Porte de Clignancourt
Porte de Clignancourt
3.5
Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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toweliechaos
Malton, UK148 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
From exiting the metro you are unfortunately greeted by the sort of market you find everywhere - knock offs, hawkers, tat etc. Plough through this, and you get to the proper market area. This however, is a bit hit and miss. A mixture of junk, interesting stuff and vastly expensive items in a criss-cross arrangement. Maybe it's better at certain times of the year but on our visit, it was ultimately a bit disappointing.

Although the stock was not great, it was fairly relaxed and little evidence of pressure to buy, so not a bad way to spend a couple of hours wandering. Just don't expect a great retail experience.
Written May 4, 2022
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paristx49
San Antonio, Texas148 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012 • Solo
On Sunday I took the Metro out to Porte Clingnancourt Les Puces Flea Market. When I got out of the Metro I looked for signs for the flea market but did not see them. I walked towards an area that ended up having nothing but cheap clothing like a typical flea market. Everything I had read said this was the biggest flea market in Europe so I was disappointed. I started walking back to the metro. Luckily I saw an arrow for a sign saying antiques and pointing in another direction that I had not gone. What a bonanza! Stall after stall of all kinds of wonderful antiques. Ask for a map at one of the stalls so you can navigate the alleys. You can bargain. I got a wonderful plate from St. Mostiers in the Provence region. What a fun experience. Don't miss visiting this market.
Written October 10, 2012
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sidder
West Chester, PA647 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Solo
Having read other reviews before heading the Clignancourt, I thought would add a few more tips which might help other visitors.
1. The market is well marked, with signs coming out of the train station.
2. Do walk past/through the first clothing markets and under the highway to arrive at the more traditional antique areas. There is a sign which shows where to go for the various markets (ie: Vernaison. If you get lost, just follow the well-healed British and French people!
3. Do not visit early in the morning and hungry. There are many cafes serving coffee, but most food venues don't serve until after 11:30.
Happy shopping!
Written June 17, 2012
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Abigail Parker
Rishon Lezion, Israel70 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
HORRIBLE experience, horrible neiberhood, *very* sketchy populution, when we arrived to the market it was a very shady looking knock offs and cheap looking clothes, maybe there is more to the place- but we lost all mood to shop and just wanted to get out of there.
100% waste of time, and caused us a bad mood for an hour afterward. easily the worst place we been to in out visit.
Written October 28, 2021
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shamelesschocoholic
Istanbul1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Covering 7 hectars and receiving 200,000 visitors each weekend, Marché aux Puces St-Ouen de Clignancourt is more like a small town filled with antique shops. It is divided into several markets, each with its own specialty and character.

It is impossible to cover every market in a single day, so make sure to do your research beforehand and decide on which markets to visit. List of all markets: http://www.parispuces.com/en/Default.asp?frame=centre_marches.html

I've done my research and decided to visit the following, in order of preference:

Marché Vernaison - for textiles, paintings, toys, postcards, posters, porcelain, silver, furniture and cookware. With over 300 stands, Vernaison is the largest market of all and also the birthplace of the flea market. I highly recommend Vernaison as a starting point, especially if you're a food blogger hunting for props.

Marché Paul Bert - for Parisian bistro furniture, garden ornaments, naughty sculptures, retro furniture and French folk art.

Marché Dauphine for rare books, paintings, vintage cameras, industrial art, vintage clothing and rugs.

