While tiny Eiffel Towers, expensive candles, cheap colorful berets and quickly vanishing macarons are all great momentos from time spent in the City of Light, we recommend the more personal and historical charm of an antique book.
There are a ton of antique bookshops throughout the city, but Shakespeare and Company is legendary—not only has it been featured in many contemporary movies, but it was a hangout for literary types like Voltaire, Verlaine, Rousseau and D.H. Lawrence. You may have read about it in Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast. When you make your purchase, ask them to stamp your book with the store’s insignia.
BONUS POINTS: Hit up one of the bouquinistes that line the Seine for a vintage postcard to use as a bookmark and spend some reading time with a quality cafe au lait and a croissant.