Monoprix is a large supermarket where you can find everything from groceries to sundries to clothes.
Monoprix is also located in tourist spots such as the Opera and Champs-Elysees, and you can buy most of your souvenirs in Paris at Monoprix.
This article summarizes the souvenirs found at Monoprix, including typical stores and their opening hours. It also introduces the famous eco-bag.
If you are looking forward to shopping in Paris, this is a good place to start.
The supermarkets in France have all kinds of yummy and cute stuff!
★ If you want to buy souvenirs for your company or your acquaintances, it is recommended to buy them smartly by mail order. You can buy French souvenirs of famous brand chocolates and wines by mail order at prices not that different from local prices. Enjoy shopping for yourself in France!
- MONOPRIX is a leading supermarket in Paris
- An in-depth look at the Parisian souvenirs you can buy at Monoprix!
- Want to eat in Paris! Food you can buy in Monoprix
- Introduction to the typical stores in Monoprix
- You can also find Monoprix on the official website
- Precautions to know before going to Monoprix
- Credit cards are recommended for shopping in Paris.
MONOPRIX is a leading supermarket in Paris
Monoprix is a large supermarket that stocks everything from groceries, clothing, cosmetics, sundries, and stationery.
It is a large supermarket, but there are also stores on the Champs-Elysées and near the Opera House, making it convenient to get souvenirs and food.
You can buy most of your French souvenirs at Monoprix! .
The sister family has the following smaller stores.
- MONOP’, which is smaller than Monoprix and more like a convenience store
- “Monop’ Beauty”, a cosmetics specialty store
- “Dailymonop'” which mainly sells groceries and has an eat-in space
The following photo shows a monop that can be used like a convenience store. You can often find them in Paris.
4 Recommendations for Monoprix
1. You can buy souvenirs that are typical of Paris
At Monoprix, near the tourist attractions, you can find souvenirs that are typical of Paris.
You can find Eiffel Tower shaped chocolates, salt, olives, and other typical Parisian souvenirs. (Reference: 42 Parisian souvenirs for as little as 0.5 euros!
2. A lot of own-brand products and cheap price.
Monoprix has many of its own brand products.
Moreover, these own brand products are cheaper than other products. Just the fact that they are Monoprix originals gives them a Parisian feel.
The packaging of Monoprix’s own-brand products is labeled with the name Monoprix, making them easy to recognize.
There are also eco-bags that can only be bought at Monoprix, and they are very popular. I also bought an Eiffel Tower patterned eco-bag as a souvenir.
3. Open until late at night
Many monoprix are open from 8am to 10pm.
Many stores in Paris close early, so it’s convenient if they’re open until 10 p.m. Since 2017, more stores have opened on Sundays.
4. The most sophisticated supermarkets in Paris
There are many more supermarkets in Paris than just Monoprix, as shown below.
- franprix: more folksy than Monoprix
- Carrefour: big stores in the suburbs
- Carrefour City: A mini version of Carrefour
- Intermarche: suburban and low-priced
However, the most sophisticated supermarket in Paris is Monoprix.
If you want to buy French souvenirs, Monoprix is the best place to go.
An in-depth look at the Parisian souvenirs you can buy at Monoprix!
Parisian sweets you can buy in Monoprix
1. Mont Saint-Michel Sable
Many people may want to buy Mont Saint-Michel sablés as a souvenir to take home from France. In fact, you can buy them at Monoprix in Paris.
Price: 1.35€ ($1.75)
2. Madeleines from Bonne Maman
Madeleines by Bonne Maman, not yet available in Japan. They are moist and delicious. Each one is divided into small portions, making them perfect as a souvenir to give away.
Price: 3.29€ ($4.27)
3. Bonne Maman crepes
There are also crepes in the same Bonne Maman series. This is a very tasty crepe with chocolate inside.
Just be aware that the shelf life is not very long.
Price: 2.35€ ($3.05)
There are many other items in the Bonne Maman series, such as chocolate tarts and lemon tarts, that have not been released in Japan.
4.LU classic cookies
You can find LU cookies in every supermarket in France. They use a lot of butter and are moist and rich.
They are not too sweet, and I think Japanese people like the taste. I often buy it as a souvenir to take home, and it is always a hit no matter who I give it to.
Price: 1.95€ ($2.53)
5. Gavotte, a French-style crepe pastry
Gavotte is a pastry made of layers of crispy, thin crepes.
It is not too sweet and not too stingy, making it an easy souvenir for anyone.
