Don’t ask me why but there is something utterly magical about the Streets of Paris; something that makes me want to immediately spend all of my money.
I’m usually not a total shopaholic.
Whenever I find myself back in the city of lights it’s like, BAM, I think I’m a total baller and want to buy all the things!
Somehow, the quiet allure of Montmartere’s cobblestone streets calls to me and has me spending more money than a Kardashian, no questions asked.
An utterly perplexing phenomenon that is more than a little problematic.
However, my total lack of self control is good news for you dear reader since it also means that I know exactly where to find all of the best Paris souvenirs.
If you’re sitting there, desperately wondering what things to buy in Paris and where to find some of the best souvenir shops in Paris, then this is the post for you!.
Because I mean really:
Who doesn’t want to do a little bit of retail therapy and find some incredibly unique, things to buy from Paris, to help commemorate their wicked awesome trip? Especially souvenirs with super cute Paris quotes on them that make you want to buy ALL the things!
I know I do (Three cheers for shopping away your feelings and not actually dealing with them. But shh, don’t tell my therapist i said that).
I’m sure that more than a few of your friends and family are impatiently waiting for the fantastic assortment of Paris souvenirs that you’ll pick up for them along the way.
No judgment here if all the Paris souvenirs that you buy are 100% for you.
Especially since well:
Shopping for others is really hard work! I mean, I never know what to get people and don’t want to waste all of my hard-earned cash on things that people might not actually like.
Enough discussion of the mounting pile of personal issues that I clearly have. Because you’re a busy Homo sapien who clearly has better things to do with their time than listen to my incessant ramblings,
Onwards my friends as we swan dive into this post, which is filled with my expert recommendations on 40 of the best things to buy in Paris!
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***Looking for the best area to stay in Paris or the best hotels in Paris? Well, if you’re on a budget, Jo & Joe has a great location and fantastic customer service. It is a cross between a hotel and hostel and features fun, funky, and un-fussy, private rooms that start at $50 per night. However, if you’re looking for a hotel that is a bit more luxurious, then try the Hotel Opera Aida. This lovely accommodation sits in a quiet part of Paris that is still well located and within walking distance of several metro stations. Rooms here start at $130 a night and feature modern decor, spacious beds, LCD TVs, Wifi, air conditioning, and more. But, for an even more luxurious stay in Paris, try the posh, Hotel Trianon Rive Gauche. Centrally located in the Latin Quarter, with one of the best Eiffel Tower views in all of Paris, rooms here start at $210 per night and feature vivacious, red decor, with a vintage style bed and writing desk. Rooms here also include complimentary coffee, which I for one am all about. #Hell2TheYeah.***
1. Laduree Macarons (Honorary Mentions go to Pierre Herme and La Maison du Chocolat)
Because let me tell you:
I am 100% not exaggerating when I say that these macarons really are some of the best that I’ve ever tasted. And that makes sense since Paris is easily one of the best places to eat in France.
I’m clearly not the only one who thinks so since this immortal, macaron making franchise now has stores in distinctly non-Parisian locations like NYC, LA, London, etc.
There really is no Laduree like the one on the Champs Elysées, which is an Insta-awesome paradise that is brimming over with exquisite, seafoam green interiors, pastel-hued floral patterns, and glistening crystal chandeliers
If you want to channel your inner Marie Antoinette and live like a total royal for the day (minus the whole decapitation thing), then Ladurée is where it’s at.
Just grab a seat (or get some macarons to go), order as many macarons as you can possibly eat (some of my fave flavors include lemon, pistachio, orange flower, rose, lavender, and iced mint), wash it down with one of their wickedly wonderful, floral teas, and be prepared for all of your gastronomic dreams to come true.
Because believe it or not, this ethereal wonderland of an eatery also has an amazing gift shop where you can purchase anything from perfume to cosmetics to macaron keychains.
Even though your macarons definitely won’t last a lifetime, your Paris souvenir from Ladurée just might!
Also, just a little FYI.
A macaron, which is made of two light as air, bite-sized, meringue-based cookies that are held together with either ganache, buttercream, or jam, is not to be confused with a coconut macaroon, which is a much denser, slightly chewier, coconut-based cookie that is usually dipped in dark chocolate.
Because although the two desserts may sound the same, I pinkie promise that they are totally different.
***PSST! Just in case you can’t immediately hop on a plane and procure some of these awesome Paris souvenirs for yourself, you can always order a beyond adorable Laduree, macaron keychain and a Laduree Macaron Cookbook from Amazon right now!***
Address: 75 Avenue des Champs-Élysées
Hours: Open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 11:00 pm, Saturday from 7:30 am to 12:00 am, and Sunday from 7:30 am to 10:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take the Metro to George V station and walk to the Champs-Élysées Laduree from there.
Price: A Laduree Gift Box with 12 macarons inside will cost €32.00.
2. Kusmi Tea
Pinkies up ladies and gents!
Because we’re about to get EXTRA fancy up in here as we talk all about some of the finest tea in Paris.
And that tea comes from none other than Kusmi!
Crafting unique, high-quality, flavors of tea since 1867, Kusmi was originally started by Pavel Kousmichoff, in the distinctly non-Parisian city of St. Petersburg, Russia,
Rapidly becoming a favorite drink of the tsars:
The Kousmichoff’s were later forced to flee the country as a direct result of the Russian Revolution, in 1917.
Eventually settling in Paris:
The family quickly established new tea making facilities along Avenue Niel.
Which is why to this day, over 150 years later, Kusmi still stands as one of the premier tea manufacturers in the world, showcasing truly unique blends of fruits, flowers, and spices that can be purchased at any one of its boutiques from around the world.
There really is nothing quite like a trip to the brand’s original, Parisian store.
Feel free to stop by and add a tin of their BB Detox Tea to your list of things to buy from Paris.
Because even though their Traktir, Caramel, Lapsang Souchong No. 210, Samovar, Earl Grey, Chocolate Mint, and White Peach-Blackcurrant varieties are all good, I personally just love their BB Detox Tea.
Somehow, when I drink it, I just feel like I’m being mildly healthy and like I’m actually doing something good for my body (something that can be a rarity for me).
This tea actually, you know, tastes good, something that is all too rare when it comes to healthy beverages (Sorry but I’ll take a hard pass on the wheatgrass juice).
When I drink this, I always pretend that it totally negates all of the calories that I just inhaled from those macarons that I mentioned above (insert winkie emoji here).
Yup, denial, party of one.
