Des Halles et Des Gourmets

Des Halles et Des Gourmets (Angers)

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It’s already been 40 years (yes, 40!) since Jacques Morinière founded this temple to locavore eats in Angers’ Roseraie neighborhood! His pitch back in the day? To turn a former fruit and vegetable warehouse into a supermarket supplying good fruits, vegetables, cheeses and charcuterie from the area. And it was a success, since this family-run gem is still here all these years later, and has barely changed a bit, apart from a small facelift back in 2017. Now it’s Laurent, his son, who sources the quality products. The day we went, we filled our shopping basket with all of the following: an intense apple-ginger juice from La Petite Cléfoise in Baugé (€4.95 a liter), a breakfast spread from Saveurs et Nature in the Vendée (€7.95 for 225 g), an incredible salted butter from the Thau farm in Montjean-sur-Loire, and beautiful strawberries from Saint-Rémy-la-Varenne. Not to mention the 1,500 labels of natural wine carefully chosen by the Angevin local Patrick Rigourd. // John Mason 

The hidden gem: The addictive homemade rillettes (€2.90 for a small jar of them). 

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