May 20 was #InternationalBeeDay – an opportunity to celebrate Parisian rooftops dedicated to honey-making!
Among the first to place beehives on its buildings’ rooftops: the Opéra de Paris. Honey produced on the roofs of Palais Garnier and Bastille opera houses has been appreciated by connoisseurs for over 30 years. “Ten hives populated by thousands of bees gather in the heart of the capital and benefit from very favorable conditions: no pesticides in the public gardens, a succession of blooms, reduced thermal amplitudes, water resources, floral diversity and absence of industrial pollution.” And yes, you can purchase Miel de l’Opera at their gift shop and even online. These beehives are managed by Mugo, a dedicated business handling many beehives in Paris, among which: La Comédie Française, the Galeries Lafayette, the GoodPlanet Foundation, the Fédération Française de Tennis…
An increasing number of iconic Parisian landmarks host beehives on their rooftops, such as Le Grand Palais, thanks to urban beekeeper Alvéole (formerly known as Beeopic).
Audric de Campeau at Le Miel de Paris (Honey from Paris) is an incredible urban rooftop beekeeper. He set up his first hives in Paris in 2010 and was surprised to find out they generously produced a beautiful honey from the roofs of Musée d’Orsay, Ecole Militaire, Boucheron (place Vendôme), Monnaie de Paris (for Guy Savoy), among other amazing rooftop locations in our city.
Another “beekeeping” business manages beehives in and around Paris: Un Apiculteur près de chez vous. After installing 6 hives on the roof of famous advertising company EuroRSCG in the 10th arrondissement, the entire production was sold to employees of the agency!
Nicolas Géant, now an operating partner at Alvéole, was among the very first beekeepers of Paris with fantastic locations such as Le Grand Palais, Louis Vuitton, La Tour d’Argent, Notre-Dame de Paris…
Other prestigious places in Paris produce their own honey – to name a couple:
Iconic restaurant La Tour d’Argent.
Luxurious hotel Mandarin Oriental Paris – honey is used mostly by chef Thierry Marx for the hotel’s restaurants.
If you are lucky enough to own a rooftop in Paris and want to produce your own honey, feel free to contact the urban beekeepers mentioned in this article! If you don’t have a rooftop and wish you did, contact me, Paola, at +33 (0) 603 968 868 or firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s try to find your Parisian dream home together…