The famous French macaron almond flour cookie is said to have been invented in Nancy by Benedictine nuns. Their original recipe is followed at Maison des Soeurs Macarons, 21 rue Gambetta (www.macaron-de-nancy.com; [tel] 03-83-32-24-25). Another good place to acquire them in addition to another traditional Nancy specialty, Bergamotte candies, is at the pretty shop Lefèvre Lemoine, 7 rue Henri Poincaré ([tel] 03-83-30-13-83).
Though larger and more expensive, Art Nouveau antiques also make excellent souvenirs of Nancy. Visit Denis Rugat, 13 rue Stanislas ([tel] 03-83-35-20-79), for the best pieces. It stocks Lalique crystal, brightly colored vases, and enameled boxes made with a technique known locally as les émaux de Longwy, plus an assortment of glass-shaded lamps.
You’ll find more glass and crystal by Daum, at more reasonable prices than virtually anywhere else in France. The company’s premier outlet is Boutique Daum, 14 place Stanislas ([tel] 03-83-32-21-65), where the most perfect specimens from the Daum factory are sold at prices that are usually about 30 percent less than what you’d pay in other glass galleries in France. Or for savings of 30 to 40 percent less than what’s sold in the above-mentioned boutique, you can seek out Daum’s factory outlet, Magasin d’Usine Daum, 17 rue Cristallerie ([tel] 03-83-30-80-24), a 5-minute walk from the place Stanislas, its pieces are slightly flawed.
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