Enjoy a guided visit of the many secrets and hidden corners of the amazing Puces de Saint-Ouen, Paris’s vibrant giant flea market. Listen to the history of the market as you visit the alleys from decorative furniture, paintings, vintage clothing, jewellery, bags…
Your odyssey begins at the Marché Paul Bert and Serpette where design and vintage clothes are on the menu.Brace yourself for what your guide calls her ‘wow’ stores: where your only response to the value-price ratio will be ‘wow’. This is where your interaction with the vendors, whom your guide knows by name, begins. These pipe-smoking, beret-wearing merchants evoke a charming France of the past.
Next up: the Marché Dauphine. Fashion and accessories of all types dominate the stock in this section. Feeling quirky? Ask your guide 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!
You’ll also visit concept stores that embody the slow yet steady modernization of the markets.
Your hunt ends at 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. On that note you’ll have concluded your tour of the markets, with a smile on your face and many treasures.