Paris is home to some of the world’s finest fashion houses – but the best-dressed women know that sometimes, truly timeless pieces lie hidden away from the beaten track.

While the masses flock to Avenue des Champs-Élysées to get their retail therapy fix, Paris’ city centre hides a trail of vintage treasure troves. Take a look at these top ten vintage stores that you won’t find on the usual shopping circuit.

1. The Kilo Shop
This might seem like an odd name for a vintage shop, but all is explained when you reach the checkout and discover that the cost of your selected clothes is determined by weight. Located on Rue de le Verrerie, the two floors of meticulously categorised clothes and accessories make shopping here a truly unique experience.

2. Little Box
Similarly living up to its name, this petite shop still manages to pack some fabulous designer clothes into its limited space. If you’re hoping to pick up a vintage Louis Vuitton handbag or a sleek Givenchy jacket, this is the place to look.

3. Omaya Vintage
At Omaya Vintage on Rue Jean Pierre Timbaud, the ’70s and ’80s are alive and well – think bright prints, shoulder pads and pointed-toe heels. Owners and brothers Julien and Thomas are almost always on hand, providing service with a smile and even the occasional fashion tip.

4. Iglaïne
Feeling more like a vintage museum than a shop, Iglaïne will dispel any qualm you have about pre-loved clothes. These are perfectly preserved heritage pieces, each with their own individual history – you’ll soon realise why it’s the go-to resource for theatre and cinema costumiers.

5. Studio W
Studio W may not have the biggest selection, but you can guarantee that each item you see in store has been hand-selected by owner William Moricet. Treating his shop as a capsule exhibition, his creative flair should inspire even the least sartorially-savvy shopper.

6. Didier Ludot
If your Parisian wardrobe still lacks a little black dress, stop by Didier Ludo to have your pick of every name from Chanel to Lanvin. Just moments away from the Louvre, this consignment store is a worthy detour on the walk back to our Radisson Blu Hotel Champs-Élysées, Paris.

7. Episode
Close to the Étienne Marcel metro you’ll find the Parisian branch of Episode, the Dutch vintage chain that is revolutionising sustainable shopping. Their staff select and buy vintage items from clothes donated to charities, wash and repair them, and then put them on sale as good as new – or sometimes, even better.

8. Odetta
Situated in the heart of Le Marais, Odetta combines a well-curated selection of designer clothes with beautifully restored antique furniture. Its seamless blend of vintage and contemporary aesthetics has made it an established favourite with the Paris fashion elite.

9. Espace Kiliwatch
Contemporary brands mix with couture at this cutting-edge boutique, creating a fabulous ready-to-wear collection of second hand wardrobe staples – and the men’s selection is every bit as good as the ladies’.

10. GoldyMama
Retro kitsch is the order of the day at this store in the up-and-coming 20th arrondissement. Once you’ve sifted through an extensive collection of ’70s skirts and ’50s dresses, pick up some even sweeter treats at their ‘Bar à Bonbons’ where you’ll find caramels, boiled sweets and other delights.