Where to Buy Fragrances in Paris if You Aren’t a Millionaire? French Perfume Shops You Can’t-Miss

You can buy fragrances in Paris on Champs Elysees and rue des Francs Bourgeois. The city’s boulevards host perfume shops such as Guerlain, Diptyque, or  L’Artisan Parfumeur.

If you’re looking for specific shops where to buy fragrances in Paris you came to the right place. When you’re traveling to France, you might be thinking about the Eiffel Tower or Montmartre. But there are real perfumery hidden and popular gems to browse around if you love scents.

The best perfume stores in Paris

The city of romance has a specific charm to it. I’m sure people from all over the world are looking to go back as soon as possible after the pandemic. When I was in Paris for the first time, I thought all perfume shops are expensive and a bit above my budget. But there’s hope for all wallets.

Fragorand [best for affordability]

Fragorand is a perfume house making fragrances for tourists. But you get plenty of options starting at around $45 per bottle which makes this place a must-see location around the French capital and the country. There are multiple Fragorand shops around Paris but you may want to check the one in Montmartre where you can do a bit of sightseeing as well.

Fragorand Boutique de Montmartre

1 bis rue Tardieu

75018 PARIS

By public transport:

Metro: Anvers ou Abesses

 

Le Studio Des Parfums [best for DIY fragrances and family shopping]

If you want to create your perfume, you are in luck. Le Studio des Parfums creates your custom perfume with ingredients from Grasse (known as one of the world capitals of perfume).

What I like most about the shop’s idea is the possibility of reordering your creation once you finish your perfume bottle. If you have a bit of time on your hands, you can also take your partner and kids to watch how perfume is made by booking a workshop spot. Perfumes here cost at least $100, but you get a bespoke experience rarely replicated elsewhere.

23, rue bourg tibourg

75004 Paris France

Closest public transport Metro station: Saint Paul

 

Guerlain [best in-house perfumery]

As one of the few perfume houses which moved into fashion, Guerlain has a very special place in the heart of perfume fans. It features impressive releases and a selection of bottles that reminds of the golden age of perfumery. There are a few spots you could visit but it’s always handy to tie multiple visiting locations in the same area in a large city such as Paris. You can check out their Champs Elysees store first.

Guerlain

68 Av. des Champs-Élysées

75008 Paris

Closest Metro station: Franklin D. Roosevelt, George V

 

Diptyque

Diptyque is another solid brand making waves across the world. Established back in 1961, it’s already a classic and you can check it out in Paris if you want to purchase one of their niche perfumes. You could be inspired to check out their first retail location on Boulevard Saint Germain. Once your visit is over, you can walk for 2 minutes to take a few photos of the nearby river Seine.

Diptyque

34 Boulevard Saint Germain

75005 Paris

Closest Metro station: Maubert – Mutualite

 

Nose

If you’re unsure about what to buy, a general perfume store with multiple brands is the way to go. Nose is one of those Parisian stores carrying multiple brands. You can walk in and answer a few questions about your scent preferences. At the end of the questionnaire, you are given an option of 5 perfumes to choose from.

Nose

20 rue Bachaumont

75002 Paris

Closest Metro station: Sentier

 

L’Artisan Parfumeur

The international brand has an interesting story. Founded by a chemist, it has been developing perfume after perfume until the nickname of the founder became a brand and a business name. You can visit one of their 11 stores in central Paris according to your itinerary. I recommend the one on the rue des Francs Bourgeois. Why this location? Because here is where you also find other perfume shops if you’re in a rush. The same street hosts Jo Malone, Guerlain, and Atelier Cologne perfume shops.

19 rue des Francs Bourgeois

Paris

Closest Metro station: Saint Paul

 

Ex Nihilo

If you need a bit of niche uniqueness, you can always opt for Ex Nihilo perfumes. They impress most of those coming from designer fragrances and their presentation is fantastic as well. Ex Nihilo small perfume bottles are excellent as gifts as well.

352 rue Saint-Honoré

Paris

Closest Metro station: Pyramides

Nearby attractions: Tuileries Garden

 

Frederic Malle

If you’re a fan of Frederic Malle perfumes such as Outrageous, you need to visit one of the brand’s stores in Paris. The store on Rue des Francs Bourgeois is a real piece of modern art. Here, you can experience most Frederic Malle perfumes and you can have them gift wrapped. You’ll probably take a lot of pictures as well as its one of the quirky Paris perfume shops.

13 Rue des Francs Bourgeois

Paris

Closest Metro station: Saint Paul

 

Parfume Nicolai

The birthplace of Patricia de Nicolai in Paris is worth visiting. The perfumes of the house are rarely talked about on the main fragrance scene but as soon as you mention it, everybody seems to know bits and pieces about the brand. A small concept store in Paris can be all that you need to get accustomed to the family-owned brand.

7 rue des Blancs Manteaux

Paris

Closest Metro station: Hotel de Ville, Saint Paul

 

Parfums Caron

Established in 1904, Parfums Caron is mostly known to Parisians looking to smell expensive. I’ve sampled Caron Yatagan but there are so many more you can smell and purchase here starting from around $70. Free samples are standard in this shop as well.

23 rue François 1er

75008 Paris

Closest Metro station: Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

Officine Universelle Buly [the apothecary experience]

If you’re after a classic apothecary-like store, this Paris perfume shop might be just the right option for you. You will probably spend at least an hour here taking pictures and sampling perfumes which start at $20 and which go up to $200. There’s even on on-site calligrapher to write elegant gift card texts. What?

6 rue Bonaparte

75006 Paris

Closest Metro station: Saint Germain-des-Pres

Officine Universelle (photo credits: Tripadvisor)

Christian Louis [the underdog]

Local French-made perfumes are sold here anywhere between $40 and $80. You will find a true experience in this shop where you can even talk to the owner. The perfumes here are different from the mainstream idea of fragrance and you should expect some element of novelty when shopping here.

18 Place des Vosges

Paris

Closest Metro station: Chemin Vert, Breuget – Savin, Saint Paul

 

Perfume shops are everywhere in Paris

You can shop for weeks in Paris just looking after perfumes. You will find all major designer houses here and some of them are very good and not too expensive (Yves Saint Laurent, Montale, etc.). If you have the cash and you need something which is only found in stores, you can also visit JAR (14 Rue de Castiglione). If you only want to visit the big players, you can always turn to Champs-Élysées Boulevard. The list of shops here includes Chanel, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Cartier.