Flea markets and brocantes

There’s a big vide-grenier (an attic-emptying) with 800 stalls on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (11-13 May, 2012) on Rue de Bretagne! Friday 6h-19h Saturday 8h-19h Sunday 8h-19h.

 The most famous flea market in Paris is Les Puces de Saint-Ouen, at Porte de Clignancourt. It is the largest antique market in the world, with about 150,000 visitors each weekend. There are a lot of details about the different sections of this flea market at Paris Perfect, and a lot of photos at The Paris Apartment.

Marché aux Puces de la Porte de Vanves is my favourite – it’s smaller, cleaner and more easily accessible.

Here’s an iphone app about the Paris Flea markets.

Sajou: Notions & Haberdashery

Beautiful sewing notions from Sajou like scissors, thread, sewing kits, collectibles, etc.

This is a gallery of Flickr photos from people that own Sajou products.

Their products are available at these shops (Le Bon Marché department store is the best bet):

Tapisserie de France
7, rue des Moulins, 75001
Métro Pyramides (Close to Le Louvre)
01 42 60 65 67

Tapisserie de la Bucherie
2, rue du Haut Pavé, 75005
Métro Saint-Michel (Near Notre-Dame)
01 40 46 87 69

Le Bon Marché
5, rue de Babylone, 75007
Métro Sèvres-Babylone
01 44 39 80 00

Le Comptoir
26, rue Cadet, 75009
Métro Poissoniere
01 42 46 20 72

Les Brodeuses Parisiennes
1, rue François de Neufchâteau, 75011
Métro Voltaire
01 40 24 20 80

Au Bonheur des Dames
17, avenue Daumesnil, 75012
(In one of the shops in the viaduct of La promenade plantée)
Métro Bastille
01 43 42 06 27

Bleu De Chine
9, rue Marsoulan, 75012
Métro Picpus
01 43 43 18 23

Au Fil Des Jours
2, rue Frémicourt, 75015
Métro Avenue Émile Zola
01 45 75 05 19

Lin Et Petits Points
119, avenue Félix Faure, 75015
Métro Balard
01 45 54 78 29

10, rue Saint-Ferdinand, 75017
Métro Argentine, Terne (Near François)
01 45 74 13 19


Looking for enamel house numbers?

N° 88 bis

Plaques et Pots is a shop near Les Halles that is well worth a visit. You can find those famous blue and white enamel house numbers, replica street signs and signs like “toilette”, “chiens méchants”, etc.

Plaques et Pots
12, rue de la Ferronnerie, 75001
Métro Châtelet-Les Halles

UPDATE: According to the France Revisited blog, Plaques et Pots shut down!


N° 5

I have never been to Au Petite Bonheur La Chance, but after reading this short article in the Financial Times – How To Spend It (!), I can’t wait to visit. Wish You Were Here states “If you’re addicted to all things old, domestic and French, this shop on narrow rue St. Paul is the equivalent of mainlining your entire stash.” It’s in the Marais – walking distance from home base.

Au Petite Bonheur La Chance
13, rue Saint Paul, 75004
Métro Saint Paul

On the corner of...

And then there’s BHV. The hardware section, in the basement of the department store Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville, is the best hardware store in the world.

64 Rue de Rivoli,  75004

On the web: Plaque personnalisé

Le Marché des Enfants Rouge

Le Marche? des Enfants-Rouges
It is the oldest market in Paris. Le Petit Marché was created in 1615 to serve Le Marais. It was renamed in remembrance of an orphanage near by. Along with neighbouring Rue de Bretagne, it is now one of the hippest markets in the Haut Marais. There are 20 stalls and restaurants in the market and there is a great photography ephemera shop as well. The adjacent street, Rue de Bretagne is worth a visit – a beer at Café Charlot is a must.

Here is a link to my Flickr set.

Marché des Enfants-Rouges
39 Rue de Bretagne, 75003
M° Temple

Horaires d’ouverture
Mardi, mercredi, jeudi : de 8h30 à 13h et de 16h à 19h30
Vendredi, samedi : de 8h30 à 13h et de 16h à 20h
Dimanche : de 8h30 à 14h


“The word is in: The best (and oldest)  kitchen supply shop is E. Dehillerin”: MSNBC | A Canadian Foodie | FXcuisine

“The store was founded by Eugene Dehillerin near the famous Les Halles market. In 1880, it moved to it current location, an attractive building in the 1st arrondissement.”

