This is an authentic Parisian experience (the flea market has been a weekend destination for locals since 1885). Saint-Ouen is a world unto itself made of 15 sub markets. We will meet at the entrance of one of them. It's easy to find and a short taxi/Uber drive from downtown Paris. First I will give you a map, explain how the flea market is laid out and how to bargain-hunt. On our way I will tell you some about it"s history and it's (many) secrets. I will help you find what you are looking for, introduce you to a selection of merchants and I will negociate the prices for you (in French). Even if you don't buy I will explain what you are looking at and answer all your questions. I will share my expertise with you and give you many tips you won’t find in any guide book. The flea market in not only about home decor and chandeliers, you can also find a piece of jewelry, a dress, a painting, a sculpture or a book that you can easily bring back home in your suitcase. During the visit I will point out several authentic restaurants (some with music) where you can refuel after. If you wish, we can have lunch together during the visit (the meal is not included in the price). Of course, I will give you all necessary informations about Paris and help you get to your next destination.
I have been spending my weekends at the flea market for 20+ years, exploring and bargain hunting French home decor, tableware, linens, vintage fashion etc... I know the vendors, the shippers, how to deal with them and negociate the prices. So, I decided to share my expertise and my best local tips and joined Airbnb on Sept 2018. I am French, I studied Art History at the Louvre, English in London and I have work experience in fashion couture and tourism. I am also the founder of a tour company 100% dedicated to Paris visits and shopping tours: personalparis.com The Paris flea market is a goldmine but it can be overwhelming. My visit is safe and friendly, 100% custom made (ideal for solo travelers, couples, mother/daughter or son, friends travelling together). We will go at your own pace.
I will offer you a coffee or a tea and give you the official map of the flea market.
Saint-Ouen is a world unto itself made of 15 sub markets housing 2000 dealers over 17 acres, indoor and out, upstairs and down, in alleys, passages, shops and warehouses. Each market has a different atmosphere (and price range) from improvised unpacking to sophisticated staging... You will learn the essentials and you will be able to come back on your own.lea market