Opera-Elysees Souvenir Shops, Paris

It would be a pity to leave Paris without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Paris, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.
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Opera-Elysees Souvenir Shops Map

Guide Name: Opera-Elysees Souvenir Shops
Guide Location: France » Paris (See other walking tours in Paris)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
Author: Daniel
Galleries Lafayette

1) Galleries Lafayette

What to buy here: Sel de Geurande.

These hand picked sea salts from the coasts of Brittany in Western France are heralded from around the world. Although they can be found in specialty stores abroad, you will find the best prices in France for this gourmet salt. The Sel Gros (coarse salt) and the Feur de Sel (the top layer-finer salt) can be bought in grocery stores, at Galleries Layfayette in their gourmet food section, at the weekend street market at the Bastille metro stop, and at many gourmet food stores. There are many different types of containers this salt comes in, from little pots to bags and bottles. Expect to pay around 5-10 Euro for a small bag of salt and impress your foodie friends/relatives with this gift. Galleries Layfayette is located at 40 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris, France. Metro: Chaussee d’Antin-La Fayette, Opera.

Operation hours: Monday-Friday: 9:30-20:00; Saturday: 09:30-21:00.
Fragonard Perfume Museum Shop

2) Fragonard Perfume Museum Shop

What to buy here: Perfume.

Fagonard perfumerie not only has multiple stores in Paris, but the original shop has a free museum about how the perfume is made. Soaps, mini scents, and solid perfumes are some of the things this store is most famous for. This gift box of 10 of their most popular perfumes costs 21 euro. The price range for other gifts is around 20-60 euro. There are 8 locations in Paris, but the museum and store address is 9 Rue Scribe, 75009 Paris, France. Metro: Opera.

Operation hours: Monday-Saturday: 9:00-18:00; Sundays and holidays: 9:00-17:00.
Van Cleef and Arpels

3) Van Cleef and Arpels

What to buy here: Jewelry, watches or perfume from Van Cleef and Arpels.

Founded in 1896, the first Van Cleef and Arpel’s store in Paris is still around today. Address: 22 Place Vendôme, 75001 Paris, France. Worn by many celebrities and with the easily recognizable four-star clover pendant, this is an unforgettable gift. The company has won many awards and is highly regarded as one of the top in its class for its ability to enhance the beauty of stones and gems. The perfumes cost around 50 euro. The jewelry starts at around 100 euro and goes up to about 80,000.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 10:30 am – 7:00 pm; Saturday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Jean-Paul Hevin

4) Jean-Paul Hevin

What to buy here: Chocolate.

Good chocolate is almost a fail-proof gift idea and Paris makes it very easy to find. With world-renowned chocolatiers like Pierre Herme, Paul Hevin, and Pierre Marcolini, you will easily be able to find high quality chocolate without even searching for it. Plan to spend from 10-20 euro on average for a chocolate souvenir or present. I personally love the Paul Hevin chocolate gift set. There is a store at 231 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris, France. You can walk away with an inexpensive salted caramel chocolate bar that melts in your mouth for 3.90 euro or buy a gift box. One popular box called the Tri-box No. 1 includes assorted chocolates, 1 jar of jam (240g), and 14 pieces of caramel for around 60 euro.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 10:00 am - 7:30 pm

5) Longchamp

What to buy here: Longchamp purses.

Jean Cassegrain founded Longchamp in 1948 as a leather goods travel accessory store. In 1993, Longchamp introduced its “Le Pliage” line, a collection of foldable travel bags made of vinyl and leather trim like the one in the photo. This line’s popularity has allowed the Longchamp brand to enter many international markets. Longchamp has some great variety and is usually crowded with shoppers eager to own one of the brands bags. 1 Rue du Chevalier de Saint-Georges, 75008 Paris, France. These popular handbags range from 60-200 euro. Metro: Concord

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 10:00 - 19:00.

6) Chanel

What to buy here: Chanel No. 5

Often considered the worlds most famous perfume, The French government reports that a bottle of Chanel No. 5 is sold every thirty seconds. Coco Chanel had a strong affinity to the number five and felt it very lucky. This is the first perfume that she ever sold. The perfume has a great smell with a delicate balance between musky, flowery, and fresh. You can find the Chanel No. 5 Perfume at Sephora on the Champs Elysees 70 Avenue des Champs Elysées, or go directly to a Chanel store 38 Rue du Faubourg Saint Honore. Expect to pay around 40-70 euro for perfume. Metro: George V for Sephora and Concord for the Chanel store.
L’Institut Lancôme

7) L’Institut Lancôme

What to buy here: Lancôme Cosmetics.

L’Oreal is the worlds largest cosmetics company. The company began in 1909 with hair dye and three chemists, and now is has over 2,000 chemists and over 500 brands. One of the most high-end brands in the L’Oreal conglomerate is Lancôme. Founded in 1935 by Armand Petitjean in France, Petitjean’s motive was simple: to create a beauty brand that would deliver French elegance around the world. Over 75 years later, the brand is still going strong. I recommend stopping by the store at 29 Rue Fbg St Honoré. Metro: Concord to see for yourself. There is a gift box of six eye shadows and 3 lipsticks in a case that I recommend for around 30 euro.

Operation hours: Monday-Saturday: 10:00-19:00.

8) Ladurée

What to buy here: Macarons.

Macarons are becoming more popular abroad and are one of France’s most renowned desserts. The patisserie Laduree’s claim to fame is in the invention of the double-decker macaron. In 1930, they invented the currently popular two macaron cookies sandwiched together with a creamy ganache filling. Since its founding in 1862, Laduree has grown to sell over 15,000 of these double-decker macarons daily, thus making Laduree one of the world’s elite macaron stores. A box of 8 Macarons costs around 15 Euro and each macaron individually costs around 1.7 euro. The wrapping is beautiful and this is a great gift to bring home. I would only recommend this if you will be giving the macaroons within 2 days of buying them. There are 4 locations in Paris but the largest store is on the Champs Elysees at 75 Avenue des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris, France. Metro: George V. My favorite flavors are Vanilla, Rose, Citron (lemon), and Salted Caramel.

Operation hours: Monday-Friday: 7:30-23:00; Saturday: 7:30-00:00; Sunday: 7:30-22:00.

9) Petit-Bateau

What to buy here: French designer clothes.

Petit Bateau designs clothes for babies, children, teenagers and adults providing great quality and designs that haven't changed in years. They offer high-grade cotton clothes featuring T-shirts that change colors every season, underwear sets and dresses. Once you are in Paris, you would better stock up as you can find here cheaper items than in other shops outside France.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm; Sunday: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
La Maison du Chocolat

10) La Maison du Chocolat

What to buy here: French-made chocolate.

You can find several shops of La Maison du Chocolat in several districts of Paris and in other big cities in the world. If you are not an admirer of bitter chocolate, note that La maison du Chocolat never uses more than 65% of cocoa in their confections. The shop specializes in ganaches, truffles, mendiants and bars with fruit and herbal flavors. Hot chocolate here is also said to be really good.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 10:00 am - 7:30 pm; Sunday: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Fromagerie Alléosse

11) Fromagerie Alléosse

What to buy here: French cheese.

Fromagerie Alléosse is claimed to be one of the best in Paris with 100 years experience, this being of course a family business so that the tradition of making good cheese is strongly kept. You can taste here over 200 kinds of cheese, some of them being aged in the cellars of the shop. The store claims to have a national and international fame for their handicraft cheese and many curious customers that would like to taste the specialties they have.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm & 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm; Friday - Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm & 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm; Sunday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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