Whenever I'm planning a trip to Paris, the first thing I always figure out is when to go to the Marché aux Puces St-Ouen de Clignancourt, my absolute favorite flea market in the world.
This particular market is the biggest in Paris, and the most well-known. It began in the 1880s along the Boulevard Peripherique as a group of traders selling bric-a-brac from their makeshift stalls, and has been going strong ever since. You can find all sorts of wonderful, incredible, and sometimes creepy things here (antique silver, old machinery, clothing, ephemera, lots of headless dolls, body-less heads, and about a million other things). And with over 2,000 vendors, there’s plenty to see.
The space is made up of 15 separate markets, each with a supposedly different specialty, although I’ve walked around a number of times, and I can never tell the difference from one section to the next! If you get hungry while shopping, there are restaurants and cafes that mostly cater to tourists and flea market visitors.
Though a lot of the goods on sale seem a little pricey, it can be nice just to browse and check out the crazy assortment of things, and watch the quirky characters that inhabit the market. Definitely worth a visit!
Metro, 4 to Porte de Clignancourt
Open Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, 9:30 am to 6 pm.