E. Dehillerin
18 et 20, rue Coquillière, 75001
51, rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001
Métro Les Halles
Mon: 9am-12.30pm / 2pm-6pm
Tue-Sat: 9am-6pm

“But E. Dehillerin is no Williams-Sonoma. Don’t expect some Martha Stewart experience. This cavernous kitchen supply store is dusty, and looks more barn sale than Sur la Table. And the sales people do not fawn over customers.

“It’s practical,” says Eric Dehillerin, the fifth generation of this Parisian family to run the famous store. “When clients enter here they are surrounded by what they see. The equipment is all around. They can see it, hold it, look at it. It’s living. It has history.””

Other shops are reviewed in Le Best of Paris.

David Lebovitz has a great article on cookware shops.

Mora is “everything Dehillerin is not. Clean, modern and polite” (FXcuisine)

13, Rue Montmartre,  75001
Métro Étienne-Marcel, Les Halles
Mon-Fri: 9am-6.15pm
Sat: 10am-1pm / 1.45pm-6.30pm

A. Simon is “where the professionals shop” (20 Little Cities) .

A. Simon
48-52 Rue Montmartre, 75002
Metro Les Halles (Rue Rambuteau exit), Etienne Marcel
Mon: 1.30pm-6.30pm
Tue-Fri: 9am-6.30pm
Sat: 9.30am-6.30pm

La Vaissellerie is where I bought my lovely octagonal-shaped dishware back in 1991 (they did not survive the marriage). It was at the branch near the Marks and Spencer’s.

La Vaissellerie
80, Bd Haussmann, 75008
Métro Havre-Caumartin

La Bovida
36 Rue Montmartre, 75001
Metro Les Halles (Rue Rambuteau exit), Etienne Marcel

From 20 Little Cities:

Famous pastry chef David Lebovitz says “If G. Detou didn’t exist, I couldn’t live in Paris.” The stores sells only edible goods and as its name indicates G. Detou ( J’ai de tout – I. haveverything) has it all. It is a heaven for baking goods and the great pastry chefs shop here for ingredients that can’t be found anywhere else. You’ll also find lots of savory regional goods on the floor-to-ceiling shelves such as the tasty sardines from Brittany La Belle-Iloise or jars full of all different kinds of dried mushrooms. G. Detou is a must-shop at.

G. Detou
58 Rue Tiquetonne, 75001
Metro: Etienne Marcel
Mon-Sat: 8.30am-6.30pm

Marché Saint-Pierre

Le temple du tissu à Paris

Photo: The French Patchworker

Sounds like an amazing area for fabric nerds, one that I  had never heard of:

“Located at the base of the stairs to the Sacré Coeur in Montmarte, Paris’ largest textile market never ceases to delight budding couturiers and quilters the world over. The market quartier may be a more apt description—includes the largest and oldest department store Le Marché Saint Pierre (Dreyfuss), from where the area takes its name, and several smaller specialty shops like Tissus Reine (slightly overpriced) and Moline (great for haberdashery).” — paris.unlike.

Marché Saint-Pierre
1, Place Saint-Pierre, 75018
1-7,  rue Livingstone, 75018
2, rue Charles Nodier, 75018
3 rue Steinkerque, 75018

Tissus Reine
3-5, Place St Pierre, 75018

3 Rue Charles Nodier, 75018

Mº Anvers ou Pigalle.

More information: Maison apart | L’internaute.com |

Yarn shops 2

Yarn Bomb

La Mercerie de l’Est
22 Rue De La Fidélité 75010

Au Dé à Coudre
5 Place Pinel 75013
01 45 84 33 19

10, rue de la Butte aux Cailles, 75013
01 53 80 31 33
A Salon de thé and a yarn shop!

27 Rue Des Plantes 75014

2, Rue Cazotte 75018
01 42 54 51 09

Mercerie Moline
2-4-6 Rue Livingstone 75018
01 42 59 36 68

Mercerie Saint Pierre
20 Rue Pierre Picard 75018
01 46 06 57 65

61 Rue Planchat 75020
01 43 56 09 23

Yarn shops 1

Knitting at the Centre Pompidou

La Droguerie

9, Rue du Jour 75001
01 45 08 93 27

Lil Weasel
1 Passage Du Grand Cerf 75002

19, Rue Saint-Marc 75002
01 42 96 00 69

Amélie Diffusions
86 rue de Gravilliers 75003
01 42 78 16 87

Huguet & Cie
36, Rue Réaumur 75003

Le Bon Marché
22, Rue de Sèvres 75007
08 00 46 19 33

Le Comptoir
26, Rue Cadet 75009
01 42 46 20 72

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