10 Shopfronts With Vintage Signage

I love discovering shopfronts with vintage signage. One can sense the immense stories of these historic buildings and begin to imagine how many people have passed through these doorways. Customers to buy cigarettes, wine, corsets or bread. Now reimagined as coffee, plant and clothes shops to greet new generations. The authenticity that these antique signs grant to these shopfronts adds to their allure. In certain cases the shops have adopted these assumed names, as in Paris’ Boot Cafe which was once a shoe repair shop. I believe that in Paris shops are obliged to retain the original signage. A law which maybe should be passed elsewhere. Dear readers if you know any other shopfronts with vintage signage please share in comments below.

The Milkman coffee shop, Edinburgh Shops with Vintage Signage

THE MILKMAN

7 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh

A sweet and tobacco shop reimagined as one of our favorite coffee shops. Read more

photo flynnclancy


Green Room Cafe, London Ghost sign

GREEN ROOM CAFE

113 Stoke Newington Church Street, London

London coffee and plant shop with a beautiful example of a ghost sign nodding to a former life as a fountain pen repair shop.

photo francesmehardie


Paris Shopfronts with vintage signage

LA BOTIKE BELGE

234 rue de Faubourg Saint-Martin

A former undergarments shop reimagined as a Belgian specialty store. (I’ve since learnt this shop has closed if anyone is interested in acquiring?)

photo alexandrine_ar


Cafe Kitsune, Paris Shops with Vintage Signage

CAFE KITSUNE

51 Galerie de Montpensier, Paris

The must-visit historic Palais Royal gardens with its iconic black and white pillars is the perfect spot to pause for a coffee in Paris.

photo flynnclancy


Boot Cafe, Paris Shops with Vintage Signage

BOOT CAFE

19 rue du Pont aux Choux, Paris

The former shoe repair shop that lent its name to one of Paris’ most famous coffee shops.

photo flynnclancy


Astier de Village, Shops with Vintage Signage

ASTIER DE VILLATTE

173 rue Saint Honoré, Paris

This beautiful ceramics and homewares shop has retained so many original architectural features it is like entering a shop from a past century.

photo manon21life


Wild & The Moon, Paris

WILD & THE MOON

138 rue Amelot, Paris

A pretty courtyard to enjoy an organic juice that was once a wine store in a former life.

photo messynessychic


Pour Toi, Barcelona

POUR TOI

Passeig del Born, 19, Barcelona

This stunning antique shopfront which was once a mattress shop now serves as a womenswear boutique.

photo raquel.cayuela


A Vida Portuguesa, Lisbon Shops with Vintage Signage

A VIDA PORTUGUESA

Rua Anchieta 11, Chiado, Lisbon

In the heart of the Chiado neighborhood A Vida Portuguesa occupies an old warehouse and perfume factory, David & David.

photo flynnclancy


Elizabeth Street Gallery, New York Shops with Vintage Signage

ELIZABETH STREET GALLERY

209 Elizabeth Street, New York

An antique shop located in a renovated 1850s NYC firehouse and former bakery. Be sure to check out the amazing neighboring sculpture garden.

photo flynnclancy

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