Made by a Parisian
You’re probably looking for the perfect souvenirs from Paris to bring home for yourself or for friends & family, and like every capital city, you’ll find plenty of souvenir shops here. If you want a mug or a mini Eiffel Tower at a super expensive price, then you should definitely visit them… but if you’re looking for something a little more unusual, read below!
This is a short list of the items I think make perfect souvenirs from Paris!
OUR WORLD-FAMOUS MacaronS
Of course, the french pastry best seller! Crispy exterior, creamy interior, and rich in flavor, there are so many tastes that everyone will for sure find their favorite one(s)! Moreover, they’re easy to carry and to preserve until you get back home (4 days). Check my full post about THE Macarons to discover my best addresses!
Items from the Bouquinistes
(books, posters, postcards…)
These green boxes placed along the Seine river are the heart and soul of Paris (UNESCO World Heritage since 1991). You definitely have to go to this giant open-air bookshop!
Enjoy the walk, check out the books, the vintage or second-hand items, wander around and you’ll probably find a beautiful decorative piece for your home – great for the budget-consicous but still authentic and perfect souvenirs from Paris!
A marinière sweater
The “Tricot Rayé” (striped jersey), worn by the French Marines since the 19th century, has been a classic staple of Parisian fashion ever since Coco Chanel introduced it to the fashion industry.
It’s a must-have! Mine comes from the store Petit Bateau.
A painting from place du Tertre
The Montmartre neighborhood is one of my favorites. You always feel like you’re in a movie here, probably thanks to the charming backstreets, village atmosphere and romantic spots.
So, at the Place du Tertre, you may fall in love with a painting, a drawing from one of the 300 french artists, or maybe, you’ll prefer to have your own portrait drawn!
Antiques from les Puces
The flea market in Saint-Ouen is one of the biggest antiques markets in the world. This area is a must-go during your stay in Paris! Open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5.30 pm.
Wander around, discover all the little stores and stalls, and you’ll probably find something really cool to bring back home!
Tell me what you think about my souvenirs list, and if you have any suggestions for perfect souvenirs from Paris, or any questions, please share in the comments section below!