***Another Fien purveyor of French tea is the historic, Mariage Freres. Founded in 1854, this high-end tea shop has retained much of its yesteryear charm through vintage-style decor that is enhanced by the assortment of charming, signature, black tea tins that you’ll see lining the walls. Now known the world over for their wonderfully unique blends of high-quality teas, some of their most iconic flavors include Darjeeling, Marco Polo, Crepe Earl Grey, and Des Signes.***
Address: Carrousel du Louvre, 99 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
Hours: Open Wednesday through Monday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm and on Tuesday from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take the Metro to the Palais Royal Musée du Louvre Station and walk to the store from there. You can easily stop here either before or after a visit to the Louvre.
Price: A 125 gram tin of tea will cost you anywhere between €14.30 and €17.70.
3. Chocolate from Debauve & Gallais
I think there is an unwritten rule somewhere that you cannot leave Paris without eating copious amounts of fine, French chocolate.
And since I’m not one to break with centuries of tradition, nor deprive anyone of this beyond awesome, cultural experience, clearly, a trip to one of the oldest, artisanal chocolatiers in the city is a must.
Suit up in your stretchiest pair of elastic waist pants because we’re about to add chocolates from Debauve & Gallaisa to our list of best souvenirs from Paris.
Which makes sense since this artisanal chocolate shop has been around since ye olde1800, when it was first started by Sulpice Debauve.
The chocolate here was so epic that this shop eventually became the official chocolate supplier of Napoleon himself.
And if it’s good enough for Napolean then it is most assuredly good enough for me.
Before you face plant into all this cocoa goodness, do be aware of the fact that as compared to either Belgian or Swiss chocolate, French chocolate is decidedly darker and slightly more bitter than some of its milkier and creamier brethren.
No worries though.
Because with the level of importance that this shop places on using additive free, high-quality cocoa with locally sourced ingredients, I can almost guarantee that you’ll love just about every chocolate in this place.
If you’re still not totally sure that you want to consume chocolate with 99% cocoa, then never fear because a variety of milk, white, and dark chocolates are also available here, with some of my favorites being the almond praline, the gilded pastille, the earl grey tea pastille, the honey pastille, the raspberry pastille, the waffle praline, the caramel ganache), and the crème Brulee ganache.
Address: 30 Rue des Saints-Pères, 75007 Paris
Hours: Open Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take the Metro to Mabillon station and walk to the store from there.
Price: You can get a signature tasting box (filled with 15 iconic chocolates, including their Debauve et Gallais ganache) for € 38.00.
4. Coffee from Cafe Loustic
Grab your French Press kids (Yes, I promise that this really is the best way to make coffee), because we’re about to grab some ground coffee from Cafe Loustic.
Located in Paris’ 3rd arrondissement:
Cafe Loustic is just one of the many cool AF, restaurants, shops, and bars that you’ll find in this vibrant part of town.
Continue inside and if the beautiful smell of coffee roasted by the Caffenation Specialty Roasters of Antwerp (one of Europe’s top independent specialty roasters) doesn’t win you over then the decor sure will.
Especially since everywhere you look you’ll find bright pink cushions, half-wood-half-tiled floors, and vintage-style Hermès wallpaper,
Just think of Café Loustic as an infinitely chicer, totally French-ified version of Central Perk from Friends.
Because not gonna lie:
This really is the perfect place to chillax and playfully mock anyone who orders a chai latte or a milk oolong tea (even though both are delicious) instead of a V60 pour-over.
I also love that they rotate their coffee blends on an almost weekly basis and serve only the finest of single-origin, microlot expresso.
And although they do specifically roast certain coffees for milk-based drinks:
Do try and refrain from using “flat” and “white” in the same sentence here since uttering those words at Cafe Loustic is more than a little taboo.
Try ordering a “café crème” and your barista will happily bestow totally meaningless brownie points upon you since that’s how locals typically ask for their coffee here (FYI, it’s a caffé latte with a double shot ristretto).
And if you’re feeling a bit peckish:
You can always stop for a light lunch and savor the relaxed vibe of this fabulous Parisian espresso bar.
Address: 40 Rue Chapon, 75003 Paris, France
Hours: Open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm, and Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take the metro to Rambuteau Station and walk to the cafe from here.
Price: Bags of coffee are €11.00 for 250g and freshly ground by a 1970’s Mahlkönig Guatemala.
5. Anything from Shakespeare and Company Bookstore
And trust me:
You definitely will not be the first person to do this.
Because since the store first opened, more than 30,000 writers and artists have stayed here, including now uber-famous celebs like Robert Stone, Ethan Hawke, Geoffrey Rush, and David Rakoff.
These shelves really are imbued with an aura of greatness that never really leaves this place.
Which is why:
If you only get to visit one bookstore in Paris, then let this, total book lover’s dream.
***While you’re here, you can also take a stroll along the Seine and see if you can find some vintage postcards, secondhand books, or original paintings from the historic bouquinistes (AKA street vendors) that you’ll find all along the river.***
Address: 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris, France
Hours: Open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm and on Sundays from 12:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take the Metro to Maubert – Mutualité metro station and walk from there.
Price: A denim tote bag will cost you €20.00 and a notebook will cost you €6.00
6. Get Some Authentic, Reblochon Cheese from Androuet
If you’re not from the EU, and Google Analytics assures me that most of you are not, then you’ll have an incredibly hard time finding a truly French cheese.
That’s because most French cheeses are actually made with raw milk, a practice that is banned throughout the United States (I know. We never get to eat anything fun).
Since you find yourself meandering through the quaint, cobblestone streets of Paris anyway, why not stop at a specialty cheese shop along the way, locally known as a Fromagerie, and sample some exquisitely, French cheese?
Because believe it or not:
Cheese shops weren’t actually “a thing” in France until 1909 when Frenchmen like Henri Androuet started selling nothing but cheese, cheese, and more cheese.
And since Androuet was one of France’s very first cheesemongers:
It only makes sense for you to stop by and pay your respects to the OG of the Parisian cheese world.
Especially since there are now more than ten Androuet cheese shops across Paris, all fo which source and mature an exquisite selection of cheeses that will leave your mouth, and stomach, begging for more.
If you’re still a cheese snob in training and are slightly unsure of what to get, then you cannot go wrong with either a Roquefort blue cheese (a bold, sharp, flavorful cheese that is one of the most heavily consumed cheeses in France) or a Reblochon cheese (a strong and slightly smelly cheese that is made on the alpine region of Savoy) since both are truly classic, French cheeses.
If you do add some Reblochon to your list of things to buy in Paris, then be sure to get some air-tight packaging because this cheese really is stank AF.
