Where to find French savoir-faire in Paris

Perfumery, tapestry-weaving, pastry-making, pottery and porcelain – these are just some of the many facets of French heritage to be found in Paris. Discover specialities from all over France without setting a foot outside the capital.

A showcase for French culture, Paris is the undisputed ambassador for the savoir-faire of the whole of France. Condensed in a single city is a treasure-trove of specialities from many different parts of the country, from Grasse, Reims or Rennes to Bayonne. Take a tour of France without even leaving Paris and discover numerous examples of the incomparable ‘French touch’!

Perfumery

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To discover the finest French perfumes, your first stop has to be the Grand Musée du Parfum in the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Here you can explore the history of perfumery and immerse yourself in a captivating sensory experience. Next, move on to the Musée Fragonard, a stone’s throw from the Opéra Garnier, where the mysteries of the manufacture of this precious elixir are unveiled.

Bread- and pastry-making

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Renowned the world over, French bread and pastry-making offers moments of exquisite delectation. From Pierre Hermé’s rose-raspberry croissant to the Breton speciality of kouign amann made by the Maison Larnicol, not forgetting Ladurée’s macarons, Paris offers a vast range of gourmet specialities for the delight of all visitors with a sweet tooth. As for the French baguette, the choice of high-quality products is just as varied: Eric Kayser and Poilâne or Gontran Cherrier offer a deliciously crisp and crunchy selection.

Some culinary schools, such as that of top chef Alain Ducasse, offer French pastry-making courses.

The minting of coins and medals

Monnaie de Paris Jean Paul Gaultier  © Monnaie de Paris DR

On 30 September 2017 the Musée du 11 Conti-Monnaie de Paris reopens after a 5-year renovation programme. The museum comprises the workshops and heritage collections of the Monnaie de Paris (Paris Mint) where medals and coins have been minted for nearly 1200 years. More than 150 craftspeople work here, and the exceptional collections feature ancient coins and unique series such as the ‘France by Jean-Paul Gaultier’ or ‘Petit Prince’ collections, which can also be purchased in the museum shop.

Chocolate

Manufacture de chocolat Alain Ducasse, tablettes, Paris © Pierre Monetta

At 40 rue de la Roquette, top chef Alain Ducasse and master chocolate-maker Nicolas Berger have opened an authentic factory where chocolate is made in the traditional manner. The only chocolate factory and shop in Paris which roasts its own cocoa beans (sourced from countries all over the world), it offers visitors a rare opportunity to discover the secrets of chocolate-making. In the shop, the full range of Nicolas Berger’s chocolates and bars are on sale … to be savoured without moderation!

Cabaret

Lido de Paris - Paris Merveilles 7 © Julien Panie

Paris’s best-known cabarets celebrate glamour and magic at their legendary dinner shows. Between the French cancan at the Moulin Rouge, the dazzling light shows at the Crazy Horse, the champagne shows at the Paradis Latin built by Gustave Eiffel or the technical prowess of the dancers at the Lido on the Champs-Elysées, you’re spoilt for choice!

Wine and champagne

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Wine and champagne are an integral part of the French ‘art de vivre’. Grape varieties and vintage wines come from all four corners of France, but they can all be tasted in Paris. At the Caves du Louvre, visitors can learn the secrets of how the finest wines are made, and Ô château proposes an oenological tour of France. On the other side of the Seine, discover champagne from the ‘terroirs’ of France at Dilletantes, Paris’s house of champagne.

Pottery and porcelain

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A number of French cities are renowned for their pottery and porcelain. Located in the centre of the Parc de Saint-Cloud, the Manufacture Royale de Sèvres has been making the most beautiful porcelain in Europe for nearly three hundred years. 90-minute guided tours explain how this exceptional Sèvres porcelain is made.

Fashion

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Christian Louboutin’s red-lacquered soles, Chantal Thomass’chic lingerie, and the elegant haute couture houses of Chanel or Yves Saint-Laurent are some of the ultimate embodiments of French luxury. And in the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, fashion-lovers will lose their heads over Laulhère’s famous French berets.

Tapestry-weaving

Manufacture des Gobelins, Paris © OTCP

For over four hundred years, the Manufacture Nationale des Gobelins has produced the finest and most magnificent tapestries, following traditional methods. Today, the Manufacture is home to a number of artists who continue to create tapestries which are used to furnish state buildings.

Antique dealers and flea markets

Saint-Ouen flea market © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Paris is the city for antique dealers and flea markets, and some of its neighbourhoods are entirely given over to this activity. The best known are the Paul Bert Serpette market in Saint-Ouen, the Puces de Paris, the Marché Malassis, the Carré Rive Gaucheand the Village Saint-Paul in the Marais. And if it’s books that you’re interested in, the 240 second-hand bookstalls along the Seine are a treasure-trove of antique, rare and second-hand books and other curiosities. Bargain-hunters take note!

Musée du Parfum - Fragonard Adhérent

Museum
3-5 square de l'Opéra Louis-Jouvet, Paris, 75009
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Nestled in the heart of Paris, close to the Opéra Garnier, this historic location is full of the spirit and character that......

Le Grand Musée du Parfum Adhérent

Museum
73 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris, 75008
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Immerse yourself in the world of perfume through a sensory, educational and artistic tour. Nestled in an 18th century private......

