I found out about an amazing place in Paris: Marché aux Puces. It’s an immense flea market, located in small streets and squares. We visited for a couple of hours, but you can easily spend a day hunting for treasures. This is a must-do for market-lovers.
It’s not a typical market. The stalls are more like small shops. Some even look like boutiques. So much for the prices, you won’t necessarily find bargains here. Some stalls are dead-kitschy, others are really fancy, exposing a selection of fine retro furniture. It’s a really fun mix. On the outer sides of the market, African vendors sell fake goods and clothes. Skip that part and try to go straight to the heart of this labyrinth. A map can help you find the good stuff.
The atmosphere is great. People stroll through the streets or sit down to have a coffee in one of the numerous little cafe’s and restaurants.
Having a soft spot for industrial lamps, old leather sofa’s and metal letters, this place felt like a walhalla.
There is an epic cafe in the middle of the market. Chez Louisette is tucked away in the narrow streets. You can’t believe your eyes when you enter this really old bar. Live accordion music, disco balls, Christmas garlands and a weird mix of old grannies and hipsters.
Do It Yourself
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Metro stop: Porte de Clignancourt. Address: 7 impasse Simon, Paris
Saturday, sunday and monday : 10h – 13h and 14h – 17h30