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My Favorite Street: Rue Saint-Dominique

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Alexandre Petrossian
Born into the renowned Petrossian caviar dynasty, Alexandre Petrossian was programmed from birth to play a pivotal role in the institution cofounded by his Armenian grandfather and great-uncle in 1920. Currently the director of the Petrossian’s New York retail operations, Petrossian trained in the company’s far-flung outposts (besides its headquarters in Paris, the retail empire has branches in Los Angeles and Las Vegas) before joining the company in 2003. And when he isn’t purveying the black gold his forebears introduced to Paris in the roaring ’20s (as well as later gourmet additions such as foie gras, champagne, smoked salmon and chocolates), Petrossian can be found traveling the world with his wife, Helene. His most favorite streets are those surrounding the caviar company’s French flagship—especially rue Saint-Dominique and rue de l’Université.
Rue Saint-Dominique
“Located on rue Amélie, Corpore Sano is my favorite spa in Paris—it’s a great place to be taken care of and to relax. The massages here are renowned throughout the city. For me, it’s like stepping into a space without time or place. For one hour, I forget food, restaurants and my schedule.”
Michel Chaudun
“Located on rue de l’Université, Michel Chaudun is one of the best chocolate shops in all of Paris and has been here for more than 20 years. Chaudun is extremely talented and creative—the textures and flavors of his chocolate are unique.”
Libraire Tome Dom
Libraire Tome Dom is a magical bookshop that is so comforting you never want to leave. There is even a librarian here who knows every book in stock and describes—with comments—each one. Everyone there knows me so well that I have not read a book I didn’t like in about 10 years.” 68 rue Saint-Dominique
Pharmacie des Invalides
Pharmacie des Invalides is located right next door to the Petrossian boutique on the Boulevard de la Tour Maubourg. “It’s where I always go to get my cold meds, my everyday stuff. Most of all, I feel like the owners are family and always give me great advice.” 25 Boulevard de la Tour Maubourg
Boulangerie Poujauran
Boulangerie Poujauran is a unique and meticulous bakery that makes the breads for all the restaurants in Paris. “As soon as I smell the aroma from this shop on the Rue Jean Nicot, I know I’m home and warm.” 20 rue Jean-Nicot
Pierre-Marie Julian
“Pierre-Marie Julian is a wildly creative florist on the Boulevard de la Tour Maubourg with whom I love working. He does the floral décor for the Petrossian boutique and the restaurant, but I also love the arrangements Julian creates for my home—they’re outrageous and beautiful.” 15 Boulevard de la Tour Maubourg
Jean Millet
“I can never get enough of the pastries and homemade ice creams, especially the delicious tarts and madeleines at Jean Millet. There is even a chocolate factory here. If you grew up in this neighborhood like I did, there is no way you would not adore everything Millet creates.”103 rue Saint-Dominique

Born into the renowned Petrossian caviar dynasty, Alexandre Petrossian was programmed from birth to play a pivotal role in the institution cofounded by his Armenian grandfather and great-uncle in 1920. Currently the director of the Petrossian’s New York retail operations, Petrossian trained in the company’s far-flung outposts (besides its headquarters in Paris, the retail empire has branches in Los Angeles and Las Vegas) before joining the company in 2003. And when he isn’t purveying the black gold his forebears introduced to Paris in the roaring ’20s (as well as later gourmet additions such as foie gras, champagne, smoked salmon and chocolates), Petrossian can be found traveling the world with his wife, Helene. His most favorite streets are those surrounding the caviar company’s French flagship—especially rue Saint-Dominique and rue de l’Université.

— Jason Oliver Nixon

Photos by Owen Franken and Birgit Hergert

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Jose L Proenza
Alexander Petrosian, you are very right I was walking in that street of Paris and was like being born there many years ago.
10/15/2010 2:37:33 PM

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