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The Paris Flea Market

Discover the hidden history of the "marche aux puces" as we explore the Venasion Market, Malassis Market, Dauphine Market, Biron Market & Paul Bert Street.

Join us as we explore the Paris Flea Market on Obscura Day! Weave together past and present as we journey through the marche aux puces, meeting shop owners and artisans while uncovering hidden history.

Vernaison Market: The most emblematic of the flea markets, with shops made from aluminum shacks. Meet vendors and artists and discover "Chez Louisette," a restaurant where Edith Piaf used to sing in the 1930s.  

Malassis Market: Experience the fairy tale "papier maché" sculptures of Charlotte Terriou. Charlotte will explain her artistic process and share stories of life in the Malassis Market. 

Dauphine Market: This is a modern addition to the Flea Market that opened in 1991. We’ll see a spaceship and visit a fascinating area that specializes in music records and equipment. Grab a takeaway crepe on the way out!

Biron Market: Known for its gold chandeliers and furnishers. This is an area for the very wealthy, but it doesn't cost anything to look! We’ll visit a Chinese shop selling Ming Vases and exit through the back alley to meet an artist who makes stain glass windows.

Colonial Shop: Traveling down Paul Bert Street, we'll discover extraordinary street art before arriving at "Colonial Shop," specializing in taxidermy--a must see at the Paris Flea market.

Paul Bert Market: The second most famous market where Woody Allen filmed a scene for "Midnight in Paris." Set decorators look for props and furnishings for movies there. Among the amazing vendors is the 19th-century science lab themed shop of Pierre Balzagues.

Jules Vallès Market: Nicknamed "the poor man's market, it's where you find the best deals.

Chez Sarah: A beautiful 1920's dress collection, and a huge collection of shoes.

La Chope des Puces:  Our last stop where we can have a drink while listening to gypsy music. There is no ticket for the concert, but you pay an additional 3 euros per drink for the musicians.  

Atlas Obscura is thrilled to partner with Cartwheel Art for this immersive, urban exploration. Cartwheel Art’s founder Cindy Schwarzstein has deep connections with the art community that extend worldwide. Her team of passionate insiders, experts, makers, and artists design experiences that engage the community while exploring the historic, hidden, and emerging forms of expression, deeply rooted in neighborhoods around the world. 


  • Meet in front of MacDonald's : 77 boulevard Ornano. The Subway stop is " Porte de Clignancourt " line 4.
  • Tour duration is 3 to 3.5 hours
  • This is a 2-mile walking tour.
  • The tour will end at " Chope des puces" which is inside the flea market, your guide will indicate to guests how to get back to the original meeting location, if needed.
  • Bring your Camera! #AtlasObscura #CartwheelArt


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Advance Tickets Only. All Sales Final. No Refunds or Exchanges.

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