***Other fantastic fromageries that you might want to check out while in Paris include Chez Virginie, Laurent Dubois, and Barthélemy,***
Address: 37 Rue de Verneuil, 75007 Paris, France
Hours: Open Mondays from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm, Tuesday through Thursday from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm and from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm, Fridays from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm and from 3:00 pm to 7:30 pm, Saturdays from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm, and Sundays from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm.
How to Get There: Take the metro to Solférino station and walk to the shop form there.
Price: Varies by weight and cheese.
7. A Classic, French Beret from Laulhère Paris
Not gonna lie:
I look stupid AF in a beret. Which is why I definitely do not have a version of this round, flattish, French-style cap.
Since I do look totally decent in some other types of hats, I can still vouch for the overall quality and style of the wide array of caps that are available at Laulhère Paris.
Because Maison Laulhère (as it was originally known before stores were established in Paris) has long been known for the high-quality, luxury berets that it produces for nothing less than the sleekest of Parisian fashionistas.
This brand was originally founded in 1830, by Lucien Laulhère, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, where the store’s very first beret was made in 1840.
Maison Laulhère has continued to create this beautiful piece of French heritage and is world-renowned, even today, for its unique, fashion-forward designs; designs that still manage to keep the purity of the classic French beret intact.
Visit their store and marvel at the exquisite quality of the vast number of berets before you, all of which have been hand-knit, dyed, darned, and felted by expert hat makers.
Because even though their hats may seem a bit pricey, this is a timeless, luxury, Paris souvenir that will quickly become an integral part of your everyday wardrobe (You can also get a water-repellent version of this classic, French beret on Amazon right now!).
***Another amazing hat shop in Paris is Maison Michel. Located just down the street from Laulhère Paris, this hat designer creates a wide array of ready-to-wear hats that are both stylish and fashion-forward, yet totally functional. So, if you’re looking for something other than a traditional beret, then this is the place to go.***
Good fit for: Women seeking an everyday hat rather than a piece for special occasions.
Address: Boutique en fond de cour/ Courtyard, 14-16 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris, France
Hours: Open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take the metro to Concorde Station and walk to the store from there.
Price: A classic .blakc beret will cost you €120.00
8. Find Some Vintage Treasures at Marché aux Puces de St.-Ouen
If you’re looking for some truly one of a kind, Parisian souvenirs, then a Marché aux Puces is where you want to be.
However, just in case you have zero idea what I’m talking about:
Marché aux Puces is actually the French term for a flea market. And the Marché aux Puces at St.-Ouen just happens to be one of the oldest, biggest, and best markets in all of Paris.
Founded in 1870:
This flea market has become so popular that it is now the biggest in Europe, with 3,000 vendors that cover an area of seven hectares.
And although you will have to share this weekend market with approximately 180,000 other visitors:
It’s worth braving the enormous crowds since you’ll find delightful enclaves of organized, retail villages all along the main street of rue des Rosiers.
If you have time:
You can also explore Marché Malassis (known for toys, vintage cameras, and furniture), Marché Dauphine (known for furniture and ceramics), Marché Biron (known for high-quality lighting and furniture), Marché Vernaison (known for vintage clothing, books, prints, and kitchenware), and Marché Lecuyer (this is where you’ll find the best deals since all of the market’s clearance items are sold here).
The open-air Marché Paul Bert, owned by none other than the Duke of Westminster, is also of note since it is home to some exquisite, albeit expensive, 19th- and 20th-century furniture.
Before you visit though and pick all the Paris souvenirs that you can find:
Do be sure to carry some cash with you since many locals vendors will not accept credit cards.
And although there is an on-site cash machine:
It usually has a long queue that you really do not want to waste time waiting in (Also be on the lookout for pickpockets since they tend to frequent this area).
***If you loathe navigating through hordes of antique-obsessed people, then you can always visit Paris’ less-famous, Les Puces de Montreuil instead. Because this market is basically where all the locals go in search of vintage clothes, toys, cutlery, 1940s era lighting, furniture, and antique glassware of every variety. Just do yourself a favor and bring some extra patience since you will have to dig through some junk to find any real treasures. You can also head straight to the end of the alley alongside the periphérique where you’ll find some of the market’s nighest quality dealers.***
Address: 142 Rue des Rosiers, 93400 Saint-Ouen, France
Hours: Open Mondays from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, Saturdays from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Sundays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. If you can, try and stop by on a Monday morning when the market is least crowded and you’re most likely to find a bargain.
How to Get There: To avoid the crowds, take the metro to Garibaldi station, not Porte de St-Ouen, and walk to the market from here.
Another distinctly French cookie that is always popular at snack time is the iconic Madeleine.
Easily identifiable from its distinct, scalloped shell shape:
Madeleines are typically thought of as cookies but are, in all actuality, moist, mini butter cakes that are typically finished off with a dusting of confectioner’s sugar.
But, only the utmost important of questions remain.
Because everyone wants to know, where oh where can you find, and devour, some of these iconic, Parisian desserts?
Look no further than Ble Sucre. It’s a small, traditional, French bakery that is run by Fabrice e Boudrat, a former three-Michelin-starred pastry chef who creates beyond delicious versions of these French cookies that are sure to give you one hella awesome foodgasm.
And no, that is not an exaggeration.
Especially since this cookie’s light and flavorful, citrus glaze really amps up the flavor and helps elevate this dessert to a whole next level.
Their supremely flakey and uber-buttery croissants are also beyond amazing and should be inhaled as soon as humanly possible.
***If you can’t beeline it on over to Paris right now, then feel free to snag a bag of delicious Madeleines from Amazon instead!***
Address: 7 Rue Antoine Vollon, 75012 Paris, France
Hours: Open Tuesday through Saturday from 7:00 am to 7:30 pm and on Sundays from 7:00 am to 1:30 pm (closed Mondays).
How to Get There: Take the Metro to Faidherbe – Chaligny station and walk to the bakery from here.
Price: €2.50 per cookie.
10. Hot Chocolate from Angelina’s
I know what you’re thinking.
And yes, you are 100% correct in assuming that hot chocolate really isn’t the most transportable Parisian souvenir on the planet.
Luckily for you, Angelina actually sells its iconic, “African” hot chocolate (so named because it is made from three distinct varieties of African cocoa from Niger, Ghana, and Côte d’Ivoire) in a handy little, 48 cl bottle, that you can easily stow in your suitcase.
Once you finally do arrive home, just heat it up in the microwave (usually for less than a minute), pour the contents into a glass, add a drop of milk, stir, and enjoy the thick, rich, gooey, almost pudding-like, chocolatey goodness that sits before you.
Now, is it the lightest Paris souvenir on the planet?
No. But this is still a great way to carry the legendary taste and exceptional flavor of Angelina’s hot chocolate home with you, easily making this one of the best things to buy from Paris.
