THE BEST BET
Marie-Anne Cantin runs one of only two fromageries in Paris that does its own affinage (aging). She'll not only help you pick out a nice, ripe, unpasteurized Epoisses or one of her famous triple-cream Saint Antoines, she'll vacuum-seal it for you. The Customs dogs will never know (12, rue du Champ de Mars, 7th; 33-1-45-50-43-94).
Legrand Filles et Fils gives this Calvados du Pays d’Auge Privilège by Adrien Camut the highest marks (70 euros; 1, rue de la Banque, 2nd; 33-1-42-60-07-12).
Design your own
Pick out the colors and leather for these flip-flops at Fred Pinels’s atelier, and 72 hours later, they’re yours (200–350 euros; 62, boulevard de Strasbourg, 10th; 33-1-45-23-11-14).
How to fill
the extra suitcase?
With several tubes of Klorane’s highly effective mango butter hair conditioner (about 8 euros at Euro Santé Beauté, 128, boulevard St.-Germain, 6th; 33-1-43-29-92-54).
Light, spicy, portable
A mini set of Sel de Vetiver from haute perfumer the Different Company will get you through the weekend (78 euros; 3, rue Chabanais, 2nd; 33-1-42-60-12-74).
Pick up odds and ends like mismatched bundles of silver cutlery at the Puces de Vanves (starting at about 30 euros; 14th).
Je t’aime, Serge!
On Monsieur Gainsbourg
Revisited, Cat Power, Michael Stipe, Portishead, and others cover
Serge’s hits (16.15 euros, Fnac, 74, avenue des Champs-Elysées, 8th; 33-1-53-53-64-64).
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