Everything you need to know before visiting Paris’ largest Flea Market
Les Puces de Saint-Ouen is commonly referred to as ‘les puces’ (which means ‘the fleas’). It is one of the largest flea-markets in the world and is a veritable institution. If you are searching for that perfect souvenir to remember your time in Paris, ‘les puces’ is the perfect place the visit.
In 1860, the commune of Saint-Ouen was annexed, and has been part of Paris proper since. ‘Les puces’ has existed on this site since its inception in 1885. It is both an indoor, and outdoor market. In 2001, it was classified as a protected ‘urban architecture landscape zone’ due to its special ambiance and cultural significance.
- situated near Paris’ 18th arrondissement
- it covers 7 hectares (17 acres)
- there are 1700 merchants (1400 of which are antique dealers)
- It is the 4th most visited place in France, and welcomes over 5 million visitors a year
What can you find there?
Les puces is the only place where you can find antique chandeliers, vintage haute couture, vinyl, modern/ antique art, Gucci knock-offs, and dinosaur skulls in one place. (Not even kidding!) During the warmer months, there are often free concerts.
Event listings: here
‘Les puces’ is organized into different markets: Antica, Biron, Cambo, Dauphine, Django Reinhardt, Jules Vallès, le Passage, Malassis, Malik, l’Entrepôt, Paul Bert Serpette, des Rues et brocantes, L’Usine & Lécuyer and Vernaison.
*Downloadable map, here
Restaurants and cafés
Wandering around ‘les puces’ for hours can be delightfully exhausting. Luckily there are many restaurants and cafés to choose from in the area.
For restaurant recommendations, please click here.
Plan on visiting ‘les puces’?
Hours of Operation: every Saturday, Sunday and Monday
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Monday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
**Please note: hours of operation are subject to change from August 1- 15, every year.
Tip: Although there are a couple of cash machines on site, they may be tricky to locate. I would recommend bringing cash with you. Please be ‘street smart’, as pickpockets are known to target the area.
How to get there?
Metro: Porte de Clignancourt (line 4)
Once you exit the metro, walk for 5 minutes until you see a bridge. Go under the bridge, and take a left once you see the outdoor stalls. Please don’t be put off by all of the ‘knock offs’ when you first arrive…’les puces’ is multi-layered, and that’s part of what makes it so fabulous. Happy treasure hunting!
See you soon in Paris!