A well-connected northern suburb of Paris, Saint-Ouen is famed for its flea market: The Marché aux Puces is absolutely gigantic, running on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, hosting thousands of stalls and pulling in more than 100,000 shoppers per day.
Transport-wise Saint-Ouen is a dream, sitting right on the RER C and Line 13 of the Paris Métro. This slashes journey times to top sights like the Eiffel Tower and museums like the Musée d’Orsay. And Saint-Ouen is just the other side of the Périphérique from the 18th Arrondissement. So the Sacré-Cœur, Montmartre, edifying culture, cafe terraces and crazy nightlife all await.
Lets explore the best things to do in Saint-Ouen:
1. Marché aux Puces
If you’re into bargain hunting, few shopping trips can top the Marché aux Puces in Saint-Ouen.
There are more antique and furniture dealers here (2,000 traders in all) than at any other single market in the world.
Their stalls are spread over a nine-hectare site, broken down into 15 distinct markets, some completely covered to feel like enclosed mini malls, and others like city streets.
There’s a huge jumble of things on offer at the Marché aux Puces: Ceramics, books, lighting or furniture, items from a house clearance or knock-off fashion.