In addition to being a real institution, the Saint-Ouen flea market is recognized as one of the largest antique and flea markets in the world.
The origins of the market
The Saint-Ouen flea market in the north-east of Paris is classified “Architectural Urban and Landscape Heritage Protection Zone” since 2001. With over 5 million visitors per year, the 5th most visited tourist site in France is held every Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
The market was officially born in 1885. It has gradually established itself to become a world reference in flea markets. Today the 1000 stallholders, Antique dealers and bric-a-brac traders have managed to create a unique place with some parts of the market that are worthy of a museum. Among the treasures to be found at the flea market, there’s furniture and works of art, records, books, vintage clothes, luxury items, jewellery… Start your discovery of the Saint-Ouen flea market with the rue principale des Rosiers which overlooks the Malassis, Dauphine, Biron, Vernaison and Paul Bert Serpette markets.
The different Saint-Ouen flea markets
Today the entire flea market covers seven hectares and includes 14 markets, each with its own specialty: Antica, Biron, Cambo, Dauphine, Django Reinhardt, Jules Vallès, Le Passage, Malassis, Malik, l’Entrepôt, Paul Bert Serpette, marché des Rues, L’Usine & Lécuyer and Vernaison.
Vernaison Market is the oldest. In fact, the first organized flea market in Saint-Ouen was there in 1920. At that time, Romain Vernaison installed wooden prefabricated shacks in the area called “les 26 arpents” before giving way to the most authentic flea market.
The Paul Bert – Serpette Market is the largest and also the most luxurious. Some 350 stands spread over 12,000 m² have imposed their style by offering high-end antiques and furniture. Paul Bert and Serpette has even become a brand.
Each weekend, the ceremonial raising of the metal curtain unveils the merchants’ stands and their latest treasures. Here you’ll find passionate collectors, amateurs from all over the world, professionals of the art world, and also stars passing through Paris such as Julia Roberts, Sharon Stone, Mick Jagger or Kanye West…
To discover the 12 other markets, come this weekend and explore the Saint-Ouen flea market for yourself!