the antiques fair at chatou

by Sharon Santoni

If you’ve read this blog for any time at all, you’ll know that my favourite antique fair of the year is the fair at Chatou.   It runs twice a year, and for ten days at a time.   I always include the September edition in my Brocante tour, and the March edition kicks off today!

I particularly love the atmosphere, the wide alleys, the extraordinary mix of vendors and selection of goods.  No matter what your favourite style is in French antiques, you’ll be sure to find it here.  If you prefer real country brocante then you are spoilt for choice;   there are specialists in paintings; rugs; textiles, jewelry or whole panelled rooms that have been saved from a crumbling chateau.

If you are going to be in Paris this weekend or during the coming week, I highly recommend jumping into an Uber or the metro and coming out to Chatou.   A day isn’t actually enough, especially with so many tempting places to sit and have lunch.

I’ll be there on Monday – coffee anyone?!

Photos are by Sebastien Siraudeau,

Video by My French Country Home


Susan March 9, 2018 - 7:35 pm

I’m swooning for the Chatou fair!

Lorie Fangio March 9, 2018 - 8:43 pm

I adore this market. I was there in September and was surprised at the choices available to me. Wishing I could be there along with you Sharon! Enjoy!

Miranda March 9, 2018 - 7:40 pm

I’ll be there like a shot!
It would be lovely to meet and have a coffee, but sadly I’m working on Monday.
I kicked myself a thousand times since October’s, but hope to come back with something lovely this time.
Enjoy your day!

LindaH March 9, 2018 - 7:47 pm

I will be dreaming about this 🙂

Janie March 9, 2018 - 7:50 pm

Hello Sharon,
For so long I have wondered about Chatou. When I read The Boating Party years ago and found out that the famous painting had been painted there, I have wanted to go there. Then when I was in Paris, I inquired about going there and was told it was filled with big box stores and there was nothing to see there. Now you write about the Antique Faire and I’m so happy to know about this. So many Impressionists artists spent time there. How I wish I could meet you for coffee. Another time. I live too far from there. Our coffee would be cold by the time I arrived. Enjoy it all and buy treasures.
My best,

TRACY BROWN March 9, 2018 - 7:54 pm

I’ll be with you in spirit. Absolutely did not have enough time when there last year (as you remember, I had to be paged with the loud speaker). Another time, for sure.

Sandi Stringer March 9, 2018 - 7:55 pm

Enjoy the fair. Wish I could be there and meet for coffee.

Melissa brady March 9, 2018 - 7:58 pm

I received my french box for February but some items are missing. I have not received a reply to the email I sent. Please contact me.
Melissa Brady

sharon santoni March 9, 2018 - 8:10 pm

Hi Melissa. I saw your mail about the missing brocante item and replied immediately. I shall send you that email again now.
We have already packed your replacement flatware and they will be posted on Monday


Mary M March 9, 2018 - 9:28 pm

Is there one in the fall? We’ll be there in September/October and would love to go.

Sharon Santoni March 12, 2018 - 9:26 am

HI Mary, yes this fair takes place in September too and in fact it is always included in my September brocante tour 🙂

sarah March 9, 2018 - 10:09 pm

feel free to snap up that Kelly bag for me! 🙂

Audrey Friedman March 9, 2018 - 11:51 pm

I, too, go every year but usually in the fall. The Fall Chatou Fair goes from September 23-October 2 so I would love to meet you there for a coffee.

sharon santoni March 10, 2018 - 1:11 am

Thats a date Audrey:). xxx

Gayle March 10, 2018 - 1:48 am

What a wonderful day! .. I’m hoping to be joining you in September …

Sharon Santoni March 10, 2018 - 11:36 am

That’s right Gayle, this is the same fair that we visit during the September brocante tour 🙂



Vicky from Athens March 10, 2018 - 3:16 pm

Something for me to dream about…

Peggy Akerman March 11, 2018 - 8:36 pm

Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for this post Sharon!! I have viewed it a half dozen times just taking in the wonderful sights!! More please!!
Merci! Peggy

Rochelle March 12, 2018 - 11:55 am

I have been to Chatou many times and would love to meet for coffee sometime…have fun.


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