- Paul McQueen
If the flashy high-end boutiques of the rue Saint-Honoré or Saint-Germain aren’t really your (or your wallet’s) thing and you prefer your clothes, bags, shoes, and accessories to have a bit of history behind them, you’ll want to be make a beeline for Paris‘ finest vintage stores. Here we’ve gathered together nine of the best for your perusal, spread across the many outstanding shopping districts of the French capital.
Tucked away at the top of one of the 18th arrondissement‘s coolest streets, Chinemachine is a beloved Montmartre institution. Everything in the boutique is handpicked, and there’s sure to be something in its regularly refreshed inventory to suit your taste and budget. On the men’s and women’s racks, there are luxury labels, the work of local designers, jeans, leathers, the best of the high street as well as one-of-a-kind pieces. If you have some clothes that you think might suit its eclectic mix, you can take them along on Monday to Thursday and see if you can trade them in for cash or store credit.
Open Monday to Saturday, 12:00pm – 8:00pm, and Sunday, 1:00pm – 8:00pm.
Chinemachine, 100 rue des Martyrs, 75018 Paris, France
Additional location at 10 rue des Petites Ecuries, 75010 Paris, France
The Kilo Shop concept is simple: choose it, weigh it, buy it. Everything in the store – jeans, furs, accessories, you name it – is color-coded according to its value, and the final price is a function of the weight of the items per color group. It’s a fun place to shop if you love fashion, and even more fun if you love math. The chain has two other locations in Paris as well as shops in Greece, the Netherlands, and Japan.
Open Monday to Saturday, 11:00am – 7:45pm, and Sunday, 1:00pm – 7:45pm.
Kilo Shop, 125 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris, France
Additional locations at 65 and 69-71 rue de la Verrerie, 75004 Paris; 39 boulevard Saint-Michel, 75005 Paris; and 63 rue de Passy, 75016 Paris.
There’s nothing like a bit of celebrity endorsement to bolster a brand’s reputation, and British pop singer Paloma Faith– known for her own distinctive vintage style – has done just that for Mamie Blue. More than just a retro clothing store, Mamie Blue provides makeovers and styling, including hair and makeup, a restoration and alteration service, and guidance with costume creation to help you achieve the perfect look for your fancy dress party. The store has clothes to fit every significant cultural era from 1900 to 1980.
Open Monday from 2:30pm – 7:30pm, and Tuesday to Saturday from 11:30am – 1:30pm and 2:30pm – 7:30pm.
Mamie Blue, 69 rue de Rochechouart, 75009 Paris, France
Additional location at 73 rue de Rochechouart, 75009 Paris, France
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Thanx God I’m A V.I.P.
Thanx God I’m A V.I.P. (a.k.a TGV) is a 400-square-meter luxury vintage boutique with an exquisite selection of clothing and accessories that are meticulously chosen, diligently cared for, and helpfully color-coordinated for easy browsing. Its present incarnation just west of the Place de la Republique in the 10th arrondissement is the culmination of more than 20 years of experience in the Parisian fashion and nightlife industries by owners Sylvie Chateigner and Amnaye Nhas. Since joining personal and professional forces in 2005, the couple has built a formidable business that combines their passion for killer threads and beats, making it a must-visit destination in the French capital for lovers of both seeking new inspiration.
Open Monday to Saturday, 2:00pm – 8:00pm.
Thanx God I’m A V.I.P., 12 Rue de Lancry, 75010 Paris, France
Tilt Vintage specializes in the four decades between the 1960s and 1990s and also runs a large online operation. The clothes are reasonably priced and in mint or near-mint condition. New arrivals come in on Thursdays, so time your shopping outing accordingly to get the pick of the bunch.
Open every day from 11:00am – 8:00pm.
Tilt Vintage, 8 rue de Rivoli, 75004 Paris, France
Additional location at 10 rue Saint-Placide, 75006 Paris, France
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Those with the will to dig for buried treasure will be well rewarded at Free’P’Star, and nowhere is this truer than in their one euro bins. There’s a lot on offer for men and women crammed into a small space so take your time and sift until your heart is content.
Open Monday to Saturday, 11:00am – 8:30pm, and Sunday 12:00pm – 8:30pm.
Free’P’Star, 20 rue de Rivoli, 75004 Paris, France
Additional locations at 52 and 61 Rue de la Verrerie, 75004 Paris.
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Kiliwatch Paris has developed its brand in Paris over the past 20 years. It combines quality second-hand pieces gathered from around the globe, featuring major names like Christian Lacroix, Paul Smith, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Isabel Marant, with exciting new designs from up-and-coming fashion stars. There’s an unbelievable amount to discover across its 600 square meters, so think about setting aside some serious shopping time to get the most out of your visit.
Open Monday, 10:30am – 7:00pm, and Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30am – 7:30pm.
Kiliwatch Paris, 64 Rue Tiquetonne, 75002 Paris, France
Rose Market Boutique
The Rose Market Boutique is an haute couture vintage clothing store carrying pieces from all the famous fashion houses you can name: Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy…the list of luxury labels on hand is practically endless. You can also shop for timeless dresses, suits, skirts, coats, bags and more on their carefully curated website.
Open Tuesday to Friday, 1:00pm – 7:00pm, and Saturday, 3:00pm – 7:00pm. Appointments possible on Mondays.
Rose Market Boutique, 5 Rue Hippolyte Lebas, 75009 Paris, France
Vintage Clothing Paris
The last store on our rundown also happens to be the one with the most perfectly to-the-point name: Vintage Clothing Paris. The simplicity of the name is reflected in the effortless elegance of the high-end range of womenswear available in this 11th arrondissement gem.
Open Wednesday to Saturday, 2:00pm – 7:00pm.
Vintage Clothing Paris, 10 Rue de Crussol, 75011 Paris, France