One of the first staples that I made sure to track down after deciding to move to Paris was Young Thai Coconuts.


Yes, Young Thai Coconuts.

There are lots of fun things you can do with a coconut, but the one I like best is chopping the top off and pouring out the fresh coconut water waiting inside, then drinking it. You can also blend up the coconut ‘meat’ and water as the basis of a smoothie, and the meat is also a key part of many raw food recipes.

It doesn’t just taste delicious, it is loaded with health benefits. Coconuts are rich in lauric acid, which boosts the immune system, and it is also one of the richest known sources of electrolytes making it a natural ‘sports drink.’

The Asian grocery is the place to get them: Tang Frères is the biggest and best-known in town, and they usually have a good stock.


If it’s the first time you have bought a young coconut, you’ll be thinking “How do I open this thing?” : this YouTube video is a master class in coconut opening for those who don’t have a machete handy.

Tang Frères
48, Avenue Ivry, 75013
Métro: Porte d’Ivry
01 45 70 80 00

168 avenue de Choisy, 75013
Métro: Place d’Italie or Tolbiac