Can anyone suggest stores or boutiques where one may purchase pans, pots, or miscellaneous food preparation supplies in Paris?
The only place to go!
E. Dehillerin is the best known. It's in Les Halles on rue Coquillierres near the end of rue Montorgueil.
I think that also any of the big department stores would fill the bill. Au Printemps, Galeries Lafayette or BHV.
Indeed Norma, we don’t know if it’s for ordinary food prep, or if the OP is looking to bring back restaurant quality equipment. Department stores have a nice selection; Dehillerin is where chefs and foodies go. BTW, I bought most of my pans at Dehillerin back in the 1980s and still use them daily. Big, heavy suckers that we shipped over when we moved.
Yes, I have shopped at Dehillerin, too, a long time ago. I bought a couple of very expensive knives there. which proved to be rather poor, unfortunately, but the experience of shopping there was fun., even if personal attention was non-existent.
If the goal is first rate equipment Dehillerin. We got cheap restaurant quality steak knives there for about 2 Euro each a decade ago that we love and are going strong. On the other hand, they have very high end pots and pans and knives. They do a lot of restaurant supply. BHV has the same stuff you will find in the US but it is more expensive. There are other restaurant supply stores, but I can't recall names right now.
Now when we are in Paris in an apartment and discover gaps in the kitchen we go to little shops in Paris where you can get cheap supplies. There are many near Chateaux Rouge metro and well, pretty much all over except expensive shopping streets or districts. Monoprix is also good for the odd plate or glass but they are pricier than these little shops. We have bought mixing bowls, storage containers, measuring cups, a frying pan for very little at this type shop; they are usually run by immigrants (although not always) and are usually very narrow with two long narrow aisles past, plates, pots and pans, cleaning supplies, coffee pots etc etc. When you see them they often have a little bit of luggage, an ironing board, etc in the window.
This list compiled by David Lebovitz is pretty useful:
Ah, the seduction of Dehillerin. Where you forget what your life really is like, imagine that you'll return home to make elaborate dishes, and buy things that you will never use.
Exhibit A) A mandoline that sat in a drawer for a few years. I finally used it, discovered it worthless on my zucchini but very good at shredding my fingers. I pitched it rather than sending it to Goodwill. No need to injure others.
Exhibit B) A nice tart pan. I haven't used it yet. Still won't part with it. Someday I'll make a tarte citron.
Exhibit C) A set of individual ramekins for creme brulee. This was my daughter's purchase, but they're still in my cupboard. Never used. We must be waiting for the propane torch.
Exhibit D) Several knives for us and others that we had shipped home. Now these we do use. We even ordered more.
Oh my - I also have purchased so many porcelain tarte pans and never used them! What I have used - many hundreds of times, is a covered, oval shaped, whole-chicken-sized oven baking crock, and I think it was the brand Emile Henry, purchased in the Galleries Lafayette. Weighs probably 5 pounds, but really worth it. I have roasted whole chickens in it, baked a boeuf bourguignon in it, and do a lot of scalloped potatoes in it.
Also may I recommend purchasing some lovely cotton or flax/linen kitchen towels down in the kitchen part of G. Lafayette- I use those all the time too. I have some cute ones that are striped with french words all over them - cute. They make great gifts too because they are easily transportable and useful.
Oh and also super-fatted olive-oil soap in raw squares. I use those for my shower in the winter. Not scented, but lots of moisture.
If you are really a kitchen professional, you go to E. Dehillerin.
If you are not going to use anything you bought there, you might as well go to BHV, when the sales are on.
Otherwise, if you want bulk food products, you go to G. Detou, around Les Halles.
Each trip to Paris we decide what needs to be replaced in the kitchen and then make out trip to
E. Dehillerin. It's good to have an idea of what you need as it is a little overwhelming. We have had assistance in English and the staff has always been very helpful and kind to us (I've read reports to the contrary). There are no prices on items but there is a sticker with a number that you take to the giant book by the register and look it up. If we are checking a bag home we always buy some pairing knives for gifts as they are less than 10USD.
If you purchase over 175 (i think) they will print the VAT paper work also which makes it easy at the airport as you just scan the bar code.
They have a large kitchen section in Galleries LaFayette. The only thing I've purchased was a few spices that aren't readily available at home. If you want daily use items, the supermarket size grocery stores have sections that sell kitchen ware (also good for lower cost spice choices). Most French aren't buying high end specialty products for their homes, they have things they use regularly in their kitchens - some of those seem unusual (quaint?) to us.