Unusual Souvenir Series: Paris

Unusual Souvenir Series: Paris
A neat stack of antique books, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Forget miniature Eiffel Tower and designer handbags, look around local and grab these wonderful but unusual souvenirs on your way back from Paris. Because usual is passé

Precious Kamei
March 25 , 2019
02 Min Read

Make it all about books, berets...and baguettes, when in Paris. If you have been holidaying in Paris or plan to, get ready to be smitten. The City of Love is enchanting, and we won't actually mind getting lost in the beautiful city by the Seine River and pretty cafes. A lovely evening next to the Eiffel Tower or at the Louvre, cycling down Avenue des Champs-Élysées or tasting some fine wine, your Parisian holiday will come to an end one day and then what do you plan to bring back home? Souvenir hunters will love Paris for many reasons, most of them the usual ones (keychains and fridge magnets?) and few very interesting and unusual goodies to bring back home. We have berets and books for you.

Bouquinistes of Paris
Bouquinistes of Paris on the banks of Seine RiverHow about bringing back home some really old books back from Paris? You can get these second-hand books and vintage postcards and posters from the Bouquinistes of Paris, on the banks of Seine River. As you take leisurely strolls along the Quai Voltaire, look out for old street-side book stalls. You can't miss them. These bookstalls represent the timeless Paris and are one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in the city. There are around 240 bouquinistes to explore along the banks of the river. This place is every budget traveller's source of souvenirs.

A scene from one of the roadside cafes in ParisSo what if you aren't a Parisian artist, you can still own a béret, the woolen hat of the French. It doesn't matter even if you don't see anyone walking around sporting a béret (because that is a possibility these days) but you can still get one that is locally manufactured. Imagine yourself sitting in an outdoor cafe wearing a béret, a lovely Parisian evening with a cup of coffee, a book and a baguette. Bérets are easily available in any local shops that line avenue de la Grande Armée for a price of approx  €24.90.

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