Tourist Guide Paris

Flea Markets

Marche au Puces des St. Quen

Flea Markets in Paris: Marche au Puces des St. Quen

What better whilst on your trip to Paris than to obtain a souvenir or better still grab a real bargain at a place that you will unfortunately not see so soon again? For this the French capital has a number of flea markets to offer – including the largest flea market in the world. This is located in the district of Saint-Quens and lies directly at the last metro stop –‘Clignancourt’. Here visitors can look at an approximately 15km worth of stalls next to one another, and admire some antiques which have in some cases been pulled out of the back corner of a cellar.

The Halls

It is truly a labyrinth of all kinds of stalls. Those who would prefer to move out of the hustle and bustle of the enormous crowds of people and avoid the slow pushing and shoving, should visit as early as possible to look at the goods of the approximately 2500 merchants which, occupy a total surface area of around 7 hectares in large halls that stand in close proximity to one another. From 11am the aisles fill up at a rapid speed – after all over 11 million people annually visit this both traditional and enormous market.

Marche Vernaison

Somewhat smaller, but much older and most colourful is the flea market of Vernaison which still draws in around 300 traders. However, as nice as some things might look – not everything is as antique as it appears as many of the traders attempt to cunningly sell their plagiarised crafts – offering them at apparently reasonable prices. This flea market is the oldest market in French history and dates back to the beginning of the 12th Century. Directly in the centre lies one of the most popular flea markets – Chez Louisette which owes its name to the visit of a King and in which an atmosphere is quickly created when the numerous street performers sing their songs.

Marche Biron

In sharp contrast to the aforementioned flea markets is the particularly elegant flea market Biron, which has approximately 200 stands and is the most expensive of all the markets; here only new and very well preserved goods are on offer. However Paris also houses Marche des Rosiers - the absolute tiniest flea market which only consists of 20 stalls on two levels. As a result this market has specialised in Art Deco and art nouveau. Clothing from different time periods can be found at the Marche Malik.