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Brocante des Abbesses, Paris.

Abbesses MarketI’ve been to this lovely market at Place de la Abbesses,  but I couldn’t remember on what day anymore. Forgive me, I’m also getting older ;) Gladly the internet always helps me out. When I searched for ”flea market Abbesses” I couldn’t find a thing. ”Oh, that’s right..I know how it works in Paris”, they don’t like therms as flea markets or jumble sale. It has to be a bit more fancier than that. Then I tried vintage and by that designation, I found the real name of the market: Brocante des Abbesses. 

Such a sweet little market where you can buy secondhand stuff, vintage furniture, broken paintings… I better stop counting because it’s too much too write down. You can better see it by yourself on a Sunday or enjoy the pictures I have for you. 

Do you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask them!

Sweet dreams everyone or a really good morning ♥

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Antique Paris.

Vintage storeHere we go again, another lovely shop in Paris. This time, full with restored furniture and other antique stuff!

Hier Pour Demain is located in the Marais and they are specialized in furniture and decoration items from the 30’s and 60’s. They also have a small assortment of jewelry (my favorite part). If you take a look at the photo below you can see some items from the store. For example: look at those letters saying ‘cuisine’, I need those for my own kitchen, so adorable ♥

I’ve told you before that unique/antique items in Paris (basically anywhere in the world) are very expensive. If you know the right places it may be better than expected. This time, I have a picture of the price lists in the display case. As you can see.. €150 for a lamp is quite expensive. On the other hand, you have something special, something antique and it’s already restored for you.

Is it still a bit too expensive? Watching costs no money and it’s (almost) just as fun!Vinatge store

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A chocolate bar a day, keeps an angry woman away.

Parijs december deel 2Just a subtle hint for all the men on my blog ;) 

If you’re near the metro station Peletier, you should definitely visit this vintage candy store. I’m not a huge fan of the name ‘vintage’ because it’s just a fancy name for old, but in this case, the company is worth a fancy title.

The family business ‘Ala Mere de Famille‘ has been around in Paris for over 250 years! That’s an amazing achievement, especially in a big city like Paris. What started off small ended up being a big company with 9 locations in Paris. It’s the oldest candy (chocolate) store in Paris and it has more than 1.200 different products from almost every French era.

Ala Mere de Famille is also known as a candy store with affordable prices. For example, A la Mère’s award-winning marrons glacés, are the most affordable in Paris. Although I love to come here, I find the prices myself quite high, in particular all the chocolate. Which is not very surprising because, the pride of the store are the chocolate recipes of Julien Merceron. He became Champion Young Chocolatier in 2009 and he is the reason many tourists and Parisians visit the stores. Julien Merceron wrote a cookbook named ‘A la Mere de Famille- Artisanal recipes’. The book is full with fun and easy recipes. You can buy almost all the ingredients of the book in the supermarket and the techniques are very user friendly. I think the best part of his book, are the large images and illustrations. It makes me want to jump immediately out of my pajamas and start baking! 

If you want to bring back some French chocolate, you should buy it here. They don’t only sell small/medium or large gift boxes but also many cute baskets and other creations. Good luck with choosing!

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Turn up that old vintage radio!

RadioIf you’re looking for something special to bring back home from Paris, why not an old vintage radio? Haha, just a suggestion ;) I thought it was kind of cool, so I had to share this with you.

This little store is located between the 17th and the 18th district of Paris and repairs and sells old radios. If you’re gonna search for it, the neighborhood won’t disappoint you. It’s located at a long street named ‘Rue Legendre’, where you’ll find many more local stores like this one. The name of the store is Mvt-Revox.

The address is:
196, Rue Legendre
75017 Paris 

May I give you another suggestion? Combine Rue Legendre with a visit to Palais des Thés. At this way, you can see the whole street and you end up with a nice cup of tea. They have amazing gift boxes and so many tea flavors! If you want to know more about Palais des Thés and the history of tea in Paris, read my post ‘A cup of tea solves everything’. The street is about 1.5 kilometers long and you can see the route at the map below ;)

Here’s the address of Palais des Thés:
36, Rue de Levis
75017 Paris Radio to Tea