From our meeting location to the market, we’ll catch sight of the Montmartre mound topped by its gleaming white Sacré Cœur basilica, we’ll go through a dizzy church bell – tower and its enjoyable park.
The “Puces” cover seven hectares and host 14 markets. You’ll bargain – hunt in the unmissable ones. One is a business trade market featured by a nice chapel. One overflows with specialities like bronzes, books, discs, etc. One mixes the brilliance of old centuries with design, tribal art, archaeology and jeweller’s craft. One is a selection of the top of the range furniture and art items from the 17th to the 20th century. One includes antiques, second – hand items, tableware, African art, odd objects and so. One presents paintings, ceramics, Far-East art, scientific items, Art Nouveau and Art Deco.
You’ll gaze at the most atypical and attractive shops introduced by its merchants. One showcases a selection of the finest antique and decorative items available: luggages, wall decorations, building & garden elements, antique vehicules and furnitures from the 50s to the 80s. One displays an impressive collection of luxury vintage clothes & accessories designed by uncountable well – known designers such as Chanel, Dior and Vuitton. Haute-couture dresses, jewels, bags, belts, shoes, period costumes, etc. One is a removable 60m² “UFO” house designed in the 60s for a friend who wanted a mobile holiday chalet. The interior deco regularly changes between designers’ retrospectives. One collects eclectic and unusual objects from the 1900s to the 80s: old toys, doll’s eyes, coffin handles, pristine packets, erotic movie posters and many more. This shop offers good discounts on items easy to carry back home. We’ll go in several more shops as surprising than the other.
On our way and on your convenience, we may get memorable breaks when having a drink in mythical local venues. One is a dance hall opened in the 30’s where you’ll experience an immersion into France from another time to the songs of especially Edith Piaf who used to hang around the Puces. One is a 60s’ bar considered as the Gypsy jazz temple because Django Reinhardt lived and played guitar in his caravan nearby in the 20s. You’ll enjoy Manouche jazz bands playing live. One is a restaurant with an interior deco designed by Philip Starck who carried out a symbolic project inside a converted warehouse at the heart of a former rag-and-bone market.
With 1700 merchants including 1400 antique dealers, some sections of the Puces look sometimes more like a museum or an art gallery than a flea market. This bric-a-brac atmosphere will maybe offer you the chance to discover and negotiate the rare pearl…
In case you are looking for an objects’ category or a specific item, please let me know in advance as I may adjust the tour on request.
In case you are interested by a cumbersome product, delivery service companies are at your disposal.
In case of bad weather, please know that some markets are covered and the open-air ones have covered shops’ stalls so the tour is maintained.