Antiques Markets

France is a great place to look for antiques whether you're an experienced collector or just enjoy a bit of rummaging to find that hidden gem. There are plenty of brocante shops and reclamation yards often signed from the main roads throughout the French countryside, but antique and flea markets are often more fun, offer more choice and are the most popular with tourists.

From Saturday to Monday each week St Ouen at the Porte de Clingancourt in Paris hosts the world's largest antiques market with over 2,000 stalls over a 15km stretch. Split into several separate markets each selling different ranges of items, the market offers everything from period furniture at Marche Dauphine to military memorabilia at Jules Valles and 50s vintage clothing and goods at Montreuil.

Other French markets include the Sunday morning market in Villeurbanne, Lyon with over 400 sellers gathering to sell rustic French antiques, a Saturday flea market at Villeneuve-les-Avignon selling goods with a Provencal heritage and a Monday market in Nice at Cours Saleya with a picturesque setting that's as much for people watching as seeking out treasures on the 200 or so antique stalls.

Be sure to check the current times and locations of markets you want to visit when you make your travel plans, or ask your holiday rental owner to tell you which local markets and antique shops to look out for.

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