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Die-hard vintage shoppers from all over the world salivate at the very mention of the Marché aux Puces conveniently located just outside of Paris in Saint-Ouen. Every year this giant flea market lures millions of visitors, including international actors, artists, and entertainers.
However, this chunk of vintage happiness, comprising over 2,000 stands, very quickly becomes overwhelming, which is where our guide Charlotte, expert in 20th century decorative arts and professional bargain hunter comes to your rescue.
Charlotte, who incidentally knows the puces inch by inch, will tame this kaleidoscopic beehive into a docile colony of stands, willingly offering their riches for your inspection. How about a little walk in this vintage wonderland? Let the hunt begin!
- A one-of-a-kind tour through a bargain hunter’s paradise
- An expert guide who lives and breathes for vintage shopping
- …who also knows the market, vendors, merchandise, and prices inside out
- …who will save you a fortune on your shopping!
Charlotte was born in Nice (South of France) then moved to Paris when she was four and has been living here ever s...
2 people: €79/person
4 people: €59/person
6 people: €49/person
Meet up with Charlotte at the Porte de Clignancourt metro stop right outside of the puces. FYI, this diverse neighborhood right outside of the city limits has the tendency to get rather raw, especially at night. Your odyssey begins at the oldest of the fifteen markets: the Marché Vernaison. Inaugurated in 1920, this is one of the most comprehensive sections of the puces. You’ll find everything from contemporary design furnishings to vintage hand-held mirrors. This is also where your interaction with the vendors, who Charlotte knows by name, begins. These pipe-smoking, beret-wearing merchants evoke a long forgotten, calmer France of the past. Around lunch time you’ll find groups of them huddled around a 18th century table enjoying their saucissons , drinking wine, and talking politics. Don’t expect to be harassed or goaded into purchasing their merchandise: genuine puces merchants always wait to be approached by the buyer!
Next on the list: the Marché Dauphine. As the brick walls and iron buttresses reveal, this is one of the more recent additions to the puces. Fashion and fashion accessories of all types dominate the stock in this section. Feeling quirky? Ask Charlotte to take you to the stand specializing in clothing pieces dating between 1900 and 1940. Nothing like an original flapper dress or dandy hat to complete your wardrobe!
It’s time to head to some of the concept stores that embody the slow, yet steady modernization of the puces. Here you could find those great pieces that tie an entire room together—dresser decked out with shells, anyone? Too expensive, you say? Pas de problème! Not only does Charlotte know nearly every vendor at the puces, she also knows what they have in stock and has estimates on sale prices. In the unlikely event she can’t talk the vendor into giving you the deal of a lifetime, she’ll know exactly where to find the perfect alternative.
Your bargain hunt will end at the Marchés Paul Bert and Serpette where design and vintage clothes are on the menu. Brace yourself for what Charlotte calls her ‘wow’ stores: where your only response to the value-price ratio will be ‘wow’. On that note, you’ll have concluded your tour of the puces, with a smile on your face and many, many treasures, we hope.
Approximate walking distance: 2 km / 1.2 miles
With us, the more the merrier! Instead of fixed prices, we offer solutions to make your experience of Paris more affordable. Don’t pay a fortune to hunt at the Flea Market. Booking price goes down as your party increases. Our prices per person range from 79€ for two to as low as 49€ for a group of 6.
Price Range for your Paris Flea Market Tour
- 2 people: € 79 per person
- 3 people: € 69 per person
- 4 people: € 59 per person
- 5 people: € 55 per person
- 6 people: € 49 per person
More than 6? Please call us for more details…
Solo travelers are also welcomed !
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Charlotte was born in Nice (South of France) then moved to Paris when she was four and has been living here ever since. Passionate about furniture design from the 20th Century, she quickly became a well-known expert in the field. Her skills are even broader as she loves vintage clothes as well. Constantly hunting for new areas, she knows all the best addresses in the City of Light. She is a regular of “les Puces de Saint Ouen” and is on a first name basis with the merchants there. In other words, she is the best decorative arts expert you can find to guide you through this vintage wonderland.