No matter where you walk in Paris, it’s hard to escape the tacky souvenir stands and shops overflowing with tourist tat that you’ll probably end up buying but will probably never use. Sure, there’s no harm in a miniature Eiffel Tower — they are cute — but are you really going to wear that “I love Paris” t-shirt when you get home?
Yesterday I went out in search of some cute Paris take-homes that scream Paris that you might actually use when you get home. Or if you don’t, you can at least give them as gifts and not cringe within as you do so. Coincidentally, these kitsch mementoes are all related to food, and while I usually post purchases home, I think we’re going to keep a few of these…
PARIS COLLAGE PLACEMATS
These vibrant placemats, pictured above, boast a collage of iconic Parisian symbols, from the Mona Lisa to street signs. They come in four different patterns, are thin and lightweight, and would wipe down super-easy, and they’re just 3.50 euro each. Buy them at Pylones; there are six stores around Paris.
EIFFEL TOWER CHEESE GRATER
I love this small Eiffel Tower-shaped rape a fromage or cheese grater. We needed one too, as not every holiday rental has one. It’s also slim and super lightweight, so Terence will be adding this to his kitchen kit. Also from Pylones.
PARIS METRO TEA TOWEL
When it comes to tea-towels or dish-towels, I have always tended to go for the Italian red-and-white checked trattoria-table cloth style or the kitch souvenir variety, so this tea-towel bearing the Paris Metro map will fit in perfectly with the collection I have in storage in Dubai, oh, and… um, Sydney. Buy it at La Chaise Longue; there are seven stores around Paris.
EIFFEL TOWER BOTTLE-STOPPER
Admittedly, it’s rare that Terence and I leave a bottle of wine unfinished. But there always seems to be a bottle of cooking wine about that is spoilt because we can’t get the cork back in, so I’ve been looking for one of these. Looks like this baby is going on a world tour. Also from La Chaise Longue.