Marché aux Puces St-Ouen de Clignancourt, Paris’s most famous flea market, is a grouping of more than a dozen flea markets – a complex of 2,500 to 3,000 open stalls and shops on the northern fringe of the city. Les Puces, as it is commonly called, is the largest flea market in the world.
If you love shopping and could spend hours browsing though shops and stalls filled with every imaginable thing you will love the flea markets in Paris. Visiting the “flea’s” as they are called, has been on my “must do” list since my first trip to the City of Light but I have always put it off because of their distance from the heart of the city, the sheer size of the markets, worries about not speaking French, fear of getting hopelessly lost, etc. I knew my son and daughter would enjoy a good treasure hunt so this time I turned to my friend, Mimi, at BONJOUR ROMANCE, to plan our outing. Mimi has a company, PARIS TRAVEL GROUP – PARISIAN BLOGGER GETAWAYS, that will plan your own personalized tour of whatever your interests are: flea markets, cooking classes, neighborhood walks, tours outside the city…whatever you want to see and do. We arranged a half-day flea market tour that began with Mimi picking us up at 10:00 am at our apartment. I gave her a list of what we were looking for and she guided us through the maze of shops until each of us found a few treasures to bring home. She helped us do a little bargaining and, if we had made any large purchases, she would have helped arrange shipping home. Some of the furniture we saw was so beautiful…and those chandeliers…very tempting. We had such a good time with Mimi and came away feeling we had a friend we would see whenever we come to Paris. We were delivered back to our apartment mid-afternoon with a few great buys and memories to last a lifetime. Thanks, Mimi.
Beautiful silver flatware ~ This is where I bought my little dessert forks
The flea market is a maze of narrow alleys and streets that goes on forever
I thought about all my dishaholic friends in these shops
If you are looking for a wooden leg…look no farther
Beautiful old maps and prints
The enjoyable French pastime of “window licking”
Hmmmm, I’ll take the one on the right
Crown or tiara? I can’t decide which would look better with my vintage Chanel dress
This could scare the living daylights out of somebody
Home and garden accessories…thousands of them
The market is filled with beautiful old copper pots and pans. The old ones are lined with tin…not stainless steel
Good thing this won’t fit into my suitcase
A tour of any good flea market has to end with a skeleton in a box.
If you are planning a trip to Paris and would like help with your itinerary I hope you will contact Mimi at PARIS TRAVEL GROUP. She will help you make the very most of your time in one of the world’s great cities.
This post is linked to OH, THE PLACES I HAVE BEEN at The Tablescaper.