Bring Home That Classic French Style From These Parisian Vintage Shops
The Champs-Élysées might be Paris’ most well-known shopping district, but if you shop there, you’ll end up coming home with the same outfit as every other former “Gossip Girl” fan who lives by the motto, “Paris is always a good idea.”
To be fair, Paris is always a good idea, but unless you can afford brand new couture, you’ll find the real gems in the vintage and thrift stores scattered throughout the arrondissements. Here are eight spots to put on your shopping list.
There are multiple locations of Free’P’Star, but we like the one in Le Marais. It’s classically overwhelming, as all the best secondhand shops are, but if you’re willing to dig, you’ll love it. Try the 1€ bins for an extra challenge.
20 rue de Rivoli
Lorette et Jasmin
Lorette et Jasmin is a carefully curated, high-brow destination. It has vintage, haute couture and luxury brands at prices that aren’t thrift-level but won’t break your entire budget, either.
6 rue François Millet
Kilo Shop is a golden bargain center. Nothing is individually priced. Here, you buy clothes by the kilo (that’s a metric term for weight, American readers), with different prices for differently color-coded items.
125 Boulevard Saint-Germain
There are actually six sections of Chercheminippes and each has a theme. There’s a place for children, menswear and ready-to-wear, so no matter what you want to find, you’ve got a good chance of achieving your shopping goal here.
102 rue du Cherche-Midi
Tucked into Montmartre’s hilly avenues, Chinemachine has only handpicked pieces. That means it’s a mix of luxury designers, local artists and your favorite denim brands.
100 rue des Martyrs
Thanx God I’m A V.I.P.
Color-coded Thanx God I’m A V.I.P (TGV) is where you’ll find the outfit for your next stylish night out. The place is run by fashion and nightlife power couple Sylvie Chateigner and Amnaye Nhas, and you’ll see their experience all over the store.
12 Rue de Lancry
You’ll want to shop at Sissi’s because of the hot pink exterior alone, but inside, you’ll find big brands at great prices along with true vintage gems (like mink coats and costume jewelry).
20 rue des Tournelles
Kiliwatch is another treasure trove in Le Marais. It’s much more stylized than your average thrift store, but it’s enormous so you’ll still have your work cut out for you.
64 Rue Tiquetonne
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