Many a Paris traveler heads to the City of Light with the goal of shopping for antiques. And most of those antique-lovers put a visit to the largest and most famous Paris Puces, Saint-Ouen, at the top of their itinerary. Some may even head to one of my favorites, the lesser-known Vanves Market.
But tucked away between the banks of the Seine and the Marais neighborhood is a little gem of a shopping area, just oozing with charm, called the Village Saint-Paul. Hidden behind a maze of interconnected courtyards and alleyways, this quaint little area looks like something from a fairytale, with its covered cobblestone walkways, and ivy-drenched buildings that house about 200 antique dealers and collectors.
Many of these shops are perfect for browsing, as well as buying unique one-of-a-kind items. You certainly won’t have the same selection that you would have at the Saint-Ouen, but it’s much less crowded, much more picturesque and not at all overwhelming.
Occasionally, you may get lucky enough to stumble onto one of the neighborhood yard sales and find tables spilling out onto the sidewalks.
This is a great place to spend a relaxing afternoon, just wandering in and out of the nooks and crannies that surround the ancient buildings, shopping in peace and quiet, while visiting the little shops in search of a real Paris treasure. Don’t miss a visit to the old medieval fortress wall and tower from the 11th and 12th century, and the Hotel de Sens.
The area isn’t limited to just antiques, either. There are lots of art galleries, ateliers and artisan boutiques offering up decor and design items.
Dealers are open Monday – Saturday from 11am – 7pm.
If you are interested in a little virtual visit, watch the video.
Photos ©Nichole Robertson of Little Brown Pen
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