A beautiful Sunday morning at St Ouen Flea Market: visit of Vernaison

Allée – Stand 198: Sylvie

Allée 2 – Stand 55: Fanny

 Allée 6 Stand 101: Laure

Allée 2 – Stand 55

Located in the north of Paris, a few steps away from the Sacre Coeur Basilica and Moulin Rouge, Les Puces is known as one of the largest Flea Market in the world. For a fun-filled weekend, it’s one of the best place to go for shopping in Paris: antique jewellery, furniture, old books, records and vintage clothes, Les Puces de Saint Ouen, a perfect place to pick up a present for the hard to please and fashionista hipsters with the help of antique trade dealers. I have been there dozens of times and decided to focus on Vernaison this time to visit Sylvie’s antique shop with lovely enamel French Vintage coffee pots that I collect and Laure’s antique shop which is the caverne d’Ali Baba (cave of Ali Baba) without to forget Fanny’s lovely antique stand. I have added a picture of the restaurant Chez Louis which offers an old-fashioned atmostphere at reasonable prices. I did not have to stop.

Delicious little portugese tarts (natas) bought at Albert & Robert at the Market of Asnières sur Seine for a lovely Sunday tea party!

Today was very sunny in Paris and I decided to cross the Seine river to reach Asnières Sur Seine and buy delicious natas (little portuguese tarts) at Albert & Robert at the Marché des Victoires – 3 place des Victoires. They were perfect for a lovely Sunday tea! To reach this lovely market take the metro line 3 and get off at the station Gabriel Péri.Then you will have to walk 10 mn crossing little streets bordered by beautiful houses.

La Ferme St Hubert in the 9th district! great address for cheese

What a good suprise to discover the new shop of La Ferme St Hubert who used to be rue Vignon in the 8th district where I was going more than 20 years ago….. A good address for their variety of cheese.

La Ferme St Hubert – 36 rue Rochechouart – 75009 PARIS (Metro: Cadet)


Paris flea markets! I love them and I alway find treasures for my Shabby Chic Homes

We have wellknown flea markets as St
Ouen or Vanves but less known but very interesting are the “vide
greniers ” (car boot sale), the flea markets by neighborhood. They are
held twice a year in all the Parisneigborhoods which makes a total of
40! therefore you might have a chance to visit one of them when you are
in Paris. Some are made by professionnals but the authentic “vide
grenier” is organized by residents. This one was held in the
9th district, rue de Rochechouart

The Little Paris Kitchen by Rachel Khoo – The British Amelie of the Kitchen

I bought Rachel’s cooking book a month ago and She represents exactly the “vivre à la parisienne” that I want to share on my blog. I was glad to meet with her yesterday sharing a lovely dinner party called “once upon a table”, on a peniche facing Notre Dame. Thanks to Fred from www.lefoodlist.com (his website will be launched in two weeks). In her book it says that Rachel is the British Amelie of the Kitchen and believe me (living in Montmartre I know exactly who Amelie is) she is, definitely. You can buy her book on Amazone and do not miss her videos on https://www.youtube.com/user/rachelkhooks

Open Markets in Paris: one of my favorites is the rue cler market

The 7th arrondissement is blessed with more open markets than any arrondissement in Paris. Rue Cler is especially convenient for the neighborhood because it is open on Sunday mornings. Many families attend mass at 11am at St. Pierre du Gros Caillou on rue de Grenelle, then head immediately to rue Cler for their baguettes, cheese, bottle of wine, cuts of meat, and desserts. Get there early as it becomes extremely crowded after 11am on Sundays. Being near rue Cler is one of the great pleasures of living in Paris, whether for a week or a lifetime.

Rue Cler Market: Open weekdays, all day Saturday, Sunday mornings. Many of the stores are closed on Mondays.

Ice skating in Paris during Christmas!

Every winter (from middle of December to early March) there is a free outdoor ice skating rink constructed at the Hotel de Ville (City Hall) located in the 4th district. This is such a beautiful setting to have an outdoor ice rink as not only is it closeby to the Seine but also one can skate while observing some beautiful buildings. In case you are not a skater and just a spectator, well, that is alot of fun too. You can be part of the crowd anyway.

One of the oldest patisseries in Paris

Au Panetier – of the oldest Paris patisseries, this basic shop with old-fashioned gas-style lamps has tiled walls and frosted glass depicting a rural scene with a church and windmill. Besides the standard croissants, pain au chocolats and excellent breads, the bakery produces outstanding fruit tarts, try their cherry and rhubarb.

10 place des Petits-Pères (Metro: Bourse)