Not sure how to spend your Sundays in Paris? An original activity would be: going to the Flea Market of Saint Ouen, which is an unusual, historical place that’s also known as ‘Puces de Clignancourt’.
After the Franco-German war in 1870, the rag pickers (rag-men), who had decided to comb the town for objects/items they could resell, settled in Saint Ouen next to Porte de Clignancourt.
In 1885, the city of Saint Ouen made it compulsory for retailers to pay taxes for letting their premises. This led to the official creation of the ‘Marché aux Puces’.
Nowadays the Flea Market of Saint Ouen is the 4th most visited tourist attraction in France, and is the biggest antiques market in the world. With its quaint atmosphere and unusual objects/items on offer, the flea market attracts around 5 million visitors each year (tourists, celebrities, art lovers). You can find goods and items of almost any era and geographical origin.
How is the Flea Market of Saint Ouen organized?
The Flea Market spans 7 hectares and consists of 14 different markets: It promises countless surprises!
- The Antica Market
Located in a stylish and elegant gallery, this market has a dozen stands and offers: paintings, bronze, porcelain, and Art Deco style goods.
- The Biron Market
220 Antiques and Art dealers offer luxury goods: jewelery, furniture, paintings, mirrors, luminaries.
- The Cambo Market
This little market consists of around 20 different stands across two floors where you’ll find: High-quality restored furniture, art objects (ceramics, original paintings, antiques/old-fashioned musical instruments, etc.).
- The Dauphine Market
It is one the oldest and biggest markets of the Saint Ouen Flea Market with 180 merchants spread across two floors. You can find classic antiques dating back to the 18th and the 19th century, items from the 20th century (Art Deco style, industrial art) downstairs and vintage clothes, vinyl records, antiquarian books, engravings – it’s just like a junk shop!
- The Jules Vallès Market
This market is a traditional and typical flea market with lots of junkmen. You’ll come across lots of unusual items: movie posters, ancient weapons, books, records, military equipment…
- The Le Passage Market
It spans 1000m² and links Rue Lécuyer to Rue Jules Vallès. A variety of items: antique and contemporary objects, trinkets and ornaments (knickknacks), books, clothes. The market mainly geared towards old-fashioned clothes.
- The Malassis Market
This covered market will send you back in time with its original, innovative architecture. You can find: antiques dealers, decorators, themed boutiques/shops: oriental stands, bistro sets/tables, collectors, jewelry, etc.
- The Malik Market
This market is named after an Albanian prince who settled in Saint Ouen in the early 1920s. You can find: sportswear and trendy clothing.
- The Vernaison Market
A genuine flea market, it offers the largest number of stands: furniture, ancient toys, glassware, vintage clothing…
- The Paul Bert Market
This market is popular with decorators across the world and offers old-style as well as industrial furniture.
- The Serpette Market
This market has an upper-class clientele and offers high-end antiques (silverware, table decorations/tableware, industrial furniture).
- The Entrepôt Market
The market offers items that are “atypical”: spare parts, staircases, bookcases, woodwork, castle gates.
- The L’Usine / Lécuyer Market
It caters for professionals (exporting goods abroad) and is closed on weekends.
- The Rues Market
It is like a garage/attic sale with some junkmen selling their items laid out on the ground. You’ll also find some unusual items in across the stands and boutiques: old wardrobes (used clothes), furniture of every kind, etc.
Some practical information
How to get to the Saint Ouen Flea Market?
You can get there:
- By metro:
- By bus:
- By car:
- Parking spaces:
-110, rue des Rosiers (Serpette)
-142, rue des Rosiers (Malassis)
-30, avenue de la Porte de Clignancourt
-45, rue Dr Babinski (Ibis Budget)
-Porte de Clignancourt – Line 4
-Garibaldi – Line 13
-Bus routes 56, 60, 85, 95, 137, 166, 255
-Ring road: Porte de Clignancourt or Porte de St-Ouen
-“Boulevards extérieurs” (outer boulevard): Porte de Montmartre
- Saturday, from 9 am to 6 pm
- Sunday, from 10 am to 18 pm
- Monday, from 10 am to 17 pm
For further information about tourist attractions and local activities, you can visit the tourist office, which offers guided tours of the Saint Ouen Flea Market.
30, avenue Gabriel Péri
93400 Saint Ouen
Tél.: +33 (0)1 40 11 77 36
Whilst Paris is full of interesting and attractive places to visit (museums, cathedrals, gardens etc.), visiting the Flea Market of Saint Ouen will be an unforgettable experience! It is a real gold mine for vintage and antiques lovers and a true inspiration for the decorating your apartment.
Some items, such as antique furniture, can only be found at the Flea Market, and will enable you to furnish your apartment in an original way.
Around the market, you can also admire the picturesque alleys go to one of the 20 popular restaurants and cafes.
The friendly, convivial atmosphere will make you enjoy this truly unique experience.
But did you know that there is another, lesser-known flea market? The Flea Market of Montreuil.