Marché aux Puces
There are a number of flea markets (Marchés aux Puces) around Paris. Many pop up on in different locations on weekends, and several are more permanent establishments. The most famous of Paris's flea markets is the Marché aux Puce at St-Ouen de Clignancourt.
The Marché aux Puce at St-Ouen de Clignancourt is a collection of 2,500 to 3,000 open stalls and shops on the northern edge of Paris. Here you can find Provencal cookware, oriental rugs, baroque mirrors, sepia postcards, old dolls and perfume decanters, and much more.
Getting To the Marché aux Puces
To get to the Marché aux Puce at St-Ouen de Clignancourt, take the No. 4 Métro line in the direction Porte de Clignancourt. Get off at the last station, which is Porte de Clignancourt.
As you exit the Métro station take a moment to get your bearings. You will probably exit onto a wide street, the Boulevard Omano. Look around until you spot an elevated highway; this is the Boulevard Pérephérique, the beltway that goes all the way around Paris. Now walk in the direction of the Pérephérique; after a few blocks, the Boulevard Omano becomes the Avenue de la Porte de Clignancourt.
As you walk along the Avenue de la Porte de Clignancourt you will see hundreds of open air stalls selling cheap clothing and other goods. You can hurry past these and continue along the Avenue de la Porte de Clignancourt. Shortly after walking under the Pérephérique you will see branching off to your left the Rue des Rosiers. Begin your walk down the Rue des Rosiers; it is along this street and in the small allées off of it that you will find the various markets.
The markets are open only on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Vendors begin putting their goods out about 9:00 am and close about 6:00 pm, but this is up to the whim of each vendor.
- The Marché Vernaison
- The first market that you come to at Allée 7 on your right (99, Rue des Rosiers) is the Maraché Vernaison.
- This market, which claims to be the oldest of the markets at St. Ouen, is comprised of a warren of picturesque alleys housing more than three hundred merchants. Vernaison is our favorite market, as it offers wide range of affordable antiques.
- The old soul of Saint-Ouen, it was here that the first organized market was born. Originally erected as a set of wooden shacks in 1920, it is known today as Saint-Ouen’s cheapest and most authentic market. A labyrinth of Virginia creeper-covered alleys, Vernaison remains true to its bric-a-brac roots. Its 300 professional merchants, who benefit from lower rents as a result of joint-owned plots, provide curious bargain hunters with jewels, antique toys, linens, paintings and country-style furniture at true flea market prices.
- Marché Antica
- This tiny market lies alongside the Vernaison Market. It is an elegant gallery offering a wonderful selection of objects in a hushed atmosphere. There are only a dozen or so stands here, inviting you to discover their beautiful objects, tapestries, ornaments, Art Deco and Napoleon III items.
- Marché Biron
- As you continue along the Rue des Rosiers, the next market on your right after crossing Rue Voltaire is Marché Biron at 85, Rue des Rosiers. This market attracts many professional decorators and dealers and is the most upscale and expensive at St. Ouen. More than 200 stalls sell restored period furniture, gilt objects, Limoges procelain and other fine objets d'art. The Biron sellers take pride in their works and sell only high quality objects.
- Marché Serpette
- Continue along the Rue des Rosiers until you reach the Rue Paul Bert. Cross the diagonally across the Rue Paul Bert and the Rue des Rosiers and you will be at the Marché Serpette at 110, Rue des Rosiers.
- Set up in the former garage of France’s first Citroen dealer and linked by proximity and ownership to the neighboring Paul Bert market, the 130 stands of Serpette’s covered walkways are known for fashionable, expensive items of the highest quality, including art nouveau and 20th-century decorative pieces. Enthusiastic, youthful dealers chat happily about their latest discoveries, making this market a favorite among veritable antiques aficionados.
- Marché Paul Bert
- To the right and wrapping around behind the Marché Serpette is the Marché Paul Bert at 96 Rue des Rosiers. With objects from the traditional to the kitschy, this stylishly relaxed open-air market surrounds its trendy neighbor Serpette. Its 220 stands boast a giant selection of second-hand clothes, antique luggage, hardware, garden ornaments, art deco household items, Parisian bistro furniture, African art and Renaissance objects. Strolling among its seven aisles you’ll likely brush elbows with renowned decorators and antiques dealers on the lookout for rare treasures.
- Marché Dauphine
- The Marché Dauphine at 140, Rue des Rosiers, opened in 1991, and is one of the biggest markets at St. Ouen. Where previously there was a labyrinth of narrow dark alleyways with their ramshackle little shops, now stands the majestic Dauphine, like a flagship standing proud over the fleet formed by the eleven other antiques markets which make up the Saint-Ouen Flea Market.
- The architecture of the Dauphine takes its inspiration from the prestigious Baltard Pavilion. Its 6,000 m2 of floor space holds around 180 antiques and bric-a-brac merchants.
- Here you will find a selection of high quality furniture and fine arts from the XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries and also a lot of specialists in niche markets, such as old documents and books, dolls, curiosities from the world of photography, watches, regional furniture and primitive objects.
- Many antique objects arive at the Marché aux Puces in a sorry state, often chipped or scratched. Restoration by the antique dealers breathes new life into them. Five craftsmen work at the Marché Dauphine, giving objects from the past a chance to live again. Paintings, procelain, gilt wood, furniture, veneer—nothing is beyond the capabilities of the Dauphine restorers.