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3. The Flea market at Saint-Ouen, the largest antiques market in the world

A unique atmosphere, a different atmosphere.... At least fifteen, as many as there are markets!

© Pascal Raynaud et Jérôme Panconi - Mairie de St Ouen (93)
  • 1870 First trade villages built by rag-and-bone people, who were chased out of Paris
  • 1885 Official start of the Flea Market
  • 1918-1938 Businessmen buy plots of land around the rue des Rosiers, converting streets and adding water and electricity supplies on the stalls, which they then rented out against a high fee.
  • 1920-1938 Opening of the Vernaison, Malik, Biron, and Jules Vallès markets.
  • 1946-1991 Opening of twelve new markets.
  • 2001 The 'Puces' are listed as part of a programme of protection of architectural, urban and landscape heritage: it is the only urban site in France to be listed because of its atmosphere.

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.

Did you know ?

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...

Les puces en image

© Pascal Raynaud et Jérôme Panconi - Mairie de St Ouen (93)
© Pascal Raynaud et Jérôme Panconi - Mairie de St Ouen (93)

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Useful information

Marché aux Puces
93400 Saint-Ouen

 

  • Open all year
    Saturday, Sunday and Monday : 10am-5.30pm. Timings can change depending on the time of year.
  • Audio-guided tours, groups, guided visits: find out more at the Office de tourisme de Saint-Ouen - + 33 (01) 40 11 77 36 - infos(at)st-ouen-tourisme.com
    Espace d'accueil du centre-ville
    30, avenue Gabriel Péri
    93400 Saint-Ouen
    Espace d'accueil du marché aux Puces
    7, impasse Simon
    93400 Saint-Ouen

Getting there

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

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