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VINTAGE SHOPPING IN PARIS: L’OBJET QUI PARLE

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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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Sophie Nadeau loves dogs, books, Paris, pizza, and history, though not necessarily in that order. A fan of all things France related, she runs solosophie.com when she's not chasing after the next sunset shot or consuming her weight in sweet food. Currently based in Paris after studies in London, she's spent most of her life living in the beautiful Devonian countryside in South West England!

4 Comments

  • […] and you will hear the city sing. Just for you. Then walk rue d’ martyres and find L’Objet qui Parle for that other special […]

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  • Maggie
    23rd October 2016 at 9:54 pm

    One thing I know nothing about when it comes to Paris is shopping – I usually get so wrapped up in the landmarks and visiting Parisian brasseries that I never get time to shop. I need to change this next time I’m in the city though as l’objet qui parle looks fantastic! xx

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  • Andreina
    23rd October 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Love this! Def will set out a whole day on my next visit to Paris to find quirky vintage shops like this one! Thanks for sharing Sophie! 🙂

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  • Darina
    23rd October 2016 at 9:05 am

    I love vintage shopping in Paris. The next time I will visit this shop!

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