Les Puces de Paris
It is described as the largest antiques and vintage market in the world. And indeed, it is an entire neighborhood of little winding streets, full to the brim with all manner of vintage, brocante and antique treasures, often organized by type (art deco, art nouveau, classic, 1950’s retro, even North American Indian antiques!) Most shops are however, a true ‘mélange’ so having a shopping list of concrete items to hunt makes sense, otherwise it is quickly and completely overwhelming, like one of those American supermarkets that are so full, you can’t find any food!
I visited on a Monday morning so many shops were closed as the website honestly communicates. Thank goodness, otherwise I never could have left! My fellow shoppers were truly international: tourists to Paris of course but also many Asian dealers. It was a sunny and rather hot day so the ambiance was laid back. Shop keepers were recovering from an undoubtedly busy weekend, reading their news and wandering back and forth between each other’s shops.
Prices are far higher than country flea markets: these are urban shop prices. Nevertheless, it is a must visit for vintage lovers! Inspiring to continue the hunt for the house wares, décor and clothing that add instant charm and personality to our homes and wardrobes. What with all the flea markets and online shops these days, there is the fear that France will be completely void of vintage at some future date. Les Puces is immediately reassuring: this wonderful country full of beautiful objects will certainly never run out of brocante, vintage and antiques! There is a lifetime of treasures still to be found at this very large and very special Parisian market.