A unique atmosphere, a different atmosphere.... At least fifteen, as many as there are markets!
The flea market at Saint-Ouen, also called the Puces de Clignancourt, is the largest antiques market in the world. Seventeen acres long, more than two thousand stalls and boutiques, antiques of all kinds: furniture, bronze, lamps, crockery, jewellery, toys, books, period costumes, scientific and technical objects, sports paraphernalia, old tools, archaeological finds, military clothing etc. Each market has its own mood : the picturesque, pastoral setting in Vernaison, the small pavilions covered by wisteria on the rue Paul Bert, the tree-filled patios in the Malassis market, and the covered aisles of the Serpette market.
The name " Marché aux Puces " comes from the clothes which used to be sold by the rag-and-bone men and women, which " came with fleas ". Around 1900, a bargain-hunter, looking at the rows of stalls of from the top of one of the barriers, exclaimed: " Goodness me, it is a fleas' market here! ". The expression, adopted by the postcards of the era, went down in history...
Marché aux Puces
By Métro, ligne 13 : Garibaldi. Ligne 4 : Clignancourt
By Bus : 81, 60, 95, 85, 56, 166, 237, 137, 174, 173, 255, 139, l'Audonienne
By Vélib www.velib.paris.fr/Plan-stations/Les-plans-des-stations
By car : link to interactive map