Les Puces de Saint-Ouen

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Les Puces de Saint-Ouen Les Puces de Saint-Ouen in Paris is one of the largest flea / antique markets in the world. Read the Party Earth review of this incredible Paris shopping mecca. Paris France 48.902125 2.342495
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Party Earth Review In operation since 1885, Les Puces de Saint-Ouen – commonly known as “Les Puces”– is one of the largest flea and antique markets in the world, attracting more than a hundred thousand visitors every weekend. Covering several... ... read full review

  • Neighborhood:

  • Address:

    140 Rue des Rosiers
    93400 Saint-Ouen

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  • Metro:

    4 Line: Porte de Clignancourt; Line 13: Porte de St Ouen

  • Phone:

    01 40 12 32 58

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  • Hours:

    M 11am–5pm, Sa 9am–6pm, Su 10am–6pm; On Mondays, many stalls close early or do not open

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot

Party Earth Les Puces de Saint-Ouen Review

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Les Puces de Saint-Ouen in Paris is one of the largest flea / antique markets in the world. Read the Party Earth review of this incredible Paris shopping mecca.

In operation since 1885, Les Puces de Saint-Ouen – commonly known as “Les Puces”– is one of the largest flea and antique markets in the world, attracting more than a hundred thousand visitors every weekend.

Covering several acres, the area is actually a collection of several distinct markets (marchés), with stalls and shops peddling wares that range from cheap duds to museum-quality artifacts.

Used clothing, African objects, and budget-friendly household goods dominate the blocks closest to the Porte de Clignancourt metro, but further north along a wild maze of side streets, visitors stumble into a labyrinth of Aladdin’s caves, where stallholders and shopkeepers display pricey antiques and furniture alongside vintage clothing, jewelry, and the odd record or electronic shop.

Everything from beads and dresses to spare engine parts can be found in the winding alleyways of Marché Vernaison, while moneyed retirees of West Paris head straight for Marché Biron to browse old furniture that costs more than a college education.

The airy Marché Dauphine offers up similar pricey collectibles, but also attracts hordes of students and literary types with its first-edition books, rare art posters, colorful rugs, and veritable forest of potted plants.

The streets that radiate out from the main thoroughfare of Rue des Rosiers are home to every sellable object imaginable, at every price imaginable – and the cacophonous shouts of both sellers and buyers that fill the air all day remind visitors that haggling is actively encouraged.

Worth the trek just for the experience, Les Puces de Saint-Ouen is a place that visitors leave either empty-handed or with empty-pockets, but certainly never disappointed.

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Tip from Emma:

Don’t be put off by the hordes of street sellers and fake designers that greet you outside the Porte de Clignancourt metro. March right on past, under the overpass and down the Rue des Rosiers, where the greatest variety of shops and stalls can be found. You can also take Line 13 to the Porte de Saint-Ouen station. It’s a little further walk to Les Puces, but you’ll avoid most of the kitsch.

  • Crowd

    Diverse mix of everyone from Parisian grande dames seeking 18th-century furniture to vinyl-and-vintage harvesting hipsters, rough-and-ready-to-barter locals, and savvy tourists. All ages.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Tons of people-watching and whatever music the stall owners choose to blare.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Smattering of crêpe and panini spots, plus a handful of cafés, small supermarkets, and patisseries in the vicinity. While the area is safe by day, visitors should be wary of pickpockets in the crowds.

    Market Highlights:

    Marché Vernaison and Marché Antica: a vast pair of markets home to everything from Chinese imports, antique toys, beads, clothing, and art-deco furnishings to the piston rod from a Peugeot Citroën and other rare engine parts.

    Marché Biron: antique furniture galore, as well as a massive assortment of rare posters, art, and rugs.

    Marché Dauphine: everything from pricey collectibles and jewelry to vintage clothes and a cozy café and restaurant.

    Marché Serpette: more clothes, housewares, furniture, mirrors, vases, clocks, and more.

