Love to shop for vintage and second-hand threads? Then follow Culture Trip’s insider guide to vintage boutique shopping in Paris.
If the flashy high-end boutiques of the rue Saint-Honoré or Saint-Germain aren’t really your thing and you prefer your clothes, bags, shoes, and accessories to have history, you’ll want to be make a beeline for the finest vintage stores in Paris. Here, we’ve gathered together the best for your perusal, spread across the many outstanding shopping districts of the French capital.
Come on Eileen is a treasure trove of vintage designer pieces sourced mostly from the 1960s through to the 1990s. The shop is packed with heaving rails of clothing for men, women and kids spread over three floors. Hunt for high-quality pieces and accessories from top brands like Chanel and Dior, Hermes and Yves Saint Laurent, often sold at half their original price. You can find Come on Eileen near Bastille station on Rue des Taillandiers in the trendy Marais district.
Come to Antirouille, set on Rue Gérando, for authentic vintage clothes from 1900 to 1980. Trawl the store for thrifty pieces for men, women and kids as well turn-of-the-century linens, retro sunglasses and accessories. Clothing is re-stocked weekly and often includes rare pieces such as petticoats and lace dresses, velvet jackets and Chanel shoes. Antirouille has been a staple on the Parisian vintage scene since 2010 and was launched by stylist Clémentine Goujet and textile picker Valerie Gaudez.
Those with the will to dig for buried treasure will be well rewarded at Free’P’Star, and nowhere is this truer than in its bursting one-euro bins. There’s plenty on offer for men and women crammed into a small space, so take your time and sift to your heart’s content. Stock changes almost daily so there’s always something new to discover. There are four branches of Free’P’Star across Paris, but the most popular store is located on Rue de la Verrerie.
Best friends Ariane de Béchade and Camille Gabbi launched Imparfaite to offer an ethical alternative to the wasteful fast fashion industry. Although they don’t have a physical shop in Paris, the Imparfaite team scour over 900 top vintage and second-hand stores across France, selling the best finds via their online store. Most of the clothing goes for under a hundred euros and features top sellers like Levi’s 501 jeans and Austrian cotton blouses. Imparfaite has a fresh collection every month and offers worldwide delivery.
Amy Blyth contributed additional reporting to this article.