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Flea Market: 23 best flea markets in France (2019 update)

Flea Markets in Eastern France

Lyon Flea Market (Les Puces du Canal)

Lyon is well known for its culinary credentials. Legend has it that France’s gastronomic capital has more restaurants per square mile than anywhere else in Europe. However, Lyon isn’t only about Andouillette, Coq au Vin or marrons glacés. The city’s flea market scene is one of the most attractive in the region. The Déballage Marchand de Lyon and the Puces du Canal enjoy international renown.

A true paradise for fans of bric-a-brac and antiques, Les Puces du Canal gathers every week around 400 vendors and exhibitors and is considered France’s second-biggest weekly flea market behind the Marché aux Puces de Clignancourt (St-Ouen flea market).

Les Puces du Canal is an unusual experience and well worth a visit for flea market enthusiasts and antiques collectors passing through Lyon. At Lyon’s Puces du Canal you will find old furniture and vintage decor and, in fact, almost anything related to design, retro and vintage you could think of. Lyon’s Les Puces du Canal is a flea market that deserves to be mentioned as not only one of the biggest, but also one of the best in the whole of France.

Luckily, this flea market is open even on three days a week (Thursday, Saturday, Sunday). While on Thursdays and Saturdays only professional stallholders are allowed to sell their goods, the general public is welcome to set up booths on Sunday. The result is an eclectic and lively mix that characterises the Puces du Canal flea market.

Where: 1, rue du Canal, Villeurbanne
When: Thursday and Saturday 08:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Sunday 06:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Read: Full review of the Puces du Canal

Farfouille de Leyment (Discontinued)

Located between Lyon and Geneva, the Farfouille de Leyment is the second largest open-air flea market in France after the Grande Braderie de Lille. With more than 1,700 vendors over a 20km area, the Farfouille de Leyment is one of the few outdoor antiques fairs of this scale and quality in France. As a result, bargain hunters come as far as Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, and Austria to attend this event and to try their luck at bringing home something unique.

In 2016 and 2017 the Farouille de Leyment did not take place due to security concerns, but 2018 should see the return of this exceptional event (despite not yet being officially announced).

Paintings, postcards, trinkets, old furniture, lighting, old books, vinyl records, decor objects, stamps, pottery, antiques are some of the many items that can be found at this event, which, once a year in August, brings together more than 1,700 merchants and around 70,000 visitors.

Where: Rue de la Guillotière 01150 Leyment
When: Discontinued
Read: Full review of the Farfouille de Leyment

Annecy Vieux Quartier Flea Market

Gathering between 150 and 200 professional vendors, the monthly flea market in Annecy’s beautiful Quartier Viarme can claim bragging rights for the best location among France’s brocantes, with one of the most stunning sceneries you will get to see.

The brocante’s location in itself is an invitation to wander through the alleyways of the old town, between booths selling antiques as well as locally manufactured handicraft. In fact, a lot of the goods on offer reflect the city’s status as a gateway to the Alps. Vintage snowshoes and skis, rustic Savoyard cheese-making equipment and boxes full of cowbells all regularly turn up, alongside more traditional wares like antique paintings, pottery and furniture.

All in all, the monthly flea market in Annecy provides yet another reason to visit this stunning, alpine town and soak up local culture.

Where: Vieille ville, 74000 Annecy
When: Last Saturday of the month from 8 am to 6 pm

Belfort Flea Market

Belfort’s sprawling, open-air flea market is held on the first Sunday of each month, from March to December.

The Brocante de Belfort gathers more than 120 professional antique dealers selling a wide variety of quality merchandises: antique furniture, crockery, paintings, knick-knacks, militaria, books, collectibles, postcards, enamel plaques from Alsace, linens, toys, glassware, copperware, wooden items of all sorts and some furniture. No wonder why antique enthusiasts and seasoned flea market shoppers come as far as Alsace and Switzerland to visit this flea market!

Located in the Franche-Comté region, the Brocante de Belfort is also a great place to find collectibles of all kinds from the northeast of France: Alsatian bowls and milk pitchers with flower motifs, grey stoneware jugs, classic ceramic baking molds, and folkloric dishware from Lorraine.

The presence of an antiques expert on the premises of the flea market, helps deter crooks from selling fake merchandises or forgeries.

Where: Place d’Armes, place de l’Arsenal, rue de la Grande Fontaine, rue des Bons Enfants, rue du Général Roussel, Grand-Rue 
When: First Sunday of the month, from 7 am to 12 pm (March to December)

70 comments

  1. Rich

    Wow, this is cool. I never considered visiting a flea market on a trip but I can see how it would be a very memorable cultural experience. Thanks for sharing this great list. A little map showing them would also be awesome if you could.

  2. Andrea Kirkby

    Vanves is good, and while the prices are generally high I have found one or two real bargains there, as well as a couple of really lovely stallholders who are always ready with a joke and a smile. However Montreuil has come down in the world; there are only a few good antiques stalls among a sea of cheap clothing and mass produced cooking pots. A few bargains can be found along the rather seedy alleyway leading to a pedestrian bridge over the peripherique, but it’s pretty depressing.

    • Hi Andrea! Thanks for sharing your experience of flea markets in Paris. You’re right: Montreuil isn’t anymore what it used to be and good stalls are scarce; If one had to choose between Clignancourt (St Ouen), Montreuil and Vanves, I’d totally recommend the latest: While Montreuil doesn’t have much to offer anymore (in comparison to the other two) and Clignancourt is a bit overpriced, Vanves remains the ideal place for great flea market hunting and bargaining. I can’t count the amount of great pieces of furniture (two Bertoia Wire chairs, one I. Nogushi table), deco item, paintings (even a Kisling!), jewelry I’ve found there. And i never went broke! ;)
      Any other flea market in France you’ve had the chance to do? Here’s another listing of great flea markets to do while in France: http://www.fleamapket.com/location/france/

  3. William Jeong

    Hello, I’m a Korean university student who want to explore, introduce flea markets in Paris to Korea. It won’t be a just simple introduction. I want to find the way to improve Korean flea market by experiencing flea markets in Paris. The most important thing is to find professionals, professors, some organizations. Take care. :)

    • Hi William, thanks for your message! What are you looking for exactly? Some tips & advices on how to best experience flea markets in Paris or for someone who could actually take you around Paris to experience this live? Speak soon :)

  4. LLL

    I would be interested to know what it would entail to open a stall myself in one the the smaller flea markets, what are the rules and regulations. Can anyone help? many thanks

    • Hi LLL, thanks for asking this very practical question indeed! First, you will need to find the nearest garage sale to your location; in order to do so, you can visit http://www.vide-grenier.org, a site that lists all flea markets in France and in Paris. From here you will be able to book a place by filling a registration form, providing a photocopy of your ID, along with a deposit check, ranging generally from 7 to 15 euros per meter. Keep in mind that every flea market has its own regulations, particularly in Paris where opening a stall is generally limited to professional sellers. In St Ouen (Clignancourt) for instance, occasional sellers can apply directly to the Town Hall/City Council of Saint-Ouen (Theodora Louttelier, assistant market, which will guide you through the steps to follow: +33 149181455) for a shopping licence. First come, first served according to availability!

      Your application will then be subject to a vote led among a commission which will decide whether or not your items deserve to be exposed.

      Another practical resource is the SPAM (http://www.spam.fr/), which stands for “Société Parisienne d’Animation et de Manifestation” This company organizes professional flea markets and garage sales in Paris and outside of Paris.

      Good luck!

  5. Z Master

    Hi. Good review. Makes an interesting read. Just got me thinking if it would be worth visiting a French Market for luxury bags. My wife loves vintage Hermes, Chanel & LV bags. Would make a good little holiday and also buy a couple of bags for my wife. Are there any good Vintage Fashion Markets in France? any help, advice, guidance… welcome.

    • Hi Z Master, I’m happy that you find this review useful! As per (vintage) luxury bags like Dior, YSL, Hermes, Chanel or LV, it’s true that the best place on earth to find them (I’m talking about original items), is in France. However there are a few things to keep in mind while shopping for vintage bags:

      #1. Whatever the flea market or vintage fair, real vintage luxury bags are hard to find. It’s somehow like going on a treasure hunt ;)

      #2. Beware of cheap copies of luxury bags: sorting real vs. fake requires a pretty good knowledge of a brand in particular.

      #3. Don’t be afraid to buy a damaged Chanel bag if you know for sure it’s authentic. You will be able to take your bag to the “Chanel Spa” and they will do everything from re-dyeing your bag to restitching or even adding new hardware. Just go to any Chanel boutique, and they will send it off for you to get fixed. Of course it’s going to cost you but they do an amazing job. It’s a long process (it can take up to 3 months to get your bag back from the spa) so if you just have a loose stitch or maybe a small mark on the leather, a lot of shoe repair shops also do handbag repairs and they can take care of the smaller less Chanel specific fixes (like dyeing the bag or adding new hardware).

      #4. Fake bags do have hologram stickers and authenticity cards but one trick is to google the serial number that is given (all good sellers will have a picture of the serial number within the bag). A lot of the counterfeit bags use the same number and the search results will pretty much tell you it’s fake as there are many well known fake serial numbers that are being used. If even just one other bag shows up in your search with that same number, you will know it’s fake. (just do a google search of “Chanel bag 7244764” and see what pops up.)

      Vintagefashionclub.com put together a detailed review on how to identify a real luxury bag vs. a fake one “How to Buy Vintage Designer Handbags and Be Sure that it’s Authentic…”): http://www.vintagefashionclub.com/vintage-designer-handbags.html

      I hope this information will be helpful :) Happy thrifting time in France!

    • Hi Marianne,

      That’s a very good question! Once you found a good bargain, and if you don’t want to bother carrying it around with you during the rest of your trip, there are different solutions available. Of course, picking the right shipping company will depend on the size of the item you want to ship. While FedEx, UPS and TNT have offices all over Europe, they are usually pretty expensive when it comes to shipping bulky items overseas. In case you bought a piece of furniture or voluminous decorative objects you want to ship back to your home, companies like uship.com are good options. uShip is an online marketplace where you can list anything you need shipped or moved, and receive bids from thousands of feedback-rated carriers – many of whom are using extra cargo space. The procedure is pretty straight forward:
      1. List Your Shipment
      2. Choose a carrier based on feedback and bids
      3. Contact the carrier & complete transaction
      uShip is one options. And if you browse the web, you will be able to find other services just as good and cheap, like http://hedleyshumpers.co.uk, http://www.chudleyinternational.com or http://www.shipsms.co.uk/antiques-fairs.
      Don’t hesitate to share your shipping experience with us. Other people might benefit from it too :)

    • Hi Amit,
      Could you provide the name of the author of the picture and I’ll feature it with a © sign. This very image is available as “creative commons” on hundreds of wallpaper sites like yours; so I’d rather give the author’s name, than any random wallpaper website. This would just be unfair to mention your website, and not the 999 others ;) Thx!

    • Hi Duane! Well, generally speaking, silverware and flatware can be found at Porte de Vanves Flea Market or Clignancourt/St Ouen. Since Clignancourt harbors high level antiques merchants, you might end-up paying a pretty fee for things you could also find at Vanves. So I’d try with Vanves first, and then head to Clignancourt to check for more.

  6. Aled

    Hi

    Planning a trip to Toulouse and Montpelier on the first weekend in May, is the Montpelier Saturday flea market any good? Also ant recommendations for between these two places ?

    Thanks

    Aled

    • Hi Aled! If you’re going to Montpellier, we’d recommend you to stop by the Place Royale du Peyrou which hosts a flea market every Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (40 to 80merchants selling antiques and vintage). Here is a video (in french, but I’m sure you’ll get the spirit nonetheless) which was made on the Peyrou flea market: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x23nkck_dimanches-du-peyrou-vintage_webcam

      The Marché aux Puces de la Paillade (Espace Mosson), the oldest and the biggest fleamarket of Montpellier, welcomes once a week up to 400 merchants (6 am to 1 pm). This market however has lost some of its shine: today it merely sells second hand clothes, shoes & bikes. Nevertheless it is possible to find something, but you must be dogged fan and look hard. Worth to tick it in your list, but do not hope to dig a hidden gem in this trash.

      I’d recommend instead the “Brocante des Allées” located in the Allées François Verdier in Toulouse: yes it’s a bit pricey compared to the Place Royale du Peyrou, but you’ll find a lot of variety as well as items of quality (120 antique dealers & flea merchants). The only drawback is that this flea market only runs once a month (first friday, saturday and sunday of the month, from 7 am till 6 pm). So if you’re planning to go there on the first weekend of May, that’d be perfect!

      In Toulouse, the “Marché aux puces Saint-Sernin” runs all year long on Saturday and Sundays (7 am – 1.30 pm): 200 to 300 stalls. Worth a look if you’re already in Toulouse :)

    • Hi Nicola, most flea markets in France host merchants who sell lamps and mirrors. However, if you’re looking for top quality items (which come at a price though…), I’d recommend you to go to St Ouen/Porte de Clignancourt flea market.
      The overall venue spreads over 15 km (10 miles), and features more than
      2,000 shops and a dozen independent flea markets with their own
      products, prices and different styles from high-end antiquity, to
      clothing and modern accessories.

      Here, you can browse the venue by market or by products: https://www.fleamarketinsiders.com/paris-saint-ouen-flea-market/

    • Hi Leo! Generally speaking, each market has its own set of rules when it comes to trading regulations (space reservations, cost, insurance, unpacking/packing time, size of stalls, type of merchandise allowed/prohibited, and so on). Some of them have a website, or a least an email/phone number, so you can verify what the pre-requisites are. I would recommend to get in touch beforehand with the organizers of the market you’re interested in.

  7. Samantha Jones

    Hi, can you suggest any near Calais? We are hoping to pop over for a weekend day trip and would love to come back with some wonderful finds!

  8. Sarah

    Hi
    We have recently bought a property in the Charente region and we would like to visit a flea market in that area for furniture, can you recommend anywhere. We are next due to visit in May .

  9. Nat

    Can anyone recommend the best fair for buying vintage kids toys from the 80s and 90s? Are there any specialist retro or collectors toys fairs, or am I best just looking for small collections from private sellers? Thanks :)

  10. Donna C

    I will be in Prague, Croatia, and several cities in Italy mid July to mid August of this year. In Italy we will be visiting Venezia, Bologna, San Marino, Assisi, Perugia, Sienna, Chianti, Modena and Verona to name a few. I would love to find some antique oyster plates and some antique maps while I am there. Are there some flea markets that would have these collectibles? Any suggestions on great markets would be very helpful. Thank you so much!

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  13. Georgia

    Hi, thanks for the great information, I’ve been trying to do some research on French flea markets as would like to go over with the aim of finding good priced vintage furniture. Are there any markets you would recommend just for this? I would be looking to drive over, entering at Calais but don’t mind driving for a few hours. I would be so greatful for any advice you could give :)

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  15. Christoph Oberlechner

    Hi,
    I’m planning to go south of France (Toulouse, Montpellier) at the end of November / beginning of December. Mostly I’m looking for second hand records. Do you have any experiences where to go best for vinyl?

  16. Lisa keates

    We are going to Paris midweek mom to fri and I’m desperate to go to at least one flea market while I’m there … Gutted they all seem to be on a weekend , can anyone advise me to any in midweek ??? Thankyou

  17. Kim

    Hello,

    I would like to plan a trip to France to buy vintage textiles, primarily embroidered linens and laces, napkins, tablecloths, lace curtains, old silk ribbons and fabrics. I can plan the trip anywhere in France. I would probably be traveling in Sept / Oct or April / May of next year.

    Where would you suggest and which markets would be best? Thank you

    • brian

      we traveled to st valery du somme and found a great church/village hall sale where we bought over 100 pieces of vintage french lace table cloths curtains pieces of fabric table runners and table linen this was at the end of april begining of may 2017 we will be returning again in 2018

  18. brian

    can anybody tell me of any flea markets / carboot style markets around the calais – boulogne – st omar triangle during the first 2 weeks of sept 2017

  19. Tram Nelson

    Hello, would you recommend a few good brocante for religious iconography, art, relics etc in and around Paris for late September, early November time frame? Thank you so much!

  20. JJ

    Hi, I’m an antique dealer from Japan and planning to visit flea markets and shops around east France and south-west Germany in this November. Would you recommend some nice flea markets and shops where I can find a lot of potteries, laces, linens and interior pieces? I can’t travel too far from Stuttgart since I’ve got an accommodation in there. 4-5 hours driving distance should okay.

    Thanks a lot!

  21. Jill

    Hi
    Could you tell me about the cover photo for the article? Is it an actual event or a recomposed photo?
    Thanks for the excellent article.

  22. Carol

    Hi
    Thanks for the great advise! I’m going to go to France next year and would love to know what are the best markets just outside and around Paris. Also must you speak French to get the best deals? I don’t speak at all and my husband speaks just a little.
    Thank you,

  23. Holland

    Hi,
    We will be near Sarlat for the month of September 2018. We just found your article on the Toulouse Flea Market. We fly into Toulouse on 31/8 so we will go to the market the next day. Do you have other suggestions for markets within a couple hours drive from Sarlat?
    Thank you for the very informative web site.

  24. DONNA SUTOR

    greetings.

    Visiting Paris and cities north to Verdun…I am looking for antique and vintage buttons. Got any recommendations to narrow the search??

  25. Hi,
    we will be in France from july 20th-august 4th, we plan a trip by car, LYON-GRENOBLE, AVIGNON, MONTPELLIER, TOULOUSE, BIARRITZ, BORDEAUX (Charente). I am addicted in fleamarkets and I would love to get some hot tipps from you for the time we are there. Many thanks!

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