Last Updated on 2nd July 2017 by Sophie Nadeau
One of the best things about Paris is that you never quite know what you’ll stumble on next. Vintage is always just around the corner. Paris is the kind of place where you can be wandering in a super chic modern shopping centre one moment and browsing vintage the next. Cue: L’Objet qui Parle.
You know those shops that you enter on a whim and end up staying for hours? Well, that’s exactly what happens when you enter l’Objet qui Parle for the first time. In French, ‘l’Objet qui Parle‘ literally means ‘the talking object’. This is a pretty fitting name considering that’s just what the unusual wares do. Each carefully curated item in the store has its own individual story, history. Think clay smoking pipes next to plastic doll heads. Think quirky mirror frames next to pencil sketches.
The shop is laid out like a curiosity shop of the past. Everything is arranged in a ‘n’importe quoi’ style and you have to ‘dig’ through wares to find gems. Although the Old Curiosity Shop in London is now a luxury shoe shop, this is how I love to imagine it would have looked back in the day. What I’m trying to say is that, when I open my own antique shop (a very probable future occupation), this is how you can expect it to look!
Vintage shopping in Paris: Where else?
While we’re speaking vintage shopping in Paris, it would be a crime not to mention that the biggest flea market in the World is located just north of Paris in Port St Ouen. Although not in Paris, it’s easily reachable by metro. A weekly weekend occasion, it’s the perfect place to find a quirky souvenir from Paris. It was here that I managed to pick up a vintage 1920s postcard for €1. Not a bad souvenir!
How to visit L’objet qui Parle
Home to some of the prettiest carousels in Paris, a hidden vineyard and the Sacré-Coeur, Montmartre is one of the chicest neighbourhoods in Paris. It is here where you can find l’Objet qui Parle in Montmartre.
Address: 86 Rue des Martyrs, 75018 Paris, France.
Opening times: 1:30 pm – 7:30 pm Monday-Saturday.
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