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The Best Souvenirs To Bring Back From Paris

I like to think that I’m good at giving gifts. I’m especially good at coming home with a trunk full of goodies, and I like to buy myself little things that will always remind me of this magical year. That being said, I thought it might be helpful if I put together a little guide of exactly what the best souvenirs to bring back from Paris are (so leave space in your suitcase by following these rules), whether for yourself (treat yo-self) or others. I see these items as truly Parisian, with helpful tips from yours truly thrown in along the way. Enjoy!

FOOD

  • Angelina hot chocolate powder. Want to take Paris’ cult status hot chocolate with you? There’s a powder version available, along with lots of other goodies.
  • Chocolate. Truffles from Maison du Chocolat, 24 pieces of gournet chocolate and a beautiful box from Ladurée for a mere 25 Euros, or unique flavors such as chocolate covered apricot compot from Le Cacaotier will make you or anybody at home swoon for weeks to come.
  • Not macaroons. Mais pourquoi Julia?!? Easy: they won’t survive the journey, and are best eaten fresh. Take back chocolate instead, which will still be special even if it’s broken in half.
  • Supermarket goods. Stock up on Speculoos cookies, French mustard, and paté like there is no tomorrow. My friends also love the Dutch Stroopwaffeln and the Percy Pigs from Marks & Spencer. Cote D’Or chocolate is my personal favorite, in particular the chocolate covered coconut bark.
  • Kusmi teaAnother Paris cult status brand, this tea is worth every cent. Plus, beautiful containers to store it in.

MOMENTOS

Special little something that will directly remind you of your time in Paris.

  • A Paris painting. These are sold all over, from the banks of the Seine to my favorite ones in the streets of Montmartre. It’s a special little something that you’ll enjoy for years to come, and these are truly beautiful.
  • Paris postcards. I happen to own the one pictured in the header image of this post. While a lot of postcards are quite touristy, many feature beautiful photographs or drawings of the city. Looking at it just makes me happy, and non-kitschy postcards like these will look beautiful on your desk or wall. Look around in Chatelet for postcards, it’s where I bought the one above.
  • A little Eiffel Tower. I bought myself a small Eiffel Tower during my first ever visit. While this might seem quite typical, it makes a perfect little bookend along with my Amsterdam Canal house. Keychains are also a very cute idea and make perfect gifts.

LUXURY

Nicer things that you might want to save up for! These goods are truly French, and most even have lower price tags in the city than abroad. Since this is a blog of a broke girl, I’m not including Saint Laurent boots or Céline bags, but if those are game for you, go for it!

  • A Longchamp bag. When my former classmates did their Europe tour last summer, many of them picked up the classic bags in Paris. Prices are cheaper here, and you get to say that you bought the bag in its city of origin!
  • A cult Paris brand beauty product. Perhaps a Dior nail polish? Or a Chanel perfume from Place Vendôme? This little luxury will make you think of your trip to Paris each time you use it.
  • A Diptyque candle. For me this is a symbol of the Paris lifestyle. I would love to own one someday! I constantly see them in the homes of Parisian families, including my own host family. And the Saint German des Près boutique is not to be missed.
  • Fragonard PerfumeI picked up a perfume from this iconic French brand after my visit to their perfume museum. I love it dearly.

ETC.

Anything else!

  • Paris books at Shakespeare and Co. While this store is a bit pricey, it’s special to have a book about Paris with the classic stamp in it. My Paris book recommendations are How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are, Almost French, Paris Street Style, and any of the books from the history section on Paris. Also, they sell beautiful editions of classic novels for those interested.
  • Bioderma Sensibio H2O. Hands down, the best makeup remover I have ever used, and the only one my skin can tolerate. And I have super sensitive skin. Yes this is sold around the world, but prices for this are so.much.lower. in Paris. And it’s French so you have to buy it here!
  • Stationary from the BHV Marais. This department store has the most beautiful Paris themed letter paper, and you’ll feel a bit classier each time you whip it out.
  • A china cup from your favorite café. I know that many places now offer to sell their cups, such as Café de Flore. Not only will you remember your trip each time you use it, but you’ll think of that amazing hot chocolate.