    Marché Paul Bert: many items from the 50s and 60s, mostly on the pricier side.

    L’Entrepôt: staircases, fireplaces, ornate columns, and other architectural bits that will no doubt require substantial delivery fees.

    Marché Jules Valles: small but very serious collection of antiques.

  • Prices

    From $1 t-shirts to bedroom sets that would turn the average credit card to dust.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Saturdays and Sundays for the busiest scene, or Mondays for a more relaxed vibe. It should be noted that a number of shops close early or don’t open at all on Mondays.

  • Close By

    Cimetière de Saint-Ouen (13 Avenue du Cimètiere) is a beautiful cemetery just north of Les Puces that provides a quiet retreat from the crowds.

Les Puces de Saint-Ouen User Reviews

Average rating:
A diamond in the rough!
Amanda D. Jun 11, 2013
My Take: Les Puces de Saint-Ouen, also known as marché de Clignancourt, is literally a diamond in the rough. It’s the biggest flea market in Paris with incredible bargains, but it’s in a not so nice area of Paris. Don’t let the location and exterior deter you because inside is where all the magic is, in the little streets and alleys that connect all 15 submarkets into one big market. Entering Les Puces de Saint-Ouen is like going on a treasure hunt and you are guaranteed to come out satisfied with affordable, one of a kind finds. The Scene: Make a day out of your visit at Les Puces de Saint-Ouen as the market is very big. The crowd is a mix of locals, tourists and students. To beat the crowd, arrive early in the morning before it gets too busy and let the bargaining begin. The market is lively and upbeat. Some vendors are very friendly and they will greet you or strike up conversation as you walk past. There is nothing you can’t find at Les Puces de Saint-Ouen; souvenirs, crafts, antiques, art, clothes, shoes, sunglasses, cosmetics, handbags, flowers, furniture, vintage stores and food. The list is endless! You will definitely not leave Les Puces de Saint-Ouen empty handed. Cocktails and cuisine: There are lots of food stalls, cafes and small restaurants. There is French, Moroccan, Indian and street food. Take a walk around and see which is more appealing to you or alternatively, ask a vendor to recommend his favourite spot in the market. Prices: Entrance into the market is free. What to wear: Wear comfortable shoes because there is lots of walking. Insider info/When to go: Keep your valuables safe and look out for pickpockets.
au marche, au marche!
Tara R. Dec 12, 2012
This market has the entertainment value of a day shopping with the cultural capital of a quirky museum. We were initially reluctant to head this far into the banlieus, but after being convinced by one of our hostel friends, we made the voyage out into this French middle-of-nowhere, which, as it turns out, is the epicenter of flea markets. When I think of flea markets, my fantasy is a scene much like Les Puces—seemingly endless rows of antiques, junk, and vintage treasures to be found. I didn’t buy anything because my bags were already over the limit, but I had an entertaining day wandering from stall to stall. Take the trip out here if you get the chance!
A Shopper's Perfect Morning Adventure
Amy V. Nov 27, 2012
While Les Puces is in out in the banlieu of Saint-Ouen, a trek on the metro from most arrondisements, it is worth the journey. Grab a friend, a reusable bag (for your purchases), and wear comfy shoes—you will be doing a lot of walking. During the high peaks of the day it does get packed, becoming a pickpocket’s dream, so keep an eye on your belongings. The market begins directly across from the Clignacourt metro stop. Upon arrival you’ll notice a lot the cheaper wares—anything from souvenirs to t-shirts, knock-off Louis Vuittons and more. After you get through the area that resembles the LA fashion district on a weekend you will find the real market. Situated on ancient cobblestone roads, the antique vendors have stands that are more like boutique storefronts. Here you’ll stumble upon treasures that broke college students wish they could afford. Don’t be afraid to haggle, but don’t lowball or you will find yourself the recipient of that famous French rudeness. The market is a great way to spend the day “window-shopping”. Go early and avoid the crowds for a more relaxing day. You’ll work up an appetite digging through these Parisian treasures.
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