Twice a year, one of the most important antiques and collectibles fair in France, the Foire de Chatou Antiques Fair settles on the famous Île des Impressionnistes (island of the Impressionists) in Chatou. An institution in its own, the Foire de Chatou Antiques Fair brings together in October and March, more than 700 professionals with an eclectic range of personalities and specialties, from classical art to modern design. From retro slot machine and antique silverware, to vintage furniture, paintings and psychedelic lamps, the Foire Chatou is a paradise for bargain hunters and antiques lovers.
Saying the fair is a not-to-be-missed event would be an understatement. Each occurrence of the Foire de Chatou welcomes more than 35,000 visitors over 12 days of intense rummaging and haggling! For its 2017 edition, the Foire de Chatou celebrates the art of living and the revival of the French style. The organizers of the Foire de Chatou are always keen on offering a mix of styles, so that each visitor can find something of her/his liking. As a matter of facts, each dealer selling at the Foire de Chatou has his own style and audience.
But do not think that the Foire de Chatou is only about antique furniture and vintage decor. The fair also offers the opportunity to get a taste of French gastronomy! Dozens of farmers from around France are gathered along a rich gastronomic itinerary called the “Boulevard Voltaire”. Visitors to the fair will be able to savour oysters from Brittany and Normandy, foie gras and Gers confit, Corsican sausages, andouille sausage from Guéménée and Vire, cheese from Savoy, delicatessen specialties from Brittany, Auvergne and the Southwest, and even a cocoa roaster with a “chocolate mousse” bar!
Bonus: 10 useful phrases to help you bargain in French at the Foire de Chatou