If there is a city that does not lack of thrift shops, it is Paris. We have drawn up the list of the top 10 to help you find your ideal thrift shop, where prices vary, fashion also, but where we always find wonderful things from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and even the 90’s !
In these two second-hand stores located in the Marais district, prices are not fixed and mostly depend on color codes (red : 20 euros / kilo, green : 30 euros / kilo …), so, the price of your purchases will depend on the kilo of dresses, shirts, or t-shirts you will buy. The prices are very interesting, since t-shirts for example cost 5 euros per kilo, the kilo of skirts cost 6 euros …
Moreover, KiloShop is an eco-responsible store, since it collects clothes instead of buying new ones, to avoid for instance the surplus of water consumption that causes the manufacture of jeans.
This chain of thrift stores, which has 3 in Paris, one in the 12th district, one in the 17th, and one in the 18th, is probably one of the cheapest. You can find everything: accessories, t-shirts and dresses for 5 euros, shirts, shoes … However, clothes are not always in good condition, so you should check what you buy.
Le Coffre is probably the most recent in the thrift shop world, and houses a majority of second-hand clothing, but very clean, in good condition, sorted by color and style. This is what makes this place special. The price will be also fixed according to a color code, the articles classified in blue will cost 2 euros, in red 5 euros … Thus, it is easy to find beautiful pieces according to ones budget. Le Coffre has 2 shops, one in the 20th arrondissement, and one in the 17th.
By Flowers is a shop in the district of Montmartre where you can really negociate a good business, provided that you make the effort to search because you can find very good items in the bottom of the clothes scattered, and go back there often, because the reassort is very regular. The prices are very correct, and you can in addition haggle with the seller, thing you can not do in another thrift shop.
The Rag and Vertiges thrift shops are allied to make you benefit from a wider selection of items, which include pieces as interesting as the others, even vintage lingerie. At Rag, the success is due to boots because of their wide choice. You can clearly find everything, including designer clothes for which prices range from 5 euros to 400 euros! Located in the 4th district, they are close to the metro station “Les Halles”.
In the Marais, after your shopping at KiloShop, you can go to the three Free’p’star shops, real caves of Ali Baba. Prices range from 5 to 60 euros. There is a lot of choice, and at your disposal a “1 euro tray”, where, as the name suggests, everything cost 1 euro. It is not unusual to find Levi’s 501 jeans for 10 euros! Free’p’star is not only a thrift shop, it also houses art events.
This shop in the 2nd district of Paris is a must-see for Parisian thrift shops, and offers a wide selection of second-hand clothes in 600m², plus a collection of new clothes. You will not really be able to make bargains in terms of price, as it is more like a vintage shop than a thrift shop, prices are much more expensive. But the items are made with very good quality and the choice is so wide !
La Petite Fripe (11th district of Paris) is a real shoe box. Before being a special shoe shop, it was a thrift. Today, it offers a wide selection of vintage shoes, boots, platforms, pumps, ankle boots … Repackaged to the taste of the day.
Episode is a thrift that does not have the characteristic of being a mess, like the others. It is well organized, tidy, it is all that maniacs among vintage clothing amateurs want. The prices are correct, especially for shoes. And thanks to the old stocks that have not been runned out, you can find at good price new pieces.
True den of the clothes fans of the 70s, Hippy Market does not hide its success: it has 12 shops in France, and one in Paris, rue du Temple (4th district). There are several tens of millions of tons of clothing that are collected every year, and cleanliness and authenticity are at the rendez-vous. Well-kept, the shop will make happy the most enthustiasts, although a little more expensive, you are sure to buy quality.
As you know, Paris is known for its brasseries and above all, its « terrasses », and you can not walk on a street without bumping into at least one brasserie. Here, at ParisByM, we have prepared a top 5 of the best brasseries in Paris. Don’t miss out those ones, which were (and are currently) famous for their history and menus (classification is neither increasing nor decreasing).
In the neighborhood of Montparnasse (14th district), the brasserie La Coupole is an emblematic and artistic place of Paris.
