Update: Sadly, Tienda Nueva is now closed. If you’re looking for Colombian goods, however, there’s a new shop selling Latin American goods just a block from there. It’s called Mercatienda Latina, and it’s at 78 rue de Dunkerque in the 9th (01 45 26 11 80).
Isn’t it amazing how you can still discover new things right in your neighborhood, even after living there for two and a half years and spending a large part of your free time walking around and exploring?
Case in point: a small Colombian grocery store on rue Rodier, literally three blocks from me in the 9th (and facing the restaurant called Radis Rose — “pink radish” — which I haven’t yet tested but have heard good things about. Also, they have a huge pink Smeg fridge just behind the door.)
The store is called Tienda Nueva (I speak no Spanish but Babelfish tells me this means “new store”) and we found it by pure serendipity as we were taking a little stroll last Sunday. It was closed then, but I made a mental note to go back, sooner rather than later. Why? The jars of Dulce de Leche in the window, and the mention of the magic word “tamales” on their take-out menu.
I paid them a visit on my way home from work on Tuesday night, and discovered a bigger store than I thought it would be from the outside, selling all manner of goods from Colombia — mostly shelf-stable products as can be expected. Innumerable kinds of corn flour, salsas and sauces, jams and spices, jarred cactus, candy, but also a range of convenience products, things that looked like soap and cleaning supplies, CDs and DVDs. I browsed around, but most of the food products were pretty cryptic for me as I know very little about Columbian cooking: I will have to read up a bit and go back!