Spring is a lovely time in Paris; more sun means longer days and also marks the return of a new season of ‘vide greniers‘. Vide greniers are small flea markets, the term translates loosely as ‘empty attic’. They’re the Parisian version of a car boot sale and one of my favourite weekend activities, especially on a clear, sunny day. Whether you want to pick up a bargain or two, practice your French with the locals or just do some people watching, an afternoon spent perusing the local stalls is always an enjoyable experience.
Vide greniers are normally on a smaller, more intimate scale than the large professional flea markets such as Marché de Saint-Oeun and Marché aux Puces de la Porte de Vanves. You’ll see different kinds of stall-holders here compared with those bigger places; families, enterprising children, students, they’re all here and they’re selling everything and anything. You want to buy a microscope? Or an ancient mobile phone charger? Some new shoes or a china dog? This is the place to come!
The website vide-greniers.org lists vide greniers across France, pick department 75 to see the listings for Paris.