8 Best Paris Flea Markets & Antique Shops
When it comes to finding old treasures, there are two teams: those looking for classy antiques with fine pedigrees and worth a fair penny, and those who love nothing more than digging around in a cardboard box at a flea market, hunting for a bargain. Luckily, in Paris you can indulge in both. Here’s a great mix of flea markets and antique stores, where you can spend as much or little as your budget allows, and have lots of fun while you’re at it.
- Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen (Saint-Ouen)
- Puces des Vanves (Paris 14th)
- Marché du Livre (Paris 15th)
- Puces d’Aligre (Paris 12th)
- Village Saint-Paul (Paris 4th)
- Village Suisse (Paris 15th)
- Passy Brocante (Paris 16th)
- Hôtel Drouot (Paris 9th)
1. Marché aux Puces de Paris Saint-Ouen, Saint-Ouen
Let’s start with the best-known so-called flea market in the north of Paris, Le Marché aux Puces de Paris Saint-Ouen. I say so-called, because it’s not exactly a flea market, more a set of permanent stalls and stores, which sell a mix of true antiques to lesser organized and more higgledy-piggledy assortments. It’s a great morning out, but, because of its popularity, the true finds are rare, and even though you can bargain, the prices are quite inflated. But, depending on what you’re looking for, be it a Hermès bag or antique linen cloths, you can meander around for hours through the various parts of this market and stop at some very good little restaurants.
Marché aux Puces de Paris Saint-Ouen
110 Rue des Rosiers, 93400 Saint-Ouen-sur-Seine
Metro: Garibaldi (Line 13), Porte de Clignancourt (Line 4), Saint-Ouen (Line 14)
Fri 08:00-12:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00, Mon 11:00-17:00
2. Les Puces des Vanves, Paris 14th
Right at the opposite end of Paris, near Porte des Vanves, you find a true flea market, filled with an assortment of tables, vans, and even blankets spread on the ground, and it’s filled to the brim with potential treasure. Les Puces de Vanves may have the odd true antique, even jewelry, but generally it’s a delightful mix of all things people might find in their attic. To discover real gems, you’ll need a fair bit of time, patience, and willingness to dig deep. And you’ll also want to barter like your Paris travel budget depends on it.
Les Puces de Vanves
Avenue Marc Sangnier & Avenue Georges Lafenestre, 75014 Paris
Metro: Porte de Vanves (Line 13)
3. Marché du Livre, Paris 15th
Every weekend, an antique book and map market takes place down by the former abattoirs and next to the hidden vineyard of Parc George Brassens. This wonderful market for book lovers allows you to find illustrated books by Jules Verne, old maps of long-forgotten places, comic books of Tin Tin’s adventures, and also plenty of second-hand books, for those on a budget. Although most books are in French, you can find items in other languages.
4. Puces d’Aligre, Paris 12th
In the Bastille neighborhood, just next to one of the best food markets in Paris, you’ll also find a proper puces, or flea market. With the exception of Mondays, the Place d’Aligre outside of the covered market is taken over daily by the locals selling a bit of absolutely everything. From used books in all languages sold by students to African wood carvings, from kids’ toys to clothing, here you really need to come early and dig.
5. Village Saint-Paul, Paris 4th
No visit to Paris is complete without a saunter through Le Marais, but have you ever been to the hidden away Village Saint-Paul, just on the other side of Rue de Rivoli? This is not only an utterly charming neighborhood, but is also studded with tiny antique shops that are a delight to explore. Don’t miss the tiny courtyards.
6. Village Suisse, Paris 15th
If you’re a serious shopper hunting for quality and have money to spend, head to this little oddity hidden right at the end of the Champ de Mars, steps away from the Eiffel Tower. This is basically an antiques shopping mall, an assortment of antique furniture, jewelry, art galleries, and home decor stores set in a warren of lanes interspersed with greenery.
7. Passy Brocante, Paris 16th
Treasure hunters who find themselves near the Trocadéro won’t want to miss this lovely local antique shop. The somewhat hidden Passy Brocante offers a whole slew of unusual furniture and original decorations tucked in a quiet little boutique in a back alley of the upscale 16th Arrondissement.
8. Hôtel Drouot, Paris 9th
Don’t care to dig to find a unique treasure? Head to Hôtel Drouot, a historic Parisian auction house in the 9th Arrondissement, between the metro stations Le Peletier and Richelieu-Drouot and within easy walking distance from Opéra. Sales cover everything from fine art to posters, stuffed animals to Cartier watches. Sometimes there are several auctions in a day. You can see all upcoming auctions and exhibitions on the Hôtel Drouot website.
Unsure how to bid in a French auction? Check out these expert tips. You can also register and bid online if a sale you’re interested in doesn’t coincide with your travel plans.
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