I hope this has given you guys a little insight into some of the “not so typical” or obvious things you can buy in Paris to remember your trip by. I own many things from the list above, and for me they represent a tiny slice of the Paris lifestyle.

What would you say are the best Paris souvenirs? Would love to hear your commentary about it below. And thanks for reading! :)

Julia

P.S. Visiting France and don’t speak a lick of French? Advice here.

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  • Chloe Stevens

    Headed to Paris for my 30th on May 4th! Thank you for this! Definitley took some pointers from you!

    • So glad I could help you out, and happy birthday in advance!! You’re gonna have a blast.

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  • Chevy

    Thanks for the post! I’m travelling to Paris next week and can’t wait to check these out :)

    • So glad you enjoyed the post! Have fun in Paris and greet the beautiful city from me :)

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  • When I return to korea I always bring back Sea salt from Guérandes. They can be found at Monoprix and any grocery store, and only cost 3euros. They bring a strong perfume to any dish and will satisfy anyone who loves cooking 😉
    Your list is amazing! I would also recommend a little gift from the concept store Colette, there are plenty of ideas!

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    • Ohh thanks for the awesome tips! Yeah you can find an amazing array of gourmet gifts of Monop :)Believe it or not I never made it to Colette in my year of living there, I’ll go check it out when I’m back for a visit 😀

  • I lovee Shakespeare and Company, best bookshop ever <3

    xo,

    Emma

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    • Julia

      Seriously the most amazing place, I was actually there today! Thanks for following along girl, xx :)

  • Yay love this list! Just came across your blog. Makes me want to look at flights to Paris :)
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    • Julia

      Just do it girl, nobody ever regrets a getaway to one of the most amazing cities in the world :)

  • Mary

    OMG I love this list! I just did a similar one too so it is fun to compare! I can’t wait to be in Paris this summer and grab some of these for myself :)

    Great blog!! Super excited I found it!

    xx,

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    • Julia

      Hey girl thanks so much for reading! Love your blog and have given you a follow on Bloglovin :) Shopping in Paris is just the best, isn’t it?? 😀

  • Great idea! I always panic buy souvenirs! Anything chocolate related is a hit with me, so I will be searching out that chocolate tray! Planning a trip to Paris this year… to practise the French, fingerscrossed!

    • Julia

      Ohh best of luck! As long as you make it clear that you want to speak in French and not English, everybody here is super helpful with helping you find the right words 😀

      Same same, then you MUST get that chocolate from Laduree!

  • Well, you give great advise on what to bring back home from Paris.
    I wouldn’t have say more about and I live in Paris for over 14 years now 😉
    Didn’t know Angelina was selling their chocolate powder, by the way.
    And for Ballerina lovers, we can recomand the main store of Repetto which is Rue de la Paix :-)

    Eve from Paris 😉
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    • Julia

      Ohh I love that store, those flats are seriously amazing!! Now only if my wallet would love it exactly as much haha 😀

      So glad I got the official Parisian seal of approval 😀

  • Julia

    Ohh I really hope you get around to it in the fall 😀

  • Julia

    Same!! Or when people ask me where I got a particular piece of clothing and I can reply “Spain” 😀

  • Julia

    I do that too!! I steal the cups from my favorite clubs, they make such cute little momentos 😀

  • Michèle

    wooah if only you had published this a month ago before I was in Paris. 😉
    but I anyway love this list and will keep in mind for the next time I’m going to be there

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    • Julia

      Absolutely loved your Paris photos girl, they were stunning! :)

      Thanks for reading! xx Julia

  • This post is so nice! Love Paris!

    xoxo

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    • Julia

      Of course, hope you find it helpful if you have an upcoming visit :)

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    great inspiration for the souvenir section, Paris is amazing for this…

    thanks for sharing,

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  • Thanks a lot for these recommendations. I’d love to visit Paris one day. X
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    • Julia

      I hope that you get around to seeing this beautiful city one day 😀

  • Ohh I love all these ideas for souvenirs, especially the food section!

