Given the history of France with its “noses” and fragrance developers, it should come as no surprise that there are many a wonderful candle brands to purchase from when you’re shopping in Paris.
I think candles make a beautiful souvenir from a trip to Paris and I often advise my travel planning clients to pick one up as the founder of Paris, Perfected which offers bespoke travel planning to make your next trip to Paris the best one yet.
Paris offers a diverse variety of candles that explore exquisite scents to match every mood. And today, I’m sharing a few of my favorite spots to pick up un bougie while in visiting the city of light.
Where To Buy Candles In Paris
For me candles are a form of self care. I love lighting up several candles throughout my apartment. And it always feels more special when these candles have been bought in Paris. The ritual then serves as a reminder of my trip.
I almost always come home from Paris with a candle from Kerzon. They make beautiful, well priced candles and even have a collection named after iconic Parisian addresses such as Jardin de Luxembourg or Place des Vosges. They make excellent gifts and don’t weigh too much thanks to their size. The store in the Marais on Rue de Turenne is utterly charming. But you’ll also find the brand’s candles for sale at select stores like Samaritaine and Printemps in the city of light.
Address: 68 Rue de Turenne, 75003
Cire Trudon is a French candlemaker that dates all the way back to the 17th century. Founded in 1643, it was the provider of candles for the royal court of Louis XIV, as well as most of the great churches of France at the time. Cire Trudon was the biggest wax-producing factory in the French Kingdom during the 17th and 18th centuries. Trudon is the oldest known candlemaker in Paris.
In addition to their traditional candles and candlesticks, they also sell unique candles in the form of wax busts of Marie Antoinette, Napoleon and Louis XIV which I wouldn’t want to burn but rather think make for great conversation pieces to adorn your bookshelves or tabletops.
Trudon candles are expensive but there is no better place to go in Paris for scented candles in all shapes and sizes that feel both very French and smell divine.
A sister brand to Trudon, Carrière Frères looks to spotlight botanicals in their line. Founded by brothers in 1884 this brand makes beautiful candles and is well known for their tomato candle and for their seasonal drops and special collaboration candles as well. Many of their fragrances harken back to moments in French history and related to French culture. I also really like their Cedar candle.
Address: 23 rue d’Anjou, 75008
You’ll find Diptyque all over Paris but if you’d like to visit the very first one, you can head to the Left Bank to experience a piece of this candle brand’s history on Boulevard Saint Germain. One of the oldest candle shops in Paris that sits on a photogenic corner.
Address: 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75005
Founded in 1996, Astier de Villatte is a well recognized French homeware brand that you may recognize for its milky white ceramics. It is the one and only major studio to preserve and modernize the art of stamping, alongside age-old, French manufacturing traditions.
They have a small collection of minimalist, vintage feeling candles they sell and while they have a couple stores in Paris and are sold at most of the grand magasins stores, I think their small and full of character store on the Rue Saint Honoré is not to be missed.
Address: 173 rue Saint Honoré, 75001
If you’d like an extra lux candle to buy in Paris, look no further than the Dior boutiques. Their fragrances are made by master noses and are rather exceptional. I particularly love their candles that come in the toile canisters that you can easily repurpose around the home following burning your candle.
Step inside one of the Dior boutiques in Paris with me.
Address: 30 Avenue Montaigne, 75008
Byredo makes some of my very favorite perfumes so it is no surprise that I also adore their luxury candles.
The best-selling candles are crafted in elegant, sleek and smoked black glass, featuring black wax and wicks and finished with the signature Byredo minimalist labelling to elevate any room space.
They are well known for their Burning Rose and Cotton Poplin scents of candles.
Address: 199 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001
Merci is a famed concept store in the Marais where you can explore a small selection of candles and candlesticks amidst their housewares selection.
Address: 111 Bd Beaumarchais, 75003
This famed hotel is historic and majestic and has a signature scent all its own. As such, you can actually bring home the signature scent from this iconic hotel when you purchase one of their candles or home fragrances. They also offer scents inspired by their garden. But the famed scent is that of the Suite Impériale scented candle which was exclusively designed for the Ritz Paris and is intended to symbolize the French art of living. Its porcelain canister bears the emblematic swan, which can be found in all hotel bathrooms as imagined by César Ritz himself in 1898.
Address: 15 Place Vendôme, 75001
Bougies La Française
If you’re short on time while shopping for candles in Paris, head to the BHV in the Marais and inside to their Bougies La Française section on the first floor where you’ll be able to discover a variety of French candle brands all at one time.
Address: 52 Rue de Rivoli, 75004
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When it comes to souvenirs, there’s no shortage of what to buy in Paris while shopping and there are so many unique experiences I love that make for special gifts to bring home. If interested, as a Paris, Perfected client, you can get my curated list of the best souvenirs Paris has to offer.
Shopping for a festive candle? Check out my favorite holiday candles.
Do you have a favorite place to buy candles in Paris? I’d love to hear what it is!
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