Whenever traveling to a city I try to find some flea markets. I feel like strolling around markets is the best way to observe local people and additionally I love buying unique market stuff like old books, vinyls or clothes. I was at two huge flea markets in Paris and I’ll give you a short description of them.
If you want to visit a local food market, then you shouldn’t miss Marché Bastille
Le Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen / This flea market, opened in 1885, is one of the most popular ones in the world! It brings together more than 1,700 second-hand and antique dealers spread over 14 markets and the surrounding streets and attracts several million visitors each year for its inimitable atmosphere and the quality of its old furniture, faience, bronzes, records and other unusual objects for bargain hunters! The main street is “Rue des Rosiers” leading to the Marchés Malassis, Dauphine, Biron and Vernaison.
What Atelier Judith says: “Even though the market is located in a miserable Banlieu (suburban area) of Paris you should pay a visit to it. Sadly I couldn’t buy any furnishings but I found a lot of home decor inspiration. I just fell in love with the many beautiful chairs, lamps and art objects. The market looks more like a museum or an art gallery than a flea market. I suggest to plan your visit first by picking some sections (clothing, furniture, other) of the flea market in order not to get confused by the big area.”
Opening times: Saturday 9am to 6pm, Sunday 10am to 6pm, Monday 11am to 5pm.
Métro: Porte de Clignancourt (Line 4), Garibaldi (Line 13)
Le Marché aux Puces de Vanves / Smaller and arguably more friendly than Saint-Ouen, the market at “Porte de Vanves” is appreciated for its more manageable size. Some dealers swear by the mish-mash of stands at this weekend market, spread out over two avenues. This might not be the best place for furniture or antiques, but there’s much to please the casual browser, especially if you’re a curious market explorer.
What Atelier Judith says: “At this flea market you’ll find Givenchy and Chanel perfume bottles, stunning Hermès scarves, vintage toys and rare French vinyls. Just make sure you arrive early for the best finds.”
Opening times: Saturday and Sunday, 7am to 2pm.
Métro: Porte de Vanves (Line 13)
Marché aux Puces de Montreuil / I couldn’t manage to visit this flea market but you can find some information about it here.
Hope you liked my short Paris flea market guide!