Marché Saint-Pierre, Montmartre
If shopping for fabric strikes your fancy, bring a steamer trunk (or, better yet, a van) to the Marché Saint-Pierre cloth district in the 18th arrondissement of Paris.
First, a confession: I use the word "stuff" to mean "things" (as opposed to fabric), "bolt" is something I do when faced with a DIY project, and I'd never define "material wealth" as a warehouse filled with cloth.
But even for someone like me, who never took Home Ec, a visit to the(a.k.a. "St. Peter's Market") is a remarkable experience.
The covered market or mall is a mother lode for Parisian tailors and seamstresses, with several fabric department stores and countless specialty shops within the market itself and in the surrounding streets.
What you'll find:
In a word, "everything." For starters, you might visit, a five-story department store of fabrics whose name is synonymous with the market.
The selection of fabrics and other items is overwhelming, but if you know what you're looking for (and if you can figure out a way to get it home), you're likely to find what you need to make clothes, redecorate your home, or erect a colorful tent city in your back yard.
How to get there:
The Marché Saint-Pierre is on the southern slope of Montmartre, in the 18th arrondissement.
The market's main building is at 2 Rue Charles Nodier, on the eastern side of the park below the basilica.
Other convenient Métro stations include Address and Hours" page has a Google map with Métro locations, street names, and other fabric stores (labeled "tissus") in the neighborhood.(Line 12) and (Lines 2, 4). The market's "
More photos of the Marché Saint-Pierre:
BELOW: Dreyfus is the grand kahuna of Paris fabric stores, with five stories (the ground floor plus 1, 2, 3, and 4) in the main building of the market.
BELOW: As you navigate through the Marché Saint-Pierre, you'll
be adrift in a sea of soft goods.
BELOW: Fabric styles range from fashionable to froufrou to
BELOW: I was especially taken by this homage to Parisian graphic
design in the '50s.
BELOW: If you're looking to update your patio chairs, the Marché Saint-Pierre has you (and your chaises) covered.
BELOW: My wife Cheryl was tempted by the market's oilcloth
BELOW: Fabrics get top billing at the Marché Saint-Pierre, but the main building and shops in the surrounding streets have plenty of related items, from eyelet ribbons to rickrack.
BELOW: One gadget that caught our eye was a support for fabric door coverings. (Thick door curtains are often used inside Paris apartments to block drafts and sound transmission.)
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