The Ultimate Flea Market in France – Les Puces du Canal

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Les Puces du Canal - Lyon, France

On Saturday mornings growing up, my mom and grandmother would regularly go “garage-saleing” and often times I was required to go as well. It wasn’t so bad if I came out with a new beanie baby or perhaps a doodle bear (remember those?) but most times, everything just looked like dusty junk. Why in the world would anyone waste their time rummaging through someone’s old stuff???

Fast forward 20 years, and my grandmother would be so proud of how my opinion has changed! I love a good ol’ antique shop or “brocante” as they are called here in Switzerland. There’s no doubt that you have to go often to find THE thing you may or may not be looking for, but the search is half the fun!

On a recent girl’s trip to Lyon, a good friend recommended visiting Les Puces du Canal for some great flea market shopping. We weren’t sure of what to expect, but considering everything else in France is closed on a Sunday, why not go? The property consisted of tons of colorful shipping containers which had been converted into individual shops. We were blown away with the treasures that we found. If only we had brought a moving truck along… and cash. (No credit cards accepted!). Depending on the day, there are anywhere from 300 – 600 merchants!


Planning to visit?

Get there early! Parking was insane so be prepared to park under a bridge, alongside the highway or in a ditch. They do offer paid parking at only €3 but it fills quickly.

Address: 3 Rue Eugène Pottier, 69100 Villeurbanne, France

Les Puces du Canal hours

Sunday 7AM–3PM
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 7AM–12PM
Friday Closed
Saturday 8AM–12PM

If you get a chance to go, do it! Thrift shopping is good for the soul, and the planet.


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