If you, like me, love nothing more than spending your time in each new city rummaging through stalls and people’s car-boots to find retro-kitsch bargains then this post is just for you.
For every city I’ve visited in the last five years, a percentage of my research time has been spent solely on searching out those (sometimes very well) hidden corners of the city where every morning the local traders set up their goods from which people like me hope to uncover that 70’s Formica table or those Charles Eames chairs.
Here’s my list of Europe’s top Flea Markets, so happy bargain hunting!
- Die Nolle, Berlin. Housed in 16 old railway trains at Nollendorfplatz.
Open every day except Tuesday, from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. If you’re lucky, you may catch a cool street performance.
- Monastiraki, Pandrosou Street. (also known as the Athens Flea Market) The street cafés here are also particularly good fun and offer some of the best people-watching in town.
- Blackberry Fair Flea Market,Rathmines, Dublin, Rathmines Road and Blackberry Lane. Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Porta Portese Flea Market, Rome. On Sundays, from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. This market attracts all sorts of clientele, so pay attention to your wallet as you wind through the closely-packed stalls.
Albert Cuyp Market, Ferdinand Bolstraat 44, Amsterdam. Amsterdam’s best known day market. Selling fish, textiles, new and secondhand clothes, gadgets, and even clogs. Monday to Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Feira da Ladra, Campo de Santa Clara, Alfama, translates as Market of Female Thieves. This market is jam-packed with antiques, rugs, new and used clothes, vintage tiles (these are beautiful), pottery, as well as a lot of rather useless junk. Open Tuesday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- El Rastro Flea Market, Metro La Latina and Tirso de Molina, this is the place to find imitation justaboutanything. From watches to handbags, and sunglasses to clothing. Open from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m on Sundays and public holidays.
Officially called Les Puces de Saint-Ouen, but known to everyone as Les Puces (The Fleas) is Paris’ major flea market destination. On Saturdays from 9 til 18, Sundays from 10 til 18, Mondays from 11 til’ 5h (note that many stalls close around lunch time).
- Kolo Bazar, Warsaw. Every weekend from sunrise til dusk. Pre-war posters and 19th century postcards are some of the delights you can pick up at this market. Any if you wait until closing time on Sundays, you can pick up some amazing bargains.
- Hrelić Flea Market Wed-Sun Sunrise to Afternoon. This market originated selling used cars but has grown to include everything from household goods to ballgowns.
- Esceri, Budapest. Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 til 16:00; Sat, 6:00 til 15:00; Sun 9:00 til 13:00. Locals brag that you can literally find anything in this fleamarket; from kitsch to simply bizarre. This market has, however, upped its prices in recent years and bargains are no longer what they once were.
- The Dijver, Brugge Sat-Sun, March-November 10am-6pm. On the banks of the Dijver river, and a ‘bargain hunter’s dream’.
- Hala Targowa Flea Market, Krakow. Every Sunday from 6am-13pm. Locals say that when you’re robbed the best place to go and try to reclaim your goods is Hala Targowa Market. Just 10 minutes walk from the main square, this market square is also popular at nights with bars opening up when the stalls pack away.
- Flohmarkt, Naschmarkt, Vienna. Open now for over 30 years, this is Vienna’s biggest and best know fleamarket. Open on Saturday from 6:30 until 18:00 every Saturday.