This week marks exactly four months since I moved to Paris on a permanent basis. As a result of feeling more and more like a local with every day that goes by, I'm erring further away from the tourist traps and taking great pleasure in finding smaller, off-the-beaten-track places to go instead.
One example of this is a whisky shop in the 8th arrondissement. I was told about this place by a life-long Parisian, but this was offset by the expat in me who realised that the shop was on the same road as the British Embassy in Paris and therefore that this shop should be a pretty reliable bet for a good dram.
So off I went to the shop, aptly called La Maison du Whisky, and I was not disappointed! They have a great range of whiskies from all over the world and they're very reasonably priced.
I was after a specific bottle and the two shop assistants who served me were very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. I would imagine they'd be equally helpful and not at all dismissive if you weren't after something particular and needed some advice. They also have a very good range of other spirits, including some which are very hard to find in their second shop near Odeon in the 6th. If you're in Paris and you're after a whisky or some hard liquour, this is definitely where I'd point you to.