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The markets of Paris

Marché aux Puces de Clignancourt
One of the odd synchronicities of the Universe is that flea markets are actually called "flea" markets in many different languages (except British English, of course, where they become "boot sales"). Paris's major outdoor market for old clothing, kick-knacks, semi-antiques, bootleg CDs, paintings, used car parts, yellowing comic books, and just a little bit of everything else you can imagine takes place out in the 17eme district.

It's actually a group of several markets comprising almost 3,000 stalls, all along avenue de la Porte de Clignancourt. You'll find it all here: antiques, junk, vintage clothing, and just plain old cheap duds. Usually Monday is the best day to get a bargain, because the crowds are fewer and vendors are anxious for the dough. Keep in mind, though, that you'll secure a far better price if you speak French and show you are serious about and respectful of the merchandise.

Professional dealers often snatch up the best loot, but you can still get great buys on vintage French postcards, old buttons, and bistro ware. Hours vary with the weather and the crowds, but stalls are usually up and running between 7:30am and 6pm. Take the Métro to Porte de Clignancourt; from there, turn left and cross boulevard Ney, and then walk north on avenue de la Porte de Clignancourt.
Closed Sundays

Marché aux Fleurs/aux Oiseaux
The daily flower market on place Louis-Lepine on Île de la Cité (where the Cité Métro station lets you out) transforms on Sundays in a twittering, chattering bird market.
Open Daily

Les Bouquinistes
The walls along the Seine are lined by large wooden boxes neatly arrayed with books and printed matter of all sorts—much of it antique, most of it interesting, and almost all of it in French. True bibliophiles can't resist at least pawing over it all with their eyes, and even if you can't speak a lick of French, there are plenty of lovely old prints, maps, and posters on offer as well. The first bouquiniste opened in 1891, and there are more than 250 stalls now spread along the quais of the Seine: on the right bank from pont Marie bridge to the quai du Louvre; on the left bank from the quai de la Tournelle to quai Malaquais.

PARIS & VOUS!

Les grands rendez à partir de Septembre

Voici quelques rendez-vous à ne pas manquer à Paris en cette rentrée 2017, à noter d’urgence dans vos agendas.

Ne manquez pas :

Du 16 et 17 Septembre 2017, La Journée du patrimoine

 

JOURNÉES EUROPÉENNES DU PATRIMOINE

De la tour Eiffel au Sacré-Cœur en passant par la cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ou l’arc de Triomphe, la capitale brille par sa grande richesse patrimoniale.

Du 16 et 17 septembre, de nombreux sites et monuments vous ouvrent leurs portes. C'est l'occasion de redécouvrir certains lieux déjà familiers, ou pour la 1ère fois pénétrer dans des sites habituellement fermés comme le Palais de l'Elysée, et auriez vous la possibilité de voir de plus près le couple présidentiel.

du 16 et 17 septembre 2017

Cliquez et reservez votre chambre

 

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