One fine Monday morning we took the metro to Port Clignancourt, prepared to trawl the famous Marchè aux Puces de Saint-Ouen, Paris’s largest flea and antique market. We barely covered half the market and our poor feet were already screaming for mercy by mid afternoon. The Marchè aux Puces is the largest, most varied and interesting flea market I’ve ever been to. It consists of about 10-14 different markets that specialise in a particular commodity. And mind you, each market can have up to a hundred stalls! No kidding. I could spend a week there.
We first wandered around Marchè Vernaison which had interesting homeware, small furniture, second hand junk and various other bits and bobs. Later on we stumbled upon Marchè Paul Bert and Marchè Serpette which had the most beautiful antique furniture of bygone eras. I’m not an antique expert but I could tell that these furniture would cost a fortune. They have all been painstakingly restored by the vendors.
Marchè Dauphine, our last stop had shops selling old books and magazines, vinyl records, collectable prints and some vintage clothing.Very cool.
Paris flea markets are the place to go if you’re looking for a unique souvenir or one-of-a-kind memorabilia to take home. Now if only we had that extra baggage space….