Paris flea markets

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There are many flea markets in Paris, but the most famous is Les Puces de Saint-Ouen, or, as it is usually called, Les Puces (“The Fleas”). About 6.5 kilometers* (four miles) north of the Paris city center, just outside the 18th arrondissement, it’s located between Métro stops Porte de Clignancourt and Porte de St-Ouen.

Covering 17 acres, it has more than 15 specialty markets and 1,500 shops and stalls. Items range from attic junk to rare antiques and fine art. In peak season, it gets about 150,000 visitors each weekend. Open 9-6 Sat., 10-6 Sun. & 11-5 Mon. (Take cash; the nearest ATM always has a line.)

For info, contact the St-Ouen Tourist Office (30, avenue Gabriel Péri, St-Ouen, Paris, France; phone 33 [0] 140 11 77 35, [website in French only]) or any of the city tourist offices, located at main train stations, in Montmarte and on rue des Pyramides.

For a list of Paris flea markets, visit this page on Discover France's website or (in French) www.parispuces.com.

*CORRECTION (published Dec '11, pg. 75) The printed version of this article incorrectly stated that Les Puces de Saint-Ouen is located “about seven miles from the center of Paris.” Actually, it is only a little over 6.5 kilometers (four miles) north of the city center. ITN thanks Everett Angell of High Bridge, NJ, for noting the error.

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There are many flea markets in Paris, but the most famous is Les Puces de Saint-Ouen, or, as it is usually called, Les Puces (“The Fleas”). About 6.5 kilometers* (four miles) north of the Paris city center, just outside the 18th arrondissement, it’s located between Métro stops Porte de Clignancourt and Porte de St-Ouen.

Covering 17 acres, it has more than 15 specialty markets and 1,500 shops and stalls. Items range from attic junk to rare antiques and fine art. In peak season, it gets about 150,000 visitors each weekend. Open 9-6 Sat., 10-6 Sun. & 11-5 Mon. (Take cash; the nearest ATM always has a line.)

For info, contact the St-Ouen Tourist Office (30, avenue Gabriel Péri, St-Ouen, Paris, France; phone 33 [0] 140 11 77 35, [website in French only]) or any of the city tourist offices, located at main train stations, in Montmarte and on rue des Pyramides.

For a list of Paris flea markets, visit this page on Discover France's website or (in French) www.parispuces.com.

*CORRECTION (published Dec '11, pg. 75) The printed version of this article incorrectly stated that Les Puces de Saint-Ouen is located “about seven miles from the center of Paris.” Actually, it is only a little over 6.5 kilometers (four miles) north of the city center. ITN thanks Everett Angell of High Bridge, NJ, for noting the error.