When we find ourselves in an unfamiliar city, checking out the shopping credentials is high up on our priority list. With vintage fashion continuing to take the world by storm, you need no further excuse – vintage stores are veritable fashion museums, illustrative of a city’s culture and history. Whether you’re a retro boutique devotee or you consider yourself more of a thrift shop aficionado, there’s second-hand glamour to suit every budget. Here we bring you our top pick of the best vintage finds on the streets of Europe.

Paris: Free P Star
Located right in the heart of Parisian sophistication, the chaotic Free P Star shines almost like a rough amongst the diamonds. With a rickety stepladder descending to the basement, mile-high piles of teetering stock and a beautifully frenetic nature, Free P Star is a refreshing break from the boutiqued streets and is well-worth a rummage.
61 Rue de la Verrerie, Paris, France   www.freepstar.com

Kraków: Mulholland Drive
Taking its name from the whimsically quirky David Lynch film, Mulholland Drive is a similarly surreal labyrinth – albeit of vintage clothing and not of the mind. Truly off the beaten track to the point of obscurity, hunting down the location of Mulholland Drive is half the magic. Once there, you’ll be transported to a dreamlike collection of clothes, as if you’ve been let in on a secret.
Sienna 1, 31-041 Kraków, Poland     www.mulhollanddrivestore.com

Antwerp: Jutka & Riska
More like a high-end boutique than a second-hand thrift store, Jutka & Riska provides a luxury peruse. Small and well organised, pieces here are highly considered and only the best will make the cut in this exclusive space. Expect lots of vintage designer nestled in amongst the well-loved gems.
Nationalestraat 87, Antwerp, Belgium    www.jutkaenriska.nl

Berlin: Sing Blackbird
Part clothing haven, part vegan café, Sing blackbird sells vintage as a lifestyle. Full to the brim with clothing, accessories, jewellery and shoes, shoppers can also spend many a happy hour browsing the collections of books and artzines whilst enjoying a homemade slice of cake. On top of this, the shop organises a monthly fleamarket, as well as evenings of live music and screenings of classic films.
Sanderstrasse 11, Kreuzkölln, Berlin, Germany    www.singblackbird.com

Copenhagen: FN92
If you like your vintage with a bit of glamour, then FN92’s your place. Specialising in evening and bridal wear and full to the brim with delicate lace, fancy hats and pretty brooches, it’s great for that extra special occasion. Take a trip here and you’re sure to leave with the perfect dress to make you the belle of the ball.
Larsbjørnsstræde 6, 1454 Copenhagen, Denmark    www.fn92shop.com

Stockholm: Beyond Retro
A cult favourite on the hippest streets of London, vintage clothing chain Beyond Retro has spread its roots to Sweden’s capital city. Scandinavia has been quietly establishing itself as a fashion force to be reckoned with and Stockholm lies at the heart of the action. Beyond Retro is a vintage emporium – more like a warehouse than a store – hosting a vast range of vintage goodies at exceptionally affordable prices.
Drottninggatan 77, 111 60, Stockholm, Sweden    www.beyondretro.com

Geneva: Vet’ shop
This thrity little store is actually part of the Swiss Red Cross. More fashion-focused than its charity shop sisters, it specifically sells ‘vet’ or vetements – otherwise known as clothes. It’s so well-organised and done up like a boutique, you’ll soon forget that it’s even a charity shop.
Plainpalais, 2 rue Leschot, 1205 Geneva, Switzerland    www.croix-rouge-ge.ch

Prague: Laly
Vintage shopping is a relatively new concept in the city of Prague. During the years of communism, the idea of fashion as a recreation pursuit was unheard of and clothing was seen as no more than a necessity. Laly was one of the first second hand stores to open in the city and this basement treasure trove is worth a visit on that premise alone.
Štupartská 3, Prague 1, Czech Republic

Amsterdam: Episode
Spanning two floors, Amsterdam’s Episode is the flagship store that has begun to spawn an empire across Europe. The prices are a bit higher but the clothes are well-organised and the staff are on hand to help. Alongside the classic retro items, Episode also stocks reworked pieces and handmade goods. Well worth a good browse.
Berenstraat 1, 1016 GG Amsterdam, Netherlands    www.episode.eu

Barcelona: Le Swing
Le Swing is a glamourous girl’s vintage paradise. The Barcelona store is wall to wall with an eclectic menagerie of classic gowns, feather boas, dazzling headpieces and snakeskin handbags. Much like a high end boutique, you’ll find vintage Chanel and Hermès, but Le Swing throws it all together with an eccentric twist and collection of ensembles. Hours of fun.
Carrer del Rec 16, 08003 Barcelona, Spain    www.leswingvintage.com

Author Bio
When Josie isn’t expanding her cultural boundaries and indulging in a love of vintage fashion, you’ll find her blogging for Miinto where you can find style inspiration and clothing.

2 Responses

  1. Jannemieke

    According to me, in Amsterdam the best and most well assorted vintage shop is Laura Dolls, where they have a large collection and a lot of really old items as well. I like Episode and I shop there as well, but Laura Dolls is a bit more exclusive.