Paris is known for its food markets but there are many others specialized markets worth exploring. Street Markets offer anything you want, at a reasonable price.

Practically every quartier (district) of Paris has its market. each with it’s own atmosphere, and sometimes its own specialties.  Here are some of the best.

Flee Markets

"Chiner" in the "Marché aux Puces" is a popular parisian week-end activity. There are three main flea markets in Paris; Porte de Vanves, Porte de Montreuil and the most famous and  Europe's biggest market Le Puces in Saint Ouen.

Marché aux Puce St. Ouen

Le Puces in Saint Ouen was inaugurated in 1885, and currently has over 2000 shops selling everything imaginable. The Marché aux Puce is packed with antiques and junk stalls, musical instruments, fine china, lead soldiers, uniforms from the First World War.

Metro: Porte de Clingnoncourt 18th arr. Sat. Open Sun.&Mon. 9am to 6pm.

Try a ‘cocotte’ at Saint-Ouen flea market

Philippe and Fabienne Amzalak open Ma Cocotte, a new restaurant at the Saint-Ouen flea market, signed Philippe Starck. The chic canteen with an industrial inspiration features indoor and outdoor seating opening onto the Serpette and Paul Bert markets. Good value for money with simple ingredients.

116 rue des Rosiers, Saint-Ouen Tel +33 (0) 1 49 51 70 00

Ma Cocotte

116 rue des Rosiers, 93400 Saint Ouen - Tel + 33 (0)1 49 51 70 00

Situated at the Puces de Saint-Ouen (flea market), Ma cocotte, a trendy, alternative canteen by Starck.

Les Puces de Vanves

This is the third biggest flea market of Paris and a more quiet one. Real fine bric à brac, and quality second-hand clothes all at the bargain prices.
Open Sat and Sun from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Métro Porte de Vanves.

Les Puces de Montreuil

This great junky flea market is one of the most popular in Paris and the most typical. It is as old as Saint-Ouen  (since 1860), and it will take you back to the roots of flea market, as St Ouen used to be in the old days.
Open Sat, Sun and Mon from 7 a.m. to 7.30 p.m., Métro Porte de Montreuil

Marché aux Fleurs (Flower Markets)

Place de la Madeleine, 8e Open Tue-Sat

Place Louis Lépine, Ile de la Cité, 4e, open daily, from 8 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. You'll find here a huge range of flowers, plants and some useful advice from the salesmen.

Marché aux Oiseaux (Birds market) 

Place Louis Lépine, Ile de la Cité 75004 Paris, next to the flower market, Sun 9am to 7pm

Marché aux Livres (Books Market)
This book market is also an antique one, 87, rue Brancion Paris 75015, Metro: Port de Vanves. Square Georges Brassens. Saturday and Sunday 9am-6pm Sat & Sun 9:30am-6pm.

Fabric and clothing market
Carreau du temple, rue Perrée 75003 Paris.
A traditional roofed market, with excellent bargains.
Marché St Pierre 75018 Paris

Postal Stamps
Rond-point des Champs-Elysées, 8th arr. Every Thurs., Sat.&Sun. and public holidays from 10am to sunset.
This is where philatelists, postcards and coins collectors, professionals & amateurs display their collections, buy and sell.


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Celebrities spotted  shopping at the Flea Market

The great and the good from the world of literature, culture, politics, show business, cinema, television and so on have all made the Flea Market a favourite. Some of them come to relax incognito, others to seek out ideas for their decoration.

Jean-Paul Gaultier,  Demi Moore, Mathilda May or Charles Pasqua are all regulars to the narrow alleys of the markets where they enjoy sifting through the boxes packed with history.
Other regulars are Sharon Stone, Aznavour, Claudia Schiffer, Richard Gere, Catherine Deneuve, Vincent Lindon, Pierre Cardin, Fanny Ardant, Amanda Lear, Florent Pagny, Faye Dunaway, Emmanuel Chain, Jack Lang, Madelin, Fabius, Yves Galland, Martine Aubry, Julien Dray, Chiara Mastroianni, Gilles Dufour, Cendrine Dominguez, Sharon Stone and many more.