We can’t think of any better feeling than when you discover exactly what you are looking for in the most unlikely of places. Whether it’s the perfect antique French painting for your living room or the ideal French antique dinnerware, hidden down Parisian cobbled alleyways and spread out alongside city canals are thousands of French antique dealers, vendors, and exhibitors, carefully collecting, restoring and researching the precise French antiques that you are lusting after.
Indeed, populated throughout France are hundreds of beautiful French antique markets and serendipitous brocantes, filled with the most gorgeous and eclectic vintage art, furniture, ceramics, and silverware. However, there are a select few French antique markets that are both permanent and dependable – no matter the weather, day, or time of year.
Below we discuss the top 3 antique markets in France, including the famous les Puces de St Ouen, outside of Paris, les Puces du Canal in Lyon and the l’Isle sur Sorgue in Provence.
The top 3 antique markets in France:
Les Puces du Canal, Lyon
With antique art, designer furniture and up-cycled vintage pieces, ranging from the 16th century up to the present day, there is something for everyone and a myriad of opportunities to wangle yourself a bargain.
Les Puces de St Ouen outside Paris
Les Puces de St Ouen, located just outside of Paris, is the ultimate treasure trove and largest antique market in the world. With over seventeen acres of antiques, the options are limitless, and the endless choice is yours.
So, whether you are the hunt for a specific item or are simply browsing, don’t hesitate to explore the many different French antiques on offer at the various antique markets that make up what is colloquially known as ‘Les Puces.’ Simply hop on the metro and head to the metro station ‘Porte de Clignancourt’ on a Monday morning to bag yourself a unique bargain.
L’Isle sur Sorgue in Provence
If you fancy some sunshine as well as some antique therapy, then we recommend heading down to the L’Isle sur Sorgue in Provence where antique art and furniture line the streets and swamp the warehouses.
Via Clotilde Vente
One antique dealer in particular is worth a visit. Clotilde Vente sells a brilliant collection of antique art and collectables and has a charming AirBnB available to rent with curated art and idyllic interiors to match.
With more than 300 stalls, and up to 500 during Easter and August, this antique French market is definitely one you won’t want to miss.
Alternatively, discover our collection of original antique paintings from auctions, private collections, art dealers and brocantes and curate your own collection of antique French art from the comfort of your home today.