École de cuisine Alain Ducasse Adhérent

Cooking schools
64 rue du Ranelagh, Paris, 75016
Book

The École de Cuisine Alain Ducasse offers classes for every taste, every level, in one word everyone. It can be cooking classes,......

Le Moulin Rouge Adhérent

Cabaret / Show
82 boulevard de Clichy, Paris, 75018
Book

The most famous cabaret in the world! The Moulin Rouge was immortalized by Toulouse-Lautrec and was the cradle of the music hall......

Monnaie de Paris Adhérent

Museum
11 quai de Conti, Paris, 75006

The Monnaie de Paris is changing. In April 2011, to make their heritage accessible to a wider audience, the Monnaie de Paris......

Crazy Horse Paris Adhérent

Cabaret / Show
12 avenue George V, Paris, 75008
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Enjoy an exceptional moment of beauty and sensuality in this legendary Parisian nightspot. Located just a few steps from the......

Paradis Latin Adhérent

Cabaret / Show
28 rue du Cardinal Lemoine, Paris, 75005
Book

Built by Gustave Eiffel and listed as a historical heritage site, the oldest big cabaret in the world is situated a short walk......

Lido de Paris Adhérent

Cabaret / Show
116 bis avenue des Champs-Élysées, Paris, 75008
Book

Experience an extraordinary evening at the Lido de Paris, a legendary cabaret situated on the most beautiful avenue in the world,......

Les Caves du Louvre Adhérent

Museum
52 rue de l’Arbre Sec, Paris, 75001

Located in the heart of Paris, Les Caves du Louvre is a unique venue, opened recently to the public thanks to an enthusiastic......

Ô Chateau - Paris Wine Tasting & Wine Bar Adhérent

Incentive activities
  • Châtelet - Les Halles

Ô Chateau offers French wine tastings. Come and learn about, understand, and taste our wines. Ô Chateau is a new and innovative......

Laulhère Adhérent

Hats | Concept stores, multi-brands | Haute couture, luxury | Women's fashion | Men's fashion | Accessories
14 -16 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris, 75008

Since 1840, Laulhere combines know how, tradition and innovation to offer probably the most desirable beret in the world.......

Paul Bert Serpette Adhérent

Antiques | Art de vivre | Souvenirs - toys | Footwear | Art galleries | Haute couture, luxury | Dpecialist markets | Leatherwear and other bags | Women's fashion | Accessories
110 rue des Rosiers, Saint-Ouen, 93400

At the heart of the Puces de Paris Saint-Ouen, the Paul Bert Serpette antiques market – the world’s largest antique market – has......

Marché Malassis Adhérent

Antiques | Art de vivre | Souvenirs/jouets | Art galleries | Leatherwear and other bags | Lingerie
142 rue des rosiers, Saint-Ouen, 93400

The Malassis Market, situated at 142 rue des rosiers, is the last step built in the heart of the Saint-Ouen flea market. It......

Ladurée Royale Adhérent

Restaurant original for its venue or entertainment
16 rue Royale, Paris, 75008

Ladurée Royale, the main house since 1862. This coffee shop was established in 1862, is decorated with wood panelling and......

Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse Adhérent

Gastronomy (caterers, confectioners, etc.)
40 rue de la Roquette, Paris, 75011

The manufacture de Chocolat Alain Ducasse comes from the desire to return to the roots, to the very essence of what makes......

The European Artistic Craft Days

Trade fair, trade show, exhibition
from 03 April 2018 to 08 April 2018
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

Spotlight on professionals working in the arts & crafts

Maison Georges Larnicol

Gastronomy (caterers, confectioners, etc.)
7 rue Steinkerque, Paris, 75018

The pâtissier and chocolatier Georges Larnicol, who took over the family business originally from Brittany, opened his third......

Gontran Cherrier

Gastronomy (caterers, confectioners, etc.)
22 rue Caulaincourt, Paris, 75018

The baker/craftsman Gontran Cherrier comes from a family of bakers and confectioners. He has also trained in the best schools.......

Sèvres - Cité de la Céramique

Museum
2 place de la Manufacture, Sèvres, 92310

Created at the beginning of the 19th century by Alexandre Brogniart, the museum presents ceramics of all types from all countries......

Chantal Thomass

Haute couture, luxury
211 rue Saint-Honoré, Paris, 75001

For sensual, flirty lingerie that suits any body shape, it’s hard to beat Chantal Thomass. Women in search of fancy underwear......

Marché aux puces de Paris Saint-Ouen

Dpecialist markets | Antiques
Porte de Clignancourt, Saint-Ouen, 93400

The flea market brings together more than 1,700 second-hand and antique dealers spread over 14 markets and the surrounding......

Chanel

Haute couture, luxury
31 rue Cambon, Paris, 75001

Step foot into the boutique on Rue Cambon and learn a bit about the history of fashion. Created by Coco Chanel between 1910 and......

Les Ateliers de Paris

Exhibition and Trade Show venue
30 rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, Paris, 75012

The Ateliers de Paris (municipal organization) are dedicated to art design and fashion. Situated on the dynamic Faubourg......

Pierre Hermé (Bonaparte)

Gastronomy (caterers, confectioners, etc.)
72 rue Bonaparte, Paris, 75006

Vogue magazine once called him “the Picasso of pastry”. Pierre Hermé learned his trade at Fauchon, then took his skill and talent......