Antique Hunting in Paris

Is there anything better than fresh bread with French butter, jam & tea?

I can’t think of anything I’d rather have on a sunny Parisian morning, soaking up the rays and watching the locals go on their merry way.

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After a simple breakfast we went back to Les Puces.

Every weekend the most marvellous flea market pops up here and we set out to comb every inch.

You can find everything from battered old family photos and vintage clothes to gilt armoires and vast sculptures.

It’s a maze of tiny streets, stalls and warehouses.

A dream world for a snooper, a shopper and a bargain hunter (and I just happen to be all three!)

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The clothes stores are wonderful.

Bursting at the seams with french lace, pretty petticoats, Chanel suits, crocodile handbags and row after row of fur coats that would make your granny’s eyes roll.

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But there’s also the most glorious homewear.

Check these out, mum!

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Beads…

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Bucket loads of upcycling…

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And just generally a lot of… stuff!

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You’ll find a real mix of people haggling away.

Some tourists, some dealers, some locals. The one thing everyone has in common?

Wanting a good deal. At Les Puces, or any market really, don’t just pay the price you’re quoted. Get stuck in and haggle! About half price is usually a good place to start and see where you go from there.

Don’t be afraid to walk away, you can always come back later.

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Wear something comfy, especially on your feet! There’s a lot of walking to be done.

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Equipment silk shirt (half off) // Slinky Feline leggings (the best!)

Nikes // Chanel // Jimmy sunnies // Pocket watch

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I badly want a huge loft space with hardwood floors & these letters resting against the back wall.

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“Whatchoo lookin’ at?”

I found a few nice prints for the apartment, I’m going to pop them into little black frames.

If you visit the market, and you should, I have a great little place for lunch!

Restaurant ma cocotte (my sweetheart).

For a start, the chefs look like chaps in a Dolce & Gabbana photoshoot.

Secondly the decor is lovely.

Thirdly(?) the staff are charming.

And last but not least, the food is banging.

What more could you possibly ask for?

We sat out in the sunshine for a leisurely, weekend lunch.

We shared buratta with toms & olive tapenade, and tuna tartar.

And both went for rotisserie chicken after.

Which comes with creamy, buttery mash… IN A JAR!

Is that exciting?! I was pretty excited.

Simple French cooking at its finest.

If you’re planning a Parisian adventure, you should put Les Puces on your to-do list.

Even if you don’t come away with a chandelier or an old army motorbike, the window shopping and people watching is second to none!

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  • Offonalittleadventure

    This has just reminded me how much I love Paris.
    And how much I miss decent cheese. Food looks amazing.

  • Amy

    I’m in the process of buying a flat – and heading to paris next month! You have just made my year, now how to fit several antique chairs and a giant chandelier in the back of the car….?
    Amy x
    http://www.upanddowninsurreyandlondon.com

  • I totally would’ve ‘souvenired’ that mash jar..

  • I adore Les Puces. I got such a great deal on All Star converses when I was there and bought some fab prints as well.

    PS Yes. Mashed potato in a jar IS exciting. Will be trying that for my next fancy dinner party! xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle & Fashion

  • Amber Rhodes

    Thanks for taking us on this journey with you. It all looked fantastic.
    http://www.sweetwordsprettypictures.com

  • Queenie Lee

    Les Puces looks so much fun! Also, love your shirt xxx

    http://peanutbutterandmussels.com/

  • I’m really loving these Paris posts; they’re very enticing and I love the way you describe everything. The market is definitely on my list if I ever visit France – the vintage clothing and the beads (BEADS!) are gorgeous!

    PS: Ma Cocotte is officially on my list as well – one does not simply pass up a restaurant opportunity with D&G models-looking chefs.

    Lubna | ELLE VOX

  • Sponge

    That’s my sort of outing, looks fab X

  • Mmm I love real French baguettes – skinny, crusty and full of holes. And last about 6 hours max so, of course, you’re required to eat the whole thing at once smothered in butter.

    Just me?!

    Ellie

  • Oh, that food looks epic. On my to visit list for Paris, without a doubt!

  • Laura

    Aww I love the look of all the trinkets at Les Puces!

    Your prints are very pretty.

