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This article about the Vanves Flea Market got last updated on 6th May 2022 by Lena
It’s probable that you’ve never heard a word of the Porte de Vanves flea market. It’s not the world-famous antique market Puces de St.Ouen that you find in the north of Paris, and it’s also not even remotely as big.
However, if you are a vintage Bohemian fan or if you’re searching for an alternative to mainstream sightseeing, I strongly recommend taking a little detour to the south of Paris and visiting the about 300 stalls of the Puce de Vanves.
Historical background: Paris has several flea markets (marché aux puces in French) and, historically, they are all located just outside the city gates. In earlier days, rag and bone men set up their stalls outside town to avoid taxes and fees. They offered items and trinkets found in the trash of the elite and eventually grouped to attract more customers. In the late 19th century, Les Puces de Saint-Ouen became officially the first flea market in Paris.
There are a few more flea markets in Paris. While the Puces de Saint-Ouen can be intimidating by its size and the crowds (up to 180,000 visitors per weekend), the flea market at Porte de Vanves is a valid and laid-back alternative.
If you are shopping for furniture or equally big items, it might not be your place, though. The Flea market in Vanves is more a place to find knick-knack and hotchpotch: vintage dinnerware, all sorts of collectibles, old photographs, and some vintage clothing.
How to visit the Porte de Vanves Flea Market?
The Vanves Flea Market is located in the south of the 14th Arrondissement of Paris on Avenue Marc Sangnier and Avenue Georges Lafenstre, just between the Porte de Vanves and the tramway station Didot.
How to get to Porte de Vanves?
The Porte de Vanves Flea Market is close to Metro and Tramway station and overall very easy to reach. Check our post about the Parisian public transportation system if you need help.
By Tramway: Line 3, exit at Porte de Vanves or Didot
By Metro: Line 13, exit at Porte de Vanves
When is the Vanves Flea Market open?
You can visit the market every Saturday and Sunday from 7h-14h. However, many vendors packing up for lunchtime through and aren’t coming back after. So if you are looking for a bargain or for a special treasure, be there as early as possible.
Are the vendors at the Puces de Vanves accepting Credit Cards?
Maybe some do, but to be on the safe side, it’s best to pack some cash. If you require more, there’s an ATM at Porte de Vanves at the Société Générale bank.
Is the Flea Market at Porte de Vanves a safe place to go?
The area around the flea market is rather residential, and the south of Paris is overall a pretty safe location. However, as with all places with crowds, pickpockets aren’t far. Make sure you keep your belongings close and read my article about the most common scams in Paris, to know what to watch out for.
Where to eat nearby the Porte de Vanves Flea Market?
The area around the flea market in Vanves is known as a calm and residential neighborhood. You won’t find any tourist places or restaurants that are trying to rip you off. Restaurants in the 15th and 14th arrondissements around the flea market are places for locals and residents.
Hence, in Restaurants and bars where it’s important that guests are enjoying their food and most important: coming back.
French Restaurants near Porte de Vanves
Even though it’s not a central area of Paris, you have still plenty of eateries around. As for French cuisine, I can recommend the following restaurants (I live in the area and ate there often) :
- Le Jerobam excellent French cuisine with very attentive waiters
- Le Table 12 My personal favorite! You have to walk a wee bit to get there, but you won’t be disappointed in their menu. I love the Cantal burger and the fries are outstanding.
- Arthur & Juliette cute Brasserie with a good salad section and a delicious Croque Monsieur
If you just need a break and a refreshment, around the Park Georges Brassens and a little further around the Metro Station Pernety are plenty of nice local Bars and Cafés that are usually open all day.
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