The Best Antique Markets in Paris
Parisians have very particular taste. They are known for being incredibly specific when it comes to how they decorate their home interiors, and there is quite a high standard that is kept at all times, even when shopping second hand.
The antique markets of Paris might as well be seeking new, unused goods. You’ll find some rare, exquisite pieces as you make your way through the various venues, and I recommend brushing up on some basic French phrases so that you can bargain with the shopkeepers as you do!
Marche aux Puces de Montreuil in Paris
This market is situated in the far east of Paris, past Menilmontant and closer toward Montreiul. It’s considered to be “off the beaten track”, meaning that its not tourist ridden and the locals still frequent the market on opening days between Saturday and Monday.
The only downfall? This part of Paris is not as affluent as other parts of the city, so there is a lot of junk sale going on in-between the treasures. It takes quite some time to sift through the goods. Expect to spend the better part of your morning of afternoon here.
With patience, you’re almost guaranteed to find an antique or two to take home, and they will always be worth the time and trouble — and the trip out to the far east!
Opening Hours: Saturday to Monday — 7am to 4pm
ADDRESS: 2 Square de la Gascogne, 75020 Paris, France
Metro STATION: Porte de Montreuil
St. Ouen Flea Market in Paris
Paris’ self-proclaimed largest and most popular flea market is that of St. Ouen in the far north of the city, close to Montmartre (but not that close).
It boasts 2500 stalls and pulls in close to 11 million visitors per year. There is a major focus on antiques and vintage fashion, so you can imagine the variety of people that venture here with high hopes every weekend.
Entrance into the market is free, and you can expect to spend hours sifting through the high quality goods on offer. Almost no one leaves empty handed; it’s known as the market that always provides.
Note that the St. Ouen market closes each day between 1pm and 2pm for a lunch break so that stall owners can replenish themselves between crowds.
Opening Hours: Saturday to Monday — 10am to 6pm
ADDRESS: 99 Allée des Rosiers, 93400 Saint-Ouen, France
Metro STATION: Porte de Saint-Ouen
Marché aux Puces in Paris
Smaller, more friendly, and a little more central, the Marche aux Puces is another antique treasure trove within the French capital.
Here, you’ll need to come early. The entire market shuts down by 2pm, and most people are strolling the stalls well before 8am in the morning, knowing that the later they leave their visit, the more likely they are to miss all the good stuff.
Admittedly, the antique supply is short at this particular flea market. Most items are grabbed up well before regular people have gotten themselves out of bed, so going early is a point that I cannot stress enough.
The market is surrounded by cute Parisian cafes in which you can enjoy a hearty breakfast after your visit.
Opening Hours: Saturday & Sunday — 7am to 2pm
ADDRESS: 34 Avenue Marc Sangnier, 75014 Paris, France
Metro STATION: Porte d’Orléans
Puces d’Aligre in Paris
This is a very small market, though I find it worth mentioning when on the subject of antiques in Paris. There are only 40 stalls, but there are there all week long (aside from Mondays), which gives you plenty of time to stop by between sightseeing.
You never really know what you are going to find at Puces d’Aligre, but it’s worth keeping as an option if the aforementioned three markets have returned little to no treasures worth lugging back to your home/homeland.
Most goods sell for pennies at this market, and I would recommend having cash on hand as most of the stalls do not have card payment facilities.
This market is very close to the Bastille neighborhood, which is a vibrant part of Paris filled with street life, bars and restaurants. If you were intended to check it out at any point during your stay, I’d recommend doing both on the same day.