The eclectic markets of Paris offer tourists a chance to get a glimpse of authentic Parisian life. Needless to say, the city has a market for everyone. Right from the biggest flea markets dedicated to chic antiques, designer clothes and second hand goods to places selling flowers, fabrics and vegetables, the city never fails to offer one a vibrant and inspiring market experience. There are markets selling the bizarre on one hand and there are high end stores selling nothing but the exclusives on the other. Out of a long list of markets in Paris, here are some really good ones.
Marche aux Puces de St-Ouen
The biggest flea market, Marche aux Puces de St-Ouen covers seven hectares and approximately 180,000 people visit it every weekend. The market comprises some entirely covered and some open-air streets. You can check out Marche Malassis (known for toys, cameras and vintage items), Marche Biron (lighting and furniture), Marche Dauphine (ceramics and furniture) and Marche Vernaison (books, kitchenware, fashion objects). Marche Paul Bert, an open air luxury market owned by the Duke of Westminster houses some beautiful furniture.
Tip: Drop in on a Monday morning and you will pick up a great bargain.
Les Puces de Montreuil
The very charming Les Puces de Montreuil may not be as famous as its sibling in St-Ouen but this market is where people get the best antiques and the perfectly unconventional stuff. So, if you think your bargaining skills are exemplary, hit the place and find for yourself an occasional treasure. From vintage clothes, furniture and toys to glassware and cutlery, Les Puces de Montreul has it all. One must, however, have the patience to walk past numerous stands selling junk.
Marche aux puces de la Porte de Vanves
Smaller and perhaps more welcoming than Saint-Ouen, this market is very well managed and organised. For a casual browser, this is indeed the place to be! Stroll through the stands of dresses and scarves, check out vintage toys and perfumes and yes, don’t miss out on the lovely French linen available here.
Tip: For the best things at awesome prices, arrive early!
Marche de Montreuil
A bargain-hunter’s dream, Montreuil can take you hours but what you find here is unique, rare and simply outstanding. You can find vintage stilettos, beautiful jars and amazing clothes at unbelievable prices. Open on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. Visit on a Monday for a more variety, less crowd and lovely prices.
Marche Biologique Raspail
Paris’s first organic market, Marche Biologique Raspail is on the Boulevard Raspail. The clientele is as fashionable as the prices. You may find here a stylish American selling English muffins or a vigneron with a premium wine. The place also sells health remedies and hand-knitted fashion items apart from a delightful range of organic cheeses. Open on Sunday mornings.
Marche Saint Pierre
A heaven for you if you are interested in textiles, Marche Saint Pierre is the place where you are expected to spot a fashion designer looking for an idea, a lady looking for fabrics or a homemaker searching for matching curtains. Dreyfus is the biggest and most well-known store. Also, Reine and Moline are the places where you can find an excellent range of silk, cotton, linen and velvet. Closed on Sundays.
Marche aux Fleurs et aux Oiseaux
Located on the Ile de la Cite, the market is dedicated to birds and flowers and is surely a haven of peace. The flower market is open on all days. The bird traders are here only on Sundays with macaws, budgies, doves and a lot more.
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