Marche aux Puces de Saint-Ouen

Marche aux Puces de Saint-Ouen

Marche aux Puces de Saint-Ouen
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Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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This huge flea market, just north of the 18th Arrondissement, has been operating in some form since the Middle Ages.
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minna4201
Palm Harbor, FL120 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
I probably don't understand the concept of a flea market, but to me everything was overpriced and a lot was shoddy. There are some very upscale shops in here, too. Seems like a tourist trap to me. I'm sorry I bothered to go.
Written April 10, 2022
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FromEngland
13 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
As other people have said this is a collection of markets. The one by the metro station is bric a brac and I stepped into it and quickly out again. I found the more up-market market area and it had beautiful items but nothing that I wanted to buy and could transport by plane. There were antique and collectors shops but nothing that appealed. What I hoped to find was craft stalls with ornaments, jewellery etc but I couldn’t find that area - if there was one, which was a shame as it felt like a wasted journey.
Written September 14, 2023
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Henryhin
Hong Kong, China58 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Great markets with variety of goods including antiques, jewelry, household stuff, fashions, electrical stuff etc. A very nice place to spend time and particularly good if you are interested in digging and finding unusual good stuffs. The strollers are very friendly. You will find it entertaining, if you are good at bargaining too.
Written January 16, 2020
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Katherine P
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
Fun place to visit for browsing, shopping and design inspiration. Do NOT believe the website or Google: in 2022 it’s no longer open on Fridays (from our waitress, it sounded like it changed during the pandemic). Fortunately we had time to return on a Sunday and had a great time.
Written July 8, 2022
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catluvr914
Pensacola, FL57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Friends
I've been here 3 times over the years and each time I come, I have an even better time because I have my routine down more each time. It is easy to have a bad experience here because of the nature of the neighborhood, or not knowing which markets to look in, for example.

My favorite is the marché Vernaison, at 99 rue des rosiers. I love going into all the little stalls and poking around all the amazing vintage postcards, vintage perfumes...yesterday I bought a pair of pearl drop earrings from the 40's, a pack of Air France matches from the 30's, vintage french cigarette papers and a small bottle of Lanvin perfume from 1971. Last time I came I got a vintage made in France gold painted hair barrette that I love. And of course, I love wishfully looking at the antique furnitures, the fine china, the silver...I also saw an antique carousel horse and knight's armor !! If you like flea markets this place will be heaven for you. And it's so full of French charm and character! There are cafés and restaurants on some corners with live piano music - so lovely.

So you've probably read that the area is shady. This is how you do it - do not take the metro here (the line 4 to Clignancourt), if you don't want people shoving stolen iphones and fake leather in your face, touching you, and harassing you as you make your way through the crowds on the 10 minute walk between the metro station and the Puces. This walk is especially daunting if you're not 100% sure where you're going. So, the best way to get here is by BUS. The bus number 85 stops RIGHT in front of the Marché Vernaison, the stop is called Marché aux Puces. This is the best way to get there. Take the metro line 7 to Cadet, and then catch the bus 85 right outside the metro stop, you can't miss it (in the direction of Mairie de Saint-Ouen). This way, you avoid walking in any sketchy areas on your way to the market. You can connect to this this bus from a number of other metro stops, such at Barbès-Rochechouart, but some might argue that this area is a bit seedy as well. The bus extends all the way down to Luxembourg, but with traffic and everything I don't recommend you take the bus all the way from the left bank up to St-Ouen. It's easier to take the metro up and connect to the bus. For tourists I recommend getting the bus at the Cadet metro stop. Then once you're there, basically stay west of Avenue Michelet and you'll be all set. It's quite obvious which areas are seedy and which are not. Also, bring all the cash you want to spend with you. Most vendors only accept cash and it's very hard to find at ATM there. I did find an ATM on the non-sketchy side once, another time I had to walk into sketch-land for the ATM, but no matter where you a machine, you will walk for awhile and you will wait on line - just bring your cash with you. To return after your time at the markets, take the same bus in the other direction, just across the street from where you got off when you arrived (It's a small narrow street, you can't miss it). Have fun!
Written March 23, 2015
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aflashingray
MA112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This flea market is definitely worth the trip. When you get out of the metro, skip all the street vendors selling clothes, t-shirts, cheap jewelry and souvenirs. This part of the market is crowded and messy - watch out for pick pockets. Head straight for rue des Rosiers and explore all the little antique and vintage stores. There's everything from antique furniture and art, to vintage clothes, accessories, linens, old postcards and stamps, even a vintage keychain store.
Written February 21, 2004
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mascho50
Bude, UK5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Couples
I am, frankly, astonished by the positive reviews here and find it hard to believe that these reviewers have visited this place. I can only guess that the reviews were posted by vendors at the market in an effort to dupe unsuspecting tourists into visiting this God-forsaken place. At first glance, once you make it safely (more anon) into the markets, they appear fascinating and there are certainly some marvellous items for sale. Unfortunately these are few and far between and the majority of stalls are full of complete rubbish. Not only this but the prices are extortionate and bear no resemblance to the value of the items for sale. One example: a ‘white metal’ letter knife, no hallmark or other markings such as a maker’s name, possibly silver plated but it really didn’t look like it and, even if it was, it would be worth considerably less than the entirely ludicrous 750 Euro price tag! Almost everything was priced at five to ten times its real value. Hugely disappointing and despite my efforts to ‘haggle’, none of the vendors seemed in the least bit interested in selling at anything like realistic prices. And that is the least of your concerns if you plan to visit!

