Monday, 2 August 2010

Les Puces de Saint Ouen, The Paris Flea Market

"Le marché aux puces, Porte de Clignancou...Image via Wikipedia
I had a fun time at a Montreal flea market this weekend which reminds me.....

If you really want to hit the mother lode of all flea markets, you should head for “Les Puces de Saint-Ouen” the flea market in Paris located at the Porte de Clignancourt. 

“Les Puces”, dating to the 19th century, is the largest antiques market in the world receiving some 70,000 visitors every weekend. With over 2000 ‘shops’, it is divided into several sections and you can plan your visit according to your interests. Furniture, prints and paintings, clothes, musical instruments, jewelry, ephemera…..I can’t even begin to tell you what you can find there. There are stalls similar in style to those in North America, and others that look like they came out of a magazine –  high end and gorgeous.

The market doesn’t stop with the official area…….the surrounding streets have people selling too – something like a huge garage sale. A really huge garage sale.

When you’re hungry (and you will be) go to Chez Louisette. I can’t remember what I ate, but there are performers singing the songs of Edith Piaf and other French greats turning lunch into a fun experience.  (I guess I wasn't concentrating on the food)!

There are many many sites and blogs dedicated solely to the Saint-Ouen flea market and if you’re planning a trip to Paris, I recommend you check them out before you go.

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