If you're looking for the perfect neutral backdrop for the culinary masterpieces Paris has inspired you to whip up, then hop on the metro or a bus and head to the 14th where you'll find Porcelaines M.P. Samie. There's nothing fancy here, just shelf after shelf of white porcelain: everything from the tiniest coffee cups to giant platters. If you find the white a bit blah, then take the stairs at the back of the shop to the first floor where the white gets a few decorative flourishes.
On my trip last week, I considered many options: the square white dinner plates, a sugar bowl and creamer edged in blue, a set of cereal (or perhaps cafe au lait) bowls. Overwhelmed by the choices, I finally left with only a small butter dish that cost less than 3 euros. Hard to have any buyer's remorse with my wallet only that much lighter.
Real bargain hunters will want to search through the bins on the sidewalk. The dishes look pretty dusty but I'm sure they would be good as new with one run through the dishwasher.
Porcelaines M.P. Samie
45, avenue du Général Leclerc