Marche aux Puces de St-Ouen, a worldwide reputation
Le Marche aux Puces de St-Ouen is one of the largest antique and flea markets in the world with more than 5 million visitors a year!
It is the 4th most visited site in France and each weekend attracts the Sunday crowds but also Parisian and foreign art lovers.
Such is its popularity that it was listed as “Zone of Protection of Urban and Landscape Architectural Heritage” in 2001.
The Marche aux Puces de St-Ouen is held every Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
1700 merchants, traders, designers, craftspeople and artists including 1400 antique specialists are gathered in 14 markets spread over 7 hectares.
Some of these markets are covered;.
Others are in the open air.
The Marche aux Puces de St-Ouen groups 14 markets:
Marchés Antica, Biron, Cambo, Dauphine, Django Reinhardt, Jules Vallès, Le Passage, Malassis, Malik, l’Entrepôt, Paul Bert – Serpette, Marché des Rues, L’Usine & Lécuyer and Vernaison.
You’ll find traditional antiques, furniture, paintings, bronzes, works of art or tapestries, mirrors, lamps, dishes, old records, antique, children’s toys, posters, books, photographs, clothes, shoes and much more.
You’ll find vintage or trendy accessories, items that attract a younger clientele and renews the spirit and atmosphere of Les Puces.
You’ll see a lot of young trendy Parisians in search of rare and original pieces for home decoration.
Finally, you’ll be surprised to bump into more and more Chinese customers who travel all the way to the Marche aux Puces de St-Ouen… to buy restored Chinese antiques!
Marche aux Puces de St-Ouen – 14 markets
The success of the Marche aux Puces de St-Ouen is the result of its strong cultural identity created by a large anti conformist and eclectic community.
It is almost a parallel world with its own rules.
It has skillfully adapted to the constantly changing patterns and needs of the clientele.
You’ll therefore find a majority of respected and upmarket shops, secondhand clothes and rag dealers, junk and antiques shops but also legion of street hawkers.
The origins of the Marche aux Puces de St-Ouen go back to 1870.
It was, however, officially founded in 1885.
Parisian rag-pickers and secondhand clothes dealers were indeed forced to leave the city because of the noisy and unhygienic nature of their activities.
They settled on the area known as Zone Malassis.
This vacant land located beyond the military fortifications to the north of Paris.
La Zone, as it became known, was situated outside the fiscal limits of Paris and was already inhabited by gypsy communities.
Rag-pickers and secondhand clothes dealers settled there, because they could work without having to pay tax on the goods they sold.
La Zone quickly turned into a sort of shantytown with tin shacks and makeshift stalls of all kinds.
The first Marche aux Puces de St-Ouen appeared along the Avenue Michelet outside one of Paris’s tollgates.
Stalls and carts were unpacked every morning and repacked every night!
It was not until 1908, when the first Metro line was completed, that the secondhand clothes dealers decided to set up a covered market with small huts where they could lock their products overnight.
Marche aux Puces de St-Ouen – 14 markets
However, it was not until 1920 that Jules Romain Vernaison founded the first Marche aux Puces de St-Ouen.
The Marché Vernaison was located at a place called “26 acres”, a 3000m ² land located now part of no99 Rue des Rosiers.
This open-air market with prefabricated wooden huts became an immediate hit!
It today has over 300 stalls gathered over 9 000m ² and is THE reference market, the first Marche aux Puces de St-Ouen!
It is is open Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 6pm and Monday from 10am to 6pm.
The Marché Biron was founded in 1925 on a 7000m ² market gardening land known as “Champ des Rosiers”.
This ancient and prestigious market today has 220 stalls with antique and art dealers.
They sell an impressive variety of furniture, jewelry and graphic objects that range from the 17th to the 20th century.
It is located at no85 Rue des Rosiers; it is open Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 6pm and Monday from 10am to 6pm.
Marché Jules Valles
A Venetian named Amadeo Cesana founded the Marché Jules Valles in 1938.
This was the first covered market of the Marche aux Puces de St-Ouen.
It is also one of the most traditional markets.
It has indeed remained faithful to the spirit of the original market.
You’ll therefore find antiques, however, mostly unusual objects, posters, ancient weapons, bronzes, books and records, military effects and a disparate jumble from over 120 stalls gathered over 1500m2.
It is located at nos7- 9 Rue Jules Vallès and is open to professionals on Thursday and Friday morning.
It’s to the public on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm and on Saturday from 10.30am to 5.30pm.
The Marché Malik was created in 1942 on a 3000m2 vegetable garden rented by Mr. Malik.
Malik owned the Café Picolo, one of the bistros in the Marche aux Puces de St-Ouen.
This market once gathered 110 stalls selling secondhand clothes and old uniforms.
It has today specialized in sportswear clothing brands and attracts trendy young designers.
Located at no85 Rue des Rosiers it is open Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm and Monday from 10.30am to 5.30pm.
Marché Paul Bert – Marché Serpette
The Marché Paul Bert was founded in 1946 by a group of secondhand clothes dealers.
They rented a former vineyard situated between the Rue des Rosiers and Rue Paul Bert.
In 1949 they upgraded the muddy land with paved alleys and brick and mortar shops.
