Shopping solidaire at Les Grands Voisins


Off the beaten track in Paris is a special sort of utopian village that makes you feel as though you are in the heart of life in the countryside rather than in the middle of the French capital.

Les Grands Voisins is a project that brings together associations and institutions in the area of social and solidarity-based economy. Set up on what was once the Saint-Vincent-de-Paul hospital in Paris’ 14th arrondissement, the site includes accommodation, ateliers, a shop selling secondhand and up-cycled goods, and a cafe/bar that’s proven popular with the hipster crowd.

Today was the Marché des Grands Voisins, a secondhand market that’s held at the site once a month. My secondhand shopping partner in crime bought a pair of duck-egg blue vans for €3, and I bought four English books (in the site’s shop) for €2.

I’ll be back to visit the shop again to see what other bargains can be found, so stay tuned for a follow-up blog post.

Les Grands Voisins
82 avenue Denfert Rochereau, 75014 Paris,


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