Especially since a bottle of their immortal hot chocolate will cost you just €10.00.
And since you’re here picking up hot chocolate anyway, might as well take a seat and dine in a cafe that was frequented by no less than Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn.
Do try and fight the urge to order everything on the menu.
Because even though their croissants and Mont Blanc pastries (an exquisite combination of Meringue, lightly whipped cream, chestnut cream, and vermicelli) are out of this world, ordering a la carte here can get expensive. FAST.
Probably the best, and cheapest, way to indulge in as many pastries as humanly possible is to order one of their preset breakfast samplers.
You can order the Angelina Breakfast, which comes with a delightful assortment of bread, pastries (including a croissant, pain au chocolate, raisin bread, and baguette), and eggs.
This preset breakfast option also includes your choice of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.
Be indulgent (since it is PARIS after all) and go with the hot chocolate.
And the decor here? Yeah, it ain’t too shabby either,
Think chic, ornate, and richly beautiful interiors that will make you feel like you’re having the bougiest breakfast of your life.
Address: 226 Rue de Rivoli
Nearest Metro Station: Tuileries
Address: 226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
Hours: Open Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 7:30 am to 7:00 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm.
How to Get There: Take the Metro to Tuileries Station and walk to the cafe from here.
Price: A 48 cl bottle of their hot chocolate will cost you €10.00.
11. Buy an Original Piece of Art from one of the Local Artists in Montmartre!
In addition to quiet cobblestone lanes, epic views, immortal windmills, and charming vineyards, Montmartre is also known for being at the epicenter of the Parisian, Bohemian art movement.
Throughout the 19th century, iconic artists like Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso all called this place home.
It’s not really all that surprising to see that the spirit of this independent art movement is still very much alive and well in good old Montmartre.
And although this neighborhood is infinitely more touristy than it used to be, it still retains an ethereal charm that draws artists here from all across the globe.
If you’re in Place du Tertre for just five minutes, you’ll quickly see a wealth of artists here, all putting paint to canvas and desperately searching for some cash-rich tourists to buy their latest works.
And I can’t help but wonder if Vincent Van Gogh’s life would have been slightly easier if patrons had just bought some of his exquisite paintings while he was still alive.
Okay yeah, clearly that’s a musing for another post.
But what I’m trying to say is that by purchasing a painting from a local artist, not only will you help support that individual but you’ll also receive a totally unique, 100% authentic, Paris souvenir that you definitely won’t find anywhere else.
And although a painting may seem like a totally awkward thing to schlep on a plane with you, just remember that many artists actually have hollow tubes that you can use to store your painting while you’re on the go.
Just roll your painting up, place it inside the tube, place the cap back on the tube, stow the tube in your carry on, and BOOM, you’ll be good to go.
See, ain’t modern technology grand?
12. Carambars and Other Sweet Treats!
What do you mean you’ve never heard of Carambars?
Okay in fairness, I had never actually heard of them either until I bought some in Monoprix, a local chain of grocery stores.
Which is bizarre since this highly addictive candy has been on the market since 1954!
Then I realized that this divine little sweet is only sold in France and my lack of awareness regarding this confectionary delight made a whole lot more sense.
Yes, my candy adoring comrades, a travesty of epic proportions.
Especially after you taste a Carambar and realize that they’re basically like a less sweet, slightly chewier version of a Starburst.
Only better since, DUH, they have awesome flavors like Caramel. NOM, NOM, NOM.
Make up for all those times that you didn’t get to eat Carambars as a child and grab a bag today (You can also remedy the sins of your childhood by purchasing a bag from Amazon right now!).
Don’t forget to read, or have someone translate, the horrible jokes that are found on the inside of the wrapper.
They are so notoriously bad that locals often refer to all-around awful jokes as “blague Carambar” (AKA a Carambar joke).
***Other distinctly French candies that you should add to your list of best souvenirs from Paris include Haribo Targadas, sea salt caramels, and Hollywood Gum.***
My not-so-inner history nerd is about to come out and you have been duly informed.
Because in all seriousness:
I really had no idea that France played such a pivotal role in the development of the modern day soap industry.
But alas, they did!
I mean no, France didn’t exactly invent soap, since there is proof of its existence in Babylon, in 2800 BCE.
The industrial city of Marseille, and neighboring regions in France, did become leading producers of high-quality soaps during the 17th century when Aleppo soap was first introduced to Europe from Syria.
Which is why, to this very day, France still plays an essential role in the modern-day soap industry.
You should definitely add some super fancy, French soap to your list of things to buy from Paris.
And although I do love me some Yves Rocher and L’Occitane luxury soaps, both brands are pretty globalized and can easily be found in just about any airport in the world.
If you’re looking for an awesome brand of French soap that is at least a little less mainstream, then try Pré de Provence.
Because this French soap company is all about tradition and still manufactures their soaps in Provence, using the same exact techniques that local artisans did, many generations ago.
All Pré de Provence soaps are still quad-milled and made with all-natural ingredients that help ensure a richer and creamier lather.
The use of such ancient, soap making processes also reduces the overall number of impurities in the product, thereby allowing the soap to last longer,
All of their beyond awesome soaps are free from animal testing, devoid of any ethyl alcohol, DEA, parabens, and phenoxyethanol, and are made with super luxe ingredients like shea butter, lavender, and more.
Even though Pré de Provence has about 10,000 different scents for you to choose from, my personal fave is their bar of soap that is enriched with shea butter and lavender.
It just makes me feel like the sassy, classy, and a little badassy queen that I know I am, deep, deep, down inside.
You really don’t have to be a royal to snag a bar of this delightful soap since this brand, along with many others, is available at just about any pharmacy in Paris, like Pharmacie Monge.
***One of my other favorite brands of French soap isRoger & Gallet. I mean really, who can resist the reasonable price and the beautiful packaging of this triple-milled soap? Plus, with super-rich, uber-impressive scents like rose, linden flower, honey and almond, and orange blossom, you definitely won’t need to wear perfume any time soon. Compagnie de Provence Savon also manufactures some amazing, extra pure vegetable soaps, like their wonderful, orange blossom variety.***
Address: 74 rue Monge 75005 Paris
Hours: Open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take the Metro to Place de Monge station and walk to the pharmacy from there.
Price: A bar of soap will cost around €2.50.
14. Traditional Crepe Mix from Breizh Cafe
Ask just about anyone where to get some of the best crepes in Paris, and they will almost immediately refer you to this iconic cafe.
And as they should since the crepes and buckwheat galettes served here are nothing short of extraordinary.
