I feel like there aren’t super clear directions on how to get to the Paris Flea Market so I decided to do this post so you can find it should you ever need to. First, there are lots of little flea markets called “brocantes” going on all the time. These instructions are not for those but for the Les Puces de Saint-Ouen Market, which is the biggest flea market in the world. The market is open: Saturdays 9h to 18h, Sundays 10h to 18h, Mondays 11h to 5h.
1. To get there by Metro get off at the metro stop Porte de Clignancourt on line 4. Exit the underground metro and orient yourself. There is a McDonalds across the street and you should look for this sign immediately. “Les Puces” which means “The Fleas.” Some nice person put a sticker right over the arrow but still follow it best you can.
2. Stay on the same side of the street (it has less people trying to sell you things, that is unless you need a cheap cell phone case or counterfeit Hello Kitty keychains) and follow the direction of the arrow on the sign north.
3. There are no more signs after that so continue walking the threeish blocks to Rue des Rossiers (which is the main street where all the flea markets are.) Look for this underpass with the circles on it and head towards that.
4. Do not stop and think this swap meet is the flea market, because it isn’t. (We came here on our honeymoon and I thought it was, aw, we were so adorable. Lost, but adorable.)
5. As soon as you go under the underpass, cross the street and look for these green signs that are at the beginning of Rue des Rossiers. You’ve arrived!
Here is a little map of the different parts of the flea market. It is HUGE. I’ve been there four times and only seen about half of it. I’ll make this into a printable pdf later today so you can download it.