Designer threads and second-hand steals: how to shop Paris’ vintage stores

Paris is always a good idea. It’s hard to disagree with Audrey Hepburn’s famous line when you know that France’s capital is a short Eurostar hop away. This time of year, it’s tempting to escape from Christmas ads and Mariah Carey on a loop. More appealing still is a pre-Nöel tour of the city’s vintage shops and foodie spots. 

Start north of Les Halles in the Second Arrondissement on Rue Tiquetonne. At No 64 is Kiliwatch Paris (, an emporium that mixes vintage with edgy labels from around Europe. Carry on to No 12 and you reach Episode (, another mishmash of vintage and second-hand clothes. If the peach-coloured faux-fur opera cloak for €60 is still there, snap it up. Between these two at No 58 are the twin shops of G Detou, which scour France to bring back the best food offerings.

Further east in Le Marais, near Musée Picasso, you land in the haute-couture paradise that is the Citizen Concept Store (8 Rue du Roi Doré). This is the place to splash out on Chanel, Dior and Gucci from the Fifties to the Eighties. Some is relatively affordable (Armani jackets for €130), or splurge on an exquisite Nina Ricci gown for €790.

Just north towards Canal Saint-Martin is Thanx God I’m a VIP. Its designer pieces are pricey (Escada tops for €120) yet worth a look. If you’re a bride searching for a dress with a difference, check out the gowns. An understatedly elegant satin wedding dress from the Fifties looked worthy of its €270 price.

From here it’s only a few minutes’ walk to Marché Saint-Martin food market. Make a beeline for the German deli, Der Tante Emma-Laden (, which has the most mouthwatering selection of chocolatey goodies, cheeses and charcuterie.

Over in the Ninth Arrondissement, there are rich pickings in the Pigalle quarter, ranging from cheerfully scruffy to classy little designer dens. Célia Darling (5 Rue Henri Monnier) falls into the latter category, with clothing and accessories from the Forties to the Nineties. Around the corner at 6 Rue Clauzel is cosy Troc en Stock (, which is a dépôt-vente: donors get a portion of the selling price when their goods are sold. It’s more second-hand than vintage, with a hefty amount of high-street, but you could pick up some wonderfully wacky Balenciaga platform shoes for €140.

Hidden gem: Kilo Shop (Adam Batterbee)

A stone’s throw away is RoseMarket Vintage (, which sells classic couture. From here, carry on north to Rue de Rochechouart and Mamie Blue (, which gained Paloma Faith’s Instagram seal of approval. Among gear that goes back to the Twenties you’ll find retro reproductions and the chance to rent rather than buy. Handily, across the street is Le Coffre (, which veers towards second-hand, but you’ll find affordable high-street clothes and a few designer pieces.

Now head back to the Second Arrondissement and go to Boulevard Montmartre by the Hotel des Grands Boulevards. Here you can visit Kilo Shop ( which has a mix of vintage and second-hand clothes that are mostly sold by weight. You might be lucky and pick up a Jil Sander coat for €79.

Say cheese: La Fromagerie (Adam Batterbee)

If you’re feeling hungry and near the Eiffel Tower, head to Rue Cler. You’ll find superior cheeses at La Fromagerie at No 31 and top-class charcuterie at Jeusselin ( at No 37. Honey and beauty products can be found at Famille Mary ( for that final touch of sweetness.

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