What's in our tour?
This Paris Flea Market walking tour introduces you to the world’s largest flea market – 15 markets, 2,500 shops, and everything French art ever produced, from 1960’s vintage clothes to refined 1600’s furniture and religious art of 800 years ago.
Do you salivate that in one market you can find French antiques and vintage shoes from around the world? Ostrich feathers, old lace, collector books, estate jewelry, and trickets and knick-knacks, are all at the Paris Flea Market.
Then our Paris Flea Market Insider’s Tour might be right for you.
Your guide meets you outside the metro station, a short distance from the flea market. Are you a stroller or a shopper? Your guide inquires about your personal interests, and then picks the best itinerary. You’ll get a map of the different markets, for you to mark as you move along. Your guide will also signal what stores are likely to carry items you are looking for.
You visit several markets. You learn about the 150-year history of the Paris flea market (some say: the 800-year history). There’s eclectic Vernaison, and there’s high-end Biron. There’s hip Serpette, cozy Dauphine, and street-style Malik. There’s poor man’s Jules Vallès, and there’s over-the-top l’Entrepot. It all depends what your group wants to see and do.
You discuss how to shop – and how to bargain. How do you tell an authentic from a copy? How do you negotiate price? and what else can you negotiate besides?
During the tour, we may interview some dealers. They know our guide, so they are more friendly and forthcoming. We learn what it’s like to work as an antiques dealer at the Paris Flea Market.
The tour ends in the heart of the Serpette market, next to the eateries. The guide gives orientations to each guest. One guest catches the bus back to Notre Dame. Others walk back to the metro with the guide. Most linger on at the market for an afternoon of shopping.
- a comprehensive overview of the 15 markets, in under 2 hours
- insider’s tips: how can you sniff bargains? And how can you negotiate effectively, Paris-style?
- discussions with art dealers who tell their story
- a balance of shopping tips and good stories, so everyone enjoys the tour
- very small groups, so your questions receive proper answers
- an experience unlike any other in Paris
- HOT DAY SPECIAL: on hot days, we walk in the shade, our guides have fans and water sprays for every guest, and every tour makes frequent stops for water
Where and when?
We run the Paris flea market insider’s tour on market days – Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine. In English.
Tour starts on time at 10.45am on Saturday and Sunday, and lasts a relaxed 90 minutes.
Closed on Dec. 24 & 25 and from August 1 to 15 (when the market is closed)
Why take this tour?
To find that estate brooch, or those French chandeliers.
To learn to bargain.
And for the sheer fun of exploring that colorful market.
The Paris Flea Market Insider’s Tour is €30/adult (or US$31), discounted to €20 for kids 18 and under. Children under 7 visit for free.
Privatize this tour
Are you visiting with a group of friends, or shopping for specific items? Then you might enjoy retaining a private guide. From €125, depending on group size and tour duration.Privatize this tour