Less famous than its older brother up north in St-Ouen, Montreuil’s flea market is where real folk riffle for antiques nowadays, mostly because it’s off the beaten tourist track (so you can still find the occasional treasure). You’ll find pretty much everything, from vintage clothes and toys to old cutlery, 1940s light-fittings, furniture and antique glassware. Just be patient: you have to walk past stands selling arrays of junk before you get to the little square where the best dealers are (at the end of the alley alongside the periphérique).
Yes, there’s a hell of a lot of famous sights to see in Paris. Your bucket list for the City of Light could probably make up a short novel. But if you’re making the journey, you must book in some time to grab a delicious coffee from somewhere and simply wander, taking in the joys of the city at the slowest pace you can possibly conjure.
And there’s no better place to take in the city than at a flea market. And Paris has one for every mood, from bric-à-brac and trinkets to vintage bargains and furniture. Here, you can stroll through endless market stools, admire candles and jewellery laid out on the ground, and buy a very French looking scarf that you may come to regret. Here’s our guide to the best flea markets in Paris.
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