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Perfect Paris Souvenirs
Posted on: 7/20/14
Every time my father comes to visit me in France, he makes the same silly remark without fail: “I know why all women love Paris—there’s so much shopping!” He’s right, but by now after many Paris Rendez-Vous we all know there are so many more reasons to love this city, like macarons, flea markets and beautiful parks to name just a few. No matter what brings you to Paris one thing is for sure—at least a little retail therapy is in order so you can leave with the perfect souvenir!
“Souvenir” actually means “memory” in French, so the ideal one should always remind you of your time in Paris. The second requirement is that it should be special, meaning something you can’t get just anywhere. Lastly, on a more pragmatic level, it should fit in your suitcase. While the best way to find this perfect treasure is with a bit of exploration, here are a few places and ideas to keep in mind when seeking that memorable keepsake to bring home from Paris for yourself or your loved ones…
Sébastian Gaudard, 22 Rue des Martyrs, 75009
Edible souvenirs are always a great idea. Top bakeries and chocolatiers in Paris like Sébastien Gaudard for example, package beautiful boxes of edible gifts. While the treats won’t last forever, the incredibly decorative boxes and ribbons they come packaged in do. Such packages are especially nice for sharing with friends and family back home to give them a taste of Paris.
Mariage Frères, 30 Rue du Bourg Tibourg, 75004 Paris, France
If you don’t have a sweet tooth, stop by Mariage Frères to purchase some of its teas. While the tea is world-renowned, at their flagship in Paris they have hundreds of flavors that aren’t available elsewhere. They travel well, keep nicely for a long time and each cup you brew will bring you back to your time in the City of Light.
Alexandra Sofjer, 218 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75007
Here’s something you really can’t get elsewhere: a beautiful artisan parasol or umbrella from Alexandra Sofjer. One of the most amazing things about Paris is that it’s home to artisans specializing in whimsical things. In this case, adorned umbrellas festooned with lace or crystals and fantastical prints fit for Marie Antoinette. Also, they’re just small enough to fit in your suitcase. This souvenir will have everyone back home remarking, “Ooh la la!”
Les Bijoux de Sophie, 1 Passage Rauch, 75011
Jewelry always makes a great souvenir. By nature it’s beautiful, sentimental and also incredibly practical for transporting back home. If you’re looking for a piece that’s unique and won’t break the bank, Les Bijoux de Sophie is the perfect stop to shop. Necklaces, bracelets and rings adorned with charms and sweet little cameos and more, are perfect for the lady who loves to accessorize. Later it will bring a wee bit of Paris to any outfit you wear.
Lancôme Institut, 29 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008
Remember, scent is the strongest sense tied to memory. If you want a souvenir that can really bring you back to Paris, stop in to the Lancôme Institut and select one of our many fragrances. The olfactory experience will always remind you of your visit to Lancôme’s hometown.