This tour focuses on offbeat, unique shops that offer hand-crafted French products. We will visit up to 10 boutiques, depending on our time. We start at a unique chocolate shop run by 2 Japanese sisters who make traditional chocolates & pastries but with Japanese style - and ingredients - wasabi, cherry blossom flowers, rice wine...beautiful & tastyl Next a French porcelain manufacturer with unusual gifts. Then a tea shop dating from 1692, with 100+ different types of tea & beautifully hand-crafted gifts. Then on to a a boutique with designer handbags, distributed only in France, with prices starting at 75€ (yes you read that right)! Nobody else will be carrying the bag you buy here ! For male shoppers - 3 boutiques including one with leather belts crafted right there in the workshop, a French artisanal shoemaker offering unique designs & an artisanal cutler offering customized knives. Then a small boutique that sells honey from around the world - many with exotic flavours (avocado trees, lime, etc.). Next a charming perfume shop (distributed only in France) with unique designer scents created by the 1st female "nose". Lastly a shop offering a wide variety of affordable watches for both men & women.
I am an experienced Franco-American tour guide who has lived in the centre of Paris for over 30 years. Passionate about shopping, and finding unique boutiques, I will share a select few insider addresses with you - for a unique shopping experience ! If you are seeking cool ideas for unique gifts, come with me on my Xmas Shopping Experience. We will visit offbeat, unusual boutiques where you will find extraordinary items - gifts that will be sure to please !
This Experience will take place in the trendy Marais shopping district with its distinctly Parisian ambiance. This is a great opportunity to find the BEST gifts for friends & family - unique gifts that you won't find anywhere else! I wiil take you to insider addresses, shops that have been selected for their craftsmanship, each one selling designer-made or hand-crafted products.
Time permitting, we can stop for a cheese tasting at one of the city's top cheese artisans(5€/person -advance notice needed) or have a coffee in one of the many charming cafés of the Marais.