20 Souvenirs to Bring Back from Paris
1. Candles and tea from Mariage Frères (35, rue du Bourg-Tibourg, in the 4th. 01 43 47 18 54).
2. Bensimon tennis shoes or bags from Autour du Monde. Four locations in Paris; we prefer 8–12, rue des Francs Bourgeois, in the 3rd Arrondissement.
3. Macaroons from Pierre Hermé (these won’t last long) or Ladurée (21, rue Bonaparte, in the 6th. 01 44 07 64 87. 75, ave des Champs-Elysées, in the 8th. 01 40 75 08 75. 16, rue Royale, in the 8th. 01 42 60 21 79).
4. Chocolates from Patrick Roger (108, blvd St. Germain, in the 6th; 45, ave Victor Hugo, in the 16th).
5. Pistachio oil from Huilerie Artisanale J Leblanc et Fils (6, rue Jacob, in the 6th).
6. Berets in all different colors and crystal Eiffel Towers for the kids. These can be found everywhere, but there are a number of shops that run along the street beside Notre
7. Goodies from the Rodin Museum (79, rue de Varenne, in the 7th. 01 44 18 61 10) gift shop—they have a small faux Rodin sculpture of the artist’s hands, which is a piece that we adore.
8. French herbs and spices from Goumanyat (3, rue Charles François Dupuis, in the 3rd. 01 44 78 96 74). Also, the nearby G. Detou (58, rue Tiquetonne, in the 2nd. 01 42 36 54 67) offers teas, chocolates, nuts and sardines—a veritable wonderland of foodie gifts.
10. Foie gras (make sure it’s not refrigerated). Comtesse de Barry (1, rue de Sèvres, in the 6th) is a good brand, as is Pierre Champion.
11. Gifts from the gift shop at Hôtel de Crillon (10, Place de la Concorde, in the 8th) marked with the hotel’s logo
12. Anything from the queen of fashion, Colette (213, rue St. Honoré, in the 1st), but especially the art books and the jewelry
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13. La Mère de Famille candies
14. From Monastica (11, rue du Pont Louis-Philippe, in the 4th. 01 48 87 85 13), soap, candles, honey or jam made by monks
16. Old bar paraphernalia from Marché aux Puces (Rue des Rosiers, near Porte de Clignancourt, in the 18th. Sat–Mon. only) — specifically Ricard or Pastis
17. Paints and brushes from Sennelier, where Picasso bought his
18. A book on Paris from Shakespeare & Co. Make sure to get your book stamped with the store emblem on the way out.
19. Copper pots shipped from E. Dehillerin (for YOU or someone you really like). This is where Julia Child bought hers!
20. Candles from Diptyque (34, blvd St. Germain, in the 5th. 01 43 26 77 44. Mon–Sat, 10–7).
21. For the kids hand-painted toy soldiers or Joan of Arc replicas from Terre de Sienne (1, Cour du Commerce St. André, in the 6th. 01 43 54 32 66)