Paris has much more to offer than the staple gold Eiffel Tower key ring and I love Paris mug.
The Parisianer Cover
Take a piece of Paris with you by buying the cover of imaginary magazine The Parisianer. Illustrated in The New Yorker style by local artists, they show quintessentially Parisian moments that recall the city’s uniqueness. The original 50 covers were published in a book and 26 are available to buy at Merci concept store that flanks the Marais neighbourhood, upscale department store Bon Marché and art and design book shop Art Azart on the trendy Canal Saint Martin.
Kasia Dietz Tote Bag
Looking for a casual Parisian accessory to chic up your wardrobe? American expat and blogger Kasia Dietz designs tote bags with your favourite arrondissement (district) postcode splashed across the front in an impactful block hand-printed design. She has a range of other designs too, and offers bag-painting workshops where you can paint your own.
Maison Chateau Rouge Parisian Africana Apparel
Paris isn’t all Belle Epoque cafés and cabaret – the city’s moved on and is now a thriving hub for multicultural creations. In vogue for the last couple of years, flamboyant bright African prints are crossed with cutting edge street style at upmarket outfit Maison Chateau Rouge. Whoever said Parisians never strayed from black and white?
Cheese and wine may not be the best options to pack in your suitcase if you’re catching a long-haul flight, but since it’s the season, why not take a little bit of Provence black truffle with you? At the Maison de la Truffe, it comes in various forms like truffle oil, which comes highly recommended to give your pasta back home some pizzazz.
Mariage Frères Teas
Tea drinkers will delight in the wonderfully-put-together flavours of 500 varieties of leaf teas at this historic tea house in operation since 1854. Presented in beautiful traditional tins in a range of sizes, they make beautiful gifts. There are several Mariage Frères tea rooms in the city where you can sample the tea before buying.
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A Cire Trudon Candle
Trudon is possibly the most famous candle boutique in the city and oldest candle-maker in the world (since 1643) – its founder Claude even supplied Napoleon and Versailles. Cire Trudon’s artisan candles are the perfect souvenir of Paris, unlocking fond memories through scent, but they also come in lots of royal creative collections.
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