The Fabulous Antique Shops of Paris

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If you love antiques, you’re in the right city; Paris, and indeed the whole of the Hexagon are treasure trails waiting to be discovered. With their latest book, Paris Antiquaires & Brocanteurs, author Barbara Kamir and photographer Christian Sarramon take us on a journey affectionately chronicling, arrondissement by arrondissement, their favorite addresses. And– cherry on the gâteau— there’s an English translation by city expert, journalist and collector Mary Deschamps. “Strolling through Paris, one encounters history at every street corner,” writes Ms Kamir. So, choose your arrondissement from the 1st to the 18th with complete chapters exploring the iconic Marché aux Puces de Saint Ouen and Marché aux Puces de Vanves in the 14th. Chez Didier Ludot (1st) make a wish list for designer LBDs (little black dresses), Chanel suits and iconic vintage labels. Marvel at the extraordinary doll’s house, La Maison de Poupée (6th), located in a Paris townhouse showcasing Françoise Vallée’s lifetime passion for period dolls. Meet music lover Philippe Soissons in the Latin Quarter (5th) at Crocodisc. Clocks and pendulums are showcased at Horloges et Pendules (6th) where François Hubert buys, repairs and resells his unique timepieces and for 1950s 60s, 70s retro treasures (Charlotte Perriand, Maison du Danemark etc.) in the Oberkampf district, check out Alasinglinglin on place du Marché Popincourt (11th). Who knew? Why did I throw that chair away? This delightful book is the perfect gift guaranteed to impart the drool factor in all who have the good fortune to acquire it. Must dash — I’m heading off to Vanves (14th) as I’ve never been before. (Website: See you there! Paris Antiquaires & Brocanteurs, By Barbara Kamir & Christian Sarramon, Published by Editions Parigramme, 14€90. Available wherever books are sold and at:
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Born in Hampton, Middlesex, UK, Margaret Kemp is a lifestyle journalist, based between London, Paris and the world. Intensive cookery courses at The Cordon Bleu, London, a wedding gift from a very astute ex-husband, gave her the base that would take her travelling (leaving the astute one behind) in search of rare food and wine experiences, such as the vineyards of Thailand, 'gator hunting in South Florida, learning to make eye-watering spicy food in Kerala;pasta making in a tiny Tuscany trattoria. She has contributed to The Guardian, The Financial Times Weekend and FT. How To Spend, The Spectator, Condé Nast Traveller, Food & Travel, and Luxos Magazine. She also advises as consultant to luxury hotels and restaurants. Over the years, Kemp has amassed a faithful following on BonjourParis. If she were a dish she'd be Alain Passard's Millefeuille “Caprice d'Enfant”, as a painting: Manet’s Dejeuner sur l’herbe !


  • c. e. wagner
    2017-04-05 10:43:26
    c. e. wagner