If you ask yourself what is a must-do experience in Paris, one of the most popular answers will be: an afternoon at the Saint-Ouen Flea Market!
With its 6 hectares, 15 markets and 2000 stalls, it is the largest market in the world.
It is a unique experience to be lived with your camera at hand, to capture the thousands of picturesque views, the stalls full of merchandise and the curious characters you will find there.
It is no coincidence that even Woody Allen filmed some wonderful scenes of his Midnight in Paris there for the evocative atmosphere you can breathe.
Browsing around the stalls of these markets specialising in different types of goods, you can really find anything:
A miniature market with a fine selection of objects in a cosy ambience. Antica is an elegant gallery with only a dozen stalls: tapestries, trinkets, Napoleon III style and art deco.
This is a prestigious market for antiques and Asian objects, but also deals in furniture, jewellery, design objects, 17th century graphic arts, paintings, ceramics, scientific objects, art nouveau, art deco and photography.
Founded in 1970 by a group of traders in an old style furniture warehouse, this market currently houses some 20 stands on two floors.
The merchandise is truly quality: 18th and 19th century furniture, ceramics, works of art, old musical instruments, with a flat deco area (Art Nouveau ceramics, Art Deco, drawings).
Inaugurated in 1991, it is one of the largest markets in Saint-Ouen, spread over two floors with a small restful square in the middle of four streets: here you will find high-end items such as furniture, objects, books, watches and antique linen.
The booksellers’ and restorers’ sections are particularly interesting.
This market specialises in oversized goods, i.e. very bulky components such as monumental staircases, bookcases, large palace panels, castle grilles and gazebos.
Relatively recent, strolling through the Malassis is like taking a journey through time, from the 18th century to the present day, through clocks, paintings, antiques, books, postcards.
You will find two types of stalls, furniture decorators of period objects who through their creativity give new life to things, and thematic shops that deal with specific segments of objects such as oriental furniture, tableware, bistro furniture, nautical objects, a writer’s library or an artist’s studio, seals and jewellery.
The Malik market is named after an Albanian prince who came to settle in Saint-Ouen in the early 1920s. It was built on a 3000 m2 garden opposite the café Picolo.
The ‘Malik market’ began as a resale of second-hand clothes and old uniforms, but in recent years it has been converted for a young audience by hosting the artists and creators who make fashion in the city.
Here you will find mainly antiques, but also unusual items, curiosities, tables, chairs and porcelain of all kinds.
This is a true institution specialising in antiques, but over the years it has been able to read and discover new trends in design and style in the areas of tribal art, archaeology and jewellery.
Among its most famous admirers are Julia Roberts, Uma Turman, Sharon Stone, Mick Jagger, Jeremy Irons, Liam Neeson, Kanye West. Collectors and enthusiasts come here from all corners of the world in search of unique and inimitable wonders.
This market has kept the spirit of the classic flea market intact, with its traditional connotation: you will find a little bit of everything, antiques and old objects from grandmothers’ cellars.
Nothing is rare or valuable: here the real attraction is the market itself with all its colourful originality.
The old-world charm of this market is incomparable and if you have little time to wander around all the markets, you should at least take a stroll among these colourful stalls.
The peculiarity is the ‘deballage’: that is, you try your luck by buying whole bales of objects in a closed box. Everything can be inside, from absolutely useless objects to the great bargain you’ve been looking for.
Exclusively for professionals, this market is closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays and opens the rest of the week. It works mainly in the export of goods abroad in large quantities.
With its 9000m² and over 300 stands, Vernaison is and will remain the market of reference. The Paris Saint-Ouen flea market started here as the first organised market in 1920.
The authentic spirit attracted antique shops, discount shops, and dealers of stylish furniture. Success was immediate.
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