minutes rather than 15 minutes.

menachem Jul 6th, 2015 09:59 PM

Kerouac, not where they're staying.

But the others are right too, Photobear: you just buy for every day, or every other day. Remember to bring a foldable shopping bag when you're in the city, then, when you pass a grocery, or a market, you bring food home at the end of your day. And it's the only real drawback to your location: no groceries or markets, or bakeries on your doorstep. So you'll have to plan a little.

menachem Jul 7th, 2015 12:31 AM

And Hurrah! There seems to be a bakery at 16 Av Rapp:!8i6656?hl=en

A nice Bar a Vin at number 22!8i6656?hl=en

Another baker (sourdough!) at number 39!8i6656?hl=en

Other than that, many, many real estate agents

hetismij2 Jul 7th, 2015 12:54 AM

I think you are better off buying small amounts as you need it, rather than buying in for a week. That way you can spontaneously decide to eat out without feeling bad about all that food back at the apartment.
You will need to buy bread regularly since it doesn't stay fresh for more than a day, so why not get the rest as you need it.
Try not to waste food by buying too much at once, a waste of food and money.
Try the tap water before buying lots of bottled water. If you don't like it fair enough, but again it will save you a lot of money if you drink tap water and take your own bottle from home with you. If you run out while out for the day then of course buy a bottle.

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