    Mash in a jar! Never seen that done before!!

    http://www.whatlauradoesnext.co.uk

  • Drooling over some of the antique finds, some stunning pieces. Particularly that wooden yacht.

    Fie x Coffee & Confetti

  • This has definitely been added to my to-do list for my upcoming trip to Paris… hope my Mr is as good as yours and allows me to browse for as long as I need! Love a good flea market.
    Looking fab as always xx

  • Those letters are so dreamy! How much were they?

    I’d love to have a big open space loft with dark wooden floors, those big letters, cretes for containers and lots of snuggly blankets and tea, preferably over looking london or new york. Sat with the macbook and the pup πŸ™‚ THE DREAM.

    X

  • Anna

    You should totally think of starting another blog, The Parisienne πŸ˜‰

    Anna
    Cinnamon
    Girl β™₯

  • CassieOD

    I’m leaving for Paris in a few weeks to blow off steam after handing in my dissertation- I think a lazy day at Les Puces is so needed. Thanks for the recs Rose x

  • One of my bucket list items is to shop antiques in France! I love updating things. As usual thanks for the recommendations and the food looks heavenly!

    Erin
    Upsideofchaos.com

  • This place looks great! And somewhere I’ve never visited before. I’ll definitely need to change that on my next trip to Paris πŸ™‚

    http://ablogbyrobert.blogspot.co.uk/

  • The slow pace

    I’ve always wanted to visit Les Puces but… this is embarrasing… I’ve never been able to find it! I always get lost! Not that i vist Paris every weekend, but I’ve been there a few times and it’s always the same. I’m the worst, I know.
    xx,
    E.
    http://www.theslowpace.com

  • Les Puces looks amazing! And so does the food – I would have definitely got excited over the mash in a jar!!

    Hugs xoxo

    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

  • Rachel Taylor

    I so love your Paris posts! I think we need an apartment post and see your new prints in situ!

    http://rachelwildflower.blogspot.co.uk/

  • The Broke Boy

    Im going to paris in september, mainly to see BeyoncΓ© and JayZ “On The Run” but we have made the decision to go antique hunting on the sunday! Can’t wait.
    Looks like you found some great places. You should of treated yourself to the giant L!

    Alex

  • Emma and Emily

    Oh my gosh, mash in a jar? That looked amazing! How simple things please me..

    http://www.emandthem.co.uk

  • Wandering round Long Island yesterday, we discovered a charming antique shop in Greenport. It’s captivating- all the stuff and feeling so young among them! πŸ˜‰

    http://Www.allnnothing.com

    • joie7994

      Just clicked on your link thinking it was the antique store, now I’m way more interested in those orange chocolate cookies! Yum!

  • I have no idea how this market has slipped past me for all these years! I shall be sure to check it out next time I’m in the city. Craving Tartare from all your adventures now! Mash in a jar is definitely exciting by the way!

    Katie <3

  • Kate

    The market looks like a real treasure trove. And your lunch…. I always enjoy eating vicariously through your blog, Rosie! x
    Kate Louise Blogs

  • So sad I didn’t get to go antiquing when I was in Paris! πŸ™ Oh well, this just gives me a valid excuse to go back soon! πŸ™‚

  • Sunshine Blonde

    Where are you guys staying? x

  • Rosie this post is great! Paris is not even a 5 hour drive from where I live so I’m def. planning on going there soon and Les Puces is on the to-do list! Thank you so much for sharing it looks like the perfect place to get lost for hours. Also, I love your look it matches so many pictures is unreal! Big hug πŸ™‚ <3

  • The food looks amazing and I love the large letters, I wish I could fit one into my small flat lols πŸ™‚

    http://champagnelifestyleteabudget.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Rosie! This is easily one of my favorite posts you’ve ever written–I feel like I’m there πŸ™‚ Officially adding Les Puces to my bucket list of things to experience whilst in Paris!

  • Paris must be the perfect place to go antique hunting…lucky you! πŸ™‚

    http://everydayingrace.blogspot.ca/

  • We are going there for Christmas, will definitely have to check it out! I love antiques and weird things.

