Paris is famous for its flea markets – here we round up six of the best.
Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen
Referred to affectionately as “Le Puces”, this is easily Paris’ most famous flea market and it’s widely thought to be the biggest in the world. Based in Clingancourt, Montemarte, it covers 7,000 hectares and sells every item imaginable. Stay at Comfort Inn Saint Pierre Paris, just a stone’s throw away on Rue de Clingancourt.
Les Puces de Montreuil
Off the beaten tourist track in Port de Montreuil, this is where the locals go to haggle for bargains. A little more downmarket than Le Puces, there’s a lot of junk to soft through, but its worth it when you hit the goldmine. Hotel Modern’Est Paris is close by.
Marché aux puces de la Porte de Vanves
One of the city’s smaller markets, this little gem in Porte de Vanves is friendlier than most, so it’s a good place to test your haggling skills. Low on furniture and antiques, this is instead where to go for vintage Hermes scarves, classic perfume bottles, beautiful linens and the like. Hôtel Aviatic Paris is a hop, skip and a jump away.
Marché Paul Bert
Close to Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen in Clingancourt, don’t forget this oft overlooked market – living in the shadow of the world’s biggest flea market has left it packed with undiscovered treasures. For affordable accommodation, try Hotel Montmartre Paris.
Marché du Livre Ancien et d’Occasion
This is one for bibliophiles – it specialises in antique books. If you’ve got your heart set on a first edition or something long out of print, you may well strike it lucky here. Treat yourself to a luxury room at the nearby Hotel Montparnasse St Germain.
Marché aux Puces d’Aligre
The smallest of the markets, but conveniently located in the centre of the city and next to a renowned food market if you get peckish. Expect second hand clothes, old photos and general bric-a-brac. Stay central at Grand Hôtel Amelot.