We all know that Paris is full of lavish shops for you to browse. I mean it even has a C&A! In all seriousness you could spend days looking at all of the wonderful shop but for those of you who love to rummage through the delights of the past and haggle with Parisian trader then here are two fantastic places for you to test your skills. Marché aux Puces which translated simply means flea market are rife in Paris, however in true Paris tradition they may not live up to your perception of a flea market filled with inexpensive tat. What they do offer are endless hours of fun to explore items from every era and corner of the globe that you can imagine.
St-Ouen de Clignancourt in the North of the city is Paris’s most famous flea market is a grouping of more than a dozen flea markets — a complex of 2,500 to 3,000 open stalls and shops. Anything you can imagine exists exists here. I spent a whole day here and still did not make it round every stall. If you are looking for junk store/charity shop prices this is not the place to expect them. Some things are over priced but some although expensive are priced fairly considering the value of the item. From rare record presses and photographs of Bettie Paige to mid century design furniture and 18th century antiques. It is all there.
The market is open from 9am Saturday until 6pm on Monday however not all of the trader will stick to these hours you will find Sunday being the busiest day.
The Marché aux Puces in Porte de Vanves has a more car boot feel to it and it is possible to find reasonably priced if not cheap bargains there. The market is swiftly packed up at 1pm so get there early to make the most of your rummaging time and please do haggle you may get an even better deal. The market is on from 8am to 1pm on a Sunday.
Enjoy your shopping.