Paris is renowned for being at the heart of the perfume industry and so where better to pick up a classic or bespoke fragrance than at one of the French capital’s best perfumeries? We offer our edit of the best fragrance houses in Paris.
Founded in 1828, Guerlain has always designed beautiful shopping experiences and equally beautiful scents. The brand’s latest super-boutique on the Champs-Élysees is possibly one of the finest perfume destinations in Paris. Recently renovated, the 17,000-square-foot beauty destination stocks over 100 different fragrances, including reworked versions of classics, and even houses an exclusive bespoke service.
Guerlain, 68 avenue des Champs-Élysees, 75008 Paris, +33 (0)1 4562 5257
Fragonard Parfumerie et Musée
To learn all about the secrets of French perfume making, head to Fragonard’s museum and boutique. The charming museum, located in a beautiful Napoleonic town house, offers a free tour that reveals 3,000 years of perfume production and fascinating displays of antique bottles and historic instruments. Head downstairs for Fragonard’s current fragrances for both men and women.
Fragonard Parfumerie et Musée, 9 rue Scribe, 75009 Paris, +33 (0)1 4742 0456
Annick Goutal’s boudoir-style boutiques are a paradise of luxury fragrances; their romantic gold and cream interiors reflect the brand’s ethos perfectly. Annick Goutal is best known for fragrances such as Eau d’Hadrien, suitable for both men and women, and Petite Chérie, but any perfume from the rue de Castiglione store would make an exquisite gift and a perfect souvenir of your visit to Paris.
Annick Goutal, 14 rue de Castiglione, 75001 Paris, +33 (0)1 4260 5282
Maison Francis Kurkdjian
Visiting Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s flagship fragrance house, which was inspired by the galleries of ancient Paris, is like stepping into a traditional artisan’s store. Famous for using memory as a foundation for scent, this cult brand creates custom-made fragrance that is a true work of the perfumer’s art.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian, 5 rue d’Alger, 75001 Paris, +33 (0)1 4260 0707
Sometimes mistaken for a café at first glance, Nose is an effortlessly cool concept store that is home to a unique perfume diagnosis service. Order coffee at the fragrance bar while filling out a personal questionnaire, before choosing from a selection of scents you’re guaranteed to love. Nose offers dozens of niche brands such Atelier Cologne and Creed, and tops our list of best personalised services.
Nose, 20 Rue Bachaumont, 75002 Paris, +33 (0)1 4026 4603