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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.

Marche aux Puces SignAs 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.

Market Hours

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 Markets