Paris is a heaven for antique enthusiasts. You’ll find quite a few antique shops in one and the same street, and there are even whole neighbourhoods that are real goldmines for antiques and curiosities. Close to the Louvre many antique dealers have established Le Louvre des Antiquaires in the former storage depots of the museum. More than 200 shops on different floor levels offer a large assortment of interior decoration objects, china dolls and frilly things from every historical period.
The Left Bank, especially the Saint-Germain quarter , is chockablock with small antique shops. Many more antique shops are found at the Carré Rive Gauche on quai Voltaire, on rue des Saints-Pères, rue de l’Université, rue du Bac (Metro: Rue du Bac, Saint-Germain-des-Prés).
Hôtel des Ventes Drouot Richelieu
Drouot, the famous auction house, regularly puts up for sale valuable antique pieces. Even if you don’t want to buy anything, just looking at the proceedings is great fun.
View days: daily except Sunday, 11am-6pm. On auction days until 12am. Auctions start at 2pm.
9 rue Drouot 75009 Paris
Hôtel Drouot Montaigne
View days: daily except Sunday, 11am-10pm. On auction days until 7pm. Auctions start at 8.30pm.
15 avenue Montaigne 75008 Paris
Le Louvre des Antiquaires
Across from the Louvre Museum, the world's largest mall of antiques dealers: 250 gallerires, from achaeology and art deco, panintings and porcelain.
Tue-Sun: 11am - 7pm.
2 place du Palais Royal 75001 Paris
(M° Palais Royal).
Le Village Suisse
The Swiss Pavillion erected for the World Fair of 1900. This building close to the Dôme des Invalides houses more than 100 antique shops, specialising in furniture, art, jewelry and much more.
Thursday-Monday 10.30am-7pm (closed on Tuesday/Wednesday).
78 avenue de Suffren 75015 Paris
(M° La Motte Picquet-Grenelle)
And finally the two famous auction houses
Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
9 avenue Matignon 75008 Paris
(M° Champs Elysees Clemenceau or St Philippe du Roule).
76 rue du faubourg St Honoré 75008 Paris
(M° Champs Elysees Clemenceau).