Saint-Paul Village is the main alternative to all the flea markets that operate in the suburbs and only at the weekends. It is situated in Marais, in the area of inner yards and passageways that used to be part of the royal residence, and now is an artists' village full of antiques and artistic shops and cozy cafes. Oficially shops in the village are open the whole week, but in fact many stores don't start working until midday, while others can be closed for lunch. If you simply want to wander around empty patios, the best time to come here is on weekdays, and those who are up for some serious shopping should plan their visit for weekends. Usually the web site of the village provides information about the upcoming 'brocantes', which are the equivalent for flea markets that fill the Saint-Paul with a mix of antiques and just old rags. It's hard to leave the place without buying a couple of painted Limoges plates, Baccarat crystal glasses, a scratched vinyl or at least some badge.
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