For many, a part of the experience of flying includes shopping from airports. It helps you to de-stress, to bear with the long transits or stop-overs, to check out exclusive store items; buy that exquisite perfume from the duty free shop at a cheaper rate than the retail store you checked out in the city; to take home some trinkets that would remind you of the journey, and, of course, you can purchase the chocolates to put that smile on your loved one’s face. Like any other international airport, France’s Charles de Gaulle Airport too presents a great experience for shopping with its array of exclusive boutiques and duty-free shops. Here’s the list of what to buy in Charles de Gaulle Airport, France.
1. Macarons from Ladurée
Ladurée’s macarons are famous all over France. Their macrons have been around for over 150 years, are delicious, colorful and the best you could get. They are neither chewy nor overcooked and are worth every penny, and the calories. In case you could not shop for these tasteful treats during your trip, don’t fret, as you can pick them up before boarding your flight. Ladurée stores in the airport are open on all days.
Paris to Charles de Gaulle Airport Shared Departure Transfer
Duration: 45 to 90 minutes
2. Exclusive fragrances and products from Guerlain and Clarins
Looking for a gift to surprise someone special? A visit to Guerlain and Clarins’ store at the airport is a must then. Guerlain is one of the oldest perfume players in the world. The store is all about their exclusive range of fragrances that are sold only at French airports. Here is your chance to buy them before they start appearing on the shelves of the stores close to you back home, or anywhere else in the world for that matter.
Private Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) Transfers for Paris
3. Gifts from Hermes
There is something about Hermes that even the hardest to be pleased tend to love. There is never a wrong choice with Hermes. Their designs are effortlessly classic and timeless. No matter whether it is apparel or accessories, anything from Hermes will be a great choice to gift someone on Christmas Day or a birthday.
Paris Shared Arrival Shuttle from Charles de Gaulle Airport
Duration: 45 to 90 minutes
4. Bags from Longchamp's newest collections
Who wouldn’t love a bag from Longchamp? It is stylish, it is classic and it is elegant. It will definitely give you an edge over others when it comes to making a style statement. Check out their newest collections at their stores in the airport. A bag from their signature Le Pliage collection would be a great add-on to your collection of bags. Flaunt it at your next office party.
Paris: Private Transfer to Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)
Duration: 80 minute
5. Gift sets from Fragonard
Fragonard is France’s popular fragrance boutique that sells perfumes, cologne, soaps, and lingerie. It is not every day that you get to buy French perfumes from France. Gift yourself one of the exclusive perfume sets that come with beautiful miniature bottles. Pick one for your partner too.
Private Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) Transfers for Paris
6. Artisan chocolates from La Maison du Chocolat
The Swiss and Belgians would like to differ, but France is also known for some of the world’s best chocolatiers. It is definitely a sin if you don’t carry a packet or two of these native chocolate-filled treats back home. La Maison du Chocolat is one of the best quality chocolatiers in the world famous for its truffles, assorted ganaches and other chocolates. Their stores at the airport have a collection of all of their chocolate varieties.
Private departure transfer Paris City to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)
Duration: 40 minutes
7. Cheese from duty-free
France is known for hundreds of varieties of cheeses. They are costly but are the best in class. Buy some when you are there from the duty-free shops at the airport as they don’t add the pesky VAT tax. They are totally legal when pasteurized, so there’s no risk in stuffing your bag with a few packets on your way back home. Don’t forget to apologize to your fellow passengers beforehand—the smell of French cheese is hard to cover up!
Paris: Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) Private Transfer
Duration: 30 minute
8. French wine from Wine and Liqueur
French wine should be on your must-get list for the obvious reason—they are French wines. They are fantastic and ridiculously affordable. So is French ‘liqueur’. You can buy some for about half the price, or even less, of what they cost back home. French wine is definitely going to add a few extra pounds for you to drag along, but hey, that is just for a brief period and is totally worth it.
Private Transfers between Disneyland Paris and Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) or Downtown Paris
9. Headphones from fnac to help you survive your flight home
Forgot to pack headphones? Are you frantic thinking, how are you going to survive the long trip home? Breathe easy! fnac stores at the airport sell the best headphones on the market. Now stroll through the airport listening to your favorite music while waiting for your flight and stay plugged-in while enduring the time in a crowded cabin. Also check out the other accessories, from wireless speakers to the latest phone cases, while you are at the store.
Private transfer Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) to Paris City
Duration: 40 minutes
10. Paris Souvenirs from Terminal 3
Souvenirs are meant to awaken the sweet memories of your stay at a place. In case you are looking out for that one exclusive Paris souvenir for yourself, and also additional ones for your favorite people back home, there is a lot of choices at the airport. Grab any of those exquisite fragrances, cosmetics, wines and tobacco at Buy Paris Duty Free on Terminal 3. For speciality souvenirs, head over to Partir (Relay).
Transfer from Paris (any hotel) to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Duration: 50 minutes
Charles de Gaulle Airport: your shopping destination
There are several stores at the Charles de Gaulle Airport that sell exclusive French items, ranging from cosmetics, apparels, and accessories, to perfumes, souvenirs and chocolates. The above list of what to buy at the airport will steer you to the right item and help you pick some good stuff to carry back home—stuff that will remind you of the beautiful memories you made in France.
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