The Paris Flea Market With Kids
Activity: The Paris Flea Markets Tube Stop: Porte de Clignancourt. Cost: Free, unless you buy something! Hours: Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays from 10 am-5/6 pm.
Paris Flea Market: The flea market to end all flea markets! It’s the largest in the world. Lots of beautiful furniture and just about everything else you can imagine. It’s featured in the movie Midnight in Paris, which happens to be one of my favorites. This place is more like a museum for vintage stuff than an actual flea market. Think old drum sets, fancy toys, old chairs that are stylish again, etc. Most of the stuff will be too expensive (and too bulky!) to take home, so treat it more like a classic Parisian stuff museum than an actual shopping trip.
The following directions are adapted from the blog "Oh Happy Day" and they're the best directions I've found!
1. To get there by Metro get off at the metro stop Porte de Clignancourt on line 4. Exit the underground metro and orient yourself. There is a McDonalds across the street and you should for a sign that says “Les Puces” which means “The Fleas.” Some nice person put a sticker right over the arrow but still follow it best you can.
2. Stay on the same side of the street (it has less people trying to sell you things, that is unless you need a cheap cell phone case or counterfeit Hello Kitty keychains) and follow the direction of the arrow on the sign north.
3. There are no more signs after that so continue walking the threeish blocks to Rue des Rossiers (which is the main street where all the flea markets are.) Look for an underpass with circles on it and head towards that.
4. Do not stop at the swap meet and think it is the flea market, because it isn’t.
5. As soon as you go under the underpass, cross the street and look for green signs that are at the beginning of Rue des Rossiers. You’ve arrived!