In this guide, INSIDR breaks down the best gifts from Paris. If you’re heading to the City of Light, chances are, you’ll need to pick up a few choice gifts for friends and family back home. Picking the right gift can be difficult. You don’t want to spend precious vacation hours visiting store upon store only to buy something you don’t really love. And you need to make sure to buy strategically so you’re not overloading your suitcase or trying to bring something off-limits through airport customs. Luckily, INSIDR is here to provide you with all the info you’ll need to make Paris souvenir shopping a breeze. From French fashion essentials to edible souvenirs, INSIDR has got you covered.
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Best gifts from Paris: Fashion & Accessories
For the best gifts from Paris, look no further than Arty Dandy. This unique, eclectic shop is a marketplace of curated high-street European fashion, accessories, and specialty housewares. Think beautifully cut dress shirts, one of a kind perfumes, and fun accessories for your home.
Everything at Arty Dandy has been hand-picked. Just some of the brands they carry include Briston Watches, Thierry Lasry sunglasses, Bagllerina shoes and Rains accessories. Their selection of goods come at a range of price points from standards like Secrid (smart miniwallet) to luxury names like Maison Christofle known for exquisite crystalware. 95% of the products carried by Arty Dandy are European and many of their items cannot be found anywhere else in Paris. Locals love the friendly atmosphere of the store and are often assisted by the store owner himself who is at either of the 2 shops in Paris on most days.
For purchases amounting at least 200€, you’ll get a free custom gift box with the recipient’s name engraved on a gold plate and along with a complimentary organic scented candle from Papillon Rouge. Access this advantage exclusively when you present your INSIDR voucher which you can download for free! You can also get a free gift for smaller purchases amounting to at least 50€! Get your INSIDR gift voucher here.
- Saint Germain des Pres location: 1 Rue de Furstenberg, 75006 Paris
- Le Marais location: 46 Rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris
- Schedule: 11am – 7pm Monday-Friday, 10:30am–7:30pm Saturdays, and 1-7pm Sundays.
- Arty Dandy official website
Any guide to the best gifts from Paris would not be complete without mentioning Sézane. Sézane is a classic Parisian brand and a favorite among locals and visitors alike. It’s not difficult to understand why. Sézane clothing and accessories are peak Parisian style. Their products are of the highest quality. Their mission is to make clothing you can live in and wear forever. While a look at their website or storefront might leave you feeling intimidated, never fear! Sézane clothing is surprisingly affordable. A great gift that your friend or loved one can enjoy for years to come.
- Address: 1 Rue Saint-Fiacre, 75002 Paris
- Schedule: 11am-8pm Tuesday to Saturday
- Sézane official website
Le Slip Français
One of the cheekiest and best gifts from Paris is a pair of new undies from Le Slip Francais. Their products are 100% made in France with designs in classic French colours and patterns like navy blue and Breton stripes. They also boast a great swimwear line if you’re in need of a new ‘maillot de bain’ while on vacation. You can find all of these at their cute boutique in Montmartre!
- Address: 46 Rue des Abbesses, 75018 Paris
- Schedule: 11am-8pm Monday to Saturday, 2pm-7pm Sunday
- Le Slip Français official website
Don’t forget about your little furry friends back home! Moustaches is a store entirely dedicated to cute clothing and accessories for pets. The big boutique offers more than 3000 different products for your canine and feline companions. They have everything from clothing, toys, and beds to toiletries and books. Who knew dogs could read?
- Address: 32 Rue des Archives, 75004 Paris
- Schedule: 9:30am-7:30pm Monday to Saturday, 12-7pm Sunday
- Moustaches official website
Best gifts from Paris: Edible items
Comtesse du Barry
For the top edible best gifts from Paris, INSIDR recommends Comtesse du Barry. This is one of France’s longest running épiceries with over 100 years of being in the business of manufacturing high-quality fine foods like foie gras, terrines, caviar, and truffle products. Everything from their épicerie is easy to pack and take home. While their foie gras is the main star, we also love that you can buy several different affordable products like flavored terrines, charcuterie, mustard, and chocolates.
The products here are perhaps the best representation of what French comfort food is. You can even buy a complete meal here—appetizers, main course, and dessert—and enjoy a French picnic at any one of Paris’ amazing public parks and gardens. They’re also great for gifting to family and friends as well as for hosting your own parties at home. One of our favorite products from Comtesse du Barry is their gift pack of assorted terrines. Exclusively offered by INSIDR, you’ll get a can of gourmet terrine when you spend 50€ or a trio of gourmet terrines when you spend 100€! Download your INSIDR gift voucher here! You can also enjoy a gourmet tasting session when you show this voucher at any of the Comtesse du Barry boutiques in Paris!
Comtesse du Barry can be found in several different areas in Paris like the Louvre-Rivoli, Opera-Haussmann, Le Marais, and Saint-Germain. Most of the shops are open until 7:30pm from Mondays to Saturdays. However, we recommend visiting their boutique in Carrousel du Louvre which stays open daily.
