Paris’ 20 Best Vintage Clothing Shops

Posted on December 15, 2011 by VINGT Editorial

Text: Meg Gagnard

Our vintage clothing post has long been one of our readers’ favourites. We decided it needed an update, so we called on urban explorer Meg Gagnard of De Quelle planète es-tu? to update the guide, and give a bit more information about each place. Thanks, Meg! Anne

n. f. FRIPERIE: Vêtements, meubles qui, ayant servi, sont plus ou moins usés. Ce n’est que de la friperie. Marchand de friperie. 

A friperie is a French word for a place that sells second-hand clothing: whether that be high end vintage name brands or basic 5 euro button downs. A lot of the shops play with this word to make it unique for their particular boutique.

Paris is the city of many things, and when it comes to vintage clothing or second hand shops, Paris has got a lot to offer (don’t forget about the flea markets!). Below is a list organized by district, of 20 second-hand shops in Paris. There are many, many more for different styles, decades and budgets that couldn’t fit into a list of a number as small as 20, but please share your favorites in the comments!

1.) Didier Ludot

20-24 Galerie Montpensier, 1st, Metro Pyramides (7, 14)

Classified as a “dépôt-vente de luxe,” thus with luxury vintage items. This boutique is definitely a staple in the Parisian vintage shop list.

2.) Kiliwatch

65 Rue Tiquetonne, 1st, Metro Etienne Marcel (4)

Kiliwatch is a colorful mix of urban lifestyles old and new. It is part vintage part new and features a variety of classic styles and new, up-and-coming brands. The prices are a pinch steeper than the average vintage shop; but is worth it for the high quality products and great selection. From accessories to shoes to scarves to bright and fun dresses, Kiliwatch has got you covered.

3.) Sztark

4 bis rue d’Uzès, 2nd, Metro Grands Boulevards (8)

High end boutique with a fantastic selection of vintage goods.

4.) Planète 70

147 rue Saint-Martin, 3rd, Metro Rambuteau (11)

This friperie features a variety of different styles at a reasonable price.

5.) Free’p’Star

8 Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie & 61 rue de la Verrerie, 4th, Metro Hôtel de Ville (1, 11)

Free’p’Star has a huge selection, not everything is spectacular but when you find that one thing you weren’t expecting it’s very satisfying.

6.) Frip’irium

2 rue de la Verrerie, 4th, Metro Hôtel de Ville (1, 11)

A classic friperie with piles of random treasures. From button downs and overalls to fur coats and foulards, Frip’irium has a wide selection of vintage items. As the items are already selected, the prices tend to be higher than some other basic friperies.

7.) Mam’zelle Swing

35 bis rue du Roi de Sicile, 4th, Metro Hôtel de Ville (1, 11)

Many decades are represented here up to the 60’s. The whole shop is decorated with vintage knick-knacks. A good mix of low-end prices and high-end prices are offered here.

8.) Chercheminippes

102 rue du Cherche Midi, 6th, Metro Duroc (10, 13)

Chercheminippes has a shop for everyone: men’s, women’s, home and children. They carry name brand products, priced correctly.

9.) Atelier 46

46 rue de Château d’Eau, 10th, Metro Jacques Bonsergent (5)/ Château d’Eau (4)

I felt as though I couldn’t NOT put Atelier 46 on this list. Atelier 46 is a vintage shop/flea market AND a hair salon. But in terms of clothing they only have women’s nightgowns and the likes – there’s certainly nothing else like it.

10.) Chez Chiffons

47 rue de Lancry, 10th, Metro Jacques Bonsergent (5)

Also in the 10th, Chez Chiffons is a tiny consignment boutique with higher-end trendy vintage products for women.

11.) Frip Sap

32 rue de Lancry, 10th, Metro Jacques Bonsergent (5)

Frip Sap is certainly not overpriced, and they sure do have an amazing selection of leather boots. It’s the sort of place where you can find a random treasure of great quality for a small price.

12.) Frivoli

26 Rue Beaurepaire, 10th, Metro Jacques Bonsergent (5)

Frivoli has higher end products and name brands. The consignment boutique is minimalist and the window displays alone will make you think you’re in a vintage wonderland.

13.) Thanx God I’m A VIP

12 rue de Lancry, 10th, Metro Jacques Bonsergent (5)

This wonderland in the 10th has the most wonderful color organization. All of their vintage clothes are assorted by color, featuring classic vintage name brand items along handmade pieces. A bit on the pricier side, but for a reason! They’ve got classic name brand designers and vintage products from a variety of decades that still are a part of the timelessness of some fashion trends. [Pictured below].

14.) Come on Eileen

16-18 rue des Taillandiers, 11th, Metro Bréguet-Sabin (5)/Bastille (1, 5, 8)

Come On Eileen is a big shop with a lot of variety. They’ve got their high-end products, the classic Levi’s shorts and jeans collections and also some more fun stuff for that random occasion you may need an outfit for. At Come On Eileen they’ve got loads of merchandise, so you really have to be ready to dig to find your own treasures.

15.) Vintage Clothing Paris

10 rue de Crussol, 11th, Metro Oberkampf (5, 9) /Filles du Calvaire (8)

Vintage Clothing Paris features higher end women’s vintage clothing; mostly name brands which justifies their elevated prices.

16.) Au Fil Du Coeur

12 Rue Sarrette, 14th, Metro Alésia (4)

Au Fil Du Coeur is a tiny higher end boutique with brand name women’s garments and purses; they also carry classic house ware items such as silver and porcelain.

17.) By Flowers

86 Rue des Martyrs, 18th, Metro Pigalle (2, 12)

Classic hole in the wall type of place with hidden treasures including fur coats, leather bags and colorful sweaters.

18.) Chine Machine  

100 rue des Martyrs, 18th, Metro Abbesses (12)

Chine Machine is in the heart of Montmartre behind metro Abbesses. It has a wide variety of funky women’s second-hand and vintage clothing. Reasonably priced. [Pictured below].

19.) La Boutique Noire 

22 rue de la Vieuville, 18th, Metro Abbesses (12)

La Boutique Noire is a fresh face to the Montmartrois streets. It is building its current collection but has reasonably priced modern second-hand products including some altered more ‘recently-vintage’ goods.

20.) La Caverne à Fripes 

25 rue Houdon, 18th, Metro Abbesses (12)

This place is known especially for being an ACTUAL hole in the wall. As you step through the little door on rue Houdon, you’ll enter in the claustrophobic world of loveliness. Here you’ll find mainly coats, bags and boots. [top image]