BARGAIN HUNTING, PARIS STYLE
Soak up the atmosphere of the capital’s flea markets and come away with that special memento or gift
MARCHÉ AUX PUCES DE SAINT-OUEN
With more than 2,500 stalls and around 3,000 traders, the Marché aux Puces de Saint-ouen, just off the boulevard périphérique ring road, is claimed to be the world’s largest antiques market. Established in 1885, the seven-hectare site is subdivided into 15 marchés, a number of which specialise in certain types of goods: for trendy clothes, shoppers should head to the Marché Malik; for small ornaments the Marché Antica is the place to go; while lovers of old books will find something of interest at the Marché le Passage. More than 180,000 visitors come here every weekend, so arrive early to snap up the best finds. Open Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. See website for individual opening hours. Tel: (Fr) 1 40 11 77 36 marcheauxpuces-saintouen.com MÉTRO: Porte de Clignancourt.
MARCHÉ AUX PUCES DE LA PORTE DE VANVES
On a much more modest scale than Saint-ouen, the Marché aux Puces de la Porte de Vanves in the 14th arrondissement comprises 200 stands spread across two avenues. This weekend market, which dates from the 1920s, is largely the haunt of locals and is not the place for fine antiques, but rather general collectables and one-off pieces. Items range from second-hand Hermès scarves and perfume bottles to vintage toys and fine French linen. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 7am-1pm. pucesdevanves.fr MÉTRO: Porte de Vanves.
LES PUCES DE MONTREUIL
Lying off the tourist trail, in the 20th arrondissement of western Paris, Les Puces de Montreuil attracts shoppers looking for second-hand clothes and vintage fashion: think leather jackets, military parkas and pre-war fur coats. You will also find a range of antiques for the home, including chandeliers and mirrors, as well as retro memorabilia such as LPS and comics. Open Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, 7am-7.30pm. Tel: (Fr) 1 48 85 93 30 en.parisinfo.com MÉTRO: Porte de Montreuil.
ABOVE: The Marché aux Puces de Saint-ouen