Paris is famous for its flea markets and all the wonderful treasures to be found within them. We’ve written before about the pop-up brocantes (or mini flea markets) that happen almost every weekend rotating around various neighborhoods. But for the best finds it can be better to focus on the city’s larger markets, usually more of a time commitment due to location and size, but definitely worth the effort.
The largest and most well known flea market is probably the Marché aux puces de Saint-Ouen, located just outside the city’s border near Porte de Clignancourt. It offers a mini village of individual vendors selling things ranging from antique furniture to vintage magazines, clothing and so much more. This market is truly an experience, and offers such a variety of items that it can definitely be worth the trip. One of our favorite markets in the complex is the Jules Vallès Market where there are a lot of well-priced finds to be had. That said, our recent impression of this market is that it’s become overpriced and a bit of a tourist trap. Therefore we recommend considering the other options when embarking on a flea market adventure.
We recommend the flea market at the Porte de Vanves in the south of Paris. Located along two perpendicular streets at the edge of the 14th arrondissement, it’s easily accessible by metro line 13 and various bus lines. The vendors set up along the sidewalk and the crowds are not overwhelming, allowing you to wander through with ease. Items available include furniture, random antiques, old paper products, analog cameras, vintage toys, clothes and shoes, and much much more! Part of the fun is never knowing what you might find. The prices are reasonable for the most part, and many sellers can be bargained down. So next weekend take a stroll through this authentic Parisian flea market and see what you can find!
Marché aux puces de la Porte de Vanves
Saturday & Sunday 7am to 1:30pm
We came home with some vintage magazine and prints, and a mini treasure chest!
Creativity tip: Flea markets are great places to find materials for collages, or images to inspire drawing and writing! The various vintage paper items are often only 3-10€. Find an image or photo that inspires you, buy it, and then see where that inspiration takes you!