Plainpalais Flea Market

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Time Out says

Try out your best bargaining skills at this large flea market, a Geneva institution since the 70s.

Since it first started in 1970 this twice-weekly Geneva institution has grown into a sprawling mass of stands that now make up one of Switzerland’s largest flea markets. It's well worth the short walk or tram ride from the centre to experience a more offbeat and multicultural atmosphere. On the tram side of the Plaine de Plainpalais find a car boot-style range of collectables: stands selling secondhand clothes, toys and jumble for next-to-nothing are interspersed with ethnic offerings including incense, candles, oils, clothes and jewellery. There's a real community vibe here as people pop down for a wander and a bit of banter with the longstanding stall owners. For vintage clothes and larger items of furniture head to the university side. A recent rummage here provided us with a vintage birdcage, a French dressing table and antique shot glasses. More upmarket designer items at higher prices are likely on a Saturday.


Plaine de Plainpalais
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Tram 14, 15, Cirque; Bus 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 10, 19, 27, 32, NM, Cirque, Bus 1, 32 Ecole-Médecine
Opening hours:
6.30am-6.30pm Wed, Sat. Closes 5.30pm in winter.
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