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From lunch in a former feminist bookshop to vintage shops that ooze Parisian cool, a tearoom created from flea-market finds to an entire vintage village, Paris abounds in retro treasures that make for a timeless trip to the city.

We've found some of the best vintage shops in Paris, whether you're looking for a unique fashion look or something different in deco, you'll find it all in these old-time emporiums. 

  • Le Comptoir Général

    80 quai de Jemmapes, 75010

    This artfully crumbling bar, doused in the lively spirit of France’s old colonies, is entirely made up of bric-à-brac.

    Inside, a colourful clientele beats to the rhythm of rousing music from sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean.

    There’s even a life-size replica pirate ship, from which exotic rum-based cocktails are served.

  • Thanx God I’m a VIP

    12 rue de Lancry, 75010

    Opened by bonne vivante Sylvie Chateigner, this vintage clothing emporium is beloved by the city’s fashion in-crowd, including model Caroline de Maigret.

    Tidy racks of high-waisted Yves Saint Laurent trousers and Hermès accessories fill the ground floor, while the basement is a treasure-trove of handpicked garments at more modest prices.

  • Le Village des Puces de Saint Ouen

    5 Rue Paul Bert, 93140 Saint-Ouen

    Located in the bustling heart of Saint-Ouen’s 14 flea markets, this fashionable ‘village’ hides voguish eateries like Philippe Starck’s Ma Cocotte and high-end vintage furniture stores like L’Eclaireur and Habitat among the more traditional antique dealers.

  • Mamie Gâteaux

    66 rue du Cherche-Midi, 75006

    The checked tablecloths, enamelled cast-iron stove and vintage crockery make this little tea room feel just like your grandma’s kitchen – if your grandma was an ancient provincial French one!

    Homemade cakes and tarts reinforce the cosy, time-travelling feel.

  • La Fourmi Ailée

    8 rue du Fouarre, 75005

    Housed inside an old feminist bookshop, the Fourmi Ailée is a restaurant serving traditional French dishes like blanquette de veau (veal stew) and salads. In the afternoons, the vintage book-lined space becomes a laidback tea room.

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