Hidden in a small street in the Montmatre district, The Rideau de Fer (The Iron Curtain) is a most unusual record shop with a great vynil section, going from jazz, up to soul, blues, psychedelic and indie rock plus a good selection of soundtracks, rare world music and some reissues. No sectarianism in this shop which should please demanding music lovers. Mainly second hand, The Rideau de Fer also offers brand new records working as a distributor for a few underground french record label such as Born Bad Records, Beast Records (Indie rock) but also Heavenly sweetness specialized in Ethiopian music and jazz rarities and reissues. Having a look at the shelves, I find a Gino Soccio album for 8 euros in good condition plus a couple of rare 70’s folk albums for a very affordable price. Like in almost all record shops, you just need to spend some time in order to find an interesting item. However, from Hawaian music to a rare soundtrack from a spaghetti western, you’ll probably find something interesting in this little shop. On the other side, comics and t-shirts for aficionados.
Le Rideau de Fer
12, rue André del Sarthe
Opening hours : Tuesday to saturday
Phone: 01 42 55 66 40
Hidden in a little street nearby the famous Marché St Pierre, Foxden is a new vintage shop whose little sister, By Flowers is situated a few blocks away rue des Martyrs. We’re talking here about genuine rags, and pure vintage clothing with a mixed selection for men and women. Foxden is something of a rag bag where one can find almost any kind of items, with all sorts of jackets (suede, leather, cotton) coats, sweaters but also shoes and accessories. From an 80’s glitter dress up to a pair of high heel boots or fair isle jumpers. It is necessary to rummage through the shelves in order to find interesting goods. On the day of our visit, an elegant sailor jacket, red leather boots…it is necessary to visit the shop regularly since they make a weekly restocking and get a lot of new pieces, be it bags, shoes or even scarves. Prices are very affordable and one can find real bargains at this shop whose sign is nothing else but a stuffed Fox, worth a visit….
5, rue Pierre Picard