Add in a luxuriously modern, pale wood interior, as well as a delightfully diverse selection of fifteen artisanal ciders, and you have a place where you can go to have all of your gastronomic dreams come true.
I prefer their light and crispy spinach galette, which is served with a perfectly cooked, sunny-side-up egg that is then is then adorned with a generous helping of grated cheese.
If you’re in the mood for something a bit sweeter, then you really can’t go wrong with a traditional crepe, that is then topped with poached peaches, raspberry sauce, vanilla ice cream, and, finally, a bit of fresh mint.
Because regardless of the dish you choose:
All of their homemade crepes and galettes first begin with an exquisite mixture of buckwheat and wheat flours; a batter that is then expertly fried in artisinal Bordier Butter, until it comes out thin, crispy, and oh so delicious.
These wafer-thin buckwheat crepes and galleries are then perfectly paired with only the finest of organic ingredients. creating a truly awe-inspiring dish that all my fellow foodies out there are sure to love.
That being said:
A piping hot crepe isn’t exactly the easiest thing to carry with you through Customs.
Whcih is why:
Luckily for you, Breizh Cafe now has its very own grocery store, where you can stop and get a 1 kg bag of their crepe mix, as well as various other foodie-inspired items like cookbooks, caramels, traditional French butter, etc.
Ignore any and all futile attempts at maintaining a somewhat healthy diet and stock up on as much of this crepe mix as humanly possible,
Your stomach really will thank you later, even if your waistline does not.
Address: 109 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris, France
Hours: Open every day between 10:00 am and 11:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take the metro to Saint-Sébastien – Froissart station and walk to the cafe from here.
Price: A crepe here will cost you anywhere between €7.00 and €15.00.
15. Jewelry from Satellite
Whenever I visit a new city or country, I always like to get a unique piece of jewelry to commemorate my trip.
Not only does it make for an extra cool souvenir, but jewelry is also incredibly easy to take home with you since you basically just put it on and you’re good to go.
Something that helps save me from all those beyond awful, excess baggage fees of doom.
And while you’ll definitely stumble across all sorts of amazing jewelry shops while in Paris, one of my favorites is Satellite Paris.
Started in 1986:
This company was created by Sandrine and Ouaki, a couple who drew their unique design inspiration from their travels across the Americas, Asia, and Southern Europe,
All these years later, Satellite is still known for its delicate, Bohemian style earrings, bracelets, and necklaces, all of which are encrusted in a series of vibrant gemstones that help transform these items into timeless accent pieces.
With a grand total of nine different outposts in Paris, you’ll easily be able to find a store near you.
Just another super snazzy souvenir to add to your ever-growing list of things to buy in Paris.
***If you’re in the market for some chic, vintage jewelry, then head on over to St. Paul Village, in the heart of the Marais neighborhood. Once here, you’ll find a cute little collection of boutique shops, all of which are tucked up against these Instagrammable AF cobblestone courtyards, that sell a fantastic selection of costume, as well as antique jewelry.***
Address: 23 Rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75004 Paris, France
Hours: Open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 am to 7:30 pm and on Sundays from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take the Metro to Saint-Paul Station and you can walk to the store from there.
Price: You can easily find pieces here that will cost you anywhere between €40 and €100.
16, Foie GrasYou can sample some traditional French Foie Gras at Parisian restaurants like Le Petite Canard.
As a diehard herbivore, I will definitely not be eating any foie gras any time soon.
It’s also a slightly controversial addition to this list of best souvenirs from Paris since by law, French foie gras must be made from the liver of a duck, or goose, that has been fattened through the force-feeding of corn.
This is neither the time or the place for me to get into the particulars of why it may or may not be super ethical for you to eat foie gras.
What I will say is that when I was more carnivorously inclined, I actually did sample some foie gras and quite enjoyed this traditional French delicacy, which is usually served to you either fresh, cooked, or lightly cooked.
Even though this dish is typically served during the holiday season, particularly on Christmas Eve, you can still treat yourself to this iconic French food at just about any time of year.
And one of the best places to do so is Le Petite Canard, a restaurant that specializes in preparing a variety of traditional Frech dishes that are made using nothing but the freshest of ingredients from their local, family farm.
If you feel so inclined, you can either sample their Foie Gras tasting plate (€35) in person or grab some foie gras to bring home with you at Fauchon, a local gourmet food store that has a wealth of different foie gras for you to choose from.
Address: 24 Place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris, France
Hours: Open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take the Metro to La Madeleine Station and walk to the store from there.
Price: Sud-Quest, Semi-Cooked, Whole Duck Foie Gras is €45 for 250 grams.
17. A Traditional French Scarf
Scarves of all shapes, sizes, and colors are exceptionally popular in Paris.
And that’s understandable since they are a great way to effortlessly, and sometimes economically, snazz up an otherwise dull outfit.
They not only make you look like a super-savvy local, but they also help keep you extra warm, something that is incredibly important to any woman who has to decide what to wear in Paris during the harsh, cold, Parisian winter.
Which is why:
Scarves really are just an all-around perfect souvenir from Paris, especially since they almost effortlessly fit inside your suitcase.
And my scarf maker du jour?
Well, I don’t really have one per se.
When I’m in Paris, what I normally do is stop by a large department store, like Galeries Lafayette, and get a feel for the color and style of the scarf that I want.
I’ll go back outside to some of the sidewalk vendors there and purchase a similar scarf that is usually a fraction of the price, typically between €5 and €12 per scarf.
If you’re feeling a little extra fancy, and have some money to burn, then you can always purchase a scarf from Galeries Lafayette, they have a wide selection of scarves that start at €20 each, or Longchamps, which has even more luxurious selection of scarves that will cost anywhere between €65 and €235 each, depending on the length of the scarf.
Address: Stop by the vendor just outside of Galleries Layfayette, which is at 40 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris, France.
18. Maille Mustard from the Boutique Maille Paris
Founded in 1747 by a dynamic father and son duo:
La Maison Maille Mustard isn’t known for selling just your run of the mill mustard.
Oh hell to the no.
Instead, this company uses founder, Antoine-Claude Maille’s unique, 87 Mustard recipes and 120 vinegar recipes to manufacture some of the finest mustards in the world.
And although you can find this premium brand of mustard in just about any supermarket on the planet, there’s nothing quite like visiting the store in Paris and seeing where all this mustard magic began.
Step inside this one of a kind mustard shop and you’ll quickly be blown away by the astonishing number of mustards that lay before you.
Do choose wisely my friends because remember, not all flavors of mustard are created equally.