Price: 1.65 ($2.14)
Monoprix chocolate cake
Monoprix’s own brand of chocolate cake is very delicious.
It’s not too sweet, but has a strong chocolate flavor. It has a shelf life of about two months, so you can take it home as a souvenir.
Price: 2€ ($2.59)
▼ For more information on sweets to buy as souvenirs in Paris, please refer to the following article.
6. Monoprix limited edition eco-bags are so cute!
In France, all supermarkets charge for plastic bags. Therefore, each supermarket sells its own original eco-bag.
Monoprix eco-bags are particularly cute and famous. Each store seems to sell a different pattern, so try to find your favorite.
I like the Eiffel Tower pattern in the photo.
Price: 2€ ($2.59)
Groceries you can buy as souvenirs in Monoprix
7. Kusmi tea, a typical French black tea
Kusumi tea is a famous souvenir from Paris. Recently, it has become available in Japan as well. In Paris, you can also buy Kusmi tea at Monoprix!
If you don’t have time to go to a specialty store, you can buy it at Monoprix.
Price: 13.40€ ($17.43)
8. Lipton “Russian Earl Grey Tea” for France only
At Monoprix, they also sell Lipton, which is only available in France. It’s called “Russian Earl Grey Tea”, so you might think it’s Russian? You might think that it is Russian Earl Grey tea, but it is a French-only flavor.
It had a citrusy and refreshing taste.
Price: 2.39€ ($3.11)
9. Eiffel Tower shaped salt and olive oil
At Monoprix, near the tourist area, there was a wide variety of Eiffel Tower shaped products.
Salt and olive oil in Eiffel Tower shaped containers make great souvenirs. These are souvenirs to buy for those who do not like sweets.
Price: 9.9€ ($12.88)
10. Mint tea
Mint tea is famous in Morocco. In fact, it is often drunk in France as well.
It costs less than $2 at Monoprix, so it’s a good idea to buy one to take home.
Price: 1.32€ ($1.72)
11. ROYCO, a soup base
There are many soup bases in supermarkets in France.
The ROYCO brand in particular is inexpensive, but tastes delicious with a strong vegetable flavor. .
Price: 1.89€ ($2.46)
French butter is very rich and delicious. Please buy some at the supermarket and give it a try.
If you bring a cooler and a cold pack from Japan, you can take it home as a souvenir.
Price: 2.09€ ($2.72)
Sundries and cosmetics to take home as souvenirs in Monoprix
13. Monoprix notebooks
A cute Monoprix notebook in a rich color.
Monoprix has everything from stationery and tableware to interior decorations and clothing, so it’s a good idea to buy some sundries as souvenirs.
Price: 2€ ($2.59)
14. French petite cosmetics “Le Petit Marseille”
Le Petit Marseille is one of France’s leading petite cosmetics stores.
They are famous for their soaps, but they also sell everything from shampoo to hair treatments. It’s cheap to buy a hair treatment for $3.
I use it every day, and it becomes moisturized.
Soap 2.69€ ($3.50)
Hair Treatment 2.59€ ($3.37)
Want to eat in Paris! Food you can buy in Monoprix
We used to eat breakfast and dinner from the Monoprix. Eating out is expensive in Paris, so if you can get food at Monoprix, it’s much cheaper.
Ready to eat! Refrigerated food
You can easily buy a typical French galette at Monoprix.
・A galette at Monoprix costs 3 euros ($3.90).
・The full-flavored version costs 4.5 euros ($5.85).
French cheese is really good, so try it on salads or as a snack.
Price: 1.75 euros ($2.27)
Patties were also sold in all the stores, and since they cost around $3, you could add one to your dinner.
Price: 2.35 euros ($3.05)
Salmon is plentiful in supermarkets in France. Seasoned salmon is also delicious, so try it.
Price: from 3 euros ($3.90)
Crème brûlée is also sold at the supermarket at a reasonable price. 4 for $2.00 is too cheap. They are a little sweet, but delicious.
1.69 euros ($2.19)
Frozen foods are great in France!
This frozen food quiche was very high quality.
You can heat it up in the microwave and eat it right away, or if you have a refrigerator, you can buy it anyway and eat it on days when eating out is a hassle.
3 euros ($3.90)
Lasagna is another typical French dish. There was a wide variety of lasagna, ranging from large 1 kg ones to single serving ones. The taste was also very good.
・4 euros ($5.20) for 1kg
・2 euros ($2.60) for a small meal.
