Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Paris flea market, Saint Ouen

Paris gathers 3 major flea markets, the Saint-Ouen flea market, the Vanves flea market and the Montreuil flea market.

Between 1880 and 1890, was the beginning of a regular scrap market which brings together not less than 130 merchants, on Sundays. But the year 1885 marks the official birth of the flea market.
The city of Saint Ouen took action to clean up and secure the area.
he markets city hours were regulated, and building works and improvement were implemented.
And, the merchants had to pay a location fee to exercise their activity.

Little by little, small markets developed and attracted a large number of people looking for bargains. The idea to consolidate the market in a coherent and organized space quickly impose itself.
After the Liberation of France, the days of opening was set on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays.
Over the years, the local shops are redeemed by antique dealers, bric-à-brac traders or craftsmen who are sprouting up around the organized markets. New markets were created to compose the antiques market of reference that is known today.

In 1985, the Paris flea market of Saint Ouen celebrated its centenary. Spread over 7 hectares, 14 markets, they now represent the largest flea market in the world.
More than 2,000 traders are divided in the 14 markets and many surrounding streets.
The markets welcome several million of visitors per year, who want to find rare objects.

How to visit the Paris flea market

The markets are located in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, the most part of them on Rue des rosiers street. You will have just to walk.
You can choose to discover them with the Tourism Office of Saint-Ouen which organises visits for individual and for groups throughout the year. An audio-guided tour is also available in French and in English, on reservation at the tourism office. In addition, the Association to promote the Paris flea market of Saint-Ouen (ADPPPSO) offers VIP tours.

How to access the Saint Ouen Paris flea market

To go to the Paris flea market, you can go by:
The Paris metro line 4, Porte de Clignancourt station
Paris metro line 13, Garibaldi station
Bus line: 56 - 60 - 85 - 95 - 137 - 166 - 255 - PC 3

Opening hours of the Paris flea market

-Saturday 9am-6pm
-Sunday 10am-6pm
-Monday 11am-5pm (many traders stop sales at lunch breaks and many are only open by advance appointments).
The activities of the Paris flea market of Saint-Ouen are reduced in August.

The Paris flea market of Saint-ouen map

For more information regarding the Paris flea market, you can check the official website of the Saint-Ouen flea market.

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