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Flea markets are a Paris institution. The love of antiques and vintage items – not to mention the treasure trove that some people with family heirlooms are sitting on – make these lively places where you can find some amazing pieces from all eras, or maybe just a special something that is beautiful to you! Here’s some of the best places to head for a rummage.
Place d’Aligre 75012 Paris – Metro Ledru Rollin (line 8)
Small but cute in the middle of a great fruit and vegetable market. There are some vintage clothing stalls including one with a huge pile of hats which seem to be from the 1900’s onwards and not too expensive.
Hours: Tues. – Sat., 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sun., 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Marché aux Puces de Montreuil
avenue de la Porte de Montreuil 75020 Paris – Metro Porte de Montreuil (line 9)
Good for second-hand clothing, parts for cars, showers and hot bikes. Can have a bit of an edgy vibe, keep your wits about you.
Hours: Sat. – Mon., 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Marché aux Puces de la Porte de Vanves
avenue Georges Lafenestre & avenue Marc Sangnier 75014 Paris – Metro Porte de Vanves (line 13)
350 stalls: furniture, trinkets, paintings, fabric, glassware, watches, jewelry, military objects, photography, music, and sundry bizarre items. One of the best.
Weekends; avenue Marc Sangnier until 1 p.m.; avenue Georges Lafenestre all day.
Les Puces de Saint-Ouen
48, rue Jules Vallès 93400 Saint-Ouen – Metro Porte de Clignancourt (line 4)or Porte de St-Ouen (line 13)
Biggest but not necessarily the best. Furniture, pictures, new and second-hand clothes. Skip the crappy part at the beginning with Bob Marley T-shirts and insence. Make sure to bring cash and remember to haggle!
For furniture the best section is Marché Paul Bert 18, rue Paul Bert or 96, rue des Rosiers, 93400 Saint-Ouen. Some of the world’s famous decorators come here regularly in search of that rare piece. 220 dealers offer Parisian bistro furniture, decorative ornaments, Renaissance objects, Primitive Art, and some junk. The best time for serious buyers is Friday at 6am and Saturday at 7am. A great restaurant in the area is Le Paul Bert, at 20, rue Paul Bert
Sat. – Mon., 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.