This market is becoming more touristy but it is still cheaper than St Ouen and you can find some cool stuff here. Vendors will bargain with you. Most of them speak some English but it's helpful if you speak a little French too. I am usually able to use my high school french and get some nice things like vintage bathing beauty statues from the 20s, a beaded dress for 10 euros, an embroidered hippie vest for 5 euros, etc etc. On your way in to the market there's a bakery that has decent macarons and as you're leaving the place with the couscous always serves up a decent lunch. Good times.
Oh yeah-another reviewer mentioned to be sure to say bonjour to the vendors. The French are much more polite than we US Americans and "hello", "please" and "thank you" go a long way. Just sayin.
I read mixed reviews and almost did not stop by. What a mistake that would have been. Take the Metro nice and early on Saturday. Grab cafe and pastries or sandwich at bakery at top of Metro stairs.
There were many vendors selling home wares (I wanted silverware which I found), jewelry, art, furniture and clothing. They were nice enough, willing to negotiate and speak a bit in English.
I bought high quality vintage jewelry, silverware, records and vintage postcards but wanted much more. Please visit!
One of the vendors has a big box of photographs and I had to fight against my American urges to just dive right in. Clearly I am a terrible person/American. I ended up buying just one small photo from him for a few euros, but it was fun to browse and pick what I thought was the most special. The photos were all paper-based (no cased photos), and included CDVs, cabinet cards, loose albumen prints, snapshots, and stereo cards.
My husband bought a little metal knickknack from a really nice lady that he was happy with. He was excited to practice the couple of French phrases he memorized in his phrasebook for the occasion.
We got there a bit late, so maybe we missed the best of it, but the photos were the real highlight to me, and the man selling them was very nice.
A good sized, enjoyable flea market - way less intimidating than Cligancourt and much better prices too. The "stuff" part of antiques, vintage etc is about 4 blocks long and at the end of that there are a few blocks of used clothing.
The day I visited there was a lot of vintage books, cool costume jewelry and miscellaneous household items. What there wasn't a lot of is tourists, the crowd is mostly local. That's nice but if you are a tourist you must behave properly. That means saying "hello" and "goodbye" if you enter a stall, not touching/pawing merchandise without permission and having some basic french at your disposal.
My mom did not follow these rules and she didn't buy anything because prices magically skyrocketed for her. Be polite, and you'll score some good deals and bring home a truly authentic souvenir.
This reminded me of the Pasadena City College flea market. You will find the following here:
Old lamps, tea cups, rugs, books
Some clothing ( I bought two vintage silk scarves from here).
Vintage kitchen items
Knick knacks like owl salt and pepper shakers
Everything is reasonably priced.
They are willing to bargain, make sure you say "Bonjour" first! Don't be rude, or they will be rude back. I noticed another American getting the cold shoulder when she just rambled in English, expecting the merchant to know English. A Bonjour will go a long way, even if you don't know anymore French ( Merci, Sil vois plait, Au revoir will help you get by as well).
Have fun treasure hunting in the City of Light. Oh, and get there early, around 8 am, to get the good finds.
Without a doubt, the best market in Paris! Arrive early, as the not so good stuff arrives after 1pm. Before, you can find tons of great vendors with lots of vintage clothes, antiques and linens and posters. The prices are phenomenal and are negotiable. Be courteous, make sure you know the basic french if you are a tourist (greetings, prices, how to barter). Always ask before you touch. I will be back the next time I am in Paris!
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