Alain Serpette, a great collector of firearms and the son of a jeweler of the Rue de Rosiers, bought the local Simca car warehouse in 1970.
He founded the Marché Serpette and its 120 stands.
These two markets have pooled into Marché Paul Bert – Serpette.
The prestigious market is the flagship of the Marche aux Puces de St-Ouen and gathers vanguard dealers (the people who launch trends!)
All epochs and styles are gathered together.
You’ll therefore find Baroque art and Napoleon III items along with tribal art, archeological pieces and jewellery.
All are, however, exhibited in the most creative way!
The eclectic and upmarket Marché Paul Bert-Serpette attracts a wealthy French and international clientele of art collectors and enthusiasts.
Located at no110 Rue des Rosiers – no96 Rue Paul Bert it is open to professionals on Friday from 8am to noon.
It opens to the public on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 6pm and Monday from 11am to 5pm.
The Marché Cambo was founded in 1970 in an old warehouse.
In 1992 the 60 original stands were enlarged (therefore reduced in number) and are spread over 2 floors.
The Marché Cambo is specialized in upmarket items.
You’ll find 18th and 20th century furniture, ceramics and art objects and 17th and 18th century furniture and regional objects along with linen, old musical instruments on the ground floor.
Located at no85 Rue des Rosiers it is open Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 6pm and Monday from 10am to 6pm.
The prestigious Marché Malassis was developed from scratch in 1989.
It boasts a superb rotunda and a huge skylight.
It is considered the most stylish building of the Marche aux Puces de St-Ouen.
It gathers antique dealers specialized in specific epochs or styles.
You’ll therefore find furniture and objects ranging from the 18th to the 20th century, with an emphasis given to the furniture from the 1930’s, 1940’s, 1950’s and 1970’s.
These items are often restored with originality or diverted from their original function.
It is located at no85 Rue des Rosiers.
It is open Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 6pm and Saturday from 10am to 6pm.
The Marché Dauphine was also founded from scratch in 1991.
This is one of the largest markets of the Marche aux Puces de St-Ouen.
It indeed brings together 180 antique shops gathered over 6000m2 and spread over 2 floors.
It is specialized in high end furniture ranging from the 17th and 18th century, works of art of the 19th and 20th century, old books and art and antique furniture restoration.
It boasts a magnificent metal Baltard style architecture.
You’ll enjoy discovering its courtyards, its ‘industry’ style iron staircases, its corridors and its wooden paving blocks and its fountain.
Twenty specialized booksellers are gathered in the ‘Carré Libraires”.
This section opened in 1995.
The market is located at nos138-140 Rue des Rosiers.
It is open Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 6pm and Monday from 10am to 6pm.
The Marché Antica at no85 Rue des Rosiers.
The high-end gallery is the smallest market of the Marche aux Puces de St-Ouen.
It gathers only a dozen stands specialized in tapestry, Art Deco and Napoleon III items.
It is open Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm, and Monday 10.30am to 5.30pm.
Marché Le Passage
The Marché Le Passage is located at no27 Rue Lécuyer.
It is one of the newest markets of the Marche aux Puces de St-Ouen.
It extends over 1000m ² and connects the Rue Jules Valles to Rue Lécuyer.
It is specialized in antique and contemporary furniture and objects, unusual objects, trinkets, tables, chairs and other curiosities of all kinds.
Le Passage is open to professionals on Thursday and Friday morning.
It opens to the public on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 6pm and Monday from 10.30 am to 5.30pm.
The spacious Marché l’Entrepôt opened in the 1990s.
It is mainly specialized in large items.
This is therefore where you’ll find monumental staircases, libraries and woodwork, “zincs”, gazebos and castle gates to name a few!
Located at no80 Rue des Rosiers it is open Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm and Saturday from 10.30am to 5.30pm.
Marché des Rues
The Marché des Rues is a traditional flea market.
It indeed offers a bric-a-brac of antiques, vintage, design, reproductions of old military surplus, secondhand clothes, graffiti, unusual objects, warehouse furniture, Chinese furniture, old books…
You name it, it’s a true jumble where you’ll expect to find the gem at any time!
It is open Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm and Monday from 10.30am to 5.30pm.
L’Usine – Marché Lécuyer
L’Usine – Marché Lécuyer is exclusively reserved for professionals and is open Monday to Friday from 10.30am to 5.30pm.
It is closed on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
L’usine is located at no18 Rue des Bons Enfants and Marché Lécuyer at no27 Rue Lécuyer.
Marché Django Reinhardt
The Marché Django Reinhardt is the latest addition to the Marche aux Puces de St-Ouen.
It opened in the existing Espace Django Reinhardt at no122 Rue des Rosiers which is considered the Mecca of Gypsy jazz.
Django Reinhard grew up in La Zone where he learned to play the guitar from the travelers who stopped over.
Marche aux Puces de St-Ouen: 1st-15August slow activity
Directions: Along the ring road (Périphérique) in Saint-Ouen on the western outskirts of Paris.
Métro: Porte de Clignancourt Line 4 or Garibaldi on line 13
Coordinates: Lat 48.901472 – Long 2.343795