December 18, 2012

Marché des Puces à la Starck

On a wet, cold, rainy Monday some friends and I decided to explore the Marché aux Puces at Porte de Clignancourt. The flea market of Paris is legendary and I hoped to explore it to find some prized items and - fingers crossed - successfully bargain for them. The last time I had been there was 20 years ago with my best friend hunting for an outfit for an African party!

Eventhough many places were closed, it was quite nice to have the marché practically to ourselves . I oozed over a big Louis Vuitton trunk and fell in love with a piece of art made of little toy cars.

Admittedly my ultimate objective was to lunch at Philippe Starck's new trendy bistrot called "Ma Cocotte". Nestled in the Marché Paul Bert, the crown-jewel of the dozen or so sub-markets within les puces, Starck calls it his ‘canteen’. The service was very friendly, the waiters good-looking and the food organic. What more can you ask for in a French environment?

Even the closed stalls look attractive


A portable tabletop crystal bar from the last century

Delicate French lace

Antique Mini-Globes

Designer chairs

An American touch

Colourful beads

Vintage trunks

Toy car canvas

Relections in a frame

Japanese robot toy

Hunting trophies

A real old-fashioed flea market

A lost item on top of the roof

Lift tower


Menu of paté campagne, poulet roti with frites and café gourmand.

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