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Top 15 Flea Markets You MUST Visit in Europe (2016 Update)

Intro

If you’re planning a trip to Europe in 2016, there are maybe a few other things you will want to do apart from visiting monuments, touring museums and savoring the local food. For instance, how about dropping by at one (or some) of the biggest flea market(s) in Europe? France, the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Spain are among the most antiques-aware and flea market friendly locations in the world.

One of the great things about Europe, is that its railway network (Thalys, Eurostar, TGV, DB) is one of the most modern and best connected worldwide; you can thus for instance land in London to shop at the Portobello Road flea market or at the Brick Lane flea market (DAY 1), grab the Eurostar to Paris and visit les Puces de Clignancourt and the Vanves flea market (DAY 2), and then take the TGV to Lille (DAY 3), Brussels (DAY 3) and then reach Amsterdam (DAY 4). But enough of logistic for now.

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Enjoy our ranking of what we consider being the Top 15 mega European flea markets you absolutely MUST visit in 2016.

Don’t hesitate to share with us your feedback in the comments section below, if there’s anything we forgot to include in this flea market listing/ranking or if you want to share your own advices and experience. Happy reading!


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  • Richard

    Amsterdam 350 exhibitors??? Whole streets are full of stuff.. I would say more then 3500 exhibitors.. Lots of crap.. but the whole innercity is a market

    • http://www.fleamarketinsiders.com/ Nicolas Martin

      Hi Richard – Thanks for sharing your input. I’ve personnaly never been to the Vrijmarkt yet (I’ve done though some massive flea markets like Munich’s giant flea market for instance, or la Grande Braderie de Lille), and many other sources seem to agree on the 350 exhibitors; but I guess you’re right to say that it might be closer to 3500 exhibitors (all the more so as the Dutch government permits sales on the street without a permit and without the payment of value added tax). I’ll update the post with your info. Thanks again! More info: http://www.koninginnedagamsterdam.nl/vrijmarkt.html

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  • asmaliana

    Malaysia also have many flea market in every district in everyday rotation. But here more famous on food and clothing / fabric

    • http://www.fleamapket.com/ flea market insiders

      Hi Asmaliana,
      Thanks for your input! If you know some addresses in Malaysia worth visiting, please feel free to share; I’ll put them together in a special post. You can alternatively send us your recommendations by email, to fleamarketinsiders@gmail.com.

  • jane

    hi there,
    my name is jane from kenya and would like to know how i can import goods from germany flea markets, like used utensils,wall charts antiques etc. kindly let me know.thanks.

    • http://www.fleamapket.com/ flea market insiders

      Hi Jane,

      In order to know how you can import goods from Germany to Kenya, you should get in touch with the Kenyan Custom Department and ask them the question directly. Here’s their website: http://www.kra.go.ke/customs/faqcustoms.html and email address: cic@kra.go.ke
      Good luck :):

      • jane wamaitha

        asante sana. will do that.

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  • antique hunter

    I have been struggling to find information about the antiques fair at Lake maggiore. I can’t find any information about Borgo D’Ale there. Does anyone have any information?

  • Seeyen

    Hi All, Italy has many wonderful Flea Markets. The one in the Square of Aviano (45 mins north of Venice at the base of the Dolomites) is the first Sunday of the month and features about 200 vendors. There is a wonderful vendor that normally sells at the front of the church steps who has a shop in Asolo (about an hour and a half west) that could best be described as “American Pickers” heaven. I have found everything from Green antique Coca Cola bottles (Italian) there, to book shelves, farm equip, glass wine containers, a neat late 1800’s rusted out lantern, an Italian View Finder, a magnificent desk (for 50 euro…). Asolo Ogetti D’Arte SRL. As an aside…he didn’t ask me to do this…but if I don’t share this gem, I would be remiss.

    • http://www.fleamapket.com/ flea market insiders

      Hi Seeyen,

      Thanks for sharing your insider tips! I’m pretty sure it will come handy to flea market lovers who plan a “thrifting trip” to Italy/Venezzia :) I think Pordenone also has a big market on Wed and Sat, Spilimbergo on Saturdays and Maniago on Monday.

  • Fleamarket resident…

    Once in Amsterdam you MUST go to the IJ-hallen Flea market. Every first weekend (SA&SU) at Amsterdam NDSM-werf. (there goes a free ferry from Central station)

    +/- 750 exhibitors each time. In summer even more side-outs.

    • http://www.fleamapket.com/ flea market insiders

      Thanks for your input :) this IJ-hallen flea market looks pretty impressive; it would make an interesting addition to the “flea markets in the Netherlands” listing on fleamapket.com http://www.fleamapket.com/location/netherlands/
      Do you have additional information regarding this venue? Like opening days, type of items found there, prices?

  • Mark Robins

    i am looking for markets where i can sell dutch flower bulbs. I am located in East Austria and can travel . Any ideas? Thanks in advance.

  • MalcolmO

    The date of the flea market in munich is a week later. Saturday 26 April.
    http://www.fruehlingsfest-muenchen.de/

    • http://www.fleamapket.com/ flea market insiders

      Hi MalcolmO, thanks for sharing this update! I’ll edit the post with the correct date. Cheers

  • JMac

    I hear there is an amazing antiques market in Tongeron, And there is a flea market in Homburg, Germany.

  • sue

    Hi We re looking for a nice big brocante in Northern France or Belgium for January or february….Can anyone help with that???

  • Anna

    Hello, thanks for a great website and recommendations – of all the flea markets in Europe, are there any that are particularly good for furniture pieces? French, Bavarian, Scandinavian, Belgian, etc?
    Desks, antique wooden tables, cupboards, chest of drawers, apothecary cupboards, chairs? In London there is the Sunbury Antique fair which is to recommend, specifically for finding large pieces of furniture.

    • http://www.fleamapket.com/ flea market insiders

      Hi Anna, thanks for stopping by! If you’re looking specifically for good furniture pieces in Europe, you might indeed find interesting items on major markets like France, Germany, Austria, Scandinavia, and Belgium/Netherlands. But it all depends on what you are looking for. Without strictly categorizing each country, we could generally say that Germany/Bavaria/Austria are famous for the relatively high quantity of hand painted wooden furniture that were produced in the 18th/19th/20th century, and pretty easy to find (Biedermeier furniture are also pretty widespread in Austria/Bavaria). Denmark leads the Scandinavia group with its eponymous relatively modern furniture (1950s-1970s), while a few Finnish designers like Alvar Aalto and Eero Saarinen strongly influenced the industry with their modern creation& production process. Belgium, the Netherlands and France are well known for the massive quantity of industrial design furniture that were produced there.

      Once again we do not mean to strictly categorize each country. However, these are trends that have been more less identified as such.

      Also, don’t overlook antiques fairs; because they attract professional dealers and a lot of visitors, you will be able to find quality pieces of furniture there. Sure, they might come at a price, but you’ll also be able to haggle, particularly on “unsold” items on the very last day of the fair. One fair I would strongly recommend is the “Munich Giant Flea Market (located on the Riesen-Flohmarkt Theresienwiese) that will take place on Saturday April 18th, 2015: http://www.fleamarketinsiders.com/munichs-giant-flea-market-2012/. It’s literally “massive” with more than 2,000 booth and 80,000 visitors.

  • http://asos.mp/theblackmarkt LN

    Hi, great post! I am looking to buy mainly vintage and secondhand clothing. From your post, it looks as though this flea market primarily sells furniture and antiques. Would you recommend going here for clothing? Thanks!

    • http://www.fleamapket.com/ flea market insiders

      Hi LN, thanks for the good words! Which flea market among the 15 featured locations, do you actually have in mind?

      • http://asos.mp/theblackmarkt LN

        Hi,
        Sorry, I was probably a bit ambiguous. I am currently living in Berlin and find really great vintage/ secondhand pieces at Mauerpark Market and Neukölln Flowmarkt on Sundays. I’m looking to do a buying trip to Paris next month and check out a couple flea markets. I have an online boutique and love traveling and finding great 70s,80s and 90s pieces from flea markets. Any suggestions for the best ones for clothes in Paris would be so helpful. Thank you

  • http://www.fleamarketinsiders.com/ Ashley

    Hi Fleamarket resident! Thanks for the tip! If you feel like sharing some additional details about the IJ-Hallen flea market, you’re more than welcome to create a new listing on http://www.fleamapket.com, the first online map & directory portal 100% dedicated to flea markets, vintage design & antiques stores worldwide. It offers a beautiful & easy to use interface, and is optimized for mobile devices :) Let us know if you need help, we’ll be glad to assist!

  • http://www.fleamarketinsiders.com/ Ashley

    Thanks for your input :) this IJ-hallen flea market looks pretty impressive; it would make an interesting addition to the “flea markets in the Netherlands” listing on fleamapket.com http://www.fleamapket.com/location/netherlands/
    Do you have additional information regarding this venue? Like opening days, type of items found there, prices?