Hordes of travelers and locals alike flock to Paris' flea markets in search of antique wares and one-of-a-kind finds, and rightfully so. The Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen is one of the favorite markets. Today we look inside the best of Mid-century Modern.
The Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen is the largest flea market in the world, welcoming over five million visitors to its maze of stands and alleyways each year. And a maze it truly is—the sprawling complex houses over 1,700 vendors, from art dealers to artisans to purveyors of second-hand furniture.
So, you might ask, how do you find your way through this market, and where do you start? The Puces website has a description of each market : http://www.marcheauxpuces-saintouen.com/4.aspx?sr=0.
Puces de Saint-Ouen is the open-air Marché Paul Bert, best known for its early- to mid-20th century furniture and decorative items, from Art Deco to minimalist mid-century modern. Paul Bert has over 220 stalls and is, along with its sister Marché Serpette, one of the more high-end markets at the Puces. If you’re looking for Eames chair, Noguchi table, or similar. C.M.O. Paris (Allée 1 – Stand 67), Franck & Louise Morel (Allée 5 – stand 194), and Artocarpus (Allée 2 – Stand 143) are the good choice for you.
Prices do tend to be high at Paul Bert, but negotiating is expected. If this feels daunting, hire a shopping expert (like Context Travel) to guide you and assist with purchases.