Bonjour! Here is our dispatch from the Paris Flea Markets. If you want to shop like Bill Gates, then I suggest you set your sights on the Clignancourt Flea Market in Paris (France, not Texas). I’m not trying to make you jealous, but I’ve recently returned from two weeks in Paris which included a day at the mother of all Paris Flea Markets. Which one, you ask? Well, considering there are many choices, we opted for the Clignancourt aka the Marché aux Puces St-Ouen de Clignancourt. Why this particular market? Because it’s easily accessible by the Metro, people kept mentioning this one, it’s known as one of the largest fleas in Europe and it has over 2,500 stalls filled to the brim with a fascinating mixture of merchandise and because if it’s good enough for Bill Gates…
If you’re considering a trip to Paris yourself (or at least want some serious armchair travel), then you’ll definitely want to bone up on some insider tips from the experts starting with the book Markets of Paris, now in its second edition, which tells you everything you need to know in a fun and colorful fashion about how to score big at the Paris fleas.
And, here’s my own two cents:
1) Hit this Saturday-Sunday-Monday market on a Monday if you can, as it is way less crowded, with the understanding that some of the stalls may be closed. I actually found this to be a good/bad thing because it made the market slightly less overwhelming.
2) Stop for lunch at Les Gastropods (loved their salad nicoise)!
3) Be sure to stop at the store Tombees du Camion which specializes in “repurchasing stocks of disused factories.” Look for their industrial lights and other cool objects at Allee 5 – Stand 92. In my humble opinion, their two stores in the market were the most unique and interesting of the entire bunch. If you miss them at the Puces Flea (what the Parisians call it), they also have a store in Montmarte at 17 Rue Joseph de Maistre.
You may also want to download this map of the market as it is very easy to get lost in these 7 hectares of antiquing wilds.
So, if you’re in the market for a gold gilded rhino’s head or a set of glass eyeballs, the Clignancourt is where you’ll want to be! Enjoy!Clignancourt Flea Market (Marchés aux Puces de Saint-Ouen) Saint-Ouen, adjacent to the 18th Arr. Closest Métro stop: Porte De Clignancourt Hours: Saturday 9 am-6 pm, Sunday 10 am-6 pm, Monday 11am-5 pm And, for more information and flea market tips in Paris, check out David Lebovitz’s blog here! He’s got a very comprehensive list of flea markets in Paris and his blog is truly wonderful! Enjoy! And, Happy Thrifting! Mimi