Thursday, 3 November 2011

Vintage In Paris

Welcome to Vintage In Paris. You now have some of the best addresses in Paris for vintage shopping at your fingertips.

So where to start? Each area of Paris has it’s own unique vibe. Let us take you though our favourites.

Marais: A great place to start. Fashionable and cool, the Marais is a must visit destination. Boutiques are well stocked with quality items. It’s so easy to spend a day wandering here amongst the cafes, galleries and boutiques of the Marais.

Etienne Marcel: The streets around the busting Rue Montergueil are home to many boutiques catering to a fashionable crowd. Vintage shopping here is easy. Stores are well organised and the selections are thoughtfully put together. Great for mixing vintage and current trends.

Bastille: is home to Paris’ rock scene. A must visit area for vintage lovers who like it a little bit indie.

Canal St Martin/Oberkampf: is home to Paris’ fashionable bohemians “les bobos”.  This area is cool and laid back. Boutiques are hip and have an eye for current trends. This is one of our favourite parts of Paris to wander. It is less grungy than the very edgy and arty Belleville down the road.

Montmatre: is high up on the hill and is home to  Paris’ more charming vintage stores. Down below in Pigalle, the Rue des Martyrs just keeps getting hipper and hipper with many cool boutiques and cafes filling the formally seedy area.

Le Louvre: This well heeled part of town is where you go to find couture vintage.  Prices are high but you will find exquisite designer pieces here.

So now you are ready to start exploring Vintage In Paris. Let’s go shopping!

Love Lola x

Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen

This is the largest flea market in Paris and is a must visit destination for the vintage shopper. Here you can find a wide selection of vintage clothes, antique furniture and collectables.

The market is divided up into a number of smaller markets, each with their own specialties; such as Vernaison, home to a wide selection of vintage  stalls. Other sections contain more vintage furniture and antiques for serious collectors.


Unless you want to buy cheap mass produced items, it's best to avoid the new tat at the start of the market near the metro. Rather make your way into the labyrinth of the inner flea market to find the best vintage items.

Sunday is the busiest day, so,if you don't like crowds, try visiting on a Monday when it's quieter. The market is large and it's easy to dedicate a full day to your visit.

Market shopping is hungry work so we like to have a pit stop at one of the bistros in the centre of the market. Our favourite is Chez Louisette; a cosy French bistro that hosts performances of traditional chanson.

Marché aux Puces 93400 Saint-Ouen
Sat - Mon 10.00 - 17.30
Metro Porte de Clignancourt

Hippy Market

Hippy Market is located in three hip parts of Paris  - Montmatre, Chatelet and the Marais. They have a large range of colorful items from the 60's onwards. We saw lots of denim, polyester frocks and boots.
Finding something fun and cool is easy here as everything is well organised and you don't have to rummage. Despite this, prices here are low so you can take home some shoes, a dress or a jacket and still have some change left for an apero afterwards.

Hippy Market
various locations:
51 rue Clignancourt, Paris 75018
Metro Anvers
Corner of the rue Turbigo + rue Française, Paris 75001
Metro Chatelet
21 rue du Temple, Paris  75004
Metro Temple
Daily 11.00 - 20.00, Sun 12.00 - 20.00

Son & Image Vintage

These are reliable addresses to find leather, denim and 80's dresses. They also have lots of retro t-shirts and track tops for the boys. We love the sale racks here. We found dresses and skirts for only 5 euros that look great. Super cool!

Son & Image Vintage
87 rue St Dennis, Paris, 75001
Metro Les Halles
71 rue Quincompoix, Paris, 75004
Metro Rambuteau
Mon - Sat 13.00 - 20.00, closed Sun

Pudding: brocante à curiosites

Add this little address to your list if you are interested in vintage furniture and home wear. Located in the charming Popincourt an area that has a hip/indie vibe. So while you are here, take the time to explore the surrounding cafes and vintage boutiques such as Le Petite Fripe.

Pudding - brocante à curiosites
24 rue du Marché Popincourt, Paris, 75011
Wed - Fri 12.00 - 19.00, Sat - Sun 14.00 - 19.00
Metro Parmentier

Gabrielle Geppert

Looking for vintage Chanel accesories, the perfect pair of vintage shades or a vintage 'it' bag? Then you should get yourself into Gebrielle Geppert rapidement ! Gabrielle Geppert  is THE destination for the best high end vintage accessories. It is also conveniently located a few doors down from the couture vintage boutique of Didier Ludout making the Galerie Montpensier a must visit destination for lovers of couture vintage.

Gabrielle Geppert
31 - 34 Galerie Montpensier Jardins du Palais Royal, Paris 75001
Mon - Sat 10.00 - 19.00
Metro Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre

Frip Sap

This little friperie is good to know about if you are in the neighborhood as it has a good selection of denim, shoes and jackets. It's prices are very low and items are in good condition. A small but handy stop on the vintage trail.

