Here is the paradise of Parisian bargain hunters for all budgets as soon as the sun comes up, all 15 minutes by RER top chrono from Opéra , Châtelet , l'Étoile .
WHO SAYS BETTER ?
If you want to unearth all the nuggets of antique dealers, go to Chatou on the Île des Impressionnistes ( Auguste Renoir painted some masterpieces there), where the Chatou fair , the largest of the Parisian flea markets with hundreds of stalls, looks sexier than ever...
What do we find there? A set of Italian Art Deco chairs (€2800), drawings by Marcel Gromaire , chandeliers, 19th century silverware, collector's watches, silver beakers (from €300), a 2m shell nativity scene high (€15/20,000 ), mismatched porcelain plates , bags and scarves, and even sublime fur coats!
The must ? Take the opportunity to have lunch in the sun on boulevard Voltaire among the dozens of old-fashioned food stalls. We slap on a small foie gras sandwich, a hamper of oysters (€12 for a dozen oysters) and a small glass of white wine, a plate of Corsican charcuterie , or outright andouilles from Guéménée or Vire . Yum !
We like: this treasure trove lasts from Friday September 23 to Sunday October 2 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. No excuse to miss the appointment.
Top: A small train awaits you at the RER A Rueil Malmaison , exit rue des deux gares and there is a valet parking service on site. So chic my dear!
Fair of Chatou , Island of the Impressionists, 78400 Chatou, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission €7 (tickets sold on site), free for children under 15.