Le Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen
(World's Largest Flea Market)

Le Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen just north of Paris is the world's largest flea market

Colorful goods hang is a stall at Le Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen in Paris
Colorful goods hang is a stall at Le Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen in Paris cc licensed ( BY ND ) flickr photo by Rose of Academe_

Many people today love to shop. However, there is something about a flea market that makes even the most reluctant shopper stop and browse. It might be because a flea market like Le Marche aux Puces de St-Ouen offers so many different stores and stalls that there really is something there to interest any person.


Since Le Marche aux Puces de St-Ouen only opens at 9:30 am it might be a good idea to get there a little early so you can avoid the crowds and have a leisurely cup of coffee in one of the cafes. This will give you an opportunity to watch the various stalls setting up and getting ready for the day. It will also give you time to plan your day and decide where you are going to go shopping. For anyone wanting to avoid huge crowds it is a good idea to make sure that you are finished shopping before lunch time as it can get very busy afterward.

Many of the stalls are only open over the weekend so it is best if you are able to do your browsing and shopping during that time. It is possible to make appointments with some shop owners so make sure that you arrive very early if you really are only able to visit Le Marche aux Puces de St-Ouen on a Monday and would dearly like to buy something from their stall.

There are a number of different markets that make up Le Marche aux Puces de St-Ouen. Each one has something different to offer and is somewhat unique. You would do well to set aside at the very least an entire weekend to browse the area and see all that is on offer.

As with all crowded areas it is important to make sure that you keep a close eye on your pockets and your valuables. This is not something that is unique to Le Marche aux Puces de St-Ouen but something that many tourists forget about. You also need to make sure that you check if the prices you are being shown are VAT inclusive or not as this can make a big difference in affordability to some people.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Address: 93400 Saint-Ouen, France

Official Website: Le Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen


Metro / RER Line Nearest Station Walking Time
M4Porte de Clignancourt7 minutes

How to get to Le Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen by Metro / RER

By Metro: exit the M4 line at Porte de Clignancourt and head north crossing Blvd Ney and continue walking north along Avenue de la Porte de Clignancourt crossing Blvd Peripherique. At this point you are at the southeast corner of the large triangular area (outlined in orange on the above map) that contains the maze of stalls making up the flea market. Angling left up Rue de Rosiers is a good place to start exploring..

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Rated 4 out of 5

3 Star Rating A place where you could get relatively cheap stuff. Beware of thieves, especially in the evening!

Piyush Dhimate - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating A lovely little flea market hidden in the middle of a more main stream market.

Clare Gallagher - 2 months ago

4 Star Rating If you like to shop in a flee market then this is the place to be. You can almost find everything. It's huge :) be careful it's pretty expensive!

Alex Wyns - 2 months ago

4 Star Rating So fun to weave around the stalls looking for your hearts desire!

j p - 3 months ago

4 Star Rating A legend in Paris. Even if you don't buy anything, it's nice just walking around and looking. Just make sure to be careful going from the metro station to the market as it is quite shady with people trying to sell you counterfeit or stolen goods. It is often advised to take the 13 metro line and start from there rather than Porte de Clignancourt.

Steve Bertalli - 5 months ago


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