Frip Sap
32 rue de Lancry, Paris, 75011
Daily 10.00 - 20.00
Metro Jacques Bonsergent

Didier Ludot

C'est magnifique! This is the place to go if you want to find the best vintage couture. This collection has been carefully selected to reflect a love and understanding of fashion. Accordingly this is not where you go for a bargain. Prices are high and reflect fact that items here are real vintage couture.

A visit to Didier Ludot is a joy for the serious vintage collector and lover of fashion history. The boutique is home to a vast collection of couture vintage from the 20's to 50's dresses to 80's designer handbags. It's all here in one exquisite collection.

You should also visit his other boutique across the park, celebrating the timeless icon of french style, the little black dress.  La Petite Robe Noire houses both vintage couture and new garments designed by Ludot.

Didier Ludot 
24 Galerie Montpensier, Paris, 75001
Mon - Sat 10.30 - 19.00, Closed Sun
Metro Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre

La Petite Robe Noire
125 Galerie De Valois, Paris, 75001
Mon - Sat 10.30 - 19.00, Closed Sun
Metro Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre

Espace Guerrisol

This is a treasure trove of very cheap thrift. Ok, so you will find many pieces you wouldn't want to wear, but, hidden amonst the pilesare items of pure gold. On our last visit we found 3 vintage cocktail frocks for under 10 euros each, a handful of cardigans for 2 euros and a pair of red ankle boots.

This is the place to go if you enjoy the rummage and the adrenalin rush of finding something amazing for a bargain basement price. This is why those in the know keep coming back here again and again.

Espace Guerrisol
19 avenue de Clichy, Paris, 75017
Mon - Sat 10.00 - 19.30
Metro Place de Clichy

Pretty Box

Pretty Box has a very hip selection of clothes and accessories that will appeal to you if you love a bit of glam in your wardrobe.

The collection is carefully put together with attention to current trends.

Given the high quality of items here and the care in selecting on-trend pieces, we think the prices are very reasonable.

They have a great collection of items from the 80's but other eras are still well represented.

Amongst all the luscious items here, we found amazing leather boots, sequence tops and devine fur coats. C'est formidable. If you are looking for something uniquely stylish then a visit to Pretty Box should be on the top on your list.

Pretty Box
46 rue de Saintonge Paris, 75003
Tues - Sat 11.00 - 19.30
Metro Filles du Calvaire or Temple

Come On Eileen

This is a wonderful destination for vintages lovers. Come on Elieen is packed to the rafters with great vintage pieces. Here you will find designer and non designer pieces side by side; and all for very reasonable prices.

Items here are good quality and there is such a wide selection you will need to put in some time here to get the most out of it.

Make sure you don't miss the basement level, it's bigger than upstairs and full of even more goodies.

Come On Eileen
16 rue des Taillandiers, Paris, 75011
Mon - Fri 11.00 - 20.30, Sun 14.00 - 20.00
Metro Bastille


We just love a visit to Episode on the rue Tiquetonne; a charming piétonne street just off the bustling market street of rue Montorgueil. 

Popular with students and fashionistas alike; Episode provides reliable vintage selections at reasonable second hand prices. We find it impossible to go into this shop without buying at least one item.

As you can see, you will find lots of denim, leather jackets, floral play suits, racks of vintage dresses and hundreds of men's shirts and t shirts. 

It's all here and easy to find, what ever you are after. So if you don't like to rummage you will enjoy this address.

16 rue Tiquetonne, Paris, 75002
Mon 13.00 - 20.00, Tues - Fri 11.30 - 19.30, Sat 11.00 - 20.00
Metro Etienne Marcel


We love Kiliwatch with it's cool mix of vintage and new that makes this a must visit address while you are in Paris.

All the pieces are cool and it's easy to browse here and find something that you will like with minimum fuss.

There are good selection of denim, boots, and vintage dresses all chosen with an eye for current trends.

The Etienne Marcel area is full of trendy boutiques and plenty of cafes so it's a great place to explore. So kick back and have a well earned apero break.

64 rue Tiquetonne, Paris, 75002
Mon 14.00 - 19.00, Tues - Thurs 11.00 - 19.30, Fri- Sat 11.00 - 19.30
Metro Etienne Marcel

Monday, 31 October 2011

Omaya Vintage

If you feeling like channeling your inner Debbie Harry (Blondie) then head over to Omaya Vintage in Oberkampf. Here you can pick up 70's and 80's boots for around 40 euros, dresses from 10 euros and fur jackets for around 80 euros. We had a lot of fun trying on lots of different looks and in the end decided on a faux leopard fur jacket....purrrrr. Men won't miss out either. We saw military jackets, vintage leather satchels and lots of vintage shirts to keep him looking fine.

Omaya Vintage
29 rue Jean Piere Timbaud, Paris, 75011
Mon - Sat 10.00 - 19.30
Metro Oberkampf