They say that when in Paris, you should do as the Parisians do.
Which means eat a lot of pain au chocolat (which is good) and do a lot of vintage shopping (which is even better).
That’s what B&S did, during the frenchie episodes of the uberlicious Gossip Girl, frolicking around boutiques, museums and fancy restaurants.
But, on a more down to earth way, I admit I did that too, returning home from my Paris getaway with my suitcase crammed with shoes and the sweetest taste (of Laduree) in my mouth.
I discovered that some of the best vintage shops are in the Les Halles area (next to the Pompidou Center), such as Rag (83-85 Rue St. Martin). Its windows are filled with colorful boots and Burberry trenches and comes complete with its two equally charming and funny owners (one was always–and I mean always–wearing a red and blue military jacket).
But I also found out that the Marais district (get off at the St. Paul stop on the yellow line of le métro), is the hip place to be: new trends, good food (boulangeries and restaurants), designers trés à la page and boutiques de free prix are scattered all over this tiny and smart quarter just above the Seine.
I particularly loved a tiny yet crowded shop where a blonde French girl sells shoes, bags, boots and dresses from the ‘70s and ‘80s (Coiffure, 32 Rue des Rosiers), and then there’s a little rockabilly shop with tons of peek-a-boo heels from the ‘50s (Noir, 12 Rue du Roi de Sicile).
Then, walking along Rue du Temple and arriving in Place de la Republique, you can choose to either grab a cup of hot coffee and enjoy the spring breeze (atChez Prune, 36 Rue de Beaurepaire) or go and check out if in Cours de Vincennes there’s a grand deballage de brocante (the Parisian version of a flea market).
I was in luck. In fact, that is the reason why my luggage was so heavy when I flew back to Italy.
But then again, how can you resist a pair of grey ‘80s boots, a green leather bag, a silk striped dress, black sandals and red-orange-black flats?