October 29, 2014

Marché aux Puces de Clignancourt is an ideal Paris day trip for antiques collectors and travelers looking for great finds. Sarah Spagnolo shares how to shop in the popular Paris flea market.

Located just 10 minutes from the Arc du Triomphe, Marché aux Puces is a collection of 1,600 dealers and vendors, selling everything from turn-of-the-century metal lamps, to trunks, gilded mirrors, and everything in between. It’s the world’s largest market, but the upscale buys make it feel more like a walk through a gallery than a flea market.

We spoke with personal shopper and interior designer Riad Kniefe, who advised wearing comfortable shoes for exploring the massive market, and showed us around. Bachelier Antiquities sells vintage cookware fit for Julia Child’s kitchen. Le Monde du Voyage is a family owned shop with everything from Hermès scarves to Louis Vuitton luggage. Patricia Attwood’s vintage boutique offers women’s styles. Finally, Ma Cocotte is a new outdoor restaurant adjacent to the market, perfect for a meal after hours of perusing (and a few purchases too).

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