    Mimi & Chichi

    • Julia

      Food is always amazing, isn’t it? 😀

  • Love love love this post! I’ve always wanted to go to Paris!

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    • Julia

      You have to visit one day, seriously one of the most amazing cities 😀

  • ooh great list, I am hopefully going to Paris. I will have to save this list.

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    • Julia

      It hope you end up making it to this amazing city girl! Thanks for reading :) xx

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    Great post!!

    xx

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  • such a great post! X Laura http://www.mixtfashion.com

    • Julia

      Thanks girl!

  • N.Z.

    Okay, this is written so well. O, my God I think I’m in love with your blog. And the design is so perfect.
    I hope I see another post soon,
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    • Julia

      Thank you so much girl, and thanks for following along!! :)

  • Love your blog! What an absolute gem I’ve stumbled upon! I went to Paris when I was a child and dream about returning as an adult. Thank you for your lovely words and beautiful photos! xo
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    • Julia

      Hey girl, thank you so much first of all! You absolutely must return to Paris as an adult, I think that those trips of really experiencing things as a grown up for the first time are always so much fun 😀

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    Loved this post, super insightful!
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      Thanks girl!

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  • What a well researched piece
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    • Julia

      Thanks girl!

  • I LOVE the photograph on this post – how Parisian can a flat lay look!?! Beautiful items :) Sophie xx
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    • Julia

      That’s totally what I thought too! Thanks girl :)

  • Perfect post! Really like this shot and I adore Paris!

    XX

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    • Julia

      Thanks! It’s so cute isn’t it? So Paris I thought 😀

  • Great ideas! When I went to Paris I brought back some things from Shakespeare & Co and some Paris cup coasters for the house.

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    • Julia

      Shakespeare and Co. is just the cutest bookshop I think, and visiting alone during a trip is so worth it :)

      The coasters sound cute, and something you get a lot of use out of 😀

  • I’m currently working in France too (university year abroad) and just discovered your blog — it’s great and I really love this post! You are definitely right about Speculoos!

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    • Julia

      Hey girl! Just checked out your blog and LOVE it as well, so glad to hear of another foreigner in Paris 😀 I’ve given you a follow on Bloglovin’ and am so excited for future posts :)

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  • Just found your blog and love this! So many good ideas for souvenirs, I always buy another Eiffel Tower when I’m there, Palais des Thes is another great place for tea. French magazines too!

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      Hey girl, absolutely loving the URL 😀 Thanks for the tip, I’m like obsessed with tea and will have to check it out :) x Julia

  • I’m all about buying a painting/print when I’m traveling. One day my walls will be filled with all of my travel memories!

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      Amen girl! I’ve actually collected post cards since I was very young and my collection has grown insane. However, there is really nothing like being able to flip through a stack or see on your walls all of the places you have been :)

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      Thank you! And thanks for reading :) xx

  • Hannah

    What a lovely post! You’re making me want to book a trip to Paris asap now!

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      Just do it girl 😀 There’s no such thing as regretting Paris 😀

  • This is a great list. I was only in Paris for about a day and a half. I’d love to go back and better experience it. xx

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      You absolute must! I always say a week in Paris is minimum :)

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    • Julia

      It’s so cute, isn’t it? Classic Paris souvenir :)

      I LOVE your blog and have given you a follow on Bloglovin’, thanks for reading :) xx Julia

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  • Well I’m glad I came across this as Im prepping for a trip to Paris this weekend! Thanks for the tips x

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    • Julia

      Of course, hope you end up finding some lovely things to remember your visit by :)

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  • What a cool and original post! I love this :) I’ve actually never been to Paris itself, I’ve been to Disney plenty of times but never explored the city, will have to check your posts when I finally do!

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      Thank you so much! Girl you gotta explore this amazing city some time, you’ll love it! :)

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    Great list, I totally love that vintage camera!

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