Shop Paris: A Guide to Vintage Shopping in Paris
My love for vintage shopping
Ever since I was a kid, I loved going to vintage and antique shops with my parents. While they looked for new pieces of furniture and decor to add to our home, I scoured through racks of old clothes and cubbies packed with vintage purses. I quickly learned that my favourite vintage items to shop for (to date) include jewelry (big chunky clip-on earrings? gold bedazzled brooches? Yes, please!) , accessories (handbags will always be my favourite) and oversized jackets and sweaters.
My parents were often confused as to why I wanted someone else’s old clothing, but I loved the feeling of finding something incredibly unique that someone decided to throw away!
"One man's trash is another man's treasure"
In Paris, I was able to do a little bit of vintage shopping. These are the four places I checked out while I was there.
Markets & Thrift Stores
1. Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen (aka Les Puces) Flea Market
I knew I had to visit the largest antique market in the world during my visit to Paris. Les Puces flea market receives an incredible 120,000 to 180,000 visitors each weekend. It’s easy to see why as the market is brimming with vintage and antique treasures across many categories such as fashion, furniture, paintings and many more.
I was mainly interested in vintage fashion items and found everything from vintage Chanel handbags and Alaïa dresses to 1920s Art Deco accessories. Here, I purchased some dainty sterling silver rings, funky ram clip-on earrings and a gold butterfly brooch.
To give you a sense of how large the market is, here are a couple of quick facts:
The market spreads out over 15 km
There are more than 2,000 shops
It consists of about 14 submarkets - indoors, outside, upstairs, downstairs, in alleys and passages, shops and warehouses
Each of these submarkets will differ in product category - from offering high-end antiquity to clothing - and price point. If you are interested in vintage fashion, start with these four markets: Marché Dauphine, Le Passage, Marché Serpette and Marché Vernaison. Here is a link for a map of the layout.
To get here, you should get off at Porte de Clignancourt metro stop and walk to Rue des Rosiers. You’ll encounter several street stalls along the way but these isn’t where the market starts. First walk to Rue des Rosiers and then start exploring!
Flea Market Hours
The flea market is open every Saturday to Monday, however it is recommended to go on Saturday or Sunday as many stalls aren’t open on Monday, or only open by appointment.
Saturday from 9h - 18h
Sunday from 10h - 18h
Monday from 11h to 15h (many stalls close around lunch time.
2. Vintage System
This vintage store is in the hip area of Le Marais, just off of Rue Vieille du Temple - another great street to wander down for fashion boutiques.
Image: Vintage System
If you looking for some unique pieces - this is the place for you! The shop is small with racks full of beautiful jackets waiting to be brought home. You will be able to find some pretty awesome jackets, blazers, leathers, vintage bags and sunglasses here.
Price point: Medium
Address: 17 Rue Barbette
Image: Modellist ID
Kiliwatch is a large store filled with new and vintage clothes. For the vintage section, head to the back left of the store. Here, I found more boho and casual items such as sundresses, oversized button-up shorts and racks of denim (Levi’s, jeans, jackets, shorts, etc). You will be able to find the most modern on-trend items in this store. This store is where I bought my Brixton cap, checkered skirt and red flowy skirt as seen in my Instagram photos below.
Price point: Mid-to-high
Address: 64 rue Tiquetonne
If you are by Kiliwatch, make sure to check out Episode as it’s only a 3 minute walk away. This shop is the largest out of the 3 stores mentioned. It is easy to navigate, has reasonably priced women’s and men’s wear, and all clothes have been cleaned!
Image: Time Out
Episode specializes in 70’s and 80’s vintage. You can purchase faux fur jackets and scarves, an assortment of button-down shirts, skirts, jackets and denim here. If you are into oversized sweaters, make sure to check out the men’s section!
Price point: Medium
Address: 12-16 rue Tiquetonne
Happy treasure hunting in Paris!