If you are planning a trip to Europe in 2018, we have a few ideas for new things to do, apart from visiting monuments, touring museums and savouring the local food. For instance, how about dropping by at one (or several) of the best flea market(s) in Europe? France, the United Kingdom, 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 antique shopping in 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). If you’d like to explore Europe’s capitals in depth, then stay for a long weekend and get inspired by our 3-day antique shopping itineraries. But enough of the logistics – let’s have a look at the 15 best flea markets in Europe 2018.
Best Flea Markets Europe 2018
- Braderie de Lille Flea Market: The Biggest Flea Market in Europe – Lille, France
- Munich’s giant flea market – Munich, Germany
- Vrijmarkt Amsterdam flea market – Amsterdam, Netherlands
- The Antiques Market in Arezzo – Arezzo, Italy
- Portobello Road Flea Market – London, United Kingdom
- Waterloo Flea Market – Waterloo, Belgium
- Paris Flea Markets – Paris, France
- Cormano Flea Market – Cormano, Italy
- Brussels Flea Market – Brussels, Belgium
- El Rastro Flea Market – Madrid, Spain
- Lake Maggiore flea market – Borgo D’Ale, Italy (Piedmont)
- Ciney Expo flea market – Ciney, Belgium
- Isle-sur-la-Sorgue antique fair & flea market – Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France
- Flohmarkt am Mauerpark – Berlin, Germany
- Ecseri Bolhapiac – Budapest, Hungary
The list above is in random order, as every flea market has its own, distinct character and choice of merchandise. Some flea markets we chose for 2018 are mega flea markets, held only once or twice a year, others are weekly flea markets in capital cities. We also could not help but include a few markets off the beaten track, in rural areas in the south of France and Italy. What better way to explore Europe than by visiting its flea markets!
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