Buying cigars in Paris: A la Civette

Buying cigars in Paris: A la Civette

I'm traveling a lot and sometimes I spend a day or two in Paris, France. I thought it might be a good idea to share a nice place where you can buy some cigars with help of professional assistants (which is not always the case in Europe). It is called A la Civette ("at a cigar shop") and is located right in the touristic center of the city, close to the Louvre museum. Don't expect to pay a premium for the location as cigar prices are exactly the same in ALL cigar shops in France.

The place has a strong tradition as it first opened its doors in 1716. A la Civette boasts a large walk-in humidor with a good selection of Cuban cigars (all of them are available by single) and it also has non-Cubans like CAO, Ashton VSG or Padron 1964 (most of them at prohibitive prices, of course). I walked out with some cigars that I wanted to try for a long time and couldn't find elsewhere - Saint Luis Rey Serie A, Winston Churchill Marrakesh and Por Larrañaga Petit Corona. Expect reviews soon. By the way, if you want to enjoy your cigars straight away, there is a nice café just opposite the cigar shop, where you can smoke outdoors.

Here's the address if you ever have a chance to visit it:
157, rue Saint-Honoré
75001 Paris

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6 Comments on “Buying cigars in Paris: A la Civette”

  1. Thanks for the heads up mate. I am sometimes up in Paris, will stop by next time.

    Just a little correction though : “A la Civette” means “At the Civet” in English. Civet (according to Webster’s): Any of various old world carnivores with long body, short legs, and usually a long tail.

    There is a golden statue of one just above the store sign in the picture. I guess if you cut off the legs, tail and head it might look like a big cigar though ;)

  2. Hm, I really thought that ‘civette’ also meant a cigar shop.
    Thanks for the correction!

  3. Whatever “a la civette” means is irrelevant. It’s a great little shop. I went there in September of 2007 and bought a fistful of Habanos for a boat ride down the Canal Du Midi. I picked up some Hoyos, Partagas Serie D, and seven Quai D’Orsais in multiple sizes. Why seven, you ask? Six to smoke and share on the boat, and one which I saved for later, so I could smoke a Quai D’Orsai ON the Quai D’Orsai, of course!

    Bottom line — I was treated courteously by a knowledgeable tobacconist there, and I consider the 124 Euros I plunked down there money well-spent.

  4. I found your article very accurate. I own a bar parallel to the gardens of the Palais Royal and buy my cigars there on an almost daily basis. The name of the bar is Au Caveau Montpensier located at 15 rue de Montpensier. I’m hoping to put in a fumoir in one of the back rooms to cater to cigar smokers. Hopefully to be finished by the May 2010. I invite anyone interested to pass by for a cocktail.

  5. rajesh4cat says:

    Thanks for the tip I be 40 this month. I going to buy a cigar as a treat for mine 40th Brithday. I be going to paris this year and vist this shop too. Thanks

  6. “Civette” in french means a tobacco store…
    Beside this you have in Paris few other places which are :
    – In front of the Conseil d’Etat/Comédie française/Conseil constitutionnel, “A la civette du Palais”Between the Louvre & the Palais Royal.
    – “Davidoff” 22 Ave. Victor Hugo Paris 16 & “Lemaire” in front of “Lenôtre” on the other sidewalk toward place V. HUGO.
    – Other way you also have, within a range of 400M to see in the Drugstore next to the Arc de Triomphe. With this one in your back, it’s on your left the first building at the corner Champs Elysées/Presbourg.
    On your way you may stop at Sir Winston winston to light a Sir winston with a bottle of Pol Roger or an Islay in this top pub

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