I got this letter from a reader:
I follow your blog (which is awesome by the way).
I really enjoy your posts on Paris and am visiting Paris in September after going to High Rockabilly in Spain. I was wondering if you had a moment to spare if you could put me in the right direction of cool shops and gig venues in Paris. Anything low brow art, tiki, 60s garage music and the like. Obviously I dig 50s stuff- but might be rockabillied out by the time I get to Paris- but if there are any music venues that do that sort of thing that would be great to know too. Any shops that do good 40s 50s vintage, costume jewelry etc? Any good textile museums? And finally I would love to visit your shop- is it open to the public to pop in?
oh and lastly I enjoyed you SF post- its been a few years since I have been but I love it!
Born Bad Records
17 rue Keller metro Bastille open Monday-Saturday 12:00 to 8:00
Here you will find lots of cool records and all the posters and flyers for what’s happening in town. Don’t be shy ask Mark or Iwan what’s going on when you’ll be here. They also have a clothing store and specialize in tikis. Born Bad Exotica 11 rue St Sabin metro Bastille open Monday-Saturday 12 :00 to 7 :00
Fun Bars in town
La Mécanique Ondulatoire
8 Passage Thiéré
13 rue Jean Beausire
6 Rue Victor Letalle
La Petite Garage
63, Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud
73 rue de Rochechouart
69 rue de Rochechouart
17 rue Moret
Puce St Ouen
The flea market at Saint-Ouen is made up of little alleys and shops. It is enormous! It is very hard to find without a map. Try to avoid all the people in temporary booths selling new stuff. Look for the following groups of shops called Marché or Galerie.
Valerie Becker (Vintage costume jewelery)
Marché Vernaison Allée 1 Stand 45
Sarah (High-end vintage and textiles)
Daniel et Lili (Vintage dead stock heaven)
Falbalas (vintage clothing and textiles)
Giraud (art deco/Chanel jewelery)
91 rue de rosiers Saint-Ouen
Rue Paul Bert
Great jewelery shops and a crazy taxidermy decorator
Marché Paul Bert
Puce Porte de Vanves (Sundays)
Get there early ! This is a real open air flea market with antiques set up on folding tables.
42 avenue des Gobelins
Les Ateliers de la Tapisserie Française
61, rue des petites écuries
Les Arts Décoratifs107, rue de Rivoli
10 Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie
My shop is NOT open to the public but you’re welcome to stop by. You just need to make an appointment. Contact me and I’ll send you the telephone number and address and book an appointment for you. The reason for this is that I’m there sporadically and I don’t want you to make a trip for nothing (that’s so disappointing!) I have all my prints, stickers and jewelery for sale at my boutique. I need a couple of weeks advanced notice and a deposit if you want to get tattooed.
Here’s some lovely photo sets and blog posts for your inspiration: