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Brocantes around Paris and
The Flea Markets
If you believe you cannot afford the
Biennial antique market held at the Louvre Carousel, try one of the flea
markets (marchés aux puces) that are tucked into the rounded corners of
The largest is St-Ouen in the north,
Montreuil is in the northeast, Aligre is in a corner of the 12th
arrondissement and Vanves is to the south in the 14th
The flea markets are either stationary – as
in St. Ouen – or moveable feasts – the others.
Used, second-hand, loved, rejected,
scavenged items are what the markets offer.
Despair not if you arrive at the end of the
market. What may have been an expensive vase is now worthless if the
merchant drops it on the sidewalk. The pieces might enhance your mosaic
A fallen page from a book or loose ad from
an ancient newspaper or medicine bottle that is lying on the sidewalk
might find new life laminated as a bookmark. Tear the pages from the
old book lying at the base of a tree and turn it into some other example
Odds and ends or flatware that the merchants
no longer want to haul around end up in the street waiting for the men
in green with their green trucks to come and sweep them away.
The men in green told me this is market is
safer than St. Ouen – fewer thieves.
is held every Saturday and Sunday during the
year -- about 350 merchants participate until 1300 along Avenue Marc
Sangnier. The market continues all day along Avenue Georges Lafenestre
-- during the month of August, Lafenestre will close about 1400 .. (Sangnier
and Lafenestre intersect one another.)
Look for furniture, books, art, fabric,
glassware, clocks, jewelry, military paraphernalia, photos, music and
If you really like getting into an authentic
Paris flea market atmosphere, come to Vanves.
Metro: Porte de Vanves
(line 13 direction Châtillon
Montrouge)(14th arrondissement) rues Marc Sangnier and
(If you use the blue book for your Paris
map, “Paris Pratique” it labels rue Marc Sangnier as “Marché aux
My favorite is
not only because it is close to our apartment, but you can browse for
antiques in a small square with a large variety. All of the photos on
this page were taken at Aligre.
The regular food markets (open and covered)
are there as well the Baron Rouge to relax after shopping!
– Ask me about the Baron Rouge.
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 0800 until 1300
and from 1600 to 1930. On Sunday, 0800 until 1300.
Place d’Aligre in the 12th
arrondissement, Metro: Ledru-Rollin
de Paris Saint-Ouen:
The largest flea market is
(Metro: Porte de Clignancourt )
It is open Saturday, Sunday and Monday (holidays included) from 9:30
a.m. to 6 p.m. The market is most active on Friday compare to Monday
when many stands are closed. Most of the activity is mid-day; considered
weak at the beginning of the morning and end of the day.
The website includes an English version and
contains a menu for the history, markets, environment, exhibitors, news,
slide show, trends, boutique, life with furniture, partners, events and
Instructions on using their site:
Click on "Environment" and this is the list
How to get here
Map of the Flea Market
The restaurants in the Flea
The restaurants in Saint-Ouen
Getting here: airports, railway stations,
taxis, bus, underground…
Click on "Slide
show" and you have an array of photos.
Click on "Markets"
and it lists the 14 markets.
Click on a market and voila the history and
Visit the website for the
The French version is labeled “Les Puces”;
the English version is labeled “Flea Market”.
Most of the site is bilingual; however, it would help
to have a
French-English dictionary handy if you are
not fluent in the language (for example, tissus=fabrics)
are only three
the Saint-Ouen flea market -- you are advised to "go" before you enter
the belly of the market. If you see signs pointing to "rue
Jules-Valles", they point to a public toilet that was put in at great
cost. The sole "hic", it was never put into service.
Are you looking for ordinary objects at the March aux Puces and not
large pieces of furniture? Visit the Marche Vernaison at the beginning
of the flea market (ash trays for example).....
Did you know that there is an
official tourist office for the Saint-Ouen market?
Association for the development and the promotion
of the flea markets in Paris (ADPPPSO)
of the flea market.
Did you know that there are guided visits? In fact you have a choice;
either through the official tourist office for an
individual or a
group or through
Would you like a map of the flea market?
Download it from the tourist office website.
Montreuil flea market
is located on the périphérique (the outlying section of
Paris). You find new and used clothing for one euro and up.
Used items are farther into the market, but
I did, however, make a good bargain on a
used pencil. Our negotiations began at 50 cents (euros) and
ended up at 10 when I insisted he throw in
the pencil sharpener for that price.
de Montreuil 93100 Montreuil
(line 9 direction Mairie de Montreuil)
0600-1400 (normally reserved for professionals they say)
Saturday and Sunday 0930-1800 and Monday
1030-1700 (not all stalls are open)
Brocantes around Paris
want to take a drive and find antiques and furniture, etc. in
smaller towns than Paris as a focus for sightseeing, several
websites have now become active that are full of dates and times and
Calendar of events in Central France
has information on marchés aux puces, brocantes, foires à tout et
salons de collectionneurs (flea markets, antique sales, festivals,
trade shows for collectioners)
Bienvenue à Brocantes
France is an English language website if you are wondering where
to find the Brocantes on your days off.
Living in France or traveling to France here is a list of Brocantes,
vide greniers, Puces and general information listed for easy viewing
in each department of France.