- Address: Centre Commercial du Carrousel du Louvre, 99 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
- Schedule: 10:00am – 8:00pm Wednesdays to Mondays; 10:00am – 7:00pm on Tuesdays
- Comtesse du Barry website
Other Comtesse du Barry locations in Paris:
- Comtesse du Barry – Haussman 13, Bd Haussmann, 75009
- Comtesse du Barry – Sevres 1, rue de Sèvres, 75001
- Comtesse du Barry – Saint Antoine 93, rue Saint-Antoine, 75004
Legrand Filles et Fils
Legrand Filles et Fils is the oldest wine cellar in Paris. Their wine cellar is located in Galerie Vivienne which is one of the most beautiful passages in Paris! Here, you can find an incredible selection of French and a few international wines. Legrand Filles et Fils also offers top notch wine tasting, so if you’re planning on doing a bit of wine tourism in Paris you can shop and taste your way through this historic cave. The staff are all experts in their trade and can help you find the best wines to bring home for you and your friends. Or just you, we’re not judging.
- Address: 1 Rue de la Banque, 75002 Paris
- Schedule: 10am-7:30pm Monday to Thursday, 10am-11pm Friday, 10am-8:30pm Saturday
- Legrand Filles et Fils website
Comptoirs Richard offers a great selection of Paris-themed teas, coffees and chocolates to delight your sweet-tooth. This is a favorite place to find the best gifts from Paris. Their wide selection offers tons of choices. From hot chocolate mixes and mulling spices to recipe books and gourmet kitchen tools. For the coffee or tea fanatic in your life, Comptoirs Richard is the place to shop.
- Address: 45 Rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris
- Schedule: 10am-7:30pm Tuesday to Saturday, 9;30am-1pm Sunday
- Comptoirs Richard website
La Chambre aux Confitures
As you can probably tell from the name La Chambre aux Confitures is your one stop shop for jam. This specialty store likely has the best selection of confits and jams in Paris. They even have a rotating list of special edition jams that change on the regular. Some of their more unique spreads include strawberry and verbena jam and their bestselling yuzu jam. Jams are one of the best gifts from Paris to bring home because they’re small, light and easy to pack into a suitcase.
- Address: 60 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris
- Schedule: 11am–2pm, 2:30–7:30pm Monday to Friday, 10:30am–7:30pm Sunday
- La Chambre aux Confitures website
Best gifts from Paris: Books and stationery
For the book lover in your life, the best gifts from Paris will surely come from one of these ‘libraries‘. Galignani claims to be the oldest English language bookstore on the continent of Europe. At this charming, other-worldly shop, you’ll find a great selection of classic and new titles in both French and English. Best of all, the prices at Galignani are a bit more affordable than those at the tourist favorite, Shakespeare & Co.
- Address: 224 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
- Schedule:10am-7pm Monday to Saturday
- Galignani website
This online-only store based in Paris offers a one of a kind service. At Petit Cube, you can have a hand-made card customized with your personal photos and messages. After, the card is turned into a cute little gift box containing a mini present of your choosing. Visitors to Paris can have the gift box delivered to their hotel or AirBnB during their stay. You can also send it back home and have it waiting for you when you arrive. Their service makes gift-giving personal and more sentimental.
This concept book store is something of a landmark in Paris’ east end. Situated on the bank of Canal St. Martin, the bright red storefront is hard to miss. Step inside and you’ll find a curated boutique of books and novelty items. Artazart also carries a great selection of kids toys and books if you have and little ones on your shopping list. It’s the place where locals go to find the best gifts in Paris for lovers of all things literary.
- Address: 83 Quai de Valmy, 75010 Paris
- Schedule: 10:30pm–7:30pm Monday to Saturday, 1-7pm Sunday
- Artazart website
Papier+ is an ultra-cool stationary store situated near the Marais in Paris’ 4th arrondissement. At the store, you can get all your paper and office needs filled. Papier+ has some beautiful photo albums which you can take home, design yourself, and fill up with all of your vacation photos. It’s a great way to commemorate your trip and a great place to find something unique for your boss or a colleague.
- Address: 9 Rue du Pont Louis-Philippe, 75004 Paris
- Schedule: 11am-7pm Monday to Saturday
- Papier+ website
Things to avoid buying as gifts
Eiffel tower keychains and refrigerator magnets
Whatever you decide to buy, please avoid the all-too-cliché Eiffel Tower keychain souvenirs. Not only predictable, these souvenirs are also pretty impersonal and might leave the recipient feeling like you just pick up the first thing you saw. Every main street is Paris is filled with vendors trying to hawk these cheap knick-knacks. The low-quality material is not built to last so buyers beware. Best to opt for something a little more special instead.
While macarons are a cute gift that symbolize Paris, think twice before you pick up a box of these French cookies for someone back home. These delicate treats do not travel well. Macarons are meant to be consumed fresh. If they’re left out of a fridge for even a couple hours, they start to lose the crisp quality of their shells and become chewy which is not a great way to experience them and a quite frankly, a waste of money.
France is renowned for its amazing butters and cheeses and they’re not an uncommon response to the question ‘Do you want anything from Paris?’. It’s important to note that many countries have very strict customs laws and prohibit bringing back unpasteurized dairy products—which most of French cheeses are. While it may be tempting to try to smuggle some back home, it’s a bad idea. Dairy products do not fare well out of the fridge and can spell disaster when packed into a suitcase full of clothes.