At la Coupole, you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner at prices varying from €11.90 to €59.00. What is better than eating well, feeling the artistic atmosphere of the place, in the heart of Paris? Founded in 1927, this brasserie has directly become a great success and personalities and artists such as Jean Cocteau, Man Ray, Georges Braque, Brassaï, Picasso, Edith Piaf, and even Ernest Hemingway, were regular customers.The artistic legacy of the place is also defined by the numerous interventions of artists who came to add color to the famous “pillars” of the restaurant and to paint. This brasserie is particularly frequented, especially by those who want to regain the atmosphere of the book “Paris est une fête” written by Hemingway .. You can click here for more information.
102 Bd du Montparnasse 75014 Paris
Access : Vavin (Metro line 4)
Classified as a historical monument, there is no doubt that Le Bouillon Chartier is a must among the best brasseries in Paris. Created in 1896, it has kept the same architecture of the XIXth century. It is a landmark in the history of Parisian brasseries. Everything has remained faithful, even the prices: the main course do not exceed €13,50 (from €8,50), the entries range from €1,80 to €6,80, and the desserts €2.20 to €4.00. Click here to check their website.
7 rue du Faubourg Montmartre 75009 Paris
Access : Grands Boulevards (Metro lines 8, 9)
Le Bon Bock is the oldest brasserie in the artistic and very parisian neighborhood of Montmartre. Also here, the greatest artistic figures such as Picasso or Apollinaire came to have a drink in this brasserie created in 1879. The prices are quite reasonable for a big parisian and historical brasserie, such as for example the starter Gratinée de Mamie à l’Oignon for 6,80 €. Find all the information here.
2 Rue Dancourt, 75018 Paris
Access : Abbesses (Metro lines 2, 12), Anvers (2), Pigalle (2, 12)
This brasserie serving traditional food is leveled on three floors, in the middle of which you can admire a patio of plants, open sky over Paris. Le Café du Commerce was founded in 1921 and is one of the most trendy and best brasseries in Paris of the XXth century, just like the Bouillon Chartier. The formula Main course + Dessert + Coffee at 17.50 € largely worth it! Check the menus here.
51 rue du Commerce, 75015 Paris
Access : La Motte Piquet Grenelle (8, 10, 6), Avenue Emile Zola (10), Commerce (8)
This traditionnal brasserie located in the Latin Quarter (6th district) is a place full of history. Created in 1890, it welcomed street artists and very known writers, such as Paul Verlaine or Victor Hugo, the author of the Hunchback Of Notre Dame, who was a regular customer. The meetings of the Collège de Pataphysique were organized here in the 1950s. If you do not have to miss one of the best Parisian brasseries, this is THE one. There is something for every taste, from the classic « oeuf-mayo » (egg mayonnaise), to the blanquette de veau, or beautiful entrecôtes. More information on their website.
41, rue Monsieur Le Prince
Access : Odéon (4)
Le Marais is one of the most emblematic neighborhoods of Paris and is located in the 3rd and the 4th districts. This is a place full of history which is divided in several parts with, in each one, different atmospheres. We no longer count what you could do in this quarter !
Le Marais is located over an old wide swampy area, hence its name (« Marais » means « Marsh »). It was built in the Middle Ages, housing historical buildings such as the wall of Philippe Auguste, and religious buildings built around it, such as Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis Parish. In the 17th century, King Henri IV built the present Place des Vosges (formerly Place Royale), a perfect place for walks. Later, in the 19th century and even earlier, Ashkenazi jews persecuted in Eastern Europe settled in the neighborhood. Today, the Jewish quarter is a legacy.
Le Marais has become, today, a district both historical and trendy. This neighborhood is also known for being gay-friendly.
Philippe Auguste’s wall is located not far from the Saint-Paul gardens, and was built in the 12th century by this King of France who reigned at the same time. It is the oldest wall in Paris, and it served to delimit the boundary between Paris and the exterior.
You can also find the Hotel de Sens, which is a 15th century historical hotel which houses now a library, and which has its own gardens, the Jardins de l’Hôtel de Sens, in which you can enjoy the sun during the beautiful days.
