I do not like much the tiny cluttered souvenirs shops which are opposite the Louvre in the Rue de Rivoli or in the surroundings of Notre Dame or the Sacré Coeur. All those shops offer the same souvenirs : Eiffel Towers, bags or Tshirt “I love Paris” or “Paris University”, …, all made in China. You will find the same in London, Venice or New York ; just replace Paris with London on it and your bag will become a souvenir from London ! That is the reason why I have decided to make you discover my Top Threee souvenirs shops in Paris.
La Grande Epicerie de Paris is the best store for gastronomy in Paris. Whether you are staying in a hotel, a Bed & Breakfast or a self catering, do not miss a visit to the Grande Epicerie for a gourmet shopping. It is located on the left bank in the prestigious 7th arrondissement near Sèvres Babylone and is the food store of Le Bon Marché, the smartest department store in Paris.
Even if you do not buy anything (which will be difficult as everything there is a temptation !) you will be delighted by your visit and get out with stars in your eyes.
Last summer the BHV opened its doors after two years of important renovation work with a new name : Le BHV Marais. I have been there to check whether this was only a change in the name or a real transformation. And I could hardly believe it ! In my opinion the BHV used to be the most dusty and old fashioned department store in Paris since the closing down of the Samaritaine (that happened ten years ago). And it is now the most colourful, the most trendy, … in a word the most Parisian of all departments stores in Paris.