Wonderful things you can find in Saint-Ouen flea market, Paris

Dolls store Saint Ouen flea market

Saint-Ouen flea market in Paris is the largest antiques market in the world!! Did you know that?

Me neither! 😉

That is why Marche aux puces (“marsh -o – pus”, “flea market” – fr.) was in my to-do list for quite a while.

It is not like I am a big fan of antiques, on the contrary I would prefer my flat (when I have one 😉 ) to be light, comfy and modern.

But I wanted to go visit, and since I live in Paris at the moment I did not miss a chance to go see what is there.

Saint Ouen is open every weekend and on Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Mondays from 11 a.m.).

I recommend going on Mondays as it is not crowded and you will be able to stroll around this endless market, touch the things that you like without any hustle.

On the official website of Saint Ouen market you can find the description of each small market in English.

The flea market is easily reachable by metro. Just get of at Porte de Clignancourt station (Line 4) and go straight following the signed for about 5-7 minutes. But please don’t get tricked by the fake market on the way from the metro just before the the real thing. They will sell some cheap Chinese glasses there and so on. Go on.

The map of the market is below. Believe me, it is really a huuuuuge market that consist of many small ones.

map Saint Ouen flea market paris

I have spend a couple of hours there, but it seems like I only visited 1 or 2 of them. Well, i think it was enough and, instead of describing all the wonderful things you can find in Saint-Ouen flea market, I decided it will be easier to show you some of the pictures!

Here you go, my photo report:

dolls store Saint Ouen flea market Paris

 

Flea market Paris france Saint Ouen flea market

marche aux puces paris france

hats marche au puce flea market paris

Conclusion: The market is enormous as I said, if you go on Monday you will avoid all the crowd. I have never seem so much useless and wonderful stuff at the same time, it seems to be very popular here! Seriously, French people really like flea markets, I understood it when I went to Braderie de Lille which is held from the 12th century for 1 weekend a year and gathers a couple of millions of visitors!!

Go visit Saint-ouen if you have more than 5 days in Paris, it will be an interesting experience and you might find something absolutely unusual as a souvenir from the city of love.

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By | 2017-01-03T20:49:49+00:00 April 22nd, 2015|Europe, France, Paris|6 Comments

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Yulia is originally Russian but truly is a world citizen in heart. She was traveling around the world for over 4 years now. Her blog MissTourist.com is created with the purpose to inspire people to travel more and to share her advice of how to travel "smart".

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  1. lanne 27.04.2015 at 00:12 - Reply

    I’ve been to this marche aux puces several times and agree, it is well worth the visit. So much to see and explore. Check the smaller local marches as well.

    • Yulia 27.04.2015 at 14:06 - Reply

      Hey Ianne! Yes, in fact i spent several hours and it appeared to be only 2 markets!
      I think it is a great way to discover non-that-touristy side of the city!

  2. Avichai 29.04.2015 at 16:19 - Reply

    I’m currently living in Paris for 3 months and when I told my Parisian friends I was going to Saint Ouen – they thought I was crazy. But I had a great time at the flea market though you can’t really call it that considering some of the lavishly expensive stuff there. I did however not enjoy some of the ‘snobbier’ stall owners who didn’t let you take photos, even when you were outside the stalls…

    • Yulia 30.04.2015 at 19:32 - Reply

      Hey Avichai, I am glad you liked it! It has something special in it, right?
      I am sorry to hear you had this kind of experience with the sellers, i took my pictures with no problems at all. I don’t really see a point of them being against it – by showing it to others you will only advertise them right?

  3. brooke 29.04.2015 at 22:08 - Reply

    Awesome! I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog and read this post. I’m always looking for those unique markets when I’m traveling. Saint Ouen definitely has a tourist souvenir I’d love to take home!

    • Yulia 30.04.2015 at 19:34 - Reply

      Hi Brooke!
      Yes, definitely Saint-Ouen is a unique flea market! As i said, try to go on Monday so that it is not crowded.

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