Paris Flea Market Overview

Officially known as Les Puces de Saint-Quen, Paris Flea Market is the largest antique market in the entire world. The market is brimming with a myriad of vintage and antique treasures ranging from old clothing, footwear, accessories, ornaments, and gadgets. Thousands of tourists visit this attraction to shop for decorative furniture pieces, like Art Deco furniture. The market also offers vintage clothing that is sure to be eye-catching for fashion lovers.

Paris Flea Market or Les Puces de Saint-Quen is the largest antique market in the entire world, with around 2500 stores in 15 different markets. This market offers a variety of vintage and antique treasures in different shops, ranging from vintage clothing, accessories, footwear, gadgets, and ornaments. People visit this market to purchase a variety of rare and antique items that are one of their kind. Visit the world's largest market and it's popular tourist attractions with our Europe trip packages.

Receiving about 120,000 to 180,000 visitors every weekend, the Paris Flea Market gets very crowded. Hence, it is advisable to start your day early if you are a serious shopper, the market is definitely going to be a retreat for your eyes as you will have a chance to choose from a variety of products that are sold at a pocket-friendly rate. You can fill up your shopping bags with many things by spending just a small amount of money.

The neighborhood and the Paris Flea Market are so vibrant that you will enjoy seeing the assortment of stall keepers with different personalities and products on sale. You can either sip a cup of coffee in the Café Créme or wander along the streets through interesting shops selling Art Deco furniture, mirrors, and fireplaces. You will also discover a long market for textiles, paintings, linens, toys, and decorative objects. No matter which product you are looking for, Paris Flea Market offers anything and everything that will satisfy the shopaholic in you!

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• Have a leisurely coffee in the Café Crème and watch the antiques along the streets of the Paris Flea Market.
• Pick your favorite vintage clothing, African objects, and household goods on the streets of the Paris Flea Market at an affordable rate.
• Explore through different interesting shops selling mirrors, fireplaces, decorative furniture, and Art Deco furniture.
• Take a good look around the shops that sell paintings, garden pieces, decorative pieces, and much more.
• Purchase economically-priced country-style furniture, along with beautiful linens, decorative objects, and paintings to augment the beauty of your home.
• Enjoy the experience of looking through rare antiques, decorative furniture pieces, funky arts, books, prints, rugs, garden pots, and vintage clothing.
• Relish a cup of tea or coffee in any one of the vintage restaurants lining the streets of the Paris Flea Market.Admire The Beauty Of Palaces In ParisAlso Checkout : Seine River Cruise

How To Reach

By Bus: Buses run directly from the airport to the Flea Market and they take around 30 minutes.

By Metro: One can take the Metro from the airport to Paris Nord metro station and then take the metro from Paris Nord to Porte de Clignancourt.

By Car: If you are hiring a cab, then drive through A1 from the airport to reach to the flea market in minimum time

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Best Time To Visit

The flea market gets crowded post-lunch and almost all the shops are filled with Parisians and tourists. So it is advisable to visit the market in the morning.

Also, many shops in the market remain closed on Monday. So plan your visit considering that the shops remain open on Saturday and Sunday.

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Other Essential Information

Les Puces is one of the four flea markets located near Rue des Rosiers. Among the four markets, Les Puces is located on the left side of Rues des Rosiers.

History of Paris Flea Market

Before the establishment of the market which we see today, the Flea Market was filled with scavengers, who were locally called as ‘bone pickers’ or ‘moonlight sinners’. They used to scavenge for discarded items in the night and in the morning would sell them. The official opening of the market took place in 1885 with the local Parisians and the scavengers setting up the small shops.

After World War I and World War II, the market expanded as several businessmen started to buy the land near the market. As more and more businesses started buying land near the market, the flea market expanded.

After that, many cafes and restaurants opened in the market and slowly it became a tourist destination. With more than a thousand shops and cafes in the flea market, it became the world’s second-largest antique flea market.

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Dos and Don'ts of Flea Market Shopping


1. Most of the shops in Les Puces do not accept Credit or Debit card. If possible, carry enough cash. 

2. Flea Markets are crowded in Paris and Les Puces is always crowded by tourists and Parisians. If possible, do not carry a sling bag or a waist bag that swings behind you. It is possible that there might be pick-pocketers in and around the market. 

3. The weather in Paris can change quickly so it is advisable to wear light clothes and carry an umbrella or jacket.

4. If possible, carry a bottle of water. Though there are shops in the market, the price of the water bottle is high.

5. The shops at the Flea Market have this one rule: Once you buy something, it is yours. No exchanges, No return. To avoid any mismeasurements, carry a measurement toolkit.


1. Do not take your pet to the market unless the market allows them. If the market allows pets, make sure that you clean their poop. 

2. If you like something, do not leave it in the shop to buy it afterwards. Someone else would also like it and may buy it before you do. 

3. Do not expect any discounts in the early hours. It is the opening hour of the shops. Try to get discount for the products in the evening as it is the closing hours and the shopkeepers just want to get home.

