Last week I headed to Paris to shop for Paula Rallis Home via Maison et Objet and hit a few flea markets. This was my first time to Paris in January and I’m here to tell you that the cold is no joke. The sun doesn’t come up until around 9am and it starts getting dark around 4:30pm. It would get barely above freezing around noon – I don’t own enough clothes. My shivering made everyone ask where I was from and Caroline du Sud is absolutely warmer than a winter in France. At one morning flea market purge I was wearing three pairs of socks and boots with a fur lining – not cutting it. I was completely numb. All of that to say, we had a blast so let’s get into it.
The Nell Suites was like having my own little French apartment for the week, with a kitchen and a balcony. The views were incredible and even in the cold I could have stayed out there all day.
On the weekend, I visited two Paris flea markets – Puces de Vanves and Puces Saint-Ouen. Vanves is similar to what you would think of a flea market in the U.S., vendors set up along the side of the street, all outdoor. Saint-Ouen is mostly outdoors as well, set over blocks of a section of Paris. Alleyways wind forever, some booths are indoors and you’ll come across a cute restaurant in the Paul Bert section.
Maison et Object (happening seasonally for retailers) is the complete opposite, in a convention center all indoors with football fields of booths. I navigated for two days to place reorders and pick up some of the best French brands for PR Home.
Some other restaurant recommendations are Frenchie, Lou Lou (when it’s warm to sit outside), Chez Monsieur, L’Avenue, Robert et Louise, and Le Moulin de la Vierge for lunch.
I would love to hear any questions you have about Paris or the markets! Throw them below for an Instagram story follow up!