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"Marche aux Puces - the Flea Market" Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen Tip by skogsgurra

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by skogsgurra

There are many Flea Markets in Paris - but only one FLEA MARKET and that's the one just north of Port de Clignancourt. It is the mother of all flea markets.

There are still bargains waiting for you - although the boot sales (les Brocantes) are better hunting grounds, but difficult to find.

Most of the stalls have very professional staff. - I once had a lesson on 1880 fish knives that made me feel like a complete beginner in 19th century silver. And some of the glass guys are tremendous. Do not expect to make any spectacular findings there. But a decent buy from a (mostly) knowledgeble person is always possible.

There are several quarters specializing in books, jewellery, art glass and ceramics, gold and gems, furniture, paintings (wouldn't buy that) and so on. Open Saturdays and Sundays. Prepare to stay all day... And have your lunch at Louisettes - awfully decorated place with good food - try their Petit Salées aux Lentilles or their Chicken - a favourite with Karin.

Address: Flea Market Port de Clignancourt
Directions: Metro number 4 to Porte de Clignancourt (end station). Or bus 85, 166 or 255 and hop off when you see the crowd. Careful! There is a "fringe market" that you see first - don't stop there unless you want to pay deer for crap.
Phone: 33 1 40 11 77 36

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 14, 2005
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