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Who we are

Boutique (La Petite France)

La Petite France is an authentic French 'épicerie fine' (just like you would find in France) well situated in the center of Wellington just a short walk from both Courtenay Place and Te Papa.

A French épicerie fine - or 'gourmet grocery store' - has no equivalent in the world.

It is a place of discovery for fine wines, Champagne, the best French cheeses, gastronomic specialties and exceptional flavors.

With more than 900 different products, La Petite France offers you the best tastes from France.

Our passionate team will guide you to find the ideal product, dish / wine combination or gift.

Come meet us and share your passion for the pleasure of the senses.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you soon ...

Where we are

Boutique: 4 Blair Street, Te Aro, Wellington

Opening hours:

Tuesday: 09:30 to 18:00
Wednesday: 09:30 to 18:00
Thursday: 09:30 to 18:00
Friday: 09:30 to 18:00
Saturday: 09:30 to 18:00

Sunday: 09:30 to 12:30

Closed Mondays & Public Holidays

Gastronomic meal of the French

Inscribed in 2010 (5.COM) on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

The gastronomic meal of the French is a customary social practice for celebrating important moments in the lives of individuals and groups, such as births, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, achievements and reunions. It is a festive meal bringing people together for an occasion to enjoy the art of good eating and drinking. The gastronomic meal emphasizes togetherness, the pleasure of taste, and the balance between human beings and the products of nature. Important elements include the careful selection of dishes from a constantly growing repertoire of recipes; the purchase of good, preferably local products whose flavours go well together; the pairing of food with wine; the setting of a beautiful table; and specific actions during consumption, such as smelling and tasting items at the table. The gastronomic meal should respect a fixed structure, commencing with an apéritif (drinks before the meal) and ending with liqueurs, containing in between at least four successive courses, namely a starter, fish and/or meat with vegetables, cheese and dessert. Individuals called gastronomes who possess deep knowledge of the tradition and preserve its memory watch over the living practice of the rites, thus contributing to their oral and/or written transmission, in particular to younger generations. The gastronomic meal draws circles of family and friends closer together and, more generally, strengthens social ties. (Source: UNESCO)