Paris Travel Planner   Flea Market (Puces) of Vanves, Paris
A smaller flea market on the south side of Paris offers interesting browsing and shopping.


 Porte de Vanves Flea Market, Paris
Above, Shoes, wigs, beads, and more at the Porte de Vanves Flea Market.

 

 

Although the Flea Market (Marché aux Puces) de St-Ouen, near the Clignancourt Métro stop on the north side of Paris is the biggest and best known, the Marché aux Puces de la Porte de Vanves also provides shoppers many opportunities.

The Puces at the Porte de Vanves doesn't have any permanent structures. It takes place along two streets, the Avenue Marc Sangnier and the Avenue Georges Lafenestre in the 14th arrondissement, just inside the city limits.

You'll see merchants' vans and panel trucks lined up the entire street, and tables and booths set up on the sidewalk. Stroll through and you'll have your choice of antiques, glassware, dolls, African carvings, clothes, paintings and other works of art, books, and occasional furniture. The offerings are eclectic and the quality covers a wide range.

The Porte de Vanves flea market is open on Saturdays and Sundays, with an emphasis on the morning hours. By 1:00 some vendors are starting to pack up, while others linger.

To get there, take the Métro to the Porte de Vanves stop. Use the Blvd Brune Sortie (exit), and at the top of the stairs, do a U-turn. Turn left at the corner (Place de la Porte de Vanves) and left again at the next corner and you'll be on Avenue Marc Sangnier.

Another option is the #58 bus, which runs between Porte de Vanves and Châtelet.

Dolls, Porte de Vanves Flea Market, Paris
Dolls, anyone?

Even if you don't buy anything, it's fun to browse, see the variety of offerings, and get into the culture of the Puces.

If you don't have time to go to Vanves, consider visiting some of the shops in the covered passageways of Paris.

Since the flea market is transient, there are no permanent restaurants. A van offers sandwiches, frites, coffee, and other snacks, and there are several cafés back near the Métro stop.


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Variety of offerings, Porte de Vanves Flea Market, Paris

Above, An assortment of dishes, vases, paintings, and books at one vendor.

Below, Dolls anyone?

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