A visit to the famous Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen (or les puces) can be a bit daunting for even a seasoned visitor. It can be a bit tricky to actually get to the market, the sheer size of it can be overwhelming and the prices can be intimidating. In spite of these factors, I highly recommend a visit to this amazing market. And, heres's a few suggestions to make a visit there easier:
2) The market is big, but it is actually 15 smaller markets. So, I typically just try to hit two or three of the individual markets. I usually make a stop at either Marché Vernaison or Marché Paul Bert.
I like Marché Vernaison, 99 rue des Rosiers, 93400 for its charming narrow, rambling passages and its good variety of items and prices. You never know what you might find in this marché. Most of my photos in this post are from this market.
In general, Marché Paul Bert, 110 rue des Rosiers /rue Paul Bert, 93400 has much higher-end pieces, but I love to faire du lèche-
3) The prices at the market can be high, but some of the items are frankly deserving of it. Maybe it is just me, but I think an original Louis XIV chair from the 1700s should be a tad expensive. Fortunately (since I am not in the market for a Louis XIV chair), the markets include a range of pieces. Bargains may not be had at the market, but I often come home with one little treasure. Common sense goes a long for determining if a piece is really worth the price.
4) Last but not least, eat lunch at the market. Pick a restaurant that gives you a good view for people watching. Observing the market life of the buyers and sellers is reason enough to head to the market. An easy spot to eat is Le Paul Bert, 20 rue Paul Bert, 93400. Although the food is probably average, the location is prime for observing the scene.
Hours of Marché
Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Reduced activity from the 1st to the 15th of August.
Monday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.