  • Kelsey Wilburn

    these shops look amazing and wow good lookin’ food

    ladies in navy

  • Looks fun! On the paris to do list x

    djinofecstasy.blogspot.com

  • Paulina Villalpando

    OMG I love antiques, this looks like an amazing place! http://www.thepaarblog.com/

  • Vacation envy is at 100% right now! Every time I go to Paris I never know where the antique shops are, totally checking this one out next time!

    xo Cassandre

  • Great post. A couple of weeks ago I ate lunch at the same exact restaurant you ate in. The food was so good. From what I’ve experienced, I must say that the quality of food in France is one of the best in the world. The antique market was so big, and you can probably find almost anything there πŸ™‚

    http://www.madelinefedmont.com/hong-kong/

  • Geena

    Oh that rotisserie chicken! After reading these posts I’m just desperate to go to paris again!
    http://www.ablogbygeena.blogspot.com

  • Cathryn Daws

    The market looks amazing, somewhere I’d spend all day wandering between the stalls. And that food. Mmmmm!

  • how fabulous!! i love antiquing! it’s one of my all time favorite things to do! Thanks for the post!

    xoxo, kerri

  • I remember visiting this market a few years ago, me and my friends had so much fun there. At the end of the day our feet hurt – it’s incredibly huge!
    Looking through your lovely photos takes me right back there πŸ™‚

    xx Cheyenne
    http://www.bohemianjourneys.blogspot.com

  • Those butterfly displays are so gorgeous! I’d love to have one like that for my office. And the food, as usual, looks amazing…

  • The food looks delicious and you look gorgeous Rosie!

    http://www.duchessoffashion.co.uk

  • Natalie Wuest

    I love reading your posts but reading it on my phone is a nightmare because the ads will follow me as I scroll and make it difficult to read and see your photos. I don’t know if you know about that but I’m hoping you can make your blog more phone friendly in the future. Xx

  • Jen

    This looks amazing! A real treasure trove.
    Even though I’ve just eaten, this post is making me peckish!!

  • Theresa Y.

    I wish I had known about this place when I was in Paris. The antique keys are so cool and all the little treasures look like great finds.
    http://livingtoat.com/

  • What fun photos! And I love that you wore sneakers walking around – thank you for being a sensible fashion blogger! The photo of the dog is my favorite!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • Nicola Bonn

    Bringing back amazing memories of my year in Paris-your photos are just beautiful. Have you been to a French Pharmacie to stock up on beauty products? Definitely recommend Embryollise! Nicola x
    http://www.bonnbeauty.com

  • Clarice Tejada

    I seriously need to go to Paris now! x

  • Peebreeks

    Great post, love antiques hunting. I really like your photos of the timepieces, beads, chandeliers and keys, they all look lovely πŸ™‚ xx

  • jimmothy.redfield@outlook.com

    Thanks, now I know where Iam going to next vacation!

  • Mayra Nunez

    Rosie: I think a closet post is long overdue. Please take pics of your amazing wardrobe for us to see!!!

  • Greak tips for a city-break! The food looks delicious

  • Rosie, your hair… I just can’t. If and when you get tired of the blogging game, please consider becoming a billion dollar personal hairdressing instructor.

    http://www.cestlagedor.com

    xA

  • Oh my goodness, I would have to spend at least the day at Les Puces. So much to see. I adore the tile in Restaurant ma cocotte such a gorgeous mis-matched pattern

  • Oh my gosh! I’ve never been to Paris but I really felt like I was there with this post! It was beautifully written and the pictures were lovely! Also, your hair is gorgeous! How do you keep it so bouncy and shiny?! I know you did a post about it in the past but could you do another one for your longer hair? I have long hair but it can’t keep a style at all!

  • Perfect Parisian breakfast, and it’s lovely to see another side to Paris aside from the usual sights

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  • A good find at a market always makes my heart soar, though I’ve never had lunch at a flea market that was half as delicious as that looks!

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  • I went antique/vintage shopping this past weekend. However not in Paris yet it was still fun and I left with some goodies. I love this post Rosie, very inspiring.

    xo

    Kelly

    Itskelly7.blogspot.com

  • Sophie Jane Cheval

    ok I have major life envy right now. Just been catching up on your posts, i need to get over to that side of the world!!

  • Jasmine Brink-Li

    I will be in Paris for the first time next month. This is going on the list for sure! πŸ˜€ Thanks for sharing!