One of the hardest things for travelers to do whilst on vacation is to pick out a stellar souvenir for their loved ones. Many end up being too cheesy or too generic; there are only so many miniature Eiffel towers and berets that people can tolerate. Yet, too much time and effort is needed to find that perfect souvenir- frankly, it can be tiring. So, to help out, here are some suggestions on where to find that amazing Parisian souvenir you’ve been dying to find ♥
Beauty: souvenirs for that fabulously gorgeous friend
Nothing says “Paris” more than an intricately crafted bottle of perfume. Annick Goutal (14 Rue de Castiglione, 75001 Paris) is the place to go for expertly concocted scents; ‘Ce Soir ou Jamais’ and ‘L’eau d’Hadrien’, two of their classic scents, is the perfect little something to bring back home. For more gourmand scents in pretty pastel boxes, try the Laduree gift shop at Madeleine (16 Rue Royale, 75008 Paris.) Gueralin (68 Avenue des Champs Elysees, 75008 Paris) is home to iconic Parisian scents like ‘Champs-Elysees’ as well as a sought-after makeup collection that’s ideal for creating a feminine and chic look.
Food: delightful treats for any foodie friend
Laduree and Pierre Herme are all too classic-and typical-places to buy some macaroons. Maison Georges Larnichol (132 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris) is a lesser-known, yet equally delicious, place to pick up some macaroons, caramels or a chocolate map of Paris; go after a visit to the nearby Notre-Dame or Shakespeare and Co. If your loved one isn’t much of a sweet tooth, try Maille (6 Place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris) near the Kenzo boutique in Madeleine- it specializes in mustards of all types, ranging from the classic Dijon to the exotic Violet. For an excellent can of Foie-Gras, head on over to Pierre Champion (110 Rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris) on the Parisian left bank; you can even sample some for lunch!
Fashion: perfect little things for your chic companion
Although Paris is home to fashion of all kinds, it’s particularly renowned for sexy lingerie. Both Chantal Thomas (211 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris) and Fifi Chachnil (231 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris) are ideal places to pick up some lacy (and racy) wares. For chic tees and sweaters, check out Maison Kitsuné’s Parisian cool clothing, available at the nearby uber-stylish boutique Colette (213 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris). For the quintessential Parisian accessory, stroll by Longchamp (404 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris) for their Le Pilage tote, the must-have for any Parisienne. If you’re ever lost on where all the stylish boutiques in Paris are, just head on over to the 1e arrondissement and walk along rue Saint-Honoré!
Hopefully now you’ll have more time to tour the city…or to go shopping for yourself! Let us know if you have a go-to spot for great Parisian souvenirs, and leave a comment or question down below.