So Christmas has come and gone and we’re well into the New Year. Amongst all the madness, we took a few days out and went to Paris for a few days. I love Paris and with the Eurostar it is so easy to get over there. The flea markets in Paris are amazing, but they can be confusing, The largest Paris flea market, located in St. Ouen, was established around 1870. But there are other markets dotted around the city which are also worth a visit. The possibilities for weird and wonderful finds are nearly endless: you might happen upon old, charming knick knacks, records, clothes, books, eccentric quills or prized antique items. In this post we’ll have a quick look at the best markets and next time I’ll share my hints and tips for getting the best deal.
Les Puces de Clignancourt
This market claims to be the largest of its kind in the world. It attracts more than 11 million visitors per year and boasts over 2,500 stalls ranging from antiques to fashion and everything in between. It is organised into a series of 14 smaller sections, some covered and others with open air streets.
How To Get There: Take the Metro to Porte de Clingancourt (line 4) and follow the signs to the market.
Hours: Open Saturday, 9am to 6pm, Sunday 10am to 6pm, and Monday, 11am to 5pm. Entry is free.
Marché aux Puces de la Porte de Vanves
This market is smaller and is a much more manageable size. It spreads out over two tree lined avenues. It isn’t the best place for furniture or antiques, but there’s lots of other things to grab your attention, especially if you’re after something quirky. You’ll find racks of Hermès scarves and vintage clothing, boxes of perfume bottles and gorgeous French linens. Just make sure you arrive early for the best finds.
How To Get There: Avenue Georges Lafenestre and Avenue Marc Sangnier. Take the Metro to Porte de Vanves (Line 13)
Hours: Open: Every weekend all year long, 7am to 2pm. Entry is free.
Les Puces de Montreuil
Less famous than St-Ouen and less picturesque, Montreuil’s flea market is where you’ll find Parisians searching for antiques; mostly because it’s off the beaten tourist track so you can still get a bargain and find the occasional treasure. You’ll find pretty much everything here, from vintage clothes and toys to old cutlery, furniture and antique glassware. You will need to walk past lots of stalls selling junk before you get to the little square where the best dealers are (at the end of the alley alongside the periphérique).
How To Get There: Avenue de la Porte de Montreuil. Take the Metro to Porte de Montreuil
Hours: Open Saturday to Monday, 7am to 7:30pm. Entry is free.
Le Village Saint Paul
This is more an area of tiny shops and workshops than a traditional market, however, it is still a must-see for antiques-lovers – plus there’s a flea market once a month and regular impromptu ‘yard sales’. Among the cobbled streets and squares there are around 80 shops to explore selling antiques, vintage and retro items, as well as plenty of galleries and cafés. It’s usually quiet and can make a welcome retreat from the general hustle and bustle of the city.
How To Get There: In the heart of Le Marais. Take the Metro to Saint-Paul or Pont-Marie
Hours: Most shops are open Wednesday to Monday, 11am to 7:00pm. Entry is free.