The claim that it’s the biggest antiques market in the world is one that has gone unchallenged so far.
In any case, it’s a difficult thing to measure and they may well be right. With over 1,700 vendors on a site of 10ha (that’s 25 acres to some!), it’s a veritable town in its own right and is simply a paradise for anyone who likes to spend the afternoon browsing through old stuff in the hunt for that elusive bargain antique, classic piece of furniture or rare old vinyl record.
There are, in fact 15 distinct markets here, each with its own name. Some are open-air and some are covered but all are selling produce from yesteryear, as well as some new clothing amidst the second-hand gear.
The gigantic market is open throughout the year every Saturday (09:00 – 18:00), Sunday (10: – 18:00) and Monday (11:00 – 17:00). Nearest metro station is Porte de Clingancourt.
Click on the symbols in the map below to explore the precise locations of this and other markets across France