This is long overdue. At the end of October I went to Paris for an afternoon and a day. The afternoon was spent in the company of a friend so nothing to report there and in the evening I went to see Veronica Falls (exhilirating as ever) and Twin Shadow (ok album but so over the top live). The next day I walked around Paris on my own which was jolly lovely. I won’t get into detail about the people I met or the sights I saw but I thought I’d give you some recommendations – if you were ever interested to go.
These are in no precise order so the shifting between locations will probably not make too much sense for a real Parisian. Sorry!
Coiffeur: this is my biggest tip for sure. A tiny secondhandshop in one of the tiny streets of Le Marais. One of the only vintage shops where the prices are actually very reasonable to cheap. For example: they have a selection of amazing jumpers and they’re all 10 euros! Go on weekdays though, it’s mental on a Saturday.
23 Rue Des Rosiers, 75004 (Le Marais)
(doesn’t the terrace of Point FMR look lovely on a sunny day? Photo from here)
Point Ephemère: the venue where the bands played on the first day. A great location (right by Canal du St. Martin), friendly staff, enthusiastic crowd, awesome dj’s (girls!) and the best programming around town, probably. Though La Flèche d’Or comes close. The only downside: gross toilets. But hey, that’s just a detail. PS: apparently you can get on the roof. I wish I had when I was there, view must’ve been great. For less daring people: there’s a bridge nearby that probably gives just an amazing panorama.
200 Quai de Valmy, 75010
Tombées Du Camion: basically the shop out of my dreams. Tombées Du Camion means ‘fallen off the truck’ and you get what you’d expect with that name: colourful bits and bobs, odds and ends, all very old looking. Though not all that old. Prices are ok. I bought my new favourite brooch there (and that’s saying something as I have a huge collection).
44/47 Passage de Panoramas, 75002
Chez Mamie: the night before leaving I looked up some stuff on Unlike (did the same thing with Berlin, remember?) and this was one of my finds. A vintage shop with a basement, attic and groundfloor completely FILLED with vintage stuff. Clothes, shoes, jewellery, keyrings, cards etc etc etc. It was a joy to look around but there was far too much going on. And the prices weren’t exactly on the low side.
73 Rue de Rochehouart, 75009
Entrée des Fournisseurs: if you have a sister like me who’s into all things crafty, then you’ll soon get to know your way around the shops selling that kind of stuff. Believe me, I could compile you a huge list with those kind of shops from all over Belgium. In Paris, I happened to stumble upon one. Hidden away behind a small corridor, followed by a beautiful courtyard you can find Entrée des Fournisseurs. Everything for the sowing and knitting maniac. The thing that caught my eye the most though, was Liberty Fabrics. Such beautiful patterns!
8 Rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75003 (Le Marais)
(PARADISE! Photo from here)
Au Petit Bonheur la Chance: it happens quite a lot that I find a gem of a shop after strolling around a bit. However, I’d never found as much of a gem as this one. It is honestly one of the best places I’ve ever been to. It had all kinds of age old stuff, ranging from pencils to fabrics to cards to ribbon to pocket mirrors. Walking into this shop feels like walking into the house of someone who collects every little thing he comes across (especially old school and kitchen supplies). And maybe that was the case as the shop owner was an old man doing some painting. He seemed a little paranoid though, constantly looking at what I was looking at / touching.
PS: the name of the shop means ‘by accident’ which couldn’t be more appropriate as that’s the way I came across it.
13 Rue St. Paul, 75004 (Le Marais)
Guerrisol: you don’t go to Guerrisol if you’re looking for a cosy atmosphere. It kind of looks like a charity shop but slightly more grim. People are here to find bargains and they won’t leave without. So that doesn’t exactly make for the most friendly costumers but you could find really good deals. If you have time and like rummaging through not-so-fresh clothes that is. I was carrying a rather heavy backpack so I opted out.
17bis Boulevard Rochehouard, 75009
So that was my short day in Paris. I know they call it the most romantic city in the world but I didn’t mind walking around on my own whatsoever. So much to discover in Paris! And it’s the best when you make those discoveries yourself.
PS: don’t talk to strangers at the Sacré Coeur. Do visit that gorgeous church. Don’t go through the touristy part of Montmartre – it’s a nightmare. Do find the good places in that area that aren’t as crowded.