Where to buy (and smoke) cigars in Paris?

Buying cigars in Paris: A la Civette

This post, first published in 2009, has been updated in 2015 with more parisian cigar shops and lounges.

Paris, France is a city that I know quite well, having lived there for several years. Surprisingly, despite the interdiction to smoke indoors that has been on for a few years now, there are quite a few quality cigar shops that deserve a visit. And there are many places where you can enjoy your freshly purchased stogie. Let's start with the cigar shops:

1. A la Civette

The very first place that I discovered many years ago 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). 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 (Google Maps link >>>)

2. Le Lotus Madeleine

Le Lotus Madeleine

This one was close to my office and I visited it many times. Less tourists (and customers) here, so if you're lucky you can have a long talk with the owners who know their products very well. The selection is arguably more narrow, but I always managed to find something nice. Located in a small street near Madeleine metro station (Google Maps link >>>),

3. Publicis Drugstore

Publicis Drugstore

Right on the world famous Champs Elysées (n° 138, Google Maps link >>>), the Publicis Drugstore is a decent choice if you need a quick fix. A lot of different cigars are available in the walk-in humidor, unfortunately the advice is nearly non-existent and the staff could have been friendlier. I've been there three times and always had the same experience.

Here are a few more locations that all have a decent range of Habanos (and sometimes non-Cubans):

  • Le Corona, 30 quai du Louvre, 75001 Paris.
  • La Boîte à Cigares, 23 rue de Rome, 75008 Paris.
  • Tabac du Châtelet, 8 rue Saint Denis, 75001 Paris.
  • Maison Lemaire, 59 avenue Victor Hugo, 75016 Paris.

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In France, it is forbidden to smoke indoors but there are places where you can still enjoy your cigar, even in winter. They are equipped with an electronic system that eliminates smoke and you have to fetch your drinks yourself (the waiters can't enter the area). The problem with these "fumoirs" (smoking rooms) is that a lot of them are located in 5-star hotels, which means there's a certain dress code and drinks can cost over 20 EUR. This is why most of the time I go to the Cubana Café, located 47, rue Vavin (Google Maps link >>>). Affordable drinks, a comfy smoking room, and some tex mex food if you're hungry - that's a good mix in my book.

If you prefer more upscale places though, here are a couple:

  • Cigar Lounge Kléber (Hôtel Peninsula Paris), 19 avenue Kléber, 75016 Paris.
  • Le Cigare Bar (La Maison Champs Elysées), 8 rue Jean Goujon, 75008 Paris.
  • Fumoir (Hotel Maison Athénée), 19 rue de Caumartin, 75009 Paris.

Please don't hesitate to share your favorite cigar places in Paris in the comments area!

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