This area is not only full of history but also of arts. The Picasso Museum (Musée Picasso), inaugurated in 1985, exhibits the documents and works of the artist, as well as the House of Victor Hugo (Maison de Victor Hugo), located on the Place des Vosges (built by King Henri IV), where he lived from 1832 to 1848. You will also be able to visit a jewish art gallery, the Art 25, as well as the Museum of Art and History of Judaism (Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme).
The Carnavalet Museum (Musée Carnavalet), which traces the history of Paris, is also located in the district, where you can learn more about the history of Le Marais (check more information here).
Le Marais includes a jewish quarter called Pletzl (Pletzl means “small place” in Yiddish), which begins in the rue des Rosiers, this cobbled street where you can taste delicious falafels at l’As du Falafel (pay attention to the length of the queuel because they are victim of their success!) or at Mi-Va-Mi. You can also find synagogues or kosher shops in this historical place, inhabited by the jewish community since the Middle Ages.
The Holocaust Museum (Mémorial de la Shoah), not far away from the emblematic Pltetzl, is a must-see and is one of the most emotional places in the neighborhood. There are permanent exhibitions, with documents from the Second World War, including the Holocaust, during which the Jews of France and Europe were deported. There is a crypt containing the victims’ ashes, pictures, the names of the deportees, the names of the Justes (those who hid the Jews). As well as a bookstore that offers more than 3000 references on this topic.
Le Marais is probably the most gay-friendly neighborhood in the capital, where you can find many gay bars. You can also find thrift stores, such as Kilo Shop, one of the thrift shops in Paris where you can make really good deals.
Enjoy your walk in Le Marais !
Located in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou and in Jaunay-Clan, in the region Nouvelle-Aquitaine, the Futuroscope, with 1.9 million visitors per year, is a leisure park that offers scientific and technology-based attractions. Due to the diversity of the different ones, they are accessible to both adults and children.
You can experience sensorial attractions with realistic special effects, such as 3D and 4D (Ice Age attraction for instance) simulators, or get your adrenaline pumped up in training centers such as the Arena Fun Experiences, where you will test sports like the Flying Ball, and where you will experience sensational slides. More information here.
Among France tourist attractions, we can obviously find the Château de Chenonceau, one of the Loire castles. It is THE castle which can’t be missed during your visit of the valley of the Loire. It is the second most visited castle in France, after the Château de Versailles. Built in 1513, it is an emblematic castle which has known many personalities, like Catherine de Medicis. At ParisByM, we have designed a package “Loire Valley”, where the visit of this castle is included. More information about the castle here and about the package here.
Each year, the Colleville-sur-Mer American Cemetery attracts numerous visitors who pay tribute to the graves of 9,387 US soldiers dead during Operation Overlord during the Normandy landings of June 6, 1944.
The cemetery is on the edge of Omaha Beach, there is a chapel, a garden, and you can attend the American Flag Descent and Folding ceremony, which takes place every day.
We have created for you a special itinerary American D-Day Tour here. More information here.
Who has never wanted to visit the Mont Saint Michel? This rock detached from the mainland facing the English Channel is above all a village, on which thrills the Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel, overhanging a huge bay, which offers you a magnificent view. It is a must, and it is only 2 hours from the landing beaches in Normandy ! You can plan your visit checking information here.
If you are visiting France from December to May, it is essential that you go skiing on the Mont Blanc massif, where a wide choice of resorts is possible: Chamonix, Brévent, Les Houches, Planard … According to if you want skiing at altitude or in valley. A great opportunity to discover the French Alps. More information here.
Located between the Var and the Alpes de Haute Provence, the Gorges du Verdon are part of the natural beauty of France. The turquoise color of the Verdon river will not leave you indifferent, and for the sportsmen and sportswomen, a little walk will make you discover the detail of these magnificent landscapes .. Learn more here.
Provence is one of the most visited regions of France. Aix-En-Provence, Avignon, the famous village of Baux-de-Provence, they all are a must see, but the Roman heritage of this region is not to be overlooked: come and visit Arles, the magnificent Roman city remains with its amphitheater, its ancient theater, the thermal baths of Constantin (les thermes de Constantin), or the cryptoportica. History lovers, the information is here.
We hope our France tourist attractions will help you to prepare your visit!
