Aug 28, 2010

Les Puces de Saint-Ouen is a famous flea market in Paris. Known as Les Puces. It is located 18th arrondissement. Where the Puces are located, is in a poorer part of Paris and the market gets very crowded. The Puces covers 7 hectares and is the largest antiques market in the world, receiving between 120,000 to 180,000 visitors each weekend.

From Station metro Porte de Clignancourt, walking follow the crowds towards the large concrete overpass. First , I saw the clothing, African objects and household goods on streets along the way. The market and neighborhood is very colorful and you will love the diversity of personalities, stall keepers. Please be careful to hide your wallets and purses in this area. My friends wanted to buy some antique furniture, so we didn’t waste time to see the clothing, we walked fastly.

I was in rue des Rosiers, it is the main street. Walking down to go into the separate markets. Along Rue des Rosiers, there are several interesting shops, selling Art Deco furniture, fireplaces, mirrors and interesting decorative furniture. My friend have bought mirrors and some furniture at the second mirror dealer on the right. Further down on the left, before Serpette, is a shop that sells interesting decorative pieces, paintings, garden pieces etc. Good taste and worth a stop.

Marché Vernaison, at 99 rue des Rosiers is on my right. It is a winding market where I found anything from furniture to beads, to missing parts from antique commodes, textiles, paintings, antique toys, etc.
Marché Antica, at 99 rue des Rosiers, has a few dealers, a good Art Deco stand, several stands selling paintings and porcelain and a larger one that sells Chinese furniture in a good taste.
Marché Biron, 85 rue des Rosiers , I found hundreds of nice pieces of wood furniture, most in a country style. They are not always the cheapest stalls. Many furniture in Louis XV and Louis XVI, Empire-style furniture in the right side of Biron.
Looking for the sign after Marche Biron, we found Marché Cambo, at 75 rue des Rosiers, is a market with approximately 20 dealers.
Marché Malassis, 142 rue des Rosiers, selling furniture and objects from the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as silver, Asian and archeological pieces. There are beautiful objects here.
Marché Dauphine, 140 rue des Rosiers, is on my left, it is the newest market and large . It isn't as easy to classify as many others. Here, I found everything from rare antiques, to decorative furniture pieces, to books, prints, funky art and vintage clothing, to rugs, to garden pots.
Marché Serpette, 110 rue des Rosiers and Marché Paul Bert, 96 rue des Rosiers and 18 rue Paul Bert. There are many selection of furniture, prints, paintings, mirrors, antique luggage, vintage clothing, hardware, art deco furniture and hardware, kitchen goods, etc etc.
Marché Jules Vallée, 7-9 rue Jules Vallée, is located behind Paul Bert and Marché Serpette and sells antiques, small items, records, religious art.

Discovering the market is the interesting idea, but needs a lot of times to see and choose the antiques. Try to go there in the morning. It’s not too crowded.

Station on Paris metro: Porte Clignancourt