Introduction to the typical stores in Monoprix
The Opera Store, located near the Opera and the Louvre
The Opera store is within walking distance of the Louvre, an essential part of sightseeing in Paris. It is conveniently located and the store is crowded.
Pyramides Station (Metro Lines 4 and 7)
Monday – Saturday: 9:00 – 22:00. Sunday: 10:00 – 20:00.
The Champs-Elysées Store on the Champs-Elysées
This store is conveniently located in the middle of the Champs-Elysees boulevard. This store has a wide range of products for tourists. The store is open until 11:30 p.m., so you can stop by even after sightseeing.
Get off at FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT Station (Metro Lines 1 and 9)
Monday – Saturday: 9:00 – 23:30. Sunday: 10:00 – 23:30.
The Montparnasse Store in front of Montparnasse Station
The store is located in front of Montparnasse Station. It is a large store, so you can find everything you need.
MONTPARNASSE – BIENVENÜE Station (Metro Lines 4, 6, 12, and 13)
Monday – Saturday: 9:00 – 22:00. Sunday: 10:00 – 20:00.
Saint-Germain-des-Prés Store, right in front of Saint-Germain-des-Prés Church
This store is located near Saint-Germain-des-Prés station and is easy to get to. There is also a place where you can sit and eat prepared foods and other things you buy.
Get off at Saint-Germain-des-Prés Station (Metro Line 4)
Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 11:40 p.m. Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.
You can also find Monoprix on the official website
In addition to the stores introduced here, there are other Monoprix stores in Paris. You can easily look up the location of a Monoprix on the official Monoprix website, so it would be a good idea to check if there is one near the hotel you are staying at.
Monoprix official website
Precautions to know before going to Monoprix
Caveat 1: At the cash register, you have to put the items on the conveyor yourself
At the cash register in France, you place the items on the conveyor belt by yourself. When your turn comes, just calmly place your items on the conveyor belt and you’ll be fine.
There are bars on the conveyor belt to distinguish your items from those of the people in front of you and behind you, so don’t forget to place those as well.
Caveat 2: Monoprix is a large store and it takes time to find what you are looking for
If you’ve read this article, you’ve probably checked out the products you’re looking for.
But Monoprix is a very large store. If you enjoy shopping, it will take you about two hours.
The store is so large that you may not be able to find what you are looking for, so please allow plenty of time for shopping.
Caveat 3: You need to get there around 15 minutes before closing time or you won’t be able to get in
In Japan, you can run in before closing time, but in France, closing time = time for the shopkeeper to leave.
If you don’t enter 15 minutes before closing time, the entrance will close.
French souvenirs that can be bought by mail order
Souvenirs from France can actually be purchased by mail order. You can buy the following items at “JTB Shopping“.
- Chocolate crepes from Maxim’s de Paris
- L’Amour Pral’s caramel sable
- Mary Antoinette’s Tea
- Marseille soap
Advantages of Buying Souvenirs by Mail Order
The following are some of the advantages of buying French souvenirs by mail order.
- You don’t have to worry about buying souvenirs locally
- You can get souvenirs rather cheaply (a box of chocolate crepes from Maxim’s de Paris is about $13)
- The taste is delicious
- A wide variety to choose from
- No need to carry heavy luggage locally
- No Japanese notation, so you won’t know you bought it in Japan
- You can specify the time of delivery
It’s a little more expensive than buying locally, but considering the time and transportation costs of searching around for souvenirs locally, I felt it was a good deal.
Be smart about preparing souvenirs for distribution by mail order, and enjoy sightseeing and shopping for yourself when you are there! There is no need to be exhausted by choosing souvenirs to give away.
You don’t have to be exhausted by choosing souvenirs to give away. You can buy souvenirs on the JTB website, so you can prepare souvenirs to give away here.
Credit cards are recommended for shopping in Paris.
When shopping in Paris, we recommend using credit cards.
If you have a lot of cash on you, you will be more vulnerable to pickpockets.
Cards can be stopped quickly with a phone call, so it is recommended to pay with cards as a basic rule. There are many stores in France where you can pay by card, and you can also pay for monoprix by card.
While shopping in France, it is safer to be connected to the internet
While you are shopping, make sure you are connected to the Internet so that you can do some research.
If you can’t connect to the Internet, you may not be able to get to the store you want to go to, or you may have to give up buying something because you don’t understand the words on the product…
But if you have pocket wifi, you can connect to the Internet at any time and shop in comfort.
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