Paris Flea Markets
Here are three amazing things you can do at the Paris Flea Markets
1.) Clignan court’s Flea Market (Saint Ouen)
The Greatest “Brocante”(second hand market) in the whole world is here! Every Saturday, Sunday and Monday, many people come there to have fun and to bargain the price of vintage memorabilia, antiques, books and old records. There you can find anything you look for! There are also many little restaurants you can go to, which offer cheap and tasty food.
Saturday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Monday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
How to get there:
Line 4, Porte de Clignancourt Station;
Line 13, Garibaldi Station
Numbers 56 – 60 – 85 – 95 – 137 – 166 – 255 – PC 3
2.) Montreuil’s Flea Market
Montreuil’s flea market is less of a “brocante”(second hand market) market than the market in Clignancourt. Located in Montreuil, on the east side of Paris (Right Bank), it offers more quirky and unusual objects such as old clothes, tools and electrical devices than old books. It’s a great place if you are into really cheap things and bargains but at the same time it is quite “underground”.
Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
How to get there:
Line 9, Porte de Montreuil Station;
Line 3, Porte de Bagnolet Station
Numbers: 351, 57, 76
3.) The Vide Greniers
“Vide greniers” is a typical French expression meaning: “attic emptying”. It is like a second hand market but only with private individuals selling their stuff. It is a real hand-to-hand deal. It usually takes place on Sunday and you will meet true Parisians (which are really fond of bargaining!) there. If you want to find “vide greniers”, visit vide-greniers.org!
Facts about Paris Flea Markets
The Saint Ouen flea market is an institution listed since 2001 as “Protection Area of Urban Landscape and Architectural Heritage” with its typical atmosphere. It is recognized as one of the largest antiques and flea markets in the world.
Seven hectares and 2,000 exhibitors constitute the Flea Market. Today, fifteen Flea markets exist; Vernaison, Biron, Serpette, Malik, Paul Bert, Jules Valles, Malassi, Dauphine… Some are covered, others open and all are full of assorted goods, of all periods and all countries. At the Flea Market, you can look for antiques or classic high-end goods such as restored furniture, paintings, bronzes, art objects or tapestries, mirrors, lamps, dishes… There are also old records, prints, children’s toys, posters, books, photographs and other unusual objects.
To sum it up, you can buy all kinds of clothes, vintage shoes and fashion accessories or the latest fashion clothes.
Paris Flea Market
Parisians love flea markets and you will certainly do too! It is a unique way to meet real Parisians selling all kind of kinds of stuff, make great deals and find rare antiques, books and vinyl among many other wonderful treasures!Maylis
How to get there
Lines 1, 2 and 6
Line A, station Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile?
Lines 22, 30, 31, 52, 73, 92, stop Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile
- Beware not to get lost in the streets… You’d better have a guide! (Check out the Flea Market Walking Tour).
- 13 million visitors a year 99%
- Incredibly detailed 80%
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Dépôts-ventes are also a typical Parisian type of shop. These are trendy luxurious second-hand clothes shops where you can buy vintage dresses, bags and ties from really fashionable brand (like Chanel or Dior), which used to belong to people who decided to sell them. The prices are a bit expensive but you might find good deals!
2.) Specialized markets:
If you have visited Notre Dame, you might have seen the Flower market (and Birds market on Sunday) beside the Metro Station Cité. There are other markets in Paris where you can find special items like stamps, old postcards and many other things. For example, not so far from Montparnasse, at Convention, you can find the Old Books market (every Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 6pm), 104 rue Brancion in the 15th arrondissement…
Or if you’re more into old papers and old letters, you can visit the “Old paper market” (Saint Mandé metro station). Finally, if you like stamps, you can go to the Stamps market, Avenue Gabriel in the 8th borough, not so far from the Champs Elysées, which takes place every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.