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Boucherie Lawrence: Shining the spotlight on local products

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Boucherie Lawrence is one of our favourite butcher shops in town for several reasons. Firstly, because the products offered are of very high quality, and secondly, because we really like the people who run it!

Boucherie Lawrence is owned by the same people who own Lawrence and Larrys, Sefi Amir and Marc Cohen.

Lawrence opened in 2010 and the owners have always worked with meats from small, homegrown producers, raised with respect. The Boucherie opened just a few doors down from Lawrence three years later, “We wanted synergy between the two so geographic proximity was in order. The main interest of the butcher shop was to continue working directly with the farms. We were already working with some of them, but we wanted to develop this aspect,” says Sefi, co-owner.

Unlike a regular butcher shop, Boucherie Lawrence has a rather cozy feel, and that’s thanks to Sefi and Annika Krausz who designed the space. From the outside, you can see the sign, and a window that is fogged up in the winter and lit up in the summer. When you enter the butcher shop, you’ll find a table full of local products that are waiting to be enjoyed and (re)discovered. All products are made by local artisans and are available in small quantities. “Meeting these small producers is so exciting, because they themselves are so passionate about their product that it’s hard not to get excited about them too! We’re often among the first stores to offer their products so it’s rewarding to start working with them.” At the back of the shop, there are fridges stocked with other products and homemade specialities to take away, including kimchi and Bolognese sauce.

People come to this butcher shop to discover new products, but also to choose the very best lamb, pork, beef and chicken. All the meat comes from small local farms that have very high standards for their animals. “I love the fact that at the butcher, people have to talk to each other; they can’t just take things off the shelf, there’s a discussion between the butcher and their customers and both are always learning from it.” As well as the excellent meats on offer here, you can pick up simple, tasty, homemade pastries made with love. All of which can be found on their online store, for delivery or pick-up on site. A word of warning to regulars: the delicious sandwiches so popular with regulars have disappeared from the shop, but have reappeared at neighbouring restaurant Larrys.

Boucherie Lawrence is a fantastic place to visit if you live in, or are passing through the Mile End!


Photography by Mikael Lebleu





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