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Cigars In Paris

Cigars In Paris

A couple months ago I started planning a week-long trip to Paris.  While most people would wonder “what sights am I going to see?”, my first thoughts were “what are the best cigar stores in Paris?” and “what are the best cigar bars in Paris?”   Paris: the city of lights, where 1/3 of people smoke and Cuban cigars are available on nearly every block.  After making plans and ultimately executing them, I thought I’d share my experiences in case you happen to be a) a cigar smoker, and b) in Paris.

Buying Cigars in Paris

Every couple blocks in Paris you will see Tabacs – stores which sell tobacco products.  While they all carry cigarettes, roughly half will have a small selection of cigars (mainly Cuban) as well.  And for those who claim that some shops are cheaper than others, the French government fixes all tobacco prices, so you’ll get the same price regardless of where you shop (you can find the list of French tobacco prices here).   To really  find selection, you’ll have to dig a bit deeper though.  Here are the 3 shops I found from research and visits to be the best in Paris, in order.

1) A La Civette
Arguably the most famous cigar shop in Paris, A La Civette is located in the heart of Paris, within a block of the collosal Louvre museum.  With a huge selection of cigars (300+), pipes, and accessories, A La Civette is definitely worth a visit from any cigar connoisseur.  While most of the accessories were high-end (and high-priced), there was a wide collection of cigars, about 70% Cuban, all located in a large walk-in humidor.  Included in the Cuban mix were Romeo y Julieta, Hoyo de Monterrey, Bolivar, Montecristo and more.   Especially notable was a sizeable collection of Habanos France Regional Editions (reviews forthcoming) and a handful of aged cigars. For non-Cubans, the store had the largest collection of Davidoff cigars I have ever seen, as well as plenty of others. All their cigars were very reasonably priced, and the service (while not English-speaking) was excellent.  157, rue Saint Honoré. +33 (0)1 42 96 04 99

2) Le Lotus
Another highly regarded choice for cigars in Paris is Le Lotus, which is in fact relatively close to A La Civette.  Despite its small size, Le Lotus is known for their excellent service and knowledgeable staff.  Whereas in A La Civette they would display 5-6 cigars of any one kind at a time, at Le Lotus entire boxes are displayed, which takes up a bit more shelf space, but makes for a nice effect.  While the overall selection is smaller than A La Civette, they maintain a good collection of aged and vintage sticks.  If you’re looking for non-Cubans, you’re probably best served elsewhere, as Le Lotus sells primarily Cubans. 4, rue de L’Arcade. +33 (0)1 42 65 35 36

3) Tabatiere-Odeon
While I didn’t have a chance to check this shop out, many people have recommended it online.  Falling somewhere between the above shops and the more standard Tabac, this store contains a large selection of reasonably priced cigars, and is located in a nice area of Paris.  128 boulevard Saint-Germaine. +33 (0)1 46 34 21 89

While there are other tabacs which carry cigars, the above shops have the largest selections.  However, you may find a few gems among the hundreds of Tabacs in Paris.  A few known to have a decent collection of cigars are as follows:

La Cave a Cigares. 14 boulevard Haussmann. +33 (0)1 44 70 73 62
Tabac Boutique 22. 22 avenue Victor Hugo. +33 (0)1 45 01 81 41
Tabac George V. 22 avenue George V. +33 (0)1 47 23 44 75
Tabac La Tabagie. 10 rue de Depart. +33 (0)1  45 38 65 187
Tabac Le Pot a Tabac. 28 rue de la Pepiniere. +33 (0)1 45 22 29 14

Smoking Cigars in Paris

Smoking cigars outdoors in Paris is OK just about anywhere, but be sure to use common sense and ask the server/owner just in case.  If you prefer to escape the cold (and drain your wallet), Paris also has a fair selection cigar bars, including the famous Hemingway Bar at the Ritz.  On a rainy day, this list will be invaluable.

4)Regency Bar at the Hôtel Prince des Galles. 33 Avenue George. +33 (0)1 53 23 77 77.
5)Ernest Bar at the Hôtel Lutétia. 45 Boulevard Raspail. +33 (0)1 49 54 46 46.
6)Duke’s Bar at the Hôtel Westminster. 13 Rue de la Paix. +33 (0)1 42 61 57 46.
7)Hemingway Bar at the Hôtel Ritz. 15 Place Vendôme. +33 (0)1 43 16 30 30
8)Bar of the Hôtel Normandy. 7 Rue de l’Echelle. +33 (0)1 42 60 30 21.

14 Comments on this Post

  1. Nice recommendations, will definitely check them out when I visit Paris. Do you know what the duty free situation is like with cigars?

  2. Ya, duty-free is available in just about every airport, and the prices seem to be about the same as in the shops around France. Worse case scenario, you can print off the France price list (linked above), and bring it with you to the duty-free to see if it is a good value or not. As for limits bringing home, Canadians are allowed 50 cigars. Not sure about others though.

  3. Great information. Thank you for posting it. I will be in Paris in August and heard there was a smoking ban. Is it ok to smoke (cigars) indoors such as at the Hemingway Bar?

  4. Marc,
    To be honest, I’m not entirely sure if smoking is allowed there. A lot of places that used to allow smoking now have nice covered outdoor areas to combat the smoking ban. Your best bet is to call; surely the people at the Ritz will both speak English and know about the smoking situation.

  5. im going to Ernest after my dinner. Thanks for the info man.

  6. tqvm bro

    i am at lutetia hotel. and i didnt know there is a cigar bar here.

    going to earnest today.

  7. Matthew L

    I visited le civette 3 weeks ago it does have a great selection and. The cigars are in good condition. Although on the other hand I visited la cave was a total massacre in Cubans. The cigars appeared to have signs of beetles the foot of some cigars had great damage and others mold the man behind the desk wouldn’t let you pic your own cigars then I noticed it was due to they Wer damaged never spend your time nor money there

  8. Steve Jellison

    My bud just came back from two weeks in Paris. He said most cafes allow cigars but as a courtesy he always say on the perifery. Great info on this site for our May 2014 trip. Thanks
    Steve
    Manchester,MO USA

  9. Steve Jellison

    I’m relatively new to regular cigar smoking having just begun my journey three years ago. Cubans, on the 5/6 occasions that I have smoked them, have not impressed me; a good smoke but not necessarily better than non-Cuban. Given the tremendous selection of great non-Cuban cigars available in todays marketplace, are they a value smoke? Question: What are non-Cuban, high quality cigars going for in Paris these days? I’m thinking of taking some of my Padron’s along rather than pay Paris prices.

  10. Reading your post 3 years after the fact, but I’ve stayed at Lutetia recently and they have a smoking room. You cannot smoke in the bar, and I think it has been banned throughout Europe. It is either smoking rooms or outside. I know London has some cigar bars, but not sure about Paris. The Ritz is closed for renovation, BTW.

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