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Places to Eat Near Paris Flea Market

1. Les Gastropodes- A popular restaurant in Saint Ouen, Les Gastropodes is visited in large numbers by tourists. Serving French and European food items, the restaurant is a popular hub for grabbing a quick bite of breakfast and some hot beverages like coffee and tea. Les Gastropodes is very popular for its types of green salads and other vegetable salads. 

2. Chez Louisette- Chez Louisette is a restaurant and a pub located near Les Puces Flea Market. It serves the traditional French breakfast and some of the finest alcohol near the market. After major shops of the market are closed, the restaurant becomes a pub serving some fine wine and liquor. 

3. Juicy Burger St Ouen- If you are looking to grab a quick bite of some of the finest buns and burgers near Les Puces, Juicy Burger St Ouen is the best eatery to go to. Serving some of the finest and juiciest burgers, the restaurant is highly visited by tourists and fellow Parisians. 

4. O Rest- O Rest or Le Rest’O is a small but popular cafe near Les Puces. O Rest is popular for its fish items and other seafood. It is among the few restaurants which serve sea-food items in near Paris Flea Market.

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Places to Stay Near Paris Flea Market

1. Hôtel Legendre- A Parisian architectural style of the hotel, Hôtel Legendre is a popular hotel located near Paris Flea Market. Hôtel Legendre is located between the Paris Flea Market and the Sacre Coeur church and is the ultimate stay option among tourists. The hotel is run by generations of the Brollo family. 

2. MOB Hotel- A boutique hotel in Saint Ouen, MOB Hotel is located in the heart of the Paris Flea Market. With live performances and some fresh and organic food items, MOB Hotel is a popular hotel. The hotel also consists of a cosy library and some amazing outdoor spaces in the form of gardens and cafes. 

3. Hotel Mercure Paris Saint Ouen- Located between the Paris Flea Market and Champs Elysees, Hotel Mercure Paris Saint Ouen is the perfect hotel for family stay. The hotel has a very popular restaurant, La Fabrique à Saveurs. The restaurant is a roof-top restaurant and invites many tourists. 

4. Hotel ibis budget Paris Porte de Montmartre- With mild painted walls and spacious rooms, Hotel ibis budget Paris Porte de Montmartre is a pocket-friendly hotel. The hotel is located near the famous locations of Champs Elysees and Montmartre.

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Traveller’s tips before visiting Paris Flea Market

1. Most of the shops on the Paris Flea Market are not opened on Monday, yet a few shops are open on Monday from 11 AM to 5 PM. 

2. It is advisable to stay alert while shopping as the place is often visited by pick-pocketers and thieves.

3. Rues des Rosiers is the main street which connects four flea markets of Paris. 

4. The market gets crowded in the afternoon and early evening. 

5. Paris Flea Market is home to around 20,000 shops. Before you start shopping, it is advisable to rest, eat and drink.

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Point of Interest for Paris Flea Market
Rare Antiques

Rare Antiques

Paris Flea Market features numerous rare antique dealers that sell items ranging from clothes, furniture, 18th-century mirrors, books, and other unusual objects. The rare rugs and garden pots are also the highlights that are available in the market for sale. 

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Decorative Furniture

Decorative Furniture

If you are an interior designer or have a liking for home decor, you must visit Paris Flea Market. In this market, you will find numerous decorative pieces of furniture that will give your home a beautiful look. Art Deco furniture is the most demanded type of furniture in the market.

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Vintage Clothing

Vintage Clothing

People who are fond of vintage clothing would find solace in the Paris Flea Market. It will be a retreat to the eyes of vintage fashion lovers as they will get innumerable choices of vintage clothing, accessories, footwear, and much more in this market at a budget-friendly price. 

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Paris Flea Market FAQs

What is Paris flea market famous for?

Paris Flea Market is famous for many things. Among those things, the market is very popular for Antique items. Tourists and explorers from around the world visit the Paris Flea Market to hunt for the best antique items. The market is the largest antique market in Europe and the second-largest in the world.

What day is the Paris flea market open?

The Paris Flea Market is open on the following days:

Every Saturday - 9 AM to 6 PM
Every Sunday - 10 AM to 6 PM
Every Monday - 11 AM to 5 PM

Where did the term flea market come from?

The term flea market has its origin from the French term “Marche aux puces”. The term rose to popularity because of the various flea markets which are located in the heart of the city.

What is the best time to visit the Paris flea market?

The best time to visit Paris Flea Market is on Saturdays or Sundays as you will not find many dealers on Mondays. These dealers function only by appointment on Mondays. If you still plan to visit the attraction on Monday, it is advisable to visit the market early in the morning when you have a better chance to shop from a variety of dealers. 

What is the nearest flea market from The Eiffel Tower?

The nearest flea market from The Eiffel Tower is the Les Puces de Saint-Quen. It is the largest flea market in the entire world that is filled with thousands of vintage and antique treasures. You can easily drive your car for about 20 minutes and cover a distance of approximately 10 kilometers to reach your ideal destination. 

How much time does it take to explore the Flea Market?

It will take you approximately three hours to tour the Paris Flea Market and shop for your favorite vintage items. You can also book a 3 hour long guided walking tour to explore some interesting shops for antiques, 18th-century mirrors, vintage clothing, furniture, jewelry, and much more. 

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