How to Shop ‘Made in France’

No mat­ter how high­brow you are, the acqui­si­tion of objects still guar­an­tees that dopamine rush that ani­mates the whole world. Per­haps buy­ing things is tru­ly what unites the human­i­ty — this behav­ior known as ‘shop­ping’ has been observed in almost every cul­ture on our cap­i­tal­ist plan­et. As for the ques­tion of what you can bring back for those at home, we have a few address­es for you. Whether or not you are shop­ping with shar­ing the mag­ic of your time spent prom­e­nad­ing Paris avenues and act­ing blase on those woven chairs at cor­ner cafes in mind, or — maybe — giv­ing the gift of Paris as a flex, we have for you, a short­list of  spots for shop­ping Made in France. 

Bring France Home

This is the haven for all things, not only made in France, but sou­venir-relat­ed. These are sou­venirs that have a self-aware sense of humor.  As tourists we can’t help but buy cheesy toys, t‑shirts and the time­less beret for our loved ones back home. We can at least do it right, right? Enter Bring France Home where every­thing is made in France (yes, we’re judg­ing every­one buy­ing sou­venir gifts which are made any­where BUT France…seri­ous­ly guys). 

Tote bags, chi­naware, shirts with cheesy slo­gans and even teeth box­es (we checked, it’s not macabre, its just for lit­tle kids when they lose their teeth and are wait­ing for the Tooth Fairy to come by — you could even tell your kids that she came all the way from Paris to retrieve them…).

ADDRESS: 3 rue de Birague (4th arr.)

MÉTRO: Saint Paul (line 1), Bastille (line 1, 5, 8)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Le Marais

PRICE: €-€€

MOOD: touristy but in a good way

INSTAGRAM: @bringfrance­home

WEBSITE

Empreintes

You want the bohemian/bourgeoise expe­ri­ence, yes you do. Well, here you have it. The prices are rea­son­able but the result is still ele­gant and French. Every­thing is sort­ed by artists so every­one can know exact­ly who made their new­ly-bought cre­ations. Clear­ly, this is a per­fect spot to sup­port the local arti­sans and shop­ping small. If you bought any­thing from Champs-Élysées, you should prob­a­bly con­sid­er giv­ing back to the com­mu­ni­ty and stop by this place…just saying.

Ceram­ics, quilt­ed bags and hand­made jew­el­ry are just some of the items you can find. Of course, the lay­out is quite min­i­mal­is­tic, keep­ing the atmos­phere cre­ative but grace­ful (just like the French, of course). 

ADDRESS: 5 rue de Picardie (3rd arr.)

MÉTRO: Filles du Cal­vaire (line 8), République (line 3, 5, 8, 9, 11)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Haut Marais

PRICE: €€

MOOD: more bou­jee sou­venirs, mar­ket-style objects, handcrafted

INSTAGRAM: @emprein­tes­paris

WEBSITE

La Boulangerie Boutique

Don’t get con­fused with all the oth­er boulan­gerie vir­tu­al­ly every­where around Paris. This one sells objects, not pas­tries (FYI). You can also buy gen­uine clothes (we say gen­uine because we’re not talk­ing about the print­ed tees or shorts that say PARIS across the ass cheeks). They are designed with thought and ele­gance by peo­ple have done their research. 

Just like with all the oth­er Made in France bou­tiques, you can also find care­ful­ly craft­ed jew­el­ry. Seri­ous­ly, the French real­ly only know how to show-off. They are good at a lot of crafts and this shop proves it. 

ADDRESS: 30 Rue des Trois Frères (18th arr.)

MÉTRO: Pigalle (line 2, 12), Lamar­ck — Caulain­court (line 12)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Mont­martre

PRICE: €€-€€€

MOOD: hand­craft­ed, stitched cloth­ing, authen­tic artists, designers

INSTAGRAM: @laboulan­geriebou­tique

WEBSITE

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