Here are some amazing photos from this flea market: http://cafefernando.com/marche-aux-puces-st-ouen-de-clignancourt/
Written March 10, 2010
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seed37
Paris, France200 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2011 • Couples
Taking the metro line 4 to the very last station, Porte de Clignancourt, on a Saturday or Sunday you will emerge a couple of blocks from the famous Les Puces (literally "The Fleas") or the flea market of Clignancourt. Come prepared to walk, bring water in the summer, and some snack food because restaurants are hard to find, and not particularly good.
The market has two parts. The first part you encounter after exiting the metro sells sports jerseys, sneakers, cheap scarves and the like. But the fascinating part lies past the sneakers and jerseys, walking under the Ring Road (Périfèrique) and turning left onto the Rue des Rosiers. Each of the alleyways off the Rue des Rosiers leads to a different antique market. In the very expensive antique stores, you can hear the heavily accented French of the foreign dealers coming to buy pieces for their clients. There is even a packaging and mailing service for those expensive items on the Rue des Rosiers itself.
But the greatest fun is just browsing among the thousands of items, from old pearl buttons, to toy soldiers, to eighteenth century map prints. I came away with a map at literally 1/100th of the cost at which it was being offered at one of the wooden stalls along the banks of the Seine. If you enjoy exploring, and finding the unexpected, and unusual, this is the place to spend a Saturday or Sunday. I wouldn't recommend it for children, however, since the market lacks things to entertain the younger set.
Written September 1, 2011
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Eman M
Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt153 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
You take Metro line 4 Porte de Clignancourt direction/station, you walk straight and there is a trick here; please totally ignore any market stalls on the left; it is all valueless. Keep walking straight till you go under motorway, now on your left, there are two markets:

1- Marche Vernaison: This is an area of 9 alleys of old antiques/furniture/artistic/beautiful/used things. This is the affordable place to buy from, it has treasures of past, you will really enjoy walking into those tiny alleys, just beware of your belongings.

2- Marche Dauphine, aka; Marche aux Puces de Saint-Ouen: This is a rich 2 floors area of antiques/paintings/old clothes/furniture/books but with high prices

Note that these markets are open only on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Enjoy, that was a one lovely day.
Written October 26, 2014
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Tony G
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK312 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
When you come out of the Metro you will find it difficult to see any signs for the market. However, you should see a large general market to your left. Keep this on your left - there is nothing in this market that will interest you and it is the first of many places where you may be hassled - so walk on the opposite side of the street until you are able to go under a motorway and one of the main flea markets will be in front of you.

If you come with an idea of what you want and a reasonable idea of price then there are bargains to be had. Also if there appears to be a lot of window-shopping and people are not obviously buying then bargaining is a good idea.

Finally, whatever advice you get to be on guard against thieves, just double it!!! I thought I had things under control with a light-weight shoulder bag and was ready for people trying to tamper with its zip fasteners. But I wasn't so ready for someone to actually slash a hole in the side of the bag with a very sharp blade. Although I felt people were too close to me and held onto my bag more tightly I didn't immediately realise what had happened. I was lucky! I didn't challenge my knife wielding thief nor did I lose anything but you might not be so lucky!! The best advice is to put your wallet or purse into a pocket and keep your hand in there too. Be on your guard and don't enter into crushes of people. There are a number of road-works around the various markets and people deliberately block these narrow approaches so that crowds build up as people try and funnel through. So avoid bottle-necks like the plague.

None of this is intended to put you off going - its interesting and worth a visit - just be careful.
Written October 1, 2014
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Duxburygal
Massachusetts205 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012 • Solo
In some ways, the label 'flea market' is a misnomer because Clignancourt is full of very expensive, upscale antique vendors as well as peddlers of junk, some of which is also expensive! It's a huge group of markets that can be overwhelming if you try to cover all of it in one day. It's best to go early in the morning when it's less crowded. It's easy to get to and just a few blocks from the last stop on a Metro line. It's also user-friendly with restrooms and cafes to take breaks from all the walking that's required. The vendors are very nice and were graciously tolerant of my limited French. Many speak at least some English. The downside is that a lot of what's sold is furniture (much more than at Portobello, its London counterpart), which can't be carried home. There are many different markets at Clignancourt. My favorite was Marché Vernaison, which is huge and full of winding alleys with an enormous variety of vendors and lots of smaller treasures.
Written September 2, 2012
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Urbandon
Sydney, Australia145 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Couples
Yes, there are some beautiful antiques to be had- for prices compatible to those found in shops. For bargain hunters wanting to pick up some small gifts or souvenirs then Puce de Vanves is a much better deal. Found the dealers here a little more gruff, less willing to bargain and their prices higher than Vanves. Perhaps this is all to do with paying a 'shop' rent and not a stall. I was looking for specific things in both markets so it was easy to compare the prices.

You do find 'no photo' signs at both markets. Legally they cannot stop you- perhaps yell at you. Touching you or your camera would be assault. Funny, because you can take photos in a Chanel shop but not of some old dolls. Curious.
Written June 30, 2012
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