If you’re in desperate need of a super fine mustard rec from yours truly, then you can’t go wrong with their classic dijon, their freshly pumped Black Truffle Mustard with Chablis White Wine and White Truffle, or their Honey Mustard with Modena Balsamic Vinegar.
If you do manage to visit their store in person, then you’ll get to choose from a wide assortment of super fresh mustards, all of which are pumped out in front of you and packaged up in a charming little beige, ceramic container, that comes with a cork stopper as a lid and with the iconic Maille logo on the front.
Because let’s be honest. It’s basically like getting two Paris souvenirs in one since you get the mustard and the wicked awesome, ceramic container that it’s stored inside.
Yup, we fondly refer to this as winning at life.
***Some other Paris souvenirs that you can get for the foodie in your life include Christine Ferber jams (you can get these at Polaine bakeries or at any gourmet food store around the city), Bordier Butter (seriously, the best butter in the world), Miel Honey, dried pork sausage from La Grande Epicerie, Sel de Guérande (An uber-famous and totally delicious, local brand of sea salt that comes in a variety of different flavors and colors), and black or white truffles (You can get some at Maison de la Truffle, which is a restaurant on one side and a shop on the other that sells a variety of different truffles for you to enjoy).***
Address: 6 Place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris, France
Hours: Open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm and on Sundays from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take the Metro to Madeleine Station and walk to the Boutique Maille Paris from there.
Price: A 125-gram bottle of their freshly pumped mustard with Chardonnay White Wine and White Truffle will cost you around €23.00.
19. A Marinière
Next up on my list of things to buy from Paris?
None other than the marinière sweater.
Originally worn by French marines in the 19th century:
This classic piece of French fashion was first popularized by none other than Coco Chanel herself.
And although the traditional marinière is a long-sleeved, blue and white striped, jersey shirt, with either 20 or 21 stripes, that are either 10 or 20 mm wide, many different styles and brand are now available in basically any store that you can imagine.
If you’re looking for a high-quality, somewhat modernized version of this classic, French sweater, then visit Boutique Armor Lux Vavin.
Started in Quimper in 1938:
This immortal French fashion brand now has stores all over Paris and is known for its nautical-themed brand of clothes.
If you’re looking for a high-quality, knit shirt that offers a unique take on this classic piece of French fashion, then this is the place to go.
And I mean:
Since you’re here anyway, might as well check out some of their other awesome items, like wool peacoats, duffle coats, classic Breton striped shirts, and more.
Because yes, retail therapy is the best kind of therapy (Just don’t tell my therapist that).
Address: 16, rue Vavin 75006 Paris
Hours: Open Monday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, Friday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 1:30 pm and 7:00 pm, and on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm (closed Sundays).
How to Get There: Take the Metro to Saint-Placide Station and walk to the boutique from there.
Price: Between €40.00 and €80.00 per shirt.
20. Cafe-Inspired Dishes from La VaissellerieGet some high-quality, discount dishware at La Vaissellerie in Paris.
Paris is known all around the world for its amazing cafe culture.
It makes sense that you would want to take that ultra-alluring, totally chic, Paris cafe vibe home with you.
Procuring some fabulous dishware from any one of the famous brasseries in St. Germain, like Cafe de Flore, can get more than a little pricey.
I know this area was once the haunt of famous writers like Hamingway, but not all of us can afford to spend €30 on a single teacup and saucer.
Am i right?
Of course, I am! That’s why, if you’re looking for some dishware that will help recreate all those iconic, Parisian cafe feels, then beeline it on over to La Vaissellerie.
Because while you’re here:
You’ll find an eclectic assortment of reasonably priced mugs, bowls, pitchers, teacups, and knickknacks/kitchen accessories that will all make some of the best Paris souvenirs.
The store may seem a bit crowded and the selection of items on display a bit random, but keep looking and you’ll quickly find dishes that can cost as little as €2.00 apiece!
All of the staff members here are incredibly helpful, speak excellent English, and are only too happy to gift wrap anything you like.
PS: They also carry a good assortment of fairly typical Paris souvenirs (think mini replicas of the Eiffel Tower) that are much cheaper, and of higher quality, than the ones you’ll find in some of the other souvenir shops in Paris.
Address: 85 Rue de Rennes, 75006 Paris, France
Price: Dishware here can cost as little as €2.00.
21. Mini-Eiffel Tower
When you conjure up images of Paris, I bet one of the first things that come to mind are the bright lights and the glistening steel beauty of the Eiffel Tower.
I can’t really blame you since this wrought-iron, lattice tower truly is the stuff that architectural dreams are made of.
Shout out to engineering genius Gustave Eiffel, who started construction in 1887 and eventually completed the project in 1889, just in time for the World’s Fair.
This now immortal structure has become an integral part of any Paris itinerary, especially if it’s your first time in the city.
Which is why:
You probably want to take a little piece of the Eiffel Tower home with you.
And while you can’t, in fact, take THE Eiffel Tower home with you, you can bring back a memory in the form of a keychain, magnet, mug, snow globe, statuette, or any other reincarnation of the immortal structure that you can think of.
You betcha! But hey, sometimes things are cliche for a very good reason.
And yes, you can easily pick one up while you’re at La Vaissellerie.
I don’t know about you:
But I personally feel like scent is the quickest way to get transported back to a wonderful travel memory.
Which is why:
DUH, you should buy some beyond amazing perfume while you’re in Paris.
I mean, let’s be real, walking around, wreaking of BO (aka Body Odor) is no one’s idea of a wickedly wonderful fashion statement.
Clearly ultra-fabulous, chic AF, Parisian perfume is a must.
Where can you go to get some of the finest perfumes that the city of lights has to offer?
Three words, La Maison Guerlain.
Located along the immortal Champs-Elysées, this world-renowned perfumerie was first founded in 1828 and is currently one of the oldest beauty brands in the entire world,
After enjoying the stunning views atop the Arc de Triomphe, swing by their flagship store and explore the extensive collection of perfumes that they have on offer here, including best selling fragrances like Guerlain Shalimar Eau De Parfum Spray, Guerlain Mon Guerlain Eau De Parfum Spray, Rosa Rossa (from Aqua Allegoria), Pampelune (from Aqua Allegotia), Eau de Perfum (from Shalimar), and Eau de Perfum (from Mon Guerlain).
Along the way:
You’ll also discover a wealth of premium skincare and makeup products, as well as an in-house spa and restaurant where you can really start rolling like a big shot.
And if you have an extra €20,000 to spare (and I mean, who doesn’t?) then you can always get your very own, customized, Guerlain scent, which will truly be unlike any other perfume in the world.
If you’re a total pauper like me, then you may have to settle for a mass-produced bottle of perfume that you can always personalize using their special, in house, engraving services.