We all know the classics of the Paris Museums : the Musée du Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, and the Musée du Quai Branly. The three general museums for those who are in a hurry and want to do a quick and unavoidable visit of Paris. And what if you want to be more specific? Here are some suggestions to discover unusual Paris Museums.
We obviously recommend the House of Victor Hugo (Maison de Victor Hugo), which the famous writer occupied at the Hôtel de Rohan-Guémenée, Place des Vosges, from 1832 to 1848. A place of life and a place of writing (« Les Misérables » was written here) which evokes his early youth, and offers a collection of objects redrawing his life, from the exile to the « after exile », exposing his drawings, family objects too, and manuscripts. Relive the life of the author of « The Huntchback of Notre Dame » by exploring his apartment from the antechamber to the Chinese salon at 6 place des Vosges 75004 Paris.
The House of Balzac (Maison de Balzac) is also a must-see for anyone in love with French writers. You can find the author’s famous “Cabinet de Travail” (Study), his personal effects and the table where he wrote many works such as “Une ténébreuse affaire”. A library is set up and is open to all, including original editions and bindings of the romantic era. Discover Balzac at 47 rue Raynouard 75016 Paris.
Among the Paris museums, you can find everything. As proof, scientists will find fulfillment in the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, located in the Parc de la Villette. You will be able to discover mathematical challenges, discover the mysteries of sound, light and brain, take a break in the space dedicated to the aquarium, and for astronomy lovers, you can visit the “Objectifs Terre” section dedicated to the revolution of satellites. Interesting temporary exhibitions are also held throughout the year. You can find it at 30 avenue Corentin Cariou 75019 Paris.
The Curie Museum (Musée Curie) offers to discover the life of the physicist and chemist Marie Curie and her family who hold five Nobel Prizes. First woman to have received one, she discovered with her husband two new elements: polonium and radium. This museum houses her laboratory which has been preserved without any change, the garden she has herself arranged in the Radium Institute, and even her office. All the secrets of this famous scientific family can be found at 1 rue Pierre et Marie Curie, 75005 Paris.
Come and discover the first steps of the humanity at the Museum of Natural History of Paris (Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle), in particular at the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution, in the rooms devoted to the evolution of life, mankind or even animal species, whether you are interested in the marine environment, the terrestrial environment, or both. A permanent exhibition describes how mankind has changed its environment, from Homo-Sapiens to nowadays, evoking the transformation of landscapes and pollution. Location : 36 Rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire 75005 Paris.
We would also recommend the Holocaust Memorial (Mémorial de la Shoah), which relates the history of the genocide of the Jews during the Second World War. More than 5,000 square meters of exhibitions of pictures, original documents, and activities are available to permit the visitors to pay tribute to the memory of the deportees, but also of the « Justes », French people who helped to avoid several other deaths by hiding Jews in their houses. You can also find here a bookshop to increase your knowledge about this period, which offers more than 10,000 documents tackling the history of the Shoah. The museum is located at 17 rue Geoffroy l’Asnier, 75004 Paris.
You may be interested in the Invalides, which hosts the museum of War, of World Wars, the memorial Charles de Gaulles, and the tomb of Napoleon : check information here.
The Picasso Museum (Musée Picasso) is for you. It contains a large collection of paintings and sculptures of the artist, representing the movement of cubism of the XXth century. The museum has various pictures and archives of the same century, by Picasso himself and artists of the time like Brassaï or Man Ray. 5 rue de Thorigny 75003 Paris.
You will especially appreciate the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris (Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris), between the Champs-Elysées and the Eiffel Tower, which counts nearly 9,000 works belonging to different movements of the XXth century and especially the second half, where you will discover chronogically and thematically movements such as New Realism or Conceptual Art. So, artists, find yourself there : 11 avenue du Président Wilson 75016 Paris.
There is the Museum of Chocolate (Musée du Chocolat), where you can learn about the history of chocolate, meet chocolate makers, taste chocolates, or create your own! We are not telling you more. Go to 28 Boulevard de Bonne Nouvelle, 75010 Paris.
We hope you will enjoy the Paris museums as much as we do!