Marché aux Puces
St Ouen flea market
aka Clignancourt, Europe’s largest flea market is so much more than the city’s favorite place to find a bargain. Exiting the Porte de Clignancourt metro station, those in the know pass the counterfeit designer goods hawkers, avoid the parking lot with camper vans full of cheap goods and head under the overpass to the rue des Rosiers. Turn left where a collection of markets, each with their own specialty. It's like a living museum with everything from vintage brass buttons to valuable (and expensive!) antiques. Serpette draws serious dealers looking for mid-century marvels, but heading as far as Jules Vallès market may score hunters some true bargains. Of course, this is France, where food matters. Ma Cocotte is Starck, trendy chic, La Chope des Puces has live jazz with moules frites, there are food truck in the Habitat 1964 courtyard and Chez Louisette draws a crowd nostalgic for French tunes with their simple steak frites.
By Sylvia Sabes, AFAR Local Expert
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