Porte de Clignacourt
Serious antiques hounds and shoppers with a lot of patience should not miss the world-famous flea market, or rather markets. Started during the 19th Century as a place for scrap dealers to sell their wares, it is actually a collection of over a dozen markets broadly specializing in different goods. Two of the best are Marché Biron, for furniture, clocks and decorative objects, and the Marché Dauphine, which sells furniture and bric-à-brac. Dealers expect good-natured haggling over their prices; consider yourself a world-class bargainer if you get them down by 20 percent, but be satisfied if they come down 10 to 15 percent. Note that the best dealers can arrange to ship your new treasure home. Indagare members can contact our bookings team to arrange a visit with an expert flea market shopper who will help scout out selections in advance, navigate the stalls, negotiate and arrange shipping. Open Saturday-Monday.
Written by Sandy Flick