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Animated window displays of the Parisian department stores

Clothing and perfumes of Parisian department stores aren’t the only things that attract the public. Their store windows along the busy avenues attract crowds of people each year including amused onlookers and truly impressed tourists. Although animated window displays are visible all year, it’s at Christmas that they really shine. Below, you’ll find the ones not to be missed. Continue reading “Animated window displays of the Parisian department stores” »



When you visit Paris there are many places not to be missed including the famous Parisian passages mostly hidden and located in the North of Paris.

Here is a sketch of the most beautiful Parisian passages to visit and not to be missed.

The most beautiful Parisian passages of the 2nd neighborhood.

The Cairo Passage is the oldest since it dates back to the 18th century and is the longest and tightest of all. You will find mainly outlets.

The Choiseul passage connects the rue des Petits Champs to rue Saint Augustin. With its 190 meters long, it is the longest. Writer Louis Ferdinand Céline even lived there at the end of the 19th century.

The Colbert Gallery is the property of the National Library of France. It houses the National Institute of the Arts and the National Heritage Institute.

The passage of Grand Cerf has a glass roof that overlooks it with several shops of craftsmen and creators.
The passage of princes meanwhile was inaugurated in 1860 and was destroyed in 1985 and was rebuilt.
The Vivienne gallery is the most elegant with its glass roof and mosaics on the ground.

The most beautiful Parisian passages in the rest of northern Paris.

The passage Véro-Dodat in the 1st district of Paris is in the street Jean Jacques Rousseau and in the street of the Bouloi. On the ground the black and white tiles give an impression of depth.

The passage Molière meanwhile is located in the 3rd neighborhood and is covered at its ends. The numbers of the passage do not respect the traditional Parisian order.

The passage Jouffroy is located not far from the museum Grevin in the 9th district and is made of metal and glass except the decorative elements made of wood.

During your stay in Paris, make a detour to the 15th neighborhood and book a room in our hostel Aloha.



The thrift shop is a place for fashion lovers looking to find vintage clothes or chic clothes in different price ranges. From shoes, to jackets to coats, all categories of clothing are sold.

Here is a list of the main Parisian thrift stores not to be missed during a shopping day.

The Parisian thriftery The Chest

This thrift shop is open from 10:30 to 20:00 from Monday to Saturday. The shops are present in the 17th, 8th, 9th neighborhoo among others. The articles of Kenzo and Ralph Lauren brands are sold between 2 and 10 euros and arranged by style or color all in an industrial decoration.

The Parisian thrift shops KiloShop

These thrift stores located on both sides in Paris (in the Marais, in the Luxembourg district) also offer series of vintage clothes arranged by colors mainly. The concept is to pay clothes per kilo (30 euros per kilo of dresses or 20 euros per kilo of T-shirts for example) by weighing his clothes like vegetables at the market!

The Marais district store is open from 11am to 9pm and is located rue de la Verrerie.

The thrift stores of the brand Guerrisol

These are vintage thrift stores cheap at very low prices. The goal: to search while being patient to find the rare pearl. You will find the shops in the 18th and 13th neighborhood in particular.

They are open from 10am to 7 :30 pm / 8 :00 pm mainly.

Rag and Vertiges thrift stores in the 4th neighborhood

These two stores offer items between 4 and 400 euros: from old lingerie to ankle boots and handbags … all vintage too. The specialty of the shops ; a selection of Dr. Martins and style dresses of the 80’s. Opening hours vary between 10am and 12pm opening and closing at 8pm.

During your stay in our hostel, have a look at one of these traditional Parisian thrift stores.