Yup, c’est magnifique!
Address: 68 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France
Hours: Open daily from 10:30 am to 8:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take the Metro to the George V Station and walk to the store from there.
Price: A typical 100ml bottle of perfume is will cost around €120.
23. A Bottle of Wine
I’ll be the first one to admit that I know next to nothing about French wine since well, I don’t actually drink alcohol.
I still obviously had to put wine on this list of best souvenirs from Paris since it is such an integral part of the Parisian culture and lifestyle, at least if you do, in fact, drink alcohol.
The almost astronomical number of wines available to you can be more than a little overwhelming.
Do you choose red or white? Merlot or Pinot Noir? Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio?
Because the possibilities really are endless, especially since we haven’t even begun to discuss the nuanced differences between similar types of wine that originate in different regions of France.
Before you have a full-on panic attack about the endless buffet of French wine choices that lay before you, take a deep breath, namaste it up, and take solace in the fact that I am here to help.
It’s incredibly easy to find a decent bottle of wine in Paris. And relatively cheap too since spending between €5.00 and €10.00 will get you a pretty good bottle.
Bump your budget up to between just €10.00 and €20.00 a bottle and you can easily find a great wine that will pair perfectly with dinner (And friends too I suppose. At least, if you want to actually share your wine).
And if you spend more than €20.00 on a single bottle?
Well, then you’ll get an incredibly high caliber of wine that you can purposely age, thereby improving the overall quality of the wine with time.
If you’re ready to embrace the wino within, then head over to your nearest Nicolas, a local chain of wine stores, and pick up a Chateaux Margaux (one the best Bordeaux wines in France) or a Château-Grillet (one of the best white wines in France).
Do have your credit card at the ready since, not surprisingly, both wines are more than a little expensive.
If you need help finding a more reasonably priced bottle of wine, then feel free to ask a staff member for assistance since they will be only too happy to guide you and have a wealth of wine expertise that they can draw on.
Because although I do have many personal strengths, buying wine is not one of them.
Address: 39 Rue de Chaillot, 75016 Paris, France
Hours: Open Monday from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 8:30 pm, and closed Sundays.
How to Get There: Take the Metro to Alma-Marceau Station and walk to the wine store from there.
Price: Anywhere between €3.00 and €500.00.
***Since we’re talking about alcohol anyway, I might as well bring up Absinthe. You know, that emerald green, anise-flavored spirit that is made from a variety of different botanicals and herbs like wormwood, anise, sweet fennel, etc. I personally have never tried it but have heard stories about its psychedelic properties from friends who swear that the Thujone chemical inside has given them wicked crazy hallucinations. So, if you’re looking for a, dare I say it, “out of body experience” then Paris is the place to try this distinctly green nectar of the Gods since France allows much higher concentrations of Thujone in their Absinthe then the good old U, S, of A.***
Believe it or not:
The Champagne regions of Epernay and Reims are not too far from Paris.
If you have some extra time or are just a fervent lover of Champagne, then you can always take a fantastic day trip to some of these stunning vineyards.
You can just stock up on some authentic, French Champagne at Dilettantes, a beautiful champagne cellar and wine boutique that sits in the very heart of Paris.
Home to four enormous wine fridges that hold upwards of a thousand bottles each:
The emphasis here is on Champagne that is grown in sustainable, biodynamic ways and that is produced by some of the best, independent wine growers in the country.
That’s why in total:
More than 150 Champagnes are available for purchase here, with twenty-five different producers being represented, including selections from some of the most famous Champagne manufacturers in the world like Ruinart, Taittinger, and more.
Don’t expect to find run of the mill, supermarket brands of Champagne since only the rarest and most unique bottles are sold here.
Whenever you purchase a bottle of wine here, you’ll receive a handy little card that features a detailed description of your Champagne as well as a picture of where your wine was grown, making this the perfect place to learn about the complex differences between unique bottles of Champagne,
And if you’re not sure what type of Champagne to get:
Then feel free to sample any one of three open Champagnes, a selection that changes every two weeks and that is always available for you to taste.
Oh, and one last thing!
You cannot leave without visiting their beyond beautiful, 17th-century wine cellar.
It is big and beautiful and just all the stuff that wino dreams are made of, especially since most bottles here will cost you no more than €20.00 or €40.00
Address: 22 rue de Savoie, 75006 Paris
Hours: Open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 7:30 pm, with extended hours until 9:00 pm on Thursday.
How to Get There: Take the Metro to Odéon Station and walk to the store from there.
Price: A typical bottle will cost around €45.00, with some favorites being Cuvee Absolu Meunier Didier Ducoc (€31.00), Cuvee Angeline Millesimee 2009 J. Lassalle (€85.00), and Cuvee Blanc de Blacs Aspasie (€35.00).
Yet another Parisian souvenir that I know absolutely nothing about.
Even if you don’t wear lingerie yourself, you can’t deny that Paris is known for producing some of the highest quality, naughty negligees in the world.
Because according to many of my friends:
Not only is French lingerie incredibly beautiful, but it also has a cut, fit, and design that is infinitely superior to anything that you’ll find in the United States.
If you love wearing these classy, sexy, and inherently elegant undergarments, then be sure to check out immortal Parisian brands like Passionata, the next time that you’re in Paris.
Because these icons of the lingerie world are known for developing comfortable, yet totally stunning, collections that perfectly accentuate the natural beauty of your body.
If I’m being totally honest here, there really is nothing quite like going to a lingerie store in person.
Not only do you get to try things on and see how they fit, but you also get some one on one assistance from in-store personnel who understand their products and know exactly what will flatter your figure.
If you’re in search of the perfect, in-person, lingerie shopping experience, then stop by Aubade, a high-end brand of French lingerie that is super popular among locals.
I’m sure you’ve seen their seductive, black and white advertisements, which demonstrate the quality, comfort, and overall sex appeal of this amazing brand.
And if not:
Then just know that there were originally founded in 1875 and initially specialized in both girdle and corset making.
Aubade has emerged as a global, luxury lingerie brand that is known for its artisanal, savoir-faire style garments.
Custom made with Calais lace:
Many of their pieces also come in an assortment of vibrant colors and are further embellished with exquisite Swiss embroidery and stunning printed motifs.
If you’re a lingerie junkie through and through, then stop by one of their eight Paris stores and ask a friendly sales associate to help you find the ultimate, Paris souvenir!
Address: 22 Rue du Vieux Colombier, 75006 Paris, France
Hours: Open Mondays from 1:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 am to 7:30 pm and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take the Metro to Saint-Sulpice and walk to the store from there.
Price: Half cup bras here start at €65.00, with full-body corsets starting at €189.00.
26. A Designer HandbagStop by Brontibag Paris and buy yourself a fantastic, designer handbag.
Channel? Louis Vuitton? Longchamps?
With so many amazing French designers out there, it can be difficult to decide which iconic French handbag should be on your list of best souvenirs from Paris.
And I mean:
If you’re independently wealthy, then go on, live a little. Because these are crazy times and, gosh darn it, you deserve it.
If you’re a slightly more, fiscally irresponsible citizen like me, then, yeah, three designer handbags just ain’t gonna happen.
I’d recommend a trip to Brontibay Paris instead.
Because when you step inside this relaxed, boho-chic handbag store, you’ll find a wealth of reasonably priced, leather and fabric purses that all have vibrant, modern designs (FYI, if you’re one of my fellow veggie brethren, then you’re in luck because they have non-leather versions of all of their handbags).
The type of bags that scream 70’s era fabulousness and that are donned by hip AF fashionistas who attend an endless array of cocktail parties.
And although you might expect the staff here to be snooty beyond belief:
They’re actually incredibly down to Earth and will gladly help you find the handbag of your dreams.
You could even go a little crazy, embrace the luxe life, and take advantage of their private, upstairs showroom, where guests can enjoy personalized private fittings.
Because If you want to channel your inner Julia Roberts, you’ll get no judgment from me.
Address: 13 Rue la Fayette, 75009 Paris, France
Hours: Open Monday through Friday from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take the Metro to Chaussée d’Antin station and walk to the store from there.
Price: On average, a handbag here will cost you around €150.00.
27. A Scented Candle
I’m sorry, but who doesn’t love things that smell good?
I don’t know about you but I’d much rather walk into my living room and inhale the sweet, sweet smell of roses and black currant leaves, as opposed to the overly ripe, noxious fumes that are emanating from my gym bag.
Which is why a scented candle is one of those total “must” things to buy in Paris.
Perfumeries across Paris have been creating intoxicating smells since the dawn of time,
They obviously know a thing or two about creating beautiful, natural smells that will add a bright, airy, and refreshing feel to the inside of your home.
If you want to bring the smell of Paris home with you, then you can easily do so at Diptyque,
Established in 1961:
Diptyque is a luxury, French, perfume house that is known for its exceptional fragrances and beautiful, scented candles.
And when I say “luxury”:
Yes my friends, yikes indeed.
28. Repetto Ballet Flats
They look super pretty on your feet and are a beyond easy way to add a little sparkle to your outfit.
And If you’re in Paris anyway:
Why not rock a high-quality, super comfortable, quintessentially French pair of ballet flats?
Because ever since 1947:
Repetto has been producing a super snazzy line of luxury ballet flats that will help you look and feel like a true, Parisian local.
Founded by Rose Repetto, when her son, choreographer Roland Petit, complained of sore feet after a particularly brutal dance class. Repetto has since become one of the most well-known manufacturers of high-quality ballet shoes in the world.
Which is why this company now supplies shoes to some of the most high profile organizations in the world, like the National Opera of Paris.
If ballet flats just aren’t your thing, then never fear because Repetto also carries a diverse array of fashion items that include everything from handbags to sneakers to athletic gear to everyday attire.
Even though their Cendrillon Ballerinas flats. are still my personal fave.
Although, their signature, short length ballerina tutu is mad cute. Yes, please excuse me while I do a bit of retail therapy.
Even if you don’t actually buy anything, do stop by this iconic store since the atmosphere here is amazing.
Everywhere you look you’ll see stacks of ballet shoes piled sky high and witness professional ballet dancers rocking their custom made shoes.
Just think of it as going to the ballet, only a hell of a lot cheaper (as long as you don’t actually buy anything).
Address: 22 Rue de la Paix, 75002 Paris, France
Hours: Open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm.
How to Get There: Take the Metro to the Opéra Station and walk to the store from there.
Price: Their signature ballet flats can cost anywhere between €180.00 and €345.00.
29. Le Chat Noir Vintage Poster
Looking to infuse some distinctly Parisian vibes into your home?
Then consider adding an iconic, Le Chat Noir poster to your list of must-buy Paris souvenirs.
Because even if you’ve never actually visited Paris yourself:
I’m sure you’ve still seen this immortal advertisement for Le Chat Noir, a famous restaurant in Montmarte that is still in business, even to this very today.
First opened in 1881:
This cafe started as a humble, cabaret nightclub, where patrons would order drinks and enjoy a live show of the slightly scandalous variety.
Fast forward more than a hundred years and this former epicenter of Parisian nightlife has turned into an exquisite, four-star hotel where you can enjoy plush rooms that include a delicious, complimentary breakfast, for just €115.00 per night.
Feel free to enjoy a light breakfast and take in the historic vibe of this place before snagging a vintage poster from one of the many souvenir shops in the neighborhood.
Address: 68 Boulevard de Clichy, 75018 Paris, France
Hours: The front desk is open twenty-four hours a day.
How to Get There: Take the Metro to either the Blanche or Pigalle Station and walk to the cafe from there.
Price: Depending on where you go, this iconic poster should cost around €5.00.
30. Souvenirs from Local Museums
It’s no secret that Paris is home to some of the most famous museums in the world.
Because between awe-inspiring institutions like the Picasso Museum, The Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, the Rodin Museum, and the Museum of Decorative Arts, you’ll have a hard time participating in all of the unique cultural experiences that the city of lights has to offer.
If you do get the chance to visit some of these amazing places, do stop by the requisite museum gift shop, before you leave.
Yes, some of these retail boutiques carry nothing more than a buffet of totally generic, overpriced, t-shirts, mugs, tote bags, shot glasses, statuettes, and notebooks that no one actually wants.
Get a bit further off the beaten path and the quality of the Paris souvenirs that you’ll find in some of these shops may surprise you!
Because I for one was totally blown away by the Picasso Museum Gift Shop, which featured a beautiful collection of modernist inspired merchandise, including the Marie Antoinette Tote Bag, an exquisite Cubist style cuff bracelet, and an Egyptian Mesh Bracelet.
Not gonna lie though:
I was also partial to some of the items available at the Musée d’Orsay gift shop since, gosh darn it, I just love Impressionist paintings like Woah.
Swing by any Parisian museum that interests you and see if you nab some wicked awesome souvenirs of your very own.
Well, My Parisian Minded Friends, This Wraps Up My List Of 30 Amazing Things To Buy In Paris.
So Tell Me, Did Your Picks For Some Of The Best Souvenirs From Paris Make The List? If Not, Let Me Know In The Comments Below!
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