The Saint-Ouen Flea Market:
the largest antiques market in the world
The Flea Market -also called the “Puces”- is a real institution and since 2001, has been recognized as a “Zone for the Protection of Architectural, Urban, and Landscape Heritage (ZPPAUP)” thanks to its unusual ambiance and atmosphere. It is considered as the largest antiques market and second-hand shop in the world.
The market covers seven hectares and hosts 14 markets:
Antica, Biron, Cambo, Dauphine, Django Reinhardt, Jules Vallès, le Passage, Malassis, Malik, l’Entrepôt, Paul Bert Serpette, des Rues, L’Usine & Lécuyer and Vernaison.
Some of them are covered, others are open-air markets and every one of them overflows with varied goods, from all periods and countries. At the Flea Market, you can bargain-hunt classic antiques or restored top-end goods such as furniture, paintings, bronzes, art items or tapestries, mirrors, lamps, dishes…
You can find old discs, engravings, toys, posters, books, photography and other unusual items. You can also buy clothes, shoes and vintage or latest fashion accessories.
4th tourist landmark in France
The Saint-Ouen Flea Market is the largest concentration of antique dealers and second-hand goods dealers worldwide, receiving more than 5 millions of visitors each year including a lot of foreigners and even celebrities. This 4th tourist landmark in France, located north Paris in front of the 18th arrondissement, is held on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays.
You will discover Paris in an original way and will be surprised as you walk around the “Puces”. It’s a real gold mine for vintage items lovers and antiques amateurs…
The market was officially created in 1885. It structured itself gradually to become today a worldwide reference for bric-a-brac shop. Now, with 1 700 merchants including 1 400 antique dealers, some sections of the market look more like a museum or an art gallery than a flea market. The main street is the rue des Rosiers leading to the Marchés Malassis, Dauphine, Biron and Vernaison.
This bric-a-brac atmosphere offers for those who bother to hang around a splendid and unusual sphere and the chance maybe to discover and negotiate the rare pearl…Moreover, you will find about twenty small popular and friendly restaurants and cafés where a band often plays music and you will see full of coloured characters...That is also the spirit of the Puces!
Over the last few years, the Puces tend to renew themselves. As home decoration became very trendy in Paris, a lot of young Parisians try to find rare and original items. This is why innovations have been emerging such as Quintessence Playground which is the first concept store of the Puces. You can also find a trendy restaurant called Ma Cocotte, invented by the famous French designer Philippe Starck (he also created the club Lan 兰会所 in Beijing) based on a chic and popular canteen concept considered these past few years as very trendy in France. It also draws more and more Chinese tourists. Some of them come especially here to buy restored Chinese antiques at the CRISTO gallery.
We suggest you to get off at the Garibaldi station instead of Porte de St-Ouen (because it’s a longer walk from this station).
If you come from the Porte de Clignancourt station, cross over the boulevard périphérique (Ring road) to the north. Otherwise, walk to the south if you come from the Garibaldi station.
The markets are open:
Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Reduced activity from the 1st to the 15th of August.
Monday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Métro : Porte de Clignancourt (ligne 4) / Garibaldi (ligne 13)