Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen/Clignancourt (Paris)
Clignancourt Flea Market (Marchés aux Puces de Saint-Ouen)
Saint-Ouen, adjacent to the 18th Arr.
Saturday 9 am-6 pm, Sunday 10 am-6 pm, Monday 11am-5 pm
(See pp. 243-245 in Markets of Paris, 2nd ed)
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Clignancourt (also known as Le Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen) is the grande dame of Paris’s famed flea markets. To do justice to this market takes a full day, if not an entire weekend. Best days to be here are Saturday or Sunday. Many vendors are closed Mondays. However if flea markets are your thing and that’s the only day you can go, it’s still worth the trip. Don’t be put off by stands selling trinkets and knock-offs en route to this market. Keep going and soon you’ll find a warren of streets filled with stalls, some indoors and some outdoors, selling every item imaginable. This brochure helps with orientation–you can pick one up there.
Goods range from inexpensive bric-a-brac to handsome antiques that’ll set you back a few euros. I know many Parisians who have furnished their apartments from purchases at Clignancourt. It’s also a popular spot for shoppers (and interior decorators) from all over the world looking for that perfect armoire, sleigh bed, or vintage poster. Shipping can be arranged.