Everywhere you look there are shops that mirror history. And we’re not talking about museums or galleries, but about vintage (thrift) stores. Whether you want to dress yourself to mimic a part of history, or accessorize yourself with retro pieces, there’s plenty on offer.
A small warning just ahead, there were so many options to choose from! If you’re missing one from this list, or you don’t find your city among them, that doesn’t mean it’s not a great spot. Search our locals’ tips, and you’ll find plenty!
1. Paris Vintage – Barcelona
The owner of Paris Vintage, a French native by the name of Dorian, has dedicated her life to the world of fashion. According to our Spotter Sol she knows so much about fashion, she will be able to take one glance at you and find something from the racks that suits you perfectly. The perfect chance to leave the shop feeling like Grace Kelly in Barcelona!
2. Cydonia Vintage – Budapest
Cydonia Vintage is our Budapest local Timea’s favorite vintage shop! It was established by a mother and daugther who are in love with vintage clothing. They sell skirts, shirts, dresses, accessories from the 20th century!
3. Vintage & Rags – Cologne
The best way to bring the past to this century is wearing it. Our Cologne local Tim’s favorite vintage shop is Vintage & Rags. “They offer a colorful mix of jackets, shirts, pants and the occasional oddity. The clothes may date back to the 1950s”.
4. Om Diva Boutique – Dublin
Our Dublin local Jess’ favorite vintage shop, in an area full of interesting design and clothes shops. “Om Diva is the one I return to most. Run by Ruth Ní Loinsigh, it has a special focus on emerging Irish talent.”
5. The Frayed Hem – Edinburgh
The Frayed Hem works like a time machine to the 50s, according to Edinburgh Spotter Sophie Cameron. “Everything in the Frayed Hem is neatly laid out and decorated with old books, china cups, leather suitcases and Singer sewing machines”. You won’t want to find the way back to reality!
6. Ruthven Lane – Glasgow
Glasgow is full of great vintage shops. Our Spotter Stuart’s favorite is Ruthven Lane. “A lovely green wooden shack-like establishment which houses a massive collection of vintage clothes and accessories (great for gloves!), including costumes for hire”.
7. Play It Again Sam – Helsinki
A lot of stuff at Play it Again Sam, our Helsinki Spotter Antti’s favorite vintage shop, is available for rent, also making it a popular choice for prom nights and parties of course!
8. OFF Vintage Shop – Saint Petersburg
“Life’s too short to wear boring clothes” writes our Saint Petersburg local Elena. That’s why she gets her unique vintage fashion from the Off Vintage Shop.
9. Modern Retro Vintage Store – Stockholm
Natalia, our Stockholm local: “You feel a little bit like Alice in Wonderland when you walk down the narrow halls of Modernd Retro Vintage Store. with walls covered with magazines, furniture and old dolls and end up in a room stuffed with wonderful first and second hand things from the 40s to the 70s.”
10. De’Žavu shop – Vilnius
De’Žavu is our Vilnius local’s Kamilė Naraitė favorite vintage shop: “All vintage clothes have a story and it’s your choice: to continue it or to start anew”..
So there it is. A small selection of the great amount of vintage shops available in Europe Spotted by Locals. What’s your favorite city in Europe to buy vintage?