Getting tickets to almost any runway show for Paris Fashion Week is nearly impossible. There are a few ways to enjoy the City of Light during the most fashionable week of the year without going to a runway show. Though you might not be sitting next to Vanessa Paradis or Rihanna during these activities, you’ll still get a taste of Paris fashion. Check out these five places that can satisfy anyone’s fashion sweet tooth.

1. Musée Galliera

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After being renovated for the past four years, Paris’s fashion museum finally reopens. This 19th century palace turned museum has fashion from the 18th century all the way to present day. It’s one of the world’s most extensive fashion collections with 100,000 items of clothing and accessories. Want to see what Marie Antoinette wore then explore photography in fashion? This is your spot. There are also beautiful 19th century gardens surrounding the area that are worth a visit in themselves.

2. Vide Greniers

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If you want to score some Paris fashions on a budget, check out Vide Greniers. The term literally means “emptying the attic.”  Vide Greniers are featured over several blocks in Paris, where you can find items that vary from second hand to brand new that come directly from the merchant. Here, you can score designer items for a fraction of the price or find some vintage pieces for a lower cost. This is also a place to test your bargaining skills! Some are held outdoors flea market style while others are indoors. Check out this list to find vide greniers where you’re staying in Paris.

3. The Marais


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This part of Paris is hip, fun, and is known for its art galleries and cafés. Known as “old Paris,” you can admire the architecture of years past, learn about the history of the city, as well as enjoy a café Americain while getting inspiration from Paris street fashion.

4. Montmartre


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Montmartre is known for its history and architecture. Set atop a hill in the north of Paris, Montmartre is a part of the city that everyone should visit.  Go see the Basilica of the Sacré Cœur and enjoying some of the most beautiful views in Paris while scoring some amazing fashion. Chine Machines specializes in vintage fashion.  Looking for the perfect vintage Chanel bag? Then Goldy Mama is the place for you. The nightlife in Montmartre is always alive, so after a day of shopping and exploring the spots where famous artists like Monet and Picasso worked during their years in Paris, you can grab a drink and enjoy your fabulous fashion finds.

What other Fashion Week city would you like to explore?

Rebecca is (secretly Linda Belcher) a senior at Iona College, studying Mass Communications. She loves to travel, coffee, and her dog. Fan of boy bands, big hair, and everything bagels. Professional shade thrower and wearer of beanies.


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