La Tête Dans Les Olives

Tucked away on a tiny street in the 10eme is this tiny gem, which we wouldn’t have known about save for an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations. Part epicierie, with olive oil and other products directly imported from Siciliy, part restaurant, where a group of up to 5 is served a meal requiring no heat cooking (there isn’t an oven) at a small foldout table right in the middle of the shop, La Tête Dans Les Olives was one of the highlights of the trip for us. They’re only open from 2-7 Tuesday through Friday, and 11-6 on Saturday, and we shamefully waited until the last day of our trip (in a snow storm no less!) to visit.

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There are about 16 different olive oils per year, distinguished by the type of grape, and named after the Sicilian owner of the grove where the olives were grown. Owner Cedric Casanova wasn’t there the day we went, but we were treated to an olive oil tasting by Pablo, who gave us six or seven samples on spoons, starting with the mildest olive oil and working up to the strongest. You might have guessed by now, but we are serious olive oil freaks, so this was pretty much heaven.

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We bought two bottles, freshly poured and labeled just for us, but if we had perhaps more suitcase space I think we would have bought one of each. I think they ship internationally? I’ll have to investigate closer to JAMAL’s birthday. This place is off the normal, tourist-beaten path, but I can’t recommend it enough.

La Tête Dans Les Olives, 2 rue Sainte Marthe, Paris 10eme, Metro Goncourt Tel. 09 51 31 33 34

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8 comments

  • Jamal! He must be gutted, poor Jeff! I mean, poor Jamal! xx
    What a funny little shop, I love shops that have mini restaurants in. There’s a great wine shop in cheltenham that has a few tables to eat cheese and ham at and pay corkage ;)

  • I love that shop, always shop there when in Paris. One of the best olive oils I ever had came from my friend’s dad’s place in Tuscany, it was green and fresh and grassy and just divine with good fresh bread. Miss Paris!

  • that place looks heavenly. i can tell from the photos that it is off the beaten path. it just has a lovely relaxed feeling in the photos. as if you were just living in paris going down to get your olive oil for the week (month?). those canisters are gorgeous and i quite like their “font” too. why is it that an upside-down “e” can look so chic in paris? now i shall go find the anthony bourdaine video on gold ol’ youtube xoxoxo!

  • I would definitely be interested in something like this! We have an olive oil place near us but they are a bit more commercial and AREN’T IN PARIS. Nothing is better than a crusty bit of bread dipped in some strong olive oil. Yum, my mouth is watering now.

  • Dinner, my house…bring the oil!

  • Okay, this would be pretty much heaven for me. I lurve olive oil. We brought back some of the best olive oil from Greece and I pretty much seek out Greek olive oil…Sicilian could switch me, however. That would be worth a suitcase of its own. Seriously. Dang.

  • SO- when can we come over to sample that amazing oil??

  • What an absolutely perfect gem of a shop. I mean, really, it doesn’t get much more quaint than a fold out table and olive oil tasting. So happy you two ventured off the beaten path and delivered this sneak peek. We actually have an olive oil shop in our town’s main street (known as 2nd Street). We did a tasting once and I got a bit of a tummy ache. Too much oil? Anyway, the oil was so good the ache was worth it.