It’s another dream of mine to write a book about my perspective on vintage in Paris (and London of course!). I was lucky enough to visit Paris, half a dozen times when I was living in London. It was so easy on the Eurostar from London’s Kings Cross Station.
In my experience big cosmopolitan cities offer the gift of the ability to walk everywhere, with really efficient public transport systems. I say explore it all on foot! Unless it is absolutely freezing, boiling hot or you have young children in tow, keep out of the car. You can visit the Practical Paris resource on the Tourism Paris website for more information about getting around and best deals for train tickets etc.
For accommodation, I’ve stayed in a few areas of Paris. Saint Germain Des-Pres being my favourite. The 6th Arrondissement of Paris. The home of 19th century literary and artistic legends. Also offering today’s best shopping, restaurants, bars, art galleries, antique stores and street markets, at your doorstep. For accommodation ideas, I always start with Trip Advisor.
For the all important, holy grail vintage shopping part of your trip, I am really taken with the comprehensive, Paris Perfect, Flea Market Guide. They even offer tours (which I’m looking forward to booking myself on)! There are several blog posts about all the different angles of vintage shopping in Paris. Best times to visit, how to negotiate with Parisian dealers (very important), and even a section on the history of the Parisian flea market trade. So interesting! You can discover more here.
If you’re planning a more extensive trip around France and keen to discover more flea markets, I recommend looking into, Sandy Price’s Flea Markets of France guide.
Travel and vintage is such a bug! It goes hand in hand. I can’t wait to go on my next vintage seeking adventure.