My favourite gift shop in Carcassonne
Esprit de Sel is my favourite gift shop. Not just in Carcassonne. My favourite gift shop anywhere. Calling it a gift shop doesn’t do it justice but it is always my first stop when I’m looking for a special gift for someone – or for me.
The shop is a lot bigger than it looks, there are three other rooms behind the main part. Still, the range of things they carry is amazing. Inexpensive, fashionable jewelery, interesting sterling silver pendants, funky key chains, beautiful leather bound journals, natural soaps and toiletries, natural incense, and that’s just in the front of the shop.
The hallway to the back room is lines with picture frames, clocks, demi-tasses and mugs. The small room focuses on children and there are toys that make you long for a grand-child (or maybe it’s my age) as well as baby shoes that should be framed.
Another room has natural fibre clothing that’s at the cutting-edge of style.
If you’ve almost finished decorating and furnishing your house in the Aude make a trip to the back room for the perfect finishing touch. A lamp or light fixture to brighten your day (or night), wine glasses so lovely they make vin ordinaire special, serving dishes that inspire you to cook, candle holders that inspire you to dream.
You won’t find souvenirs at Esprit de Sel but you will find gifts to delight the recipients. Definitely a shop to visit in Carcassonne.
Esprit de Sel
10 rue République
04 68 72 03 01
Open Tuesday through Saturday 10.00 – 19.00 closed for lunch from 12.20 to 14.00
Phone for exact hours, they may be open Monday afternoon.