Paris is full of luxury. Luxury jewelry, luxury watches, luxury coats, luxury bags, luxury gloves and luxury furs. And this is the place where people are not afraid to display their taste in fine luxury goods and classy acoutrements. So when the holidays roll around, Paris shopping offers a wealth of choices that are unique and quality-driven.
For the very special ones in your life, start at Place Vendôme. This is the iconic square in the center of the city’s Right Bank, where all the famous jewelry houses and watchmakers have their showrooms and boutiques.
Here you'l find Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels, Boucheron and Bvlgari, Tiffany’s and Chaumet, as well as Chanel, Mikimoto and more. Even just browsing the windows of these boutiques is a treat and works up an appetite for all that is sparkly and delicious.
Window shopping at Place Vendôme, Paris — Photo courtesy of Paige Donner
One of the most unique boutiques in Paris is in the Palais Garnier, the Opéra de Paris. It is located in the Opera House itself, that jewel-like building that crowns the Avenue de l’Opéra.
Christian Lacroix has teamed up here to create little bateaux shirts and dresses for children and adults that are available for purchase only here.
Don’t forget to pick up a jar of Opéra de Paris honey, too. It's been harvested from the bees kept on its rooftop.
If there’s someone in your life (You, perhaps?) who travels a lot, a browse through the exquisite boutique of Goyard on Rue St. Honoré is in store. Here you'll find trunks, luggage and carry-on bags made of exquisite craftsmanship, just like its historical storefront façade has declared since 1853.
Self-pampering is always an appreciated gift item, and here in Paris they know very well how to do that, too. It’s best health-wise to choose items that are all-natural and paraben-free, so head on over to the Marais, another district full of cute shops and gift boutiques, where you will find Huygens.
This is a body care and candle product line whose sole boutique is this Parisian one here on Rue du Temple. Its custom-made products allow you to choose the exact essential oil blends that suit your (or your loved one’s) fragrance taste. Rosier for cheerfulness, courage and joy; Infusion Blanche for revitalization and purification; Arbre de Vie for tranquility and vitality; and over a dozen more.
They even have essential oil home diffusers, so you can continue the aromatherapy all day long in your home, office or workspace.
Café Prunier's caviarthèque makes for good holiday gift-giving — Photo courtesy of Caviar House & Prunier
For the gourmets in your life, a stop in at Café Prunier on the Place de la Madeleine is required on the Paris gift shopping itinerary. Their caviarthèque is like a living library of the different kinds of made-in-France caviar they carry.
Tastings are available and will help guide you towards the appropriate purchase for your gift list. Hint: Don’t leave without tasting their Balik smoked salmon, which you can easily do in their café lunchroom upstairs on their second floor.
For other gourmet item shopping, Place de la Madeleine is a sort of mecca, as here you'll also find the famed food shops of Hédiard and Fauchon, Patrick Roger (chocolate) and Maille (mustards), as well as Maison de la Truffe (truffles).
And for fine French wines, Au Verger de la Madeleine, Lavinia and Nicolas are all either on the Place de la Madeleine or just steps away.