Les Puces de Saint-Ouen
The enormous puces (flea markets) extending from the northern péripherique (ring road) that circles Paris are some of the largest in Europe, selling everything from eye-wateringly expensive furniture and paintings to vintage clothes and cheap and cheerful knick-knacks. There are numerous records stands, stalls and dealers spread throughout the markets but some of the best can be found on the first floor of the large Marché Dauphine. Boasting 10 different shops stocking everything from classic rock, yéyé, French rarities, jazz, soul and world music, it’s often cheaper than the shops in the city centre and is a regular haunt for many of Paris’ ever-expanding horde of diggers. Every stall has a different speciality and it’s easy to lose an entire afternoon doing the rounds but special mention must be given to Gemini Cricket (stand 267), Panorama Records (stand 227), French Connection (stand 268) – all for funk, soul, Jazz, African and reggae – while On the Ground (stand 269) and Rocket Records (stand 228) are great for rock, punk and French music.