The world's biggest flea market welcomes 200,000 visitors each weekend. You name it, this place has it: furniture, pictures, new and second-hand clothes — all at rock-bottom prices (especially if you're adept at haggling). There's a jovial fairground atmosphere, with the aroma of food wafting in the air and people crowding round the stalls, hoping to pick up a 1970s leather jacket or rare Louis XV chest of drawers. Make sure to bring cash, as stallholders seldom accept credit cards and the nearest available ATM always has a line.
Address: 48, rue Jules Vallès (Marché des Antiquaires), 93400 Saint-Ouen
(between the Porte de St-Ouen and Porte de Clignancourt, just outside 18th arrondissement)
Hours: Sat. - Mon., 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Metro: Porte de Clignancourt (line 4), Porte de St-Ouen (line 13)
Below, random examples of what you're likely to find at Puces. This is a market that necessitates planning as it is impossible to cover one tenth of the entire location in a day. Even for dealers who shop frequently, it can be overwhelming without a clear idea of what you're looking for.
|"Ladies, take a seat."|
|One of the booths that specializes in antique clothing. There are over two dozen that do so!|
|"Let's see...what was I looking for again?"|
|"I'll take those two and the one in the back, please."|
|Fine antique tapestries and fabrics (with commensurate prices)|