Created in 1982, on the premises of a former printing house, Le Village Notre Dame is the first art and antique gallery in Aquitaine, France. Located in the heart of the historic “Chartrons” district in Bordeaux, world-famous for its traditional Bordeaux wine trade and today for its antique shops, Le Village Notre Dame has around twenty stands spread over a total surface area of 1,000 square meters. The antique dealers at the Village Notre Dame are competent, passionate, and renowned professionals, making this area a must-visit for collectors.
Bordeaux has long since attracted those interested in arts and antiques (as well as wine!), so was the perfect location for such a permanent antique market as Le Village Notre Dame. The building that houses this selection of antique traders and dealers used to be a printing press before being given new life as a home for historical and collectible items. It is found on the outskirts of the city, close to the historic Eglise Saint-Louis des Chartrons and the Halle des Chartrons. Indeed, much of the surrounding architecture is historic and stunning, creating the perfect setting for such a shop.
On entry to Le Village Notre Dame, it is unclear as to whether the exhibition area is more of a museum, gallery, or shop. Fantastic antique jewelry can be found here, displayed alongside ornamental porcelain pieces, vintage furniture, photography and artwork, vases, clocks, glassware, silverware, crockery collections, busts, chests, curios, and so much more. This is the perfect place for anyone just beginning their collections of antiques, as the dealers here are incredibly knowledgeable and happy to help with any inquiries shoppers may have.
Le Village Notre Dame stands apart from other traditional antique stores by offering a gift registration service for weddings. A unique and treasured historical piece is the perfect commemoration of a wedding day, and so much more exciting to shop for than the more regularly listed kettles, toasters, or coffee machines!