The Best Foodie Souvenirs From Paris And Where To Find Them

Jacques Genin's Mango Passion Caramels © Joy/flickr
Jacques Genin's Mango Passion Caramels © Joy/flickr
Photo of Kelsey MacAulay
5 October 2016

Delicious hand crafted caramels, traditionally aged cheeses, carefully cultivated wine, and fluffy melt in your mouth marshmallows are all a part of the Parisian experience. The beauty of the culinary scene in Paris is that it is a true reflection of both the history and artistry of the city. Make sure to share the wondrous landscape of Parisian cuisine by leaving space in your luggage for the masterpieces created daily in the kitchens, cellars, and fields of France.


French cheese is a no-brainer but grabbing the right type for the journey home can be the tricky part. Luckily, Fromagerie Laurent Dubois is happy to provide a resident expert to help you select cheese based on your tastes, how long you will be travelling, and when you plan on consuming your purchase. They will even vacuum seal your purchase for you upon request. Dubois considers his shop a ‘universe of cheese’ with a variety of in house specialties such as Roquefort swirled with quince paste or their renowned selection of aged Comté. Barthélémy is another Parisian gem nestled in the bustling 7th arrondissement. Bursting with hundreds of cheeses, this little shop has some of the most flavorful and noteworthy cheeses in the capital – just watch out for the trap door to the cheese cave under the store! Finally, Alléosse offers an incredible selection of traditionally aged French cheeses and also has a significant wine cellar below the store also worth a look at if you get the chance.

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9AM – 1:15PM; 3PM – 7PM/ Sat 9AM-7:15PM/ Sun 9AM-1PM

Cheese in Market Paris, France | © Daderot/Wikicommons

Bordier Butter

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The French really are true masters of dairy. It may sound bizarre, but you haven’t lived until you’ve sampled French bordier butter and taken some home to share. Bringing this treat home will take some planning, as you should bring an insulated case and an ice pack if you’re going long distances. Bordier butter is the most popular for its silken smooth texture and warm aroma. Buy bricks of the stuff because it will go fast. You can get it at most fromageries and gourmet retailers such as Le Grand Épicerie de Paris. Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 8:30AM-9pM/Closed Sun


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A true Champagne bottle can only be obtained from the Champagne region of France, so Paris is a natural place to pick it up. The most commercially popular are Veuve Cliquot, Perrier Jouët, Dom Pérignon, and Moët et Chandon, however smaller names tend to yield amazing results. If you’re looking to expand your horizons to a lesser known underdog, be sure to look at the selection offered at either La Dernière Goutte or Nicolas Julhès. These establishments have experts on hand to help you find the best for your budget and palate.
Opening Hours: Mon 3PM-8PM/Tues-Fri 10:30AM-1:30PM, 3PM-8PM/Sat 10:30AM-8PM/Sun 11AM-7PM Nicolas Julhès, 58 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris, +33 Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10AM-2PM, 4PM-8:30PM/Sun 10AM-1:30PM


French wine is famous all over the world but making sure you get the best bottle possible can be a daunting task. Thankfully, the experts at the grandfather of all wine shops Legrands Filles et Fils are happy to aid in your quest for the perfect bottle. This house is renowned for its rare selection of wines and is heralded as a gourmet institution. They will be sure to cultivate your inner wine lover on the lower lounge level as well. On the other end of the spectrum, La Cave des Papilles specializes in natural and environmentally friendly wines. Both houses have established relationships with growers and producers throughout the country assuring both quality and knowledge of the wine.

Opening Hours: Mon 11AM-7:30PM/Tues-Thurs 10AM-7:30PM/Fri 10:30AM-8PM/Sat 10:30AM-7:30PM/Closed Sun

Opening Hours: Mon 3:30PM-8:30PM/Tues-Fri 10AM-1:30PM, 3:30PM-8:30PM/Sat 10AM-8:30PM/Sun 10AM-1:30PM

Chardonnay grapes harvested from Wykoff | © Agnes27/wikicommons

Chocolates and Caramels

For something small but high impact turn to award-winning confectioneries to delight the palate. Tiny but intense morsels of chocolate or caramel from Patrick Roger are an absolute must to take home. His assortment of silky dark chocolate ganache explode in your mouth with flavors like jasmine tea, lemongrass basil, or Szechwan berry. The ganache at Maison Chaudun provide an equally euphoric experience. Their pavés or ‘cobblestones’ are aptly named, for the cocoa dusted cubes pave the way to flavor heaven. A ‘Étoile d’Or in Montmartre is your one-stop shop for luscious melt-in-your-mouth caramels. Owner Denise Acabo provides a variety of the little treats ranging from Jacques Genin’s brilliant fruit flavored caramels such as blackcurrant or rhubarb, to Henri Le Roux’s oh-so-succulent salted butter caramels.

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 10:30AM-7:30PM

Opening Hours: Mon 2PM – 8PM/ Tues- Sat 10:30AM- 8PM/ Closed Sun

Jacques Genin’s Mango Passion Caramels | © Joy/flickr

Marshmallows and Bonbons

Marshmallows found in Paris are not your average puffballs to be roasted over a campfire. In fact it would be a crime to waste the delicate and light texture of these treats over a flame. Located in the Latin Quarter, Le Bonbon au Palais reigns supreme in Candy Land. The house has perfected an unorthodox recipe consisting of 80% egg whites instead of the traditional 10%, while also amusing their patrons with floral flavors like poppy and lavender. The Palais has a variety of house made bonbons to delight more adventurous eaters like candied french chestnuts or espelette peppers. La Mere de la Famille is another quintessential candy house founded in 1760. Spoil any confectionery connoisseur with a bag of colorful fruit jellies, dense provençale calissons, or hard floral pastilles. Save room for their airy and fragrant marshmallows as well, they’re also some of the best in town. Finally, Pain de Sucre hosts some of the most exciting marshmallow flavors in town ranging from chicory whisky, hazelnut, and orange flower.

Opening Hours: Tues-Sat 10:30AM – 7:30PM/ Closed Sun-Mon

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10AM – 8PM, Closed Sun

Pain de Sucre, 14 Rue de Rambuteau, Paris, France, +33 1 45 74 68 92

Opening Hours: Mon, Thur-Sat 10AM-8PM/Sun 10AM-7PM/Closed Tues-Wed

Piment d’espelette Confit at Le Bon Bon au Palais | © Kelsey MacAulay


No trip to Paris is complete without crunching down on macarons from iconic houses of La Durée or Pierre Hermé. Both famed for the smooth texture of the outer shell and creamy interiors, you can’t go wrong with either. Pierre Hermé is known for bringing more contemporary spins like olive oil into the mix, whereas La Durée errs on the more traditional side of the spectrum with floral creations such as rose, cherry blossom, or strawberry candy alongside the regulars of chocolate and vanilla. Honorable mentions go to Angelina’s and Gérard Mulot for their macarons, however their best treats are other cakes and goodies to be consumed in house or on the same day.

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 8:30AM – 7:30/ Sun 10AM-7:30PM

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 10AM-8PM

Opening Hours: Mon-Thur 7:30AM-7PM/Fri 7:30AM-7:30PM/Sat-Sun 8:30AM-7:30PM

Opening Hours: Thurs-Tues 7AM-7:30PM/Closed Wednesdays

Macarons Ladurée | © Louis Beche/wikicommons

Jams and Spreads

Complete any brunch addict’s life with cute jars of jams or spreads, just make sure to pack them in your hold luggage. No morning will be the same without the pop of La Chambre aux Confiture’s fresh carrot gewurztraminer or strawberry champagne jam on toast. Angelina’s chestnut spread will make putting Nutella on anything a fading afterthought. A good one-stop shop for finding rare, exotic jams and spreads is none other than mega-house La Grande Épicerie de Paris. Expect to see dreamy items such as Jöel Durand’s caramel and lavender cream, Christine Ferber’s Pinot Noir Jelly, and Fauchon’s bitter orange marmalade.

Opening Hours: Mon, Wed-Fri 11AM-7:30PM/ Sat-Sun 10AM – 7:30PM/ Closed Tuesday

Opening Hours: Mon-Thur 7:30AM-7PM/Fri 7:30AM-7:30PM/Sat-Sun 8:30AM-7:30PM

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 8:30AM-9pM/Closed Sun

Jams | © labenord/pixabay


Honey is an unexpected treat from Paris and there is also a significant variety to tantalize the taste buds. La Maison du Miel offers an assortment of potted honeys curated from bees who have feasted on rosemary or lavender plants. The house is most famous for its production of Tasmanian Leatherwood Honey which is sure to impress with the name alone. If you’re looking to buy Parisian honey, you’re in luck – a group of urban bee keepers has taken to the roofs of famous structures such as the École Militaire and Musée D’Orsay as a part of a sustainable development initiative. The product is called Le Miel de Paris and can be purchased for a whopping 16.55€ per 125g jar at Le Bon Marché.

La Maison Du Miel, 24 Rue Vignon, 75009 Paris, +33 01 47 42 26 70

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 9:30AM – 7PM/ Closed Sun

Honey | © Hans/pixabay


The English may be more famous for their affinity for tea but their rival across the channel has also curated some quality tea houses. Dating back to when King Louis XIV had to grant tea vending privileges, Dammann Frères dates back to 1692 when they received such an honor. Since then the house has remained strong, curating pretty much every tea imaginable. Another historical house, Mariage Frères, dates back to a pair of tea trader brothers from the 18th century. The tea house is well known for their simple salt-shaker packaging displaying the round emblem of the house as it’s been for over two centuries. Specializing in a mix of exotic and iconic blends, the house is a favorite among luxury hotel chains like the Mandarin Oriental. A younger tea house by the name of Kusmi is actually a Russian tea brand that has made its home in Paris. Nevertheless, Kusmi tea is strongest in their offers of black tea blends, but have also created a delicious array of hybrid infusions and rooibos as well. Tea is a wholly personal experience. A gift from any of these tea houses is sure to be a hit for their rich offering of flavor intertwined with the history of Paris.

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 10:30AM – 7:30PM

Opening Hours: Tue-Fri 11AM-2PM, 3PM-7PM/Sat 10AM-8PM/Sun 10AM-2PM, 3PM-6PM/Closed Mon

Opening Hours: Mon-Tue; Thur-Sat 9:30AM-8PM/Wed 9:30AM-9PM/Closed Sun

Mariage Fréres | © Oliver H/wikicommons

Truffles and Caviar

While fetching a hefty sum per jar, incorporating either delicacy into your personal recipe repertoire is much more reasonable than at a restaurant. The aptly named Maison de la Truffe has you covered with canned, whole, peeled, fragments, or purées of these dark truffles, alongside pretty pots of caviar. The boutique also carries white truffles to be enjoyed through the winter period until December. Comptoir de la Gastronomie carries a wide range of luxury products including beautiful cans of black and white truffles plus colorful tins of caviar. Petrossian is known for its selection of caviar and accompaniments but the house also produces some covetable gift baskets. So if traversing the city for foodie treats isn’t on the cards, save yourself some time and just order a gift basket from the experts.

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 12PM-5pm, 7PM-10PM/Closed Sun

Opening Hours: Mon 9AM-11PM/ Tue-Thurs 6AM-11PM/Fri-Sat 6AM-12AM/ Closed Sun

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 9:30AM-8PM/Closed Sun

Comptoir de la Gastronomie | © Edsel Little/flickr