Top 8 Souvenirs From Paris

Paris is one of the world’s most visited cities, with millions of people visiting The City of Light every year. And rightfully so! The magnificent architecture, the culture, the food, the fashion, the ‘je ne sais quoi’… What’s not to love?

 

It’s natural you would want to bring home souvenirs to remind you of the amazing time you’ve had in Paris.

 

However, it’s hard to avoid the kitsch and hundreds of cliche “I love Paris” paraphernalia. At this point, you may be throwing your hands up in despair, but fear not!

 

Below we list the best souvenirs to bring home from Paris. We’ve thrown in some classics, but also some less obvious things to remember your trip by.

 

1. Eiffel Tower Replicas

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Photo by QuinnDombrowski on Foter.com

 

Eiffel Tower, the symbol of Paris, is one of the world’s most recognizable landmarks. It stands at 324 meters high and was built in 1889. Today the tower welcomes almost 7 million people a year, making it the most visited paid-for monument in the world, so an Eiffel Tower replica will instantly remind you of Paris.

 

Eiffel Tower keychains are the most affordable option. They can be found in all souvenir shops, and are also sold on the streets. You can sometimes buy several keychains for only 1 euro! This makes them an ideal gift for your friends.

 

If you want to take it up a notch and if you have more space in your suitcase, consider buying a larger Eiffel Tower replica that can become a decor piece in your home.

 

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2. Parisian Macarons

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Photo by JUSU on Foter.com

 

Macarons are meringue-based confections made of sugar, egg whites, icing sugar, granulated almonds, and food coloring.

 

Parisian macaron usually consists of two biscuits and a ganache sandwiched in between.

 

They are very Parisian and French and make an amazing gift. Several spots in Paris will package them beautifully.

 

Ladurée is now the largest macaron house in the world and a dominating franchise. While their macarons are on the pricier side, they’re a safe gamble.

 

If macarons wouldn’t survive your trip, think of purchasing something easier to transport. For example, the famous Kusmi tea is worth every cent and comes in beautiful containers.

 

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3. Fashion Magazines

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Photo Credits: pixabay.com

 

Paris is the capital of fashion, so fashion magazines are a perfect souvenir. Pick up the latest copy of Vogue or Elle in French from one of the kiosks situated around the city. Even if you don’t speak French, the beautiful pictures will speak for themselves.

 

You can place them on your coffee table back home and feel glamorous every time you glance in their direction. Plus, all of your friends will be impressed!

 

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4. Candles

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Photo Credits: pixabay.com

 

Cire Trudon, the world’s oldest candlemaker opened his shop in Paris in 1643. Cire Trudon supplied the royal court of Louis XIV, as well as most of the great churches in France. Today, it continues to produce a beautiful range of perfumed candles for the home.

 

There are hundreds of types of candles to buy in Paris, and the luxury French candlemaker Diptyque has become the essence of Parisian chic. Their Saint German des Près boutique is not to be missed.

 

After all, Paris isn’t called ‘the City of Light’  for nothing.

 

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5. Moulin Rouge Poster

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Photo by Hello Paris on Foter.com

 

The Moulin Rouge is unquestionably the most famous cabaret show in the world. See a show at night, and during the day grab some Moulin Rouge Souvenirs from the store located around the corner on Rue Lepic.

 

Taking photos or video recording during the shows is forbidden, so buying a souvenir makes perfect sense! The store offers a wide variety of souvenirs: mugs, posters, firecrackers, etc.

 

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6. A Cult Paris Brand Beauty Product

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Photo by Kevin Rheese on Foter.com

 

Beauty in Paris goes hand in hand with fashion. The iconic “Parisian chic” implies a covetable, casual look that relies heavily on messy hair and minimal makeup.

 

Take a trip down the memory lane every time you look at your vanity or make someone in your life very very happy by purchasing something like a Dior nail polish or a Chanel perfume from Place Vendôme. These little luxuries will make you think of your trip to Paris every time you use them.

 

Furthermore, there is a pharmacy on nearly every block in Paris (just look for the green cross). Most pharmacists can advise you in-depth on every product in the shop. Go for the cult skincare brands like Vichy or La Roche-Posay.

 

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7. Artisan Chocolate

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Photo by EverJean on Foter.com

 

This might not be the most original of all presents or souvenirs, but the French are known for their indulgently dark and rich chocolate. Dark chocolate is a real specialty amongst French chocolate makers, as are ganaches: chocolates made with intensely creamy and silky centers.

 

Paris hosts a large number of famous artisan chocolate makers. Here are some of the most famous ones: Patrick Roger – Cocoa Iconoclast, La Maison Du Chocolat, Jacques Genin, Pierre Marcolini, Michel Chaudun, Jean-Paul Hevin. The list could go on… Just get a box of delicious and rich French chocolates already!

 

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8. Paris-themed Books or Stationery

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Photo by auggie tolosa on Foter.com

 

Check out Shakespeare and Co. They’re a bit pricey, but a book about Paris with the classic stamp in it is an amazing souvenir or gift. Try to find ‘How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are’, ‘Almost French’, or ‘Paris Street Style’. They also sell beautiful editions of classic novels.

 

For stationery, check out BHV Marais. There you can find Paris-themed letter paper, and a series of small objects labeled BHV/Marais featuring a stylish map of Paris (pencils, pouches, notepads, kits…)

 

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