A visit to a brocante (a french word for “flea market”) can be the highlight of a trip to France: a lively encounter with everyday French culture, an exciting way to spend a few hours, and a chance to pick up a unique souvenir or add to a collection. Flea markets in France are as diverse as the country itself, from the sunny Provence to the rainy but impressive North of France, with landmark events such as the Braderie de Lille.
Flea Market Insiders picked some of the best flea markets to visit for you. Click on the map below to check our new tool Fleamapketand get a detailed review of our favorite brocantes in France. You can also read our detailed review The Best Flea Markets in France (2017 update).
Shopping smart in France goes more or less by the same rules as flea market shopping elsewhere, but with a French touch. With some luck, you might even find a “mouton à cinq pattes”, which literally translates to “a sheep with five legs”. No worries, we know you’re not looking to buy livestock. This French flea market idiom means that you found something very special and should really take it home with you.