En route to the markets my wife and I ran the gauntlet of a multitude of pedlars and racketeers, pickpockets and bag-snatchers and a whole host of unsavoury characters including two men involved in a very aggressive argument. The whole area is run-down and dirty, littered with waste, graffiti and the results of mindless vandalism. I am fairly well able to look after myself but I felt unsafe. I strongly advise you to avoid this whole area. We visited based on information in the 2015 DK guide to Paris. I have contacted the publisher to recommend that they retract this location from their guide or even give a warning not to go there. On our return it was dusk and the overtly criminal activities along the street were really gearing up a notch; at the Clignancourt metro station there was a gang trying to sell used travel tickets and watching the pay stations with eagle eyes, no doubt looking for easy targets. The whole experience was extremely unpleasant. Avoid.
Written January 26, 2016
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aletamaria
California209 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Solo
I only write this as a solo traveler, one who has been told over and over again that I'm adventurous. I don't have a problem going anywhere alone but if your spidey senses kick in, pay attention. If you are in a group it may be a better experience. To get to the wonderful antiques dealers and local finds you have to wade through the aggressive street vendors surrounding the perimeter. I had a quick look but it just didn't feel right so I made a beeline to the metro and headed somewhere else. Also, if you do decide to go, don't engage. Keep walking, don't say anything. They won't know you aren't local if you don't open your mouth.
Written December 19, 2018
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Harry M
London11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Friends
This place is daunting. I have been here many times in the past, but I don't bother any more. The Metro station is the first place to be wary of. Unless there is a police presence, be very careful. I have seen many thefts take place here. No fancy bags or expensive looking jewellery. Keep your money well tucked in a closable pocket. The next thing to be wary of are the "dealers" themselves. Honesty is not a trait well known around here. The junk dealers, (there are many) will tell you it is all vintage. Some may be, but a lot is no older than your last breath. Some of the prices will make your eyes water. The top dealers, and there are quite a lot with fantastic pieces, know the exact value of everything. Problem is, most of them are so far up their own backsides that anything that comes out of their mouths is crap. They vastly overvalue anything that is half decent. To be frank, you would be better off going to one of the posh antique shops on the Left Bank, you are more likely to strike a deal. The Madwoman of the Puces, as she is known around here, dwells in the Marche Serpette. She has an indoor stand peddling second hand costume jewellery. I collect Joseff of Hollywood pieces. I noticed she had some, so went in. I left in a catatonic state and have been traumatised ever since. The old girl who runs it, is obviously friendly with a number of cosmetic surgeons and possibly eats neat Botox for breakfast. The only part of her face that actually moved, was her mouth. With this, she regaled me with the most overblown claims about her jewellery. She calls her pieces " Jewellery for the Stars". Believe me, the only stars you will see are those around your head when you come around after the dead faint you enter on hearing the prices. She is very rude and treats everyone as a potential thief. The Joseff pieces, I was told, were all made for this star or that star. RUBBISH. I could see they were all run of the mill commercial pieces made by the Joseff company for many years until fairly recently. The real star pieces are kept in their storehouse in Hollywood and have never been sold. I will not give her publicity by naming her, but you can't miss her. Enter at your peril and leave in haste. Marche Serpette itself is one of the better places. Especially outdoors. It is very good for mid century items, which I love. Some of the dealers here are at least willing to do a deal and can even be quite pleasant. Around here, that is a rare thing. I don't come here much anymore. If you are from London, New York, Sydney, Tokyo or Rome, you will find better bargains at home. Support your local markets. Avoid this sorry place and just enjoy all the other delights of Paris. Life is just too short to waste.
Written July 27, 2014
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WRNE
Wood River, NE43 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Solo
Had I known more what to expect (my fault), I'd have just gotten good directions to the flea market and gone without the guide. Guide doesn't add much value. However, I would recommend females not go alone and only in daylight. From the metro stop to the flea market you have to walk through a gauntlet of junk peddlers that can be scary. Once in the flea market area, be aware there aren't many food options and toilets were nonexistent. Just plan ahead :) But I am glad I saw the flea market -- a huge variety of goods from junk to true treasures.
Written July 7, 2014
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