While taking home an antique armoire might be tricky, there are plenty of smaller vintage finds that you can fit in your suitcase or in the back of your car. Anna McKittrick picks four of France’s best flea markets for your next treasure hunt
The capital of Upper Normandy makes an ideal day trip from Paris, especially on Thursdays, when the brocante fills Place des Emmurées on the Left Bank, where around 50 stalls sell an array of items at reasonable prices.
Tel: (Fr) 2 32 08 32 40
The vibrant capital of Aquitaine holds a flea market on Saturdays near the Basilique Saint-¬Michel. Look out for local linens and ceramics as you browse more than 100 stalls.
Tel: (Fr) 5 56 00 66 00
The capital of the Centre region holds a flea market on Saturdays along Boulevard Alexandre Martin, where more than 100 stalls offer a wide range of collectables.
Tel: (Fr) 2 38 24 05 05
This pretty town in Provence is famed for its antique shops and Sunday open¬-air brocante along Avenue des Quatre Otages. The flea market attracts professional antique buyers and amateur enthusiasts